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Fonds AM973 - Bloomfield [Blomfield] family fonds

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Bloomfield [Blomfield] family fonds

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  • 1847-1985 (Creation)
    Bloomfield family

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  • 1.7 m of textual records
  • 25 photographs
  • 20 paintings

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James Blomfield (born James Alfred Bloomfield) was born in 1872 in Maidenhead, England. He studied architecture and worked as a junior draftsman before emigrating to Canada with his family in 1887. In 1889, they moved to New Westminster, where he, his father Henry, and his younger brother Charles opened British Columbia's first art glass business. The Bloomfields designed, fabricated and installed numerous stained glass projects, including windows for the new Parliament Buildings, Government House and Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. In 1898, they opened an office in Vancouver. In 1902, James married Mary Diamond of Belleville, Ontario, and in 1907 they left Vancouver for the United States. In 1920, they moved to Toronto, where he sketched and painted many local scenes. Mary died in 1930, while James lived until 1951. Edgar was born in 1868, and arrived in Vancouver in 1891, where he opened a law practice and eventually, he became a partner in Wilson, Senkler and Bloomfield. He had a daughter, Joan, who worked for the British wartime government. Edgar died in 1937.

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The fonds consists of the papers and artworks of James Blomfield, as well as extensive research notes and other papers relating to him; the papers and artworks of Edgar Bloomfield, which include some information relating to the Interior Land Syndicate and the Canada Power Generating Machine Co. Ltd.; records of Joan Bloomfield, including her recollections of her childhood and family life, as well as extensive papers on her work during World War II, and files relating to her postwar search for employment and career, including work on the Kemano project. The fonds also contains extensive research records on James Blomfield compiled by Doris Munroe. The fonds also contains lantern slides depicting family events, Bloomfield at work, and examples of stained glass. The fonds is arranged in 6 series: James Blomfield papers; Emily Caroline "Cara" Tompson collection; Books; Doris Munroe research files; Joan Bloomfield collection and Artworks.

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Photographs in this fonds have been assigned catalogue numbers with the prefix CVA 681. Documentary art has been assigned catalogue numbers with the prefix 87-29 and 87-23.

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Add. MSS. 798 has been amalgamated with Add. MSS. 973; citations for these records should therefore refer only to Add. MSS. 973.

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