Fonds SC477 - Dickens Fellowship (Victoria Branch) fonds

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Dickens Fellowship (Victoria Branch) fonds

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  • Multiple media
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  • 1913-1998 (Creation)
    Dickens Fellowship (Victoria, British Columbia)

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0.6 linear meters (2 boxes, 8 oversize folders)

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The Victoria Branch of the Dickens Fellowship is an association dedicated to British author Charles Dickens (1812-1870). The Victoria Branch is a member of the Dickens Fellowship, founded in 1902 and based in London, England, at the Charles Dickens Museum. The Victoria Branch was originally founded as the Victoria Dickens Club in 1910 and became affiliated with the Dickens Fellowship in 1931. The Victoria Branch meets regularly during the year to read and discuss Charles Dickens’ writings and over the years has held special events throughout the year to celebrate the life and work of Dickens, including a Dickens Birthday lunch in February.

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The fonds of the Victoria Branch of the Dickens Fellowship is comprised of documents reflecting the activities of the Branch, such as correspondence, meeting minutes, membership information, programmes, scrapbooks, posters, menus, and financial records, dating from 1913 to 1998. The fonds also includes ephemera pertaining to British author Charles Dickens, including scrapbooks, greeting cards, and portraits, which the Dickens Fellowship compiled. The fonds is a window into the Fellowship’s founding, originally as the Victoria Dickens Club, events, and connection with other branches and the Dickens Fellowship. Many of the documents reflect the work of Dorothy Hewitt White who served the Fellowship in several capacities. The fonds provides insight into the ways in which Charles Dickens has been read, performed, and commemorated in Victoria, and more broadly, the social activities of a literary society in Victoria, predominantly in the first half of the twentieth-century.

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Gift of Dickens Fellowship (Victoria, British Columbia), 2012 and 2013.


Organized into two groupings: I. 2012 Acquisition. II. 2013 Acquisition.

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  • English

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This fonds is open for research.

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The fonds of the Dickens Fellowship (Victoria, British Columbia) is the physical property of Special Collections, University of Victoria Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

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HD, 2017

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  • English

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