Fonds AR071 - Sydney Wayne Jackman fonds

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Sydney Wayne Jackman fonds

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  • 1948-1989 (Creation)
    Jackman, Sydney Wayne, 1925-2011

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6 m of textual records and other material

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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 and 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; books he wrote or edited include: "David Bates Douglass: The Campaign of 1814" (Cromlech Press, Bala, 1958); "Lord Bolingbroke: Idea of a Patriot King" (Bobbs-Merrill Inc., Sept. 1965); "Man of Mercury, An Appreciation of the Mind of Lord Bolingbroke" (Pall Mall, London, 1965);" American Voyageur: Journal of David Bates Douglass" edited with John F. Freeman (Marquette, Michigan, 1969); "Romanov Relations: the Private Correspondence of Tsars Alexander I, Nicholas I and the Grand Dukes Constantine and Michael with their sister Queen Anna Pavlovna, 1817-1855" (Macmillan Co., London, 1969); "Portraits of the Premiers: an informal history of British Columbia" (Sidney, B.C.: Gray’s Publishing Co., 1969); "A Middle Passage : the journal of Armand-Charles Augustin de la Croix de Castries, duc de Castries, comte de Charlus and Baron Castries / 6 April 1780 to 29 September 1780" (Boston Atheneum, 1970); "Vancouver Island" (Newton Abbott, England, David & Charles Ltd., 1972); "The Men at Cary Castle: a Series of Portrait Sketches of the Lieutenant-Governors of British Columbia from 1871 to 1971" (Victoria: Morriss Printing Co., 1972); Nicholas Cardinal Wiseman (Five Lamps, Ireland: University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, VA, 1977); A Slave to Duty (Hawthorn Press, Melbourne, Australia, 1979); "The People’s Princess: a Portrait of H.R.H. Princess Mary, Duchess of Teck" (The Kensal Press, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, U.K., May 1984); and "A Stranger in The Hague : the Letters of Queen Sophie of the Netherlands to Lady Malet, 1842-1877" (Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1989). 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 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 were 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 and colleagues relating to the publication of his books and his activities in teaching, research and university administration; diaries; notes and programmes of art exhibits; records of the University of Victoria Graduate Supervisory Committee and Senate Committee on Regalia and Diplomas; course outlines; reading lists; notes; student grade books and student research papers; drafts and correspondence for books written or edited by Jackman; photographs and slides used in his book "Tasmania"; research materials used in his study of Czar Nicholas, Kaiser Alexander, Mary I (Queen of England), her Royal Highness Princess Adelaide, Anna Pavlowna and Sophie, Queen of Holland.

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