Fonds - George Van Wilby fonds

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George Van Wilby fonds

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  • 1917 - 1925 (Creation)
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    Wilby, George Van

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370 photographs : b&w negatives

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(ca. 1899-)

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George Van Wilby was a University of British Columbia student who completed his B.A. in 1921 and an M.A. in 1924. While on campus he was well known for documenting various aspects of campus life through his photographs. Some of his photographs were used to illustrate the UBC student yearbook, "The Annual". Wilby was later a zoology instructor at UBC, and did post-graduate work in biology at the University of Toronto. He also compiled the 1925 Alumni Directory.

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Fonds consists of 370 black and white negatives taken between 1917 and 1924. The images are primarily of UBC students at the University's original Fairview campus. There are also shots of faculty members. As well as posed individual shots of students, there are many photographs of various student activities including the annual class picnic. Although most of the photographs are not identified they are very important for collectively documenting student life at the University in the late teen’s and early 1920s.

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Online Finding Aid.
Images presented in an on-line photo gallery.

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Similar images from the same time period can be found in the Albert Richards fonds and the Arthur Evan Boss fonds.

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More of George Van Wilby's photographs are included in UBC Archives Historical Photographs.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-941

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