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Robert F. Harrison fonds
General material designation
- Photographic material
- Architectural drawing
- Textual record
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- Source of title proper: Title of fonds based on its provenance.
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Statement of scale (architectural)
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Dates of creation area
[196-] - 1984 (Creation)
- Harrison, Robert F.
Physical description area
88 cm of textual records
ca. 150 architectural drawings
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Name of creator
Robert F. Harrison is one of the key contributors to the architecture of Simon Fraser University. His firm was responsible for designing and building the WAC Bennett library according to design specifications outlined by Erickson and Massey (the architects responsible for the overall design of the university). Harrison's firm also designed and built the Academic Services building, and made later alterations to it and to other buildings on campus.
Robert Harrison was born in Vancouver in 1925. He became a registered architect in 1954, and became the Registrar of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia in 1961. Later, Harrison was made Chair of the Institute's Examining Board (circa 1964). In 1963 Harrison submitted an entry to the contest to design the new university that would be built on top of Burnaby Mountain. His design finished 4th place. According to the contest parameters, the top five winners would each be given a contract to build a section of the campus according to the winner's overall design. Harrison took Erickson and Massey's basic outline for the library, and expanded it to reflect his own ideas. After the first phase of building, Harrison designed a new administration building in keeping with the architectural character of the university. He also made alterations to the Academic Quadrangle, designed later additions to the library, and made alterations to other buildings at Simon Fraser University.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of records reflecting Robert F. Harrison's contributions to the architecture of Simon Fraser University. Records reflect the architectural competition to design the university, and include plans, construction records, and building specifications. Also includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, reports, information releases, minutes, change orders, test results, inspection reports, notes, tenders, financial records, specifications, addenda, photographs, and architectural drawings.
Immediate source of acquisition
The Robert F. Harrison fonds was donated to the SFU Archives by Robert F. Harrison in 1999.
The materials were arranged by the Archivist.
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Restrictions on access
Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as stipulated by Archives policy or the donor. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Series descriptions and file lists are available.
Please consult the inventory for the W. Randle Iredale fonds, F-47 and Zoltan Kiss fonds, F-48.
All accessions have been processed as of February 2006. No further accruals are expected.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 18 photographs located in F-46-1-0-0-3
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 13 photographs located in F-46-3-1-0-14
PHYISCAL DESCRIPTION: 5 photographs located in F-46-3-1-0-31
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- University Library (Subject)
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Finding aid prepared by Krisztina Laszlo, Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (January 2000).
Updated by Lisa Beitel (February 2006).
Updated by Enid Britt (March 2006).