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William Orson Banfield fonds
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- Textual record
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the provenance of the fonds.
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- Banfield, William Orson
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- 2.3 m of textual records
- ca. 2,900 photographs
- 7 architectural drawings
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Name of creator
William Banfield was born in Vancouver, the son of John J. Banfield. John J. Banfield arrived in Vancouver in 1891 and operated a real estate and insurance office. He also served on many civic bodies, including the School Board, the Hospital Board, the Exhibition Association and the Board of Trade. William Orson Banfield graduated from the University of British Columbia with a master's degree in 1923. He worked briefly as a chemical engineer before joining his father's business. In 1934, Banfield formed his own firm, Norwich Agencies, Limited. He sold the firm in 1956 and retired in 1960. Banfield was active in civic affairs: he was elected president of the Vancouver branch of the Red Cross in 1946, president of the Vancouver Rotary Club in 1947, president of the Civic Non Partisan Association in 1956, and Chairman of the Board of Vancouver General Hospital in 1957. In 1961, he was elected to Vancouver City Council as an alderman.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of business records of the Banfield family's insurance companies, papers from Banfield's university days, and papers relating to his volunteer activities, especially with the Vancouver General Hospital. There are also scrapbooks, photographs and clippings. Photographs depict family life, travels and Banfield's public life as a Rotarian, a civic official and a trustee at Vancouver General Hospital.
The fonds is arranged into 8 series: Business records, Certificates and company posters, Civic and personal matters, Photographs, Publications relating to Vancouver General Hospital, Scrapbooks and news clippings, University papers, and Vancouver General Hospital Records.
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Donated by William Orson Banfield in 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1980.
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