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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


Series consists of personal and family photographs relating to the personal and academic life of Lett. Series also contains photographs covering Lett's professional life including Lett's military services during the two World Wars, participation in Canadian Mission to Japan in 1947, and the Canadian participation in the International Commission for Supervision and Control in Vietnam in 1955.

Personal papers

Series consists of Lett's correspondence and diaries relating to his family history, military services in the two World Wars, studies in Oxford, personal and professional life; and the death of Lett in 1964.

News clippings

Series consists of news clippings gathered by Lett relating to his personal and official activities; and his major achievements in military, educational and legal services.

Miscellaneous clippings

File contains news clippings relating to a wide range of Lett's personal, official and military affairs. These affairs include Lett's marriage, education, military services in the two World Wars, participation in Canadian and International peace missions to Japan and Indochina, and official position as the elected Chancellor of University of British Columbia; and Chief Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

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.

Portrait of McGill Annual Board, Vancouver, 1914-1915

Item is a photograph postcard of a composite photograph of the annual board of McGill (later U.B.C.), 1914-1915. Pictured individuals are (from left to right): (top row) C. J. Cheery (lit editor), H. J. Gibson (lit editor), E. Lemessurier (artist), L. A. Mills (editor-in-chief), G. E. Rogers (alumni editor), A. I. Vermilyea (lit editor), E. Dawe (college world edit), (middle row) E. Lipsett (lit editor), K. Peck (athletic editor), G.W. Scott (asst. editor), E. Story (Coll. World and asst. editor), W. Dawe (athletic editor), J. Macleod (college world editor), (bottom row) C. Clement (college world editor), W. W. Mathers (asst. business mgr.), J. S. Johannson (business manager), W. M. Maxwell (circulation manager), N. Ballentine (college world editor).

Portrait of McGill Hockey Club, Vancouver B.C., 1914-1915

Item is a photograph postcard of a composite photograph of the McGill (later U.B.C.) hockey club, 1914-1915. Pictured individuals are (from left to right): (top row) A. Morrison (centre point), J. G. Third (president, centre), S. Lett (captain, goalie), R. Doell (rover), (bottom row) D. M. McRae (left wing), G. L. Fraser (point), J. A. Williams, E. Bissett (right wing), F. M. Pearson.

McGill University College, Arts, graduating class portraits

Item is a photograph of a composite of portraits of the 1916 Arts class of McGill University College, Vancouver B.C. (became U.B.C.). Individuals included in the composite are (left to right): (first row) A. P. Anderson, N. D. Lambert, E. Le Messurier, E. W. Berry, T. I. Gibson, R. C. Duncan, T. F. W. de Pencier, H. E. Walsh, D. M. Low, J. E. Mulhern, (second row) G. W. Scott, C. Frampton, E. A. Boyle, W. F. Maxwell, C. Thompson, W. C. Thomson, D. A. Smith, T. J. Robertson, C. A. Leckie, S. Lett, (third row) F. B. Sexmith, J. McGookin, C. N. Clark, R. McL. Miller (president), Prof. Jordan (honorary president), M. DesBrisay (secretary), W. J. Agbob, F. Davies Moore, (fourth row) W. E. H. C. Goodman, K. C. York, W. C. Wilson, B. H. Wallace, D. H. Munro, A. Jackson, J. L. Lawrence, J. P. C. Southcott, W. H. Campbell, W. A. Dawe, (fifth row) C. M. Hatch, C. G. Wells, R. S. Bunn, H. A. F. Gibson, R. H. Creety, A. M. Menzies, E. K. Foreman, J. K. Clarke, H. M. Rae, J. C. Wells.

Group portrait of First World War officers

Item is a group photograph of officers during the first World War. Individuals pictured include (left to right): (front row) W. E. (Sandy) Simonds, Bob Brown, Sherwood Lett, Rick Gyles, J. S. (Jock) Rankin, Lt. Col. H. Snell, W. W. (Bill) Kennedy, R. M. Crowe, J. C. (Jack) Jones, (back row) Padre Buck, O. W. (Oscar) Goulden, W. L. (Bill) Rennie, Ernie Howitt, Phil Barter, J. F. (Jimmy) Brunton, E. M. (Johnny) Johnston, Dr. Bailey, G. H. (Joe) Martin.


File consists of an Army correspondence notebook inscribed by "Capt. Sherwood Lett, 46th Battalion"; includes a diary entry and short essays on various topics.

Towers Athletic Club, hockey team portraits

Item is a photograph of a composite of the Towers Athletic Club 1925-1926 championship hockey team. The people included in this composite are E. Brolin (def), W. Norman Code (manager), M. C. Martin (president), H. H. MacDougall (honorary president), J. Wickson (def), C. Dowman (fwd), Ben Fellows (capt), Sherwood Lett (goal), N. Grimmett (fwd), P. Johnson (trainer), J. Owen (fwd), Bert Blair (fwd), Allan Fellowes (fwd), N. H. Lyon (fwd), G. Carson Thompson (fwd). Two hockey trophies are also included in the photograph, the Savage Cup, top left, and the Godfrey Cup, top right.

Group photograph of Musqueam First Nations and UBC Alumni Association members for presentation of totem poles purchased by the Association for the UBC campus

Item is a photograph showing members of Musqueam First Nation including Chief c?s?mlen?x? [or Tsem-Lano], center; UBC President Klinck, back right; William Murphy, front right; Evelyn Farris and Sherwood Lett, back row left, and Tom Brown, kneeling, second row, far left. This group portrait was taken at the presentation of two Musqueam totem poles purchased by the Alumni Association for the UBC campus.

Portraits of the Officers of the Irish Fusiliers of Canada - 1930

Item is a photograph of a composite of portraits of the Officers of the Irish Fusiliers of Canada in 1930. The individuals included in the photograph are (left to right): (first row) Capt. R. B. Gordon M.C., Lieut. F. C. Pilkington, Capt. M. J. Crehan, Major J. P. G. MacLeod D.S.O, Major J. N. Burnett, Capt. C. J. Strong, Lieut. D. F. Spankie, 2 Lieut H. E. Hacking, (second row) Lieut. T. D. L. White, 2 Lieut. H. E. Mortimer M.M. Paymaster, Major S. Lett M. C. Second in Command, Lieut-Col. F. Fairey Commanding Officer, Major K. A. McLennan, Capt G. E. W. Clark Adj., 2 Lieut. R. M. Smith, (third row) Lieut. D. R. Pollock, 2 Lieut R. M. Odlum, Capt. G. H. Clement M.O., Col. G. O. Fallis O.B.E. Chaplain, 2 Lieut. G. A. Knox, Lieut-Col A. M. Brown Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion, 2 lieut. J. U. Copeman, Major F. P. Patterson 2nd Batt M. O., Lt-Col. W. D. S. Rorison M.C.V.D. Q.M., 2 Lieut. P. Ower Musketry Officer, 2 Lieut. E. L. Welsman, (fourth row), Capt. E. T. Clendenning 2nd battn, Lieut C. R. Brenchley 2nd battn, Lieut H. A. Lees Paymaster 2nd battn, Capt Herbert R. Fullerton 2nd battn, Major S. F. Moodie 2nd battn, Major S. G. McSpadden M.C. second in command second battn, Major H. B. King 2nd battn, Major C. J. Steward 2nd battn, Capt. E. F. Riddle 2nd battn, Lieut. Thomas Harnett 2nd battn.

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.

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