Fonds - Allon Peebles fonds

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Allon Peebles fonds

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  • 1900 - 1982 (Creation)
    Peebles, Allon

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30 cm of textual records and other material

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Dr. Allon Peebles was born October 20th, 1900 in New Westminster. He graduated from UBC in 1920 and had a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia. Dr. Peebles taught economics at the University of California and at Columbia had worked with a committee in the United States on the costs of medical care. A medical and labour research economist, he was chairman of B.C.’s first Health Insurance Commission in 1936 and helped fashion the later B.C. Hospital Insurance Service. The 1936 Health Insurance Act was written by Peebles and Harry Morris Cassidy. In 1941, Peebles went to Ottawa as first executive director of the Unemployment Commission and was in charge of the labour department’s research and statistics. He wrote several books on medical facilities, insurance and care. After retiring from the labour department in 1947, Allon Peebles entered private business in Chatham, Ontario. He died in Ottawa on March 13, 1962.

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Series consists of correspondence, photographs, and DVDs. Fonds has been arranged into six series, which include: Condolence Letters and Budget Book Series, Reports and Publications Series, Correspondence, Photographs, Multimedia, and Certificates.

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Donated to the University Archives by Peebles’ daughter Dr. Patricia Galloway.


Four photograph albums of plastic sleeves, containing primarily correspondence material, have been placed in folders in the same order as they were found in the albums. Handwritten post-it notes as well as printed information from the donor, Patricia Galloway, are included in several of the files. Post-its have been placed on separate sheets and interleaved with the materials they were originally attached to. Typed notes have been left in the order in which they were originally placed among the material.

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Includes 44 photographs, 1 photo album, 2 DVDs, 4 certificates.

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Created March 8, 2012

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