Ireland, Willard E.

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Ireland, Willard E.

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1914-1979

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Willard Ireland was born in 1914 in Vancouver, and also lived in Kamloops, New Westminster, Chilliwack, and Victoria. He was a student at Victoria College in 1933, and went on to receive degrees in History from UBC (BA) and University of Toronto (MA). As an expert in BC history, he was appointed BC Provincial Archivist in 1940, and Provincial Librarian and Archivist in 1946. He was a member of Victoria College Council (1950-63), and served as Vice-Chair in 1960. For the University of Victoria, he served as Secretary to the Board of Governors (1963-68) and then as Chair (1969-71). He was President of the BC and Canadian Library Associations, and of the BC Historical Association; a member of the Canadian Historical Association, and the Social Science Research Council. He received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria (1978).

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