Fonds AR428 - Douglas Franklin fonds

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Douglas Franklin fonds

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  • Architectural drawing

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  • 1972-2000 (Creation)
    Franklin, Douglas
  • 1897 (Creation)
    Vancouver School Board

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30 cm graphic and other material

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(1947 -)

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Doug Franklin was born in Port Alberni and educated at Vancouver Community College and the University of Victoria (Master of Arts). He received training in historic building conservation through the Architecture and Engineering Branch of the Parks Canada Agency, and completed professional development studies at the Banff School of Management.
Franklin worked in the preservation of historic architecture for more than thirty-five years. He was a consultant in building conservation in the 1970s, and was the first academic administrator of the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria from 1979 until 1983. He was a founding trustee of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum, and Chairman of the Saanich Heritage Advisory Committee. He served in several positions with the Heritage Canada Foundation in Ottawa from 1983 until 2007, including nine years as a senior executive. His areas of responsibility included variously: corporate relations, public and media relations, government relations, policy and programs. During his final years with the Foundation he served as acting Executive Director.
Franklin was responsible for key initiatives of the Heritage Canada Foundation. He led the successful campaign for the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act passed in 1988, and was instrumental in securing funding from the public and private sectors for numerous projects. In 1989, he was seconded to the federal government to undertake a study of historic trusts in Commonwealth countries and the United States. Franklin was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture to the advisory council, Central Experimental Farm National Historic Site, Ottawa, from 1999 until 2003. He also served on the advisory committee of the Algonquin College heritage building restoration program in Perth, Ontario, from 2000 until 2006. Franklin retired from the Heritage Canada Foundation in 2007. He now acts as a location scout and adviser to the motion picture industry.
Franklin has written, and collaborated on, several books on historic architecture. He wrote Early School Architecture in British Columbia published in 1980. With co-author Martin Segger, he collaborated on two books on the history of architecture in Victoria published in 1979 and 1996. Franklin is a Past President of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.
Franklin is a trustee of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, a member of the Union Club, Victoria, and a life member of the Heritage Canada Foundation. He is an active Freemason and Shriner.

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Administrative history

The Vancouver School Board is a locally elected body, constituted as a corporation and responsible for determining local education policy in conformity with the Public Schools Act of 1873. The Act authorized the Lieutenant-Governor in Council to create school districts, provide funds for teacher's salaries and school buildings, and appoint both a six member Board of Education and a Superintendent of Education. Originally established to allow individuals from local school districts to assist in the formation of education policies based upon their district's specific needs, school boards have, over time, had certain responsibilities for the organization and management of local systems delegated to them by the provincial government. Initially, the Vancouver School Board was able, through the work of its standing committees (Management, Finance, Building and Grounds), to involve itself directly in many of the day to day problems of school administration. However, as more powers and responsibilities were acquired by the Board, and as the Vancouver school system expanded, it became necessary for the Board to appoint executive officers such as City Superintendent, Secretary-Treasurer, and Building and Grounds Superintendent, to whom administrative duties could be delegated. The Board was then able to concern itself primarily with the tasks of setting overall education priorities and policies, and of selecting, through its executive officers the supervisors, officers, principals, teachers and other employees required to turn the Board's policies into practice. These employees often worked within divisions or departments such as the departments of building and grounds, health, primary work and physical education. For a more detailed history, please consult the inventory of the Vancouver School Board fonds.

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The fonds consists primarily of photographic prints, negatives and contact sheets of historic buildings and properties - preparatory material for Franklin’s co-authored publications on Victoria’s architecture. The fonds is arranged in four series: photographs - Victoria: A History in Architecture, 1843-1929; photographs - Exploring Victoria’s Architecture; architectural drawing - East School elevation (Lord Strathcona School), Vancouver, BC, 1897; and publications and printed matter.

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Donated to UVic Archives by Douglas Franklin in 2008.


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    For use in research and private study. Any other reproduction requires permission of the copyright holder.

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    Created Jan 6, 2012.
    Revised by BCANS Coordinator, Jan 6, 2012.

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