Fonds 070 - Louise Spratley fonds

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Louise Spratley fonds

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  • Textual record
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CA WVAN 070

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  • 1898-1993, predominant 1959-1993 (Creation)
    Creator
    Spratley, Louise

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100 cm of textual records
55 photographs
1 technical drawing

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(1910-1993)

Biographical history

Louise Spratley was born on June 24, 1910 in Vernon, BC and moved with her family to West Vancouver in the mid 1920s when she was a teenager. She began her career as an accountant but after marriage to Richard Leonard Spratley she turned to full-time motherhood.

In 1955, Spratley began to write a garden column for the Lions Gate Times and shortly thereafter also became the accountant for the newspaper. In 1959, she became editor of the paper, replacing editor Claude Hoodspith. Under her editorialship both Spratley and the Lions Gate Times won awards in 1965 and 1966. She left the Lions Gate Times in February 1967 to become editor of the BC Hotelman for one year.

From 1968 to 1974 Spratley was Special Assistant to BC Federal cabinet Minister, the Hon. Jack Davis. During this period she was highly involved in environmental issues, including the Capilano Hatchery, and Environment Canada's "Interdepartmental Task Force on National Marine Parks" in regards to the Straits of Georgia and Juan De Fuca.

Spratley's retirement years were busy with contract work, especially for the District of West Vancouver. She worked on the West Vancouver Community Plan in 1980 and was editor of the West Vancouver Municipal News (subsequently the West Vancouver Report), a newspaper that she founded. Spratley regarded 1992 as the year she truly retired. She died on April 26, 1993.

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The fonds consists of material relating to the professional and personal life of Louise Spratley who played an important role in the West Vancouver community as editor of the Lions Gate Times, special assistant to BC Federal Cabinet Minister the Hon. Jack Davis, freelance journalist, and consultant for the District of West Vancouver. The fonds also includes material relating to one of Louise's sisters, Hilda Cryderman, a B.C. teacher who gained national status as a strong advocate of women's rights and issues, and was a member of the Order of Canada.

The fond is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Lions Gate Times
Series 2: Special assistant to B.C. Federal Cabinet Minister, the Hon. Jack Davis
Series 3: Freelance, and contract work
Series 4: Personal records, and photographs
Series 5: Newspaper clippings

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It is unknown if the records as received by the Archives represented the original order of the creator. It appears that significant shuffling occurred during the storage of the records. Consequently, the records have been arranged to reflect their original function with the hopes that this may best preserve what remains of their original order.

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  • English

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Final

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Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created March 26, 2010

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