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Fonds AM1185 - Ian C. Nicholson fonds

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Ian C. Nicholson fonds

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  • 1970 (Creation)
    Nicholson, Ian C.

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0.01 m of textual records

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Ian C. Nicholson was born at Vancouver General Hospital on Nov. 22, 1899, and grew up in the Kitsilano area, at the corner of 2nd and Arbutus streets. Ian attended Kitsilano Elementary, and later Henry Hudson School, before going to work as a printers devil for Nicholson Printers Ltd., owned by his father James C. Nicholson. Ian died in 1979 at the age of 78 years.

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Original manuscript found in an attic trunk by Ian's daughter Elizabeth (Nicholson) Weniger. Elizabeth transcribed the manuscript and donated a printout to the archives. Location of the original unknown.

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Fonds consists of two copies of a 37 page autobiography, entitled "My father's boyhood in Vancouver," and relating to the early childhood and adolescent experiences of Ian C. Nicholson. Manuscript was written by Ian in 1970, at the age of 71, and covers the period 1905 to the end of World War I. Manuscript includes considerable detail on turn of the century life in Kitsilano point. Topics covered include his education experiences, playing on the Kitsilano Indian Reserve, fish canneries and fishing industry along the south shores of English Bay, and early Vancouver companies and landmarks. Manuscript also covers the business activities - primarily printing and a movie theatre - of his father James C. Nicholson.

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Two drafts of the same autobiography. The first donated by R. George Baldwin for Elizabeth Weniger on Sept. 17, 1993, and the second donated by Elizabeth (Nicholson) Weniger, daughter of Ian C. Nicholson, on June 24, 1996.


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