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Ruth Adair Peterson Fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1921

The title based on the contents of the fonds. The collection is divided into five series containing 7 books of watercolour paintings of family scenes, landscapes, two autograph books and two photographic prints.

Ruth Adair Peterson

John and Elizabeth Jackson Family Fonds

  • CA SAM MS 141
  • Fonds
  • 1914

Title based on the contents of the fonds. The collection is arranged into five series and consists of certificates, correspondence, and photographs.

John and Elizabeth Jackson

Herald Family Fonds

  • CA SAM MS 140
  • Fonds
  • 1870

The title is based on the contents of the fonds. It is divided into 6 series and consists of correspondence, a school book, two pieces of original art, and receipts for running the farm.

Herald, Dr. Dundas

Frank F. Wesbrook fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1881-1918, 1980

The fonds consists of diaries, photographs, articles, speeches and reports, and miscellaneous material, all of which document Frank F. Wesbrook’s personal and professional activities. Also included are a collection of off-prints of scholarly articles relating to a variety of medical topics that Wesbrook collected or in some cases wrote.

Wesbrook, F.F. (Frank Fairchild), 1868-1918

M.Y. Williams fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1875 - 1973

Fonds consists of biographical notes, clippings, articles, early educational records, research notes, draft manuscripts, field notebooks, reports, publications, correspondence, lecture and course notes, maps, photographic prints, and slides pertaining to M.Y. Williams' professional and personal activities.

Williams, M.Y. (Merton Yarwood)

Warren family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1977-1998

The fonds consists of family papers, genealogical material, manuscripts and correspondence documenting the history of the Warren family in England. Some of the family members represented in the fonds are Reverend Dawson Warren, Falkland G.E. Warren, and Charlotte Jackson. The fonds also includes biographical information about Harry Warren and copies of his publications to 1978.

Warren (family)

Gottfried family fonds

  • CA VHEC RA001
  • Fonds
  • [189-]–2000, predominant [191-]–[196-]

Fonds consists of vital records, administrative documents, trade certificates, travel papers, correspondence, letters of reference, liturgical materials, and photographs relating to the lives of members of the Gottfried family and the families of Gerda and Lori Gottfried's husbands (the Kraus and Seemann families, respectively). Records detail the vital statistics, career history, educational attainment, travels and emigration efforts of the family from the early twentieth century until the beginning of the twenty-first century. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Vienna ([189-]–1939), Shanghai (1939–1949), Emigration (1947–1950), Vancouver (1949–2000), Photographs ([191-]–[197-]).

Gottfried family

Frank and Laura Marshall fonds

  • CA SAM MS 19
  • Fonds
  • 1939

The title is based on the contents of the fonds. It is divided into two series: correspondence and print samples.

Marshall, D. F.

Margaret McEwen fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1922

Title based on the contents of the fonds and is divided into 3 series consisting of correspondence, autograph books, and memorabilia.

McEwen, Margaret

Writing Lives Memoir Project collection

  • CA VHEC RA036
  • Collection
  • 2016–2018

Collection is comprised of records accumulated as a result of the participation of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in a project entitled Writing Lives: The Holocaust Survivor Memoir Project. Writing Lives was a partnership between Langara College’s English and History departments, the Azrieli Foundation and the VHEC. For the project, students at Langara College worked closely with Vancouver-based Holocaust survivors to produce their written memoirs over the course of two semesters. In the first semester, students learned the history of the Holocaust. In the second semester, students interviewed survivors, transcribed the interviews and together with the survivors, completed written memoirs. In this fonds are the memoirs, administrative files and digital photographs produced during the two-year run of the project. Seven survivors participated in the first year of the project, from 2016–2017; five survivors participated in the second year of the project, from 2017 to 2018.

Collection is divided into three series: Memoirs (2017–2018), Administrative files (2016–2018) and Photographs (2017–2018).

