Fonds - Norman Hacking fonds

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Norman Hacking fonds

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  • 1919-1997 (Creation)
    Hacking, Norman

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2.9 m of textual records;215 photographs

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Norman Rupert Hacking was born on February 12, 1912. Norman grew up in Vancouver and attended the University of British Columbia where he graduated with a B.A. in History, with First Class Honours in 1934. While attending UBC, Norman was the editor of <i>The Ubyssey</i> in 1934. Norman's graduating thesis was titled "The Early Marine History of British Columbia" and was published in 1934.;Norman began his career with the Vancouver Daily Province as a Campus Correspondent while in his last year at the University of British Columbia. After graduation, he moved to the newsroom where he began writing columns about Vancouvers marine community. During World War II, Norman took a leave from the newspaper and served with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was stationed in the North Atlantic from 1941 to 1945 where he served on corvettes and minesweepers. By the end of his service, he had attained the rank of First Lieutenant.;After the war, he returned to writing for the <i>Province</i> and became the Marine Editor, a position he held for 30 years from 1947-1977. His column, titled "Ship and Shore" covered all aspects of British Columbias dynamic and growing marine shipping community. In 1953 Norman began regularly contributing articles to <i>Harbour and Shipping</i>, a local magazine about Vancouvers maritime activities. In 1978, shortly after retiring from the Province, Norman resumed his writing in <i>Harbour and Shipping</i> where he wrote a monthly column (also) titled "Ship and Shore." Norman wrote this column until just weeks before his death on September 18, 1997.;Norman Hacking also published several books documenting the maritime history of British Columbia.

Custodial history

The first major accession of Norman Hackings records came shortly after his death in September 1997 and consisted of papers, photographs, books and periodicals. The second accession came in April 2000 from New Westminster Public Library who gave the Vancouver Maritime Museum books that were originally bequeathed to the Library. All total, 784 books were acquired by the Vancouver Maritime Museum from the Norman Hacking estate.

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The fonds consists of records created by Norman Hacking during his private life and public life as a writer. The majority of the fonds are textual records, but there are some photographs that document his childhood, family members and friends, and marine vessels. Included in the fonds are correspondence (documenting his activities and relationships with family and friends while stationed overseas during World War II), research notebooks, scrapbooks, and ephemera relating to B.C. history and the maritime history of Vancouver, newspaper articles from the Vancouver Daily Province, and unpublished drafts of manuscripts and short stories.

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