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Peter Thorne fonds
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- Thorne, Peter
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2.3 m of textual records
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Name of creator
Gordon Peter Thorne was born in Vancouver on Sep. 20, 1938 to Ivy and Gordon “Kit” Thorne. Peter Thorne was an amateur geologist who also published articles as a freelance geology writer. Another source of income for Thorne was window painting for commercial storefronts. Thorne was raised and resided in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood for most of life. He was also an out gay man. Besides geology, his other interests included classical music and photography. Peter Thorne passed away on January 4, 2020.
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Fonds consists of 48 personal diaries of Peter Thorne as well as one sketchbook. Entries document his daily life and his areas of interest including geology, fossils, and astronomy. Portions of entries are written in shorthand (Pitman?) script. Photograph prints are also incorporated into the diaries. Most diaries contain photographs showing views of the West End or downtown Vancouver, as well as shots of geological formations or fossils taken by Thorne either locally or during regular trips to various sites around the British Columbia or Washington State. Besides geological subject matter, photographs also generally show self portraits, family and friends, local landscapes, downtown, Stanley Park and West End streets. Diaries created later in life more predominantly consist of photographs rather than handwritten or typed entries. Each diary volume also includes a small amount of loose material such as postcards, stamps, correspondence, cards, clippings and other ephemera.
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Records donated in 2020.
Diaries and sketchbook are arranged in chronological order.
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No further accruals expected.