Fonds - Alden Barss fonds

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Alden Barss fonds

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3.87 m of textual records
255 photographs

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Born in New York State, Alden Barss obtained his early schooling in Rochester. He received his B.Sc. in Agriculture at Cornell University (1912), Masters in Horticulture from Oregon State College (1914), and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Barss joined the University of British Columbia's Department of Horticulture in 1918. He succeeded Dean Clement as head of the department in 1940 and served in this capacity until his retirement in 1953. He was a member of St. Helen's Anglican Church and served from 1927 to 1971 on the Board of Governors of the Anglican Theological College of British Columbia and for twenty-five years he was its Secretary. Barss also served as a member of the UBC Senate from 1924 to 1930.

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The fonds consists of textual records (including correspondence, reports, minutes and course materials), published materials, and photographs documenting the life and career of Alden Barss. The records relate to the teaching of horticulture; the development of the Department of Horticulture, the Faculty of Agriculture, and the University; Barss' involvement with the Anglican Theological College and the Anglican Church; his professional career; and his personal life. Some records were apparently collected and arranged by Barss in the course of writing a history of the Department of Horticulture.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-40

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University of British Columbia Archives

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Last revised 27 May 2011.

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