Fonds - Philip and Helen Akrigg fonds

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Philip and Helen Akrigg fonds

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  • 1580-1993 (Creation)
    Akrigg, George Philip Vernon, 1913-2001

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4.26 m of textual records and other material

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Born in Calgary in 1913, George Philip Vernon Akrigg received a B.A. (1937) and M.A. (1940) from the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. from the University of California (1944). He began his UBC teaching career in the Dept. of English in 1941. The author of many scholarly articles and books, Akrigg continued his research in the field of British Columbia history after his retirement in 1978. He died in 2001. Helen Brown Akrigg (nee Manning) was born in British Columbia in 1921. She received a B.A. from UBC (1943). After raising a family she returned to academic life and in 1964 earned an M.A. in history from UBC. She subsequently served as part-time instructor in the Dept. of Geography and later, with husband Philip continued her research into British Columbia history and place names.

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Helen Manning was born in Prince Rupert in 1921, grew up in Victoria and attended UBC in Vancouver for her third and fourth years. She earned a B.A in 1943. At UBC she met and married Philip Akrigg [1913-2001] who taught in the English Department. Akrigg wrote her Master's Thesis on the History and Economic Development of the Shuswap Area in 1964. The couple had three children, Marian, Daphne and Mark. They owned a lakeshore lot on Shuswap Lake at Celista and spent summers there.

The Akriggs co-authored 1001 British Columbia Place Names, British Columbia Place Names and two volumes of British Columbia Chronicle.

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Fonds consists of essays, articles, offprints, reviews, contracts, correspondence, a CV, a scrapbook, photocopies, maps, plans, notes, microfilm, and photographs pertaining to the personal lives and research of Philip and Helen Akrigg. Fonds contains two series: Research Collections (1580-1985) and Personal Material (1934-1988).

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For additional information about the maps in the fonds refer to the separate inventory (available only in paper form).

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-89

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Includes: ca. 530 photographs, 18 microfilm reels, 223 maps, 1 scrapbook.

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