Baltuch, Schmucker family fonds

  • CA VHEC RA015
  • Fonds
  • [188-]–[before 1994]

Fonds consists of photograph albums and loose photos, personal records, passports, financial records, reparation and compensation claims forms, correspondence, notebooks and notes, ephemera and published materials relating to the lives of the Baltuch and Schmucker families before, during, and after the Second World War. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Baltuch, Schmucker family photographs series ([188-]–1964); Baltuch, Schmucker family personal records series (1906–1961); Josef and Rosa Baltuch emigration and immigration documents series (1943–1961); Household and financial records (1919–1984); Rosa Baltuch reparation and compensation documents series (1934–1966); Baltuch, Schmucker family correspondence series ([before 1941]–1980); Notebooks and notes series ([before 1994]); Baltuch, Schmucker family ephemera series ([before 1994]); Baltuch, Schmucker family artefacts series ([before 1994]); and Baltuch, Schmucker family collected books series (1930–1980).

Baltuch, Schmucker family

Photographs

Series consists of graphic materials concerning Sorensen and her family members and their experiences before, during and after the Second World War. Records include original and copied photographs and negatives. Many of the original materials remain in the custody of Sorensen or her sister, Elenore. Although some of the exact dates are unknown, the known dates of items in this series range from ca. 1921 to 2006.

Louise Stein Sorensen

Family records

Series consists of records pertaining to several family members of Sorensen. Included is a photocopy of a copy of an original document announcing the death of Sorensen’s great-grandfather, Mozes van Dam; an original notice of registration from the American Consulate in Rotterdam, Netherlands; an official identity card for Marianne Stein (née van Dam); forged identity cards used by Sorensen’s mother, Marianne Stein, and great aunt, Jansje van Dam; and original ration cards used to receive textiles and to buy food staples like potatoes, butter, bread, milk and meat.

Louise Stein Sorensen

Correspondence

Series consists of records generated by the correspondence between Sorensen and family members, as well as emails between Sorensen and individuals from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. Records include handwritten and typed letters, postcards, and emails. The letters and postcards were primarily typewritten on a typewriter, with two postcards being handwritten. The series includes an envelope addressed to Loesje Stein.

Louise Stein Sorensen

Louise Stein Sorensen fonds

  • CA VHEC RA024
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1921]-2019

Fonds consists of textual records, graphic materials, and artefacts relating to Louise Sorensen’s life in the Netherlands, some of which was spent in hiding. Many of the items are wartime records, including photographs and negatives, correspondence, paper currency, drawings, notice of registration, official and forged identity cards, and ration cards. Additionally, the fonds contains copies of Sorensen’s great-uncle’s daughter’s, Ans’, testimonies; several English translations of items provided by Sorensen; and a 1947 second edition of Anne Frank’s Het Achterhuis, or The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as the Diary of Anne Frank. The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into the following six series: Personal records, Family records, Photographs, Correspondence, Currency and Publications and writings.

Louise Stein Sorensen

Dr. Serge Vanry fonds

  • CA VHEC RA035
  • Fonds
  • 1940–1946; 2018

Fonds is comprised of photographs, certificates, identity and repatriation cards, correspondence and photocopies of administrative records. Records pertain to the experiences of the Vanry family during the Holocaust in France. Fonds also includes photographs and a speech created as a result of Serge Vanry’s participation in a ceremony honouring his rescuers, René and Marguerite Poignard of Neuvy-en-Sullias, held in France in 2018.

Fonds is arranged into the following two series: Family records ([1942 or 1943]–1945, 2018) and Photographs (1940–[circa 1945]; 2018).

Vanry, Serge

Vilcsek family collection

  • CA VHEC RA033
  • Fonds
  • [after 1881]–1971

Collection consists primarily of records generated or used during the period of the Second World War by the Vilcsek family in Budapest, Hungary. These include vital statistics and personal records of the Vilcsek family, photographs, and postcards mailed to the family from Ernő Vilcsek while he was in a labour camp in Hungary. Collection also consists of artworks, several on the theme of the Holocaust, created by Eva Kero after her immigration to Vancouver, BC.

