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Simon Fraser letters
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1803 - 1990 (Creation)
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2 cm of textual records
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The letters were donated to the university on opening day, September 9, 1965, by Donald Fraser, a great-grandson of Simon Fraser. However, the documents were misplaced and were found in 1988 in the desk belonging to a history professor. At this time, the University Archivist arranged to have a handwriting expert to analyze the documents and determine their authorship.
Series consists of original letters written by Simon Fraser and supporting documentation. Series includes correspondence with Don Brown who was hired in 1988 to authenticate the letters, copies of other documents written by Simon Fraser from the National Archives of Canada that were used during the authentication process, and publicity regarding the identification of the letters. Records include correspondence, working papers, reports, and newspaper clippings.
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The original letters are restricted due to their fragile nature. Digitized access copies are available.
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For a detailed content summary of the Simon Fraser letters at the item level, please see Appendix 2 of the hard copy finding aid available in the Archives' Reading Room.
Conservation: in March 2006 a professional conservator assessed the conditions of the letters, and in January–February 2007 undertook conservation treatment. This involved cleaning the documents, removing tape carriers, and repairing tears. The conservator's report, as well as before and after photographs, are available in the Archives; consult the reference archivist for more information.
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