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Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books Jerome, Harry and Valerie
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Newspaper Clippings

Series consists of newspaper clippings, dating from 1946-2012. The clippings pertain to the lives of Harry and Valerie Jerome, including their achievements in track and involvement in various groups and initiatