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Fonds AM1522 - Eric (Sandy) Sanderson collection

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Eric (Sandy) Sanderson collection

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  • [1938?]-1988 (Creation)
    Sanderson, Sandy

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  • 3.96 m of textual records and photographs
  • 2.64 m of textual records
  • 1.32 m of photographs
  • 1437 photographs

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Sandy Sanderson was born Arthur Eric Sanderson on June 24, 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents Arthur Edward Sanderson and Clara Louise Sanderson. Sanderson moved as an infant to Pitt Meadows, BC where he attended primary education, Burnaby South High School, and Vancouver College. He started his career in high school working as a carrier for the Vancouver Province. Upon graduation, he joined the Canadian Press (CP) and worked across Canada (Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto) as editor and writer for CP for fourteen years. He then joined the Vancouver Daily Province news staff in 1947, and then went on to hold major editorial positions with several BC newspapers: Victoria Colonist; Vancouver Sun; Vancouver News Herald (1950-1952); and Prince Rupert Daily News (1952-1954). Sanderson returned to Vancouver as provincial editor of the Canadian Press in 1955 and in the same year was appointed Director of News and Special Events for CKWX Radio, Vancouver (1955-1959), where he remained for four years. Sandy took a brief respite from the media field in 1959, but after two years working for Great West Life Insurance, he joined the Vancouver Times in 1961 as executive editor. After the Times short, but illustrious history as the West's first daily offset colour newspaper, Sandy was appointed Instructor of Journalism at Vancouver City College (1965-1966), where he remained for one year. Later, he was appointed Managing Editor of the Financial Record and, in 1967, took over as Editor of the Lions Gate Times, a weekly newspaper in West Vancouver. In 1969 Sanderson joined the Surrey Herald as editor. Then in June 1971, in partnership with Theresa Evans (owner of Four Star Graphics, a typesetting and graphics company, Theresa became the co-publisher, advertising director, and business manager of Sanderson Publications), he purchased Dogwood Trails, which later became known as Hospitality Canada. Hospitality Canada became one of Sanderson Publications most important and widely read publications. Hospitality Canada was a privately owned tabloid newspaper, published monthly in Vancouver, which was directed to every segment of the hospitality industry in Western Canada. Sanderson Publications also took over publication of the B.C. Hotelman magazine, the official publication of the B.C. Hotels Association, and the thirty year old B.C. Municipal Year Book, a reference book for civic and municipal officials, from Mitchell Press Ltd. Sandy and Theresa continued publishing Hospitality Canada for thirteen years, when it ceased publication. Sandy and Theresa quickly began publishing a new magazine titled Canadian Hospitality in the 1980s. Sanderson Publications also published the official newsletter of the British Columbia Chefs' Association.
Sandy won many awards as a writer for Canadian Press and won a Columbia University award for news coverage while at CKWX. At the Lions Gate Times, Sandy won the top awards in Canada for best all-round weekly with a circulation of over 6000, best editorial page, best front page, best make-up, and the Community Service Award. In 1972, he was presented the Scribe award by the Canadian Federation of Chefs de Cuisine for outstanding achievement rendered to the chefs of Canada. Sandy was also named Media Man of the Year by the Canadian Restaurant Association, B.C.-Yukon Region, for unbiased, timely and factual reporting.
Sandy was a founder of the Toronto Press Club, a founder and past president of the Newsmen's Club of B.C., and an honourary member of the B.C. Chefs Association and the B.C. branch of the Food Service Executives Association.
Sandy married the former Claudea McMullen of Calgary, and they had three children, Patricia, Rick, and Theresa. Sandy Sanderson died on August 20, 1988. Sandy was still working and publishing Canadian Hospitality and the British Columbia Chefs' Association Newsletter until his death, after which his partner Theresa continued their work with Sanderson Publications and the hospitality industry.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Archives by Theresa Evans in 2007. Prior to the donation, the records were kept first, in the custody of Sandy Sanderson, and secondly, prior to Sanderson's death, in the custody of his business partner Theresa Evans.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of correspondence, notes, published items, newspaper clippings, association minutes, financial statements, and photographs. Records were collected and created by Sandy Sanderson for his interest and work in the hospitality industry. The majority of the fonds are published items and reference materials, with a large percentage of newspaper clippings.
The fonds is arranged into five series: Subject files; Newsmen's Club; British Columbia Chefs' Association Newsletter - notes; Business papers; and Published items and reference material.

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Some of the records have been badly damaged by water and mold.

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Photographic images in this fonds have been assigned catalogue numbers in the range CVA 1522-1 to CVA 1522-1437. Photographs have been removed from their original files for preservation purposes; photographs are located at 578-B-2 file 1 to 578-C-5 file 3.

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Information for the biographical sketch was obtained from records in the collection, especially biographical information that Sandy wrote himself.

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