Fonds - Sam Roddan fonds

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Sam Roddan fonds

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  • 1972-1975 (Creation)
    Roddan, Sam

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6 cm of textual records

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Sam Roddan was born in Winnipeg in 1915. He came to Vancouver with his parents in 1929 to live in the Downtown Eastside, where his father, the Rev. Andrew Roddan, was minister at First United Church until 1947. Sam Roddan was a teacher, writer, and artist. He wrote numerous short stories, and for many years, his columns appeared regularly in the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail. He wrote a history of The United Church of Canada in British Columbia, entitled Batter My Heart, to commemorate the Church’s fiftieth anniversary in 1975. Roddan died on June 8, 2002.

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Fonds consists of a single record series: Research materials (1972-1975), relating to Roddan’s research for his book, Batter My Heart (1975), which he wrote to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The United Church of Canada in British Columbia.

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Records were acquired directly from Sam Roddan. Acquisition date was not documented.


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Created January 19, 2016

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