Fonds AR071 - Sydney Wayne Jackman fonds

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Sydney Wayne Jackman fonds

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  • 1879, [19--]-2011 (Creation)
    Jackman, Sydney Wayne, 1925-2011

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7.56 m of textual records and other material; 1 oversize box.

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Sydney Wayne ("Toby") Jackman was born in Fullerton, California in 1925 to Dorothy Anfield and Ensleigh Jackman. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by his mother's relatives in Victoria, B.C., where he attended Victoria High School. He held a BSC in Physics from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a PhD in History (Canadian Studies) from Harvard University. He was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria in 1964 and retired in 1990; he had previously held appointments at Harvard and Bates College.

At UVic Jackman served as Acting Head, Department of History (1971-1972), Director of Liberal Studies (1975-1978), Acting Chair, Department of Creative Writing (1976-1977) and Acting Chair of the Department of Slavonic Studies. He served on many academic and administrative University of Victoria committees, including those of the Maltwood Museum and Gallery, as well as serving on the advisory board of the Malahat Review. In the early 1960s he was a visiting fellow at Clare College at Cambridge University.

Jackman published on various aspects of world history; particularly books about the Dutch Royal family, the premiers of British Columbia, and other material related to Vancouver Island. He also edited and provided an introduction to Princess Peggy Abkhazi's autobiography "The Curious Cage : a Shanghai journal, 1941-1945" (Victoria, B.C. : Sono Nis Press, 1981).

Jackman was well known for his wide circle of international friends and acquaintances, with whom he actively corresponded, his love of travel and his collecting of Chinese blue porcelain and sporting art; his donations are found among the collections of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries (formerly the Maltwood Museum and Gallery). His art patronage to the University was celebrated in the exhibition "Changing Hands: British Watercolours of the 18th and 19th Centuries from the Dr. S.W. Jackman Collection (Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery, March 4-24, 2005)

Jackman died on February 26, 2011 in Victoria, British Columbia.

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The fonds consists of Jackman's correspondence with friends, publishers, institutions and colleagues; diaries; material related to the Maltwood Museum; papers written by Jackman as a student, including his MA thesis; published works by Jackman; records of the University of Victoria and material related to Jackman's academic career and duties; course outlines; reading lists; notes for classes taught by Jackman; drafts of manuscripts; correspondence for books written or edited by Jackman; photographs and slides; photo albums of Peggy Abkhazi and E.T. Anfield, Jackman's uncle; and other ephemera collected by Jackman.

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1974-012; 1983-164; 1987-010; 1989-067; 1990-058; 1990-067; 1992-019; 1992-021; 1992-046; 1993-007; 1993-047; 1994-076; 1994-080; 1994-081; 1996-001; 1997-134; 1999-051; 2002-019; 2002-054; 2013-009; 2015-048; 2018-037; 2019-005; 2022-008.

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Also includes photographs, photograph slides and 7 audio cassette tapes.

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2013-02-05; rev. December 23, 2021

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  • English

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