Arthur Ernest Emmerson fonds [textual records, graphic materials] / Arthur Ernest Emmerson

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Physical description
15 cm of textual records, including 29 handwritten letters; 87 b&w prints; 9 monographs
Administrative history / Biographical sketch
Arthur Ernest Emmerson, born in Vancouver, B.C., on October 17, 1923, spent time in the merchant marine working on cargo ships sent to destinations around the globe. He also worked as a radio operator at Estevan Point Wireless Station, S.S. Tantara, Coppermine NWT (now called Kugluktuk), and on the Fisheries Patrol Vessel, Howay. He died at the age of 32, swept overboard off the Howay and lost at sea off of Queen Charlotte Island, near Louscoone Inlet, during a gale-force storm on September 13, 1955. He is survived by his daughter, Connie Reynolds.
Scope & content
The fonds consists of correspondence Emmerson sent to his parents, chronicling his work-related travels, as well as accompanying photographs of the peoples and places he encountered. Records in the fonds are also related to Emmerson's personal hobbies and interests, as well as business pursuits, creating a well-rounded impression of his personality and life. Reference materials are also found in the fonds, including course books and publications. Secondary material created by the donors to act as a supplement to the archival records are housed with the fonds and described in the finding aid.

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Arrangement based on file list provided by donors.