Collection F-182 - Evelyn T. Palmer and Leigh Hunt Palmer science collection

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Evelyn T. Palmer and Leigh Hunt Palmer science collection

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  • Sound recordings
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  • Source of title proper: The title is based on the names of the collectors, who are also subjects of the collection.

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  • 1971 - 2003 (Creation)
    Palmer, Evelyn T.

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12.5 cm of textual records
17 sound recordings

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(19 August 1936 -)

Biographical history

Evelyn T. and Leigh Hunt Palmer were active members of the Simon Fraser academic community from 1966 until their retirement in 2001. Leigh served as an associate professor of physics while Evelyn was a laboratory instructor in chemistry.

Both Palmers were active in university affairs and in scientific and cultural groups. They sponsored a number of seminars and lectures at SFU including the Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture Series, which they initiated on the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Albert Einstein.

For further details of the Palmers' careers and achievements, see the autobiographical sketch in the Appendix (available only in the Archives reading room).

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Scope and content

Collection consists of biographical information on the Palmers including an article from SFU Comment magazine; a binder (refiled in folders) on the history of the Department of Chemistry prepared by Evelyn T. Palmer; a group of files about the Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture Series (files F-182-0-0-0-4 to F-182-0-0-0-25 ) as well as reel-to-reel tapes and cassette recordings of the lectures; and a binder (refiled in folders) on various Faculty of Science lecture series organized by the Palmers. Collection includes correspondence, programs, posters, publications and other documents.

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The records were donated to the Simon Fraser University Archives by Evelyn and Leigh Hunt Palmer in 2003.


The files were arranged by the archivist.

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Files are open with no restrictions. Access to sound recordings may be restrictions for preservation reasons due to the age and fragility of the storage media (audio reel-to-reel and cassette tapes). Archives will provide access through digitization of the originals; consult the reference archivist for more details.

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Auto-biographical sketches of Evelyn and Leigh Hunt Palmer are available in the hard copy version of the finding aid maintained in the Archives Reading Room.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Includes 11 audio reels and 11 audio cassettes; some of the cassettes are copies of the original reel-to-reel tapes.

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Finding aid prepared by Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (April 19, 2004); revised by Frances Fournier (January 2005); updated by Enid Britt (May 2006); item number re-assigned in accordance with new item-level control system (November 2012).

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