Fonds AR360 - Percy Scott fonds

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Percy Scott fonds

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  • 1929-1951 (Creation)
    Scott, Percy

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39 cm of textual records

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Percy Scott was a British citizen who worked in China in a variety of government departments, including Chinese Customs, Treaty Ports, Transit Pass Office, Statistical and Returns Department, and Postal Office. He married a Japanese woman, Suzu Ichiki Baba. Percy and Suzu retired to Victoria in about 1931, and purchased a home at 1850 Oak Bay Avenue, in which they frequently rented rooms. He opened a music studio where he taught mandolin and guitar, composed mandolin music, and established and conducted the Victoria Plectral Orchestra.

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The records were left in a trunk in the family home when Scott died. The family who purchased the home from Scott's widow in 1955 donated the records to the University in 2002.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and household finances, 1931-1951; Scott's 11 published scores, 1929-1931; Scott's 17 manuscript scores, 1931-1937; records of the Victoria Plectral Orchestra, 1935-1946; music students register, 1930-1949; diaries, 1931, 1934-1951. The diaries include short daily entries about weather, students, appointments and household activities. On occasion, the back page of annual diaries contain a list of items such as orchestra compositions and rents paid. The donation also included a tin sign for Scott's music studio: "Percy Scott Studio: mandolin, guitar etc."

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BCAUL control number: UVICARCH-462

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