Fonds PR0174 - Raymond O. Harrison fonds

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Raymond O. Harrison fonds

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    • 1944-1980 (Creation)

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    2.20 m of textual records and other material

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    Raymond O. Harrison was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1925. He was educated as an architect in Melbourne, Australia and immigrated to Canada in 1950 to begin his architectural career.

    Harrison worked with the firm of C.B.K. Van Norman & Associates in Vancouver, British Columbia. Between 1955 and 1959 he became professionally and personally involved with the promotion, design and development of the Vancouver Maritime Museum. This involvement sparked his interest in museum work. In 1960, he accepted a position as Extension Supervisor with the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History and began a new career as a museum administrator and planner.

    Although he still made use of his architectural training, he became increasingly involved in the development of museum programs, in which the construction of new buildings was only one aspect. He then worked for 17 years with the Government of Alberta as Director of the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta from 1962 to 1972, Assistant Deputy Minister of Heritage Resources from 1972 to 1974 and a Heritage Resources Planning Consultant for Alberta Culture from 1974 until 1980. He also established himself as a private consultant and participated in the program planning of heritage projects throughout North America.

    Harrison remained in Canada until 1980, when he returned to Adelaide, Australia.

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    The fonds consists of the business records created by Raymond O. Harrison during his career as an architect and heritage resources consultant, and includes design notebooks, plans, photographs, minutes, correspondence, reports, studies, project files, pamphlets, publications, scrapbooks and newspapers clippings. The records are arranged into the following series: Architectural Study, Melbourne, 1946-1948; Early Architectural Career, 1949-1960; Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1955-1977; Heritage Resources Employment, 1959-1963; Private Consulting, 1969-1979; Heritage Resources Consulting, Ltd., 1975-1980; Heritage Institution Planning Reports, 1944-1980; and News Clipping, 1957-1978.

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    Raymond O. Harrison deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1980.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        File list is available.

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        Raymond O. Harrison, in his capacity as Director of the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta and as a Planning Consultant for the Alberta Government, also transferred government records under the following accession numbers: GR1967.0059, GR1967.0116, GR1967.0166, GR1967.0268, GR1968.0003, GR1968.0014, GR1968.0132, GR1968.0133, GR1970.0192, GR1971.0191, GR1971.0321, GR1972.0465, GR1974.0236, GR1974.0287, GR1974.0374, GR1976.0120.


        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Also includes ca. 400 photographs, ca. 200 architectural drawings, ca. 100 postcards, and 24 blueprints.

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