Fonds SC092 - George Randolph Pearkes fonds

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George Randolph Pearkes fonds

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  • ca. 1890-1986 (Creation)
    Pearkes, George R. (George Randolph), 1888-1984

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2.1 m of textual records and other material

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This fonds was accessioned originally as part of the University of Victoria Social Sciences Research Project. Dr. Reginald Roy completed interviews with Pearkes in 1968 and these tapes later were transferred to the Canadian Military History Oral History Collection. After Pearkes' death in 1985 his family gave Special Collections numerous other accessions of photographs and other memorabilia.

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The fonds consists of records relating to Pearkes' military career, 1933-1976; Pearkes' personal and family papers, 1918-1978; and reference material including newsletters, magazines and other publications, 1906-1985. Records include correspondence between Pearkes and the Royal Canadian Legion, citations and birthday congratulations, Information Documents on the George R. Pearkes Children's Foundation, and a file relating to Mrs. Blytha Pearkes' activities with the Wives of Progressive Conservative Members and Senators, including membership lists and correspondence. Fonds also includes publications collected by Pearkes, programmes for official functions, annual reports of the Union Club of British Columbia and a numerous photographs of his life as a soldier and politician.

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Selection of material from fonds available through UVic Digital Collections.

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See also interviews by and about Pearkes in the <a href="">Military Oral History Collection</a>.

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Armed Forces--Mobilization; Armed Forces--Reserves--Canada; Arras, Battle of, Arras, France, 1918 (August-September); Avro Arrow (Turbojet fighter plane); Birkhamsted School Bomarc (Missile); Canada. Canadian Armed Forces--Military life; Canada. Canadian Armed Forces--Officers--Education and training; Canada. Canadian Armed Forces--Planning; Canada. Parliament. National Resources Mobilization Act, 1940; Canada--Federal-Provincial relations; Canada--History, Military; Canada--Members of Parliament; Canada--Politics and government; Canuck (Jet fighter plane); Chinese Canadians; Civil defense; Defence--Great Britain; Draft--Canada; Espionage; French Canadians; Grenades; Intrenchments; Korean War, 1950-1953; Lieutenant governors--British Columbia; Lieutenant governors--British Columbia--Social and state events; Medals, Military and naval; Military dependents; Military planning--Canada; Military readiness; Mount Sorrel, Battle of, Belgium, 1916; Mutiny; Nuclear weapons; Peacekeeping forces; Pearkes, John A., 1931---Interviews; Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916; Somme, 2nd Battle of the, France, 1918; Starfighter (Fighter plane); Trench, Regina; Victoria Cross; Vimy Ridge, Battle of, 1917; World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945; Ypres, 1st Battle of, Ieper, Belgium, 1914; Ypres, 2nd Battle of, Ieper, Belgium, 1915; Ypres, 3rd Battle of, Ieper, Belgium, 1917

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inlcudes ca. 2,000 photographs, 2 videocassettes, 2 audio cassettes

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Revised by JF, July 5, 2013.

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