Collection has been arranged into three series: Correspondence (1942), Family records ([after 1881]–1949) and Artworks (1969–1971).

Vilcsek family

Pollák, Deneberger, Kiss family fonds

  • CA VHEC RA034
  • Fonds
  • 1900–[after 1990]

Fonds is comprised of correspondence, family records and photographs created and/or kept by members of the Pollák, Deneberger and Kiss family, a Jewish family living in Tápiószele, Hungary during the Second World War. Records document the family's separation, internment, hiding and well as pre- and post-war activities.

Pollák, Deneberger, Kiss family

Sonner family fonds

  • CA VHEC RA010
  • Fonds
  • 1916-2007

Collection consists of vital records, administrative documents, original drawings, publications, educational certificates, academic papers, photographs, correspondence, letters of reference and audio-visual testimony relating to the life and work of Eric and Rose Sonner. Records detail the vital statistics, career history, education, travels and emigration efforts of the family from the late 1940s until the mid-2000s. Collection has been arranged into the following series: Terezín (1942–1945); Prague (1946–1949); Academic works (horticulture) (1947–1950); Correspondence and ephemera (1949–2000); Vital statistics records (Canada) (1949–2007); Eric Sonner testimony ([194-]–[before 2009]); and Photographs ([192-], 2016).

Sonner family

Alexander and Gina Dimant fonds

  • CA VHEC RA016
  • Fonds
  • [1920?]–2019

Fonds is comprised of correspondence, photographs, identity and personal documents, society registration documents, minutes, clippings, memorabilia and ephemera created or collected by Alexander and Gina Dimant in Poland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Italy and Canada. Records pertain to their family history, work, school, and social and volunteer activities prior to and after the Second World War.

Records have been arranged into the following series: Correspondence (1941–2019), Photographs ([1920?]–[2016], Personal records (1938–2013), Artefacts (1940–[before 1948], 1997), Clippings and ephemera ([after 1942]–2016) and Janusz Korczak Association of Canada records (2001–2008).

Dimant family

Lydia Gruchy family photographs

Series consists of records relating to Lydia Gruchy’s personal life and education, and includes both photographs of her graduation class as well as photographs and textual materials relating to her family.

Family correspondence and other materials

Series consists of records relating to Lydia Gruchy’s family correspondence throughout her life and after her death. Documents include education certificates and diplomas, photographs of the Gruchy family, news articles about Lydia Gruchy, the will of her father Charles Gruchy, family records, and letters of personal correspondence.

Lydia Gruchy fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1893 - 2000

Fonds consists of the following record series: Family correspondence and other materials (1892-1995); Publications and manuscripts (1915-2000); Audio and video recordings (1985-1992); Florence Gruchy photographs (1933-1960); Lydia Gruchy family photographs (1917-1953).

Gruchy, Lydia

Chilton Family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1913-1917

The Chilton family photograph album contains photographs depicting family members, friends, community and family events, and military personnel and ships. Photographs show scenes of Steveston, North Vancouver, Peachland, Vancouver and various holiday locations. Steveston photographs include buildings, street scenes, boats, wharves, canneries, and individuals and community gatherings. Among the Steveston buildings depicted are the Post Office, Japanese Church, the Japanese Hospital and Japanese School.

Chilton (family)

Collection about Rudolf Vrba

  • CA VHEC RA028
  • Collection
  • 1987-2014

Collection consists of articles, lectures, correspondence, newspaper clippings and other textual material produced and collected by John Conway relating to the life, activity and legacy of Dr. Rudolf Vrba, a Slovak Jewish Holocaust survivor escaped from Auschwitz and associate professor of pharmacology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

Collection has been arranged into the following series: Vierteljahrshefre für Zeitgelchichte documents series (1997–2010); Vrba memorial lecture series (2006–2014); Biographical material series (1987–2010); Correspondence and research records series (2004–2007); and Articles and lectures series (1992–2013).

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