Fonds 17 - Beverley Brown fonds

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Beverley Brown fonds

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478 photographs : b&w ; 17.5 x 12.5 cm and smaller

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(1930 - [ca. 200-])

Biographical history

Eva Beverley Brown (nee. Mason) was born March 11, 1930 in Bella Bella, B.C. For seven and a half years beginning in 1937 or 1938, she was a student at the St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay. After leaving St. Michael’s in 1944 or 1945, Beverley attended Langley High School. In 1949, she married Wallace Percy Brown, another former student at St. Michael’s. They lived in Bella Bella until 1960, when they moved to Vancouver.

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The fonds consists of 478 photographs, predominantly of students at the St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay. Beverley Brown and her friends took the photographs between ca. 1937 and ca. 1945 using Brown’s camera. Photographs from this period include shots of the students with their friends and of social events, as well as posed class photographs. These class photographs were taken by school supervisors who subsequently sold the prints to other students. Other photographs were taken in Brown’s hometown, Bella Bella, and in the area of the Namu cannery. These show weddings, fishing boats, landscapes, and buildings. Peter Mason Sr., Brown’s father, had the photographs developed in Vancouver.

The fonds has been arranged into three series:

  1. St. Michael’s Residential School photographs
  2. Bella Bella photographs
  3. Langley High School photographs

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Pam Brown, daughter of Beverley Brown.


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Digital copies have been made of the photographs.

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Use of the photographs must be approved by the Brown family. Consult archivist for details.

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Photographs a034204 to a034224 and a034310 to a034370 were removed from a photograph album. Their order within the album has been documented.

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Many of the photographs have been photocopied and the copies annotated by Beverley Brown. Fonds also contains an empty photograph album (see note above).

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Scope and content revised September 2018 by Katie Ferrante.

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