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Sherwood and Evelyn Lett family fonds
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Sherwood and Evelyn Lett family fonds

  • AM361
  • Fonds
  • 1845, [ca. 1900]-1999

Fonds consists of records of Sherwood Lett including personal papers, 1908-1964, including diaries and correspondence, military papers, 1845, 1914-1965, covering service in World Wars I and II as well as peace-time associations; diplomatic papers, 1947-1955, covering the 1947 Canadian Mission to Japan and the 1954-1955 Canadian participation in the International Commission in Vietnam; judicial papers, 1955-1964, concerning the appointment as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court of B.C. 1955, and as Chief Justice to the B.C. Court of Appeal, 1963; university papers, 1951-1964, including Lett’s election as Chancellor in 1951. In addition, there are scrapbooks, clippings, and a collection of publications, 1916-1965. The fonds also includes photographs depicting the personal, professional, military and academic life of Sherwood Lett.

Fonds also includes records of Evelyn Lett, consisting of a small amount of letters of support for her nomination of the Order of Canada, 1997, a service award, 1998, news clippings and articles, 1975-1976, and a file related to family member Charles Plant.

Lett, Sherwood

Publications in 1940s

File contains a book of paintings and sketches by Emily Carr, publications of the UBC Alumni Society and the Vancouver Bar Association; and articles and books relating to the Rhodes Scholarship and the history of the South Saskatchewan Regiment.

Charles Plant

File consists of records pertaining to Charles Plant, primarily related to his work as a shingle manufacturing executive at Bloedel, Stewart and Welch Ltd.; includes a news and magazine clipping, 1939 photograph print of industry professionals from Canada and the United States, and a reprint copy of the Feb. 1894 issue of the Puget Sound Lumberman which includes statistical information for British Columbia. File also includes a roster of the 1940 Kiwanis Club members.

Diplomatic papers, Canadian Mission to Japan

Series consists of reports, articles and correspondence gathered by Lett when he was a member of the Canadian Mission to Japan, China and Hong Kong to encourage peace and the revival of trade. Series covers preparation for actual works of the mission, and the mission's reports.

Final reports

File is the final report of the Canadian Mission to Japan. The report covers the economic conditions, business environment, human rights and demilitarization in Japan. File also covers the burial arrangements for the Canadian casualties in Hong Kong; and the political and economic situation in China.

Itinerary and background information

File contains articles and reports relating to the itinerary of the Mission's visit in Japan. File also covers background information on the government of Japan; and the Canadian interests in Japan. File includes a map showing the depositions of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Southern Japan.

Working papers on final report

File contains working papers on the writing of the Misson's final report. File relates to economic conditions, business environment and human rights in Japan. File also covers burial arrangements for Canadian casualties in Hong Kong.

Diplomatic papers, International Commission in Vietnam

Series consists of reports, articles and correspondence gathered by Lett when he was one of the Canadian representatives in the International Commission for Supervision and Control in Vietnam set up to supervise the carrying out of the three cease-fire agreements for Vietnam, Cambodia and Loas. Series covers the preparation for actual works of the Commission, and the Commission's reports.

Background information

File contains articles, correspondence and reports relating to the economic, political and social conditions of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. File also covers the Canadian military, diplomatic and business establishments in Vietnam. A membership list of the Commission is included.

Correspondence and reports

File contains correspondence and reports gathered by Lett after he returned from Vietnam. File includes correspondence relating to the settlement of various of Lett's private matters. File also includes 6 interim reports of the International Commission for Supervision and Control in Vietnam.

Records related to Vietnam visit

File contains correspondence relating to Lett's reply to questions by Radio Moscow on Lett's visit to Vietnam in 1955. File also includes correspondence and news clippings relating to the situation of Lett's friends in Vietnam and the political situation of Indochina after 1957.

Social correspondence

File contains correspondence relating to the Lett's participation in various social events held by Vietnamese official and other civic organization during his visit to Vietnam.

Working and organizational papers

File contains of correspondence and reports relating to the preparation and arrangements for the visit to Vietnam. File covers the financial and programs arrangements, purchase of supplies, health care, and flight arrangements for the arrival and departure of personnel.

Judicial papers

Series consists of correspondence, official papers and reports relating to Lett's appointment as Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court in 1955 and as Chief Justice of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 1963. Series also includes records relating to Lett's work when he was Chief Justice of the B.C. Supreme Court.

Inquiry on the Second Narrow Bridge

File contains a Royal Commission certificate, report and a draft of the report relating to Lett's inquiry, as the appointed Royal Commissioner, on the collapse of a portion of the Second Narrow Bridge under construction across Burrard Inlet in 1958.

Letters of appointment

File contain letters of appointment from the Department of Justice, Canada appointing Lett as Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court. File also includes Lett's correspondence relating to his view on the appointment.

Military papers

Series consists of correspondence, official papers, and military reports and news clippings relating to Lett's participation in the two World Wars. Series covers Lett's service in various military units and, major military operations including the Dieppe Raid in 1942. Series also includes records relating to the evaluation of the Dieppe Raid during the post-war years.

Dieppe Raid

File contains message book, news clippings, official reports, narratives, and correspondence gathered by Lett relating to the planning and operation of the Dieppe Raid. File also includes records covering Lett's Distinguished Service Order award.

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