Fonds - Ruth Humphrey fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Ruth Humphrey fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description

Fonds

Reference code

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area

Date(s)

  • 1937-1975 (Creation)
    Creator
    Humphrey, Helen Ruth, 1898-1984

Physical description area

Physical description

27 cm of textual records

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

(1898-1984)

Biographical history

Helen Ruth Humphrey was Associate Professor Emerita and taught English at U.B.C. from 1945 to 1963. She was born in Hampton, New Brunswick and took an Honours B.A. in English Language and Literature at Oxford in 1926. She then taught at Victoria College from 1927 to 1945. Humphrey was a long-standing friend of B.C. artist Emily Carr whom she met when she was teaching at Victoria College and Carr was a struggling artist. She was apparently among the first of the friends who discovered the potential of Emily Carr's writing and encouraged her when she began her second career as a writer after ill-health prevented her from going into the forest, travelling with her van, or sketching at summer cottages. There is also some evidence that she assisted Carr with her early short stories. Humphrey herself received an Honorary doctorate from Mount Allison University in 1977, recognizing her services to Canadian literature and teaching. She died on October 21st, 1984.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Fonds consists of assorted materials relating to Emily Carr, and Ruth Humphrey's friendship with her. They include forty-seven letters from Carr, dating from the period 1937-1944 when Humphrey was travelling. The fonds also includes Humphrey's own transcripts and notes on the Carr correspondence; manuscripts written by Carr; copies of works by other authors on Carr; correspondence regarding the publication of the Carr correspondence in the University of Toronto Quarterly; and other Carr memorabilia collected by Humphrey.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired as a bequest following Ruth Humphrey's death.

Arrangement

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials

Accruals

General note

The Carr correspondence was ultimately published, with annotations by Ruth Humphrey, in the University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. 419, No. 2 (Winter 1972), in honour of the centenary of Carr's birth.

Alpha-numeric designations

BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-82

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description

Sources

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres