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Harry and Valerie Jerome fonds BC Thesaurus
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Harry Jerome records

Series consists of textual records and other media, such as a baseball mitt, a canvas banner, fabric patches, and plaques, created by Harry Jerome during his life. The records pertain to his athletic, academic, and professional careers. The series includes general athletic records, incoming and outgoing correspondence, awards and certificates, and personal records. Additionally, the series contains one file with correspondence and other materials from Ron C. Gibbs, founder and fund administrator for the Harry Jerome Scholarship Fund. Also included in the series are two files that attest to Harry Jerome’s involvement in national athletic programming for youth: Sports Canada, including the Cross-Canada Sports Demonstration, and the Premier’s Sports Award Program.

Academic records

The file contains textual records from North Vancouver High School and the University of Oregon. The records include Harry’s 1959 North Vancouver High School Annual, a university term paper, a University of Oregon graduation program with Harry’s signature, and his MSc. thesis, entitled “A Study of the Effectiveness of Three Models of Starting Blocks and of a Series of Six Starts in a Forty Yard Sprint”. There are three photographs attached to the thesis.

Personal records

The file includes personal records created by Harry Jerome during his life. The file includes records such as a ticket stub to his high school graduation, a caricature book, two booklets on Vancouver/the Lions Gate Bridge, and a Sports Illustrated magazine.

General athletic records

The file contains textual records and other media pertaining to Harry’s Jerome’s athletic career. The records include his little league baseball mitt, a canvas banner, and miscellaneous papers.

Valerie Jerome records

Series consists of textual records and other media, created and accumulated by Valerie Jerome. While the series was created by Valerie Jerome, the records mostly pertain to Harry’s athletic career and his prominence in the media, even after his death. However, the series does contain some genealogical records about the Howard/Jerome family, and an untitled, biographical manuscript about her family and Harry’s life. The series also contains records relating to Valerie’s political career with the British Columbia Green Party as well as her own athletic achievements.

Harry Jerome Commemorative Society records

The series contains textual records created by the Harry Jerome Commemorative Society, which was formed by Valerie Jerome, following Harry Jerome’s death. The Harry Jerome Commemorative Society was formed to achieve two main objectives: to establish a memorial tribute to Harry Jerome in recognition of his athletic achievements and contributions to society; and, to foster an appreciation of athletic accomplishment through the provision of scholarships and bursaries for athletes in BC. The Harry Jerome Commemorative Society funded the creation of a bronze statue of Harry Jerome, which can now be found in Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, through donations and their main fundraising event, a commemorative dinner in 1985. The series has been arranged into four files: general society records; meeting minutes; sculpture sub-committee records; and financial records.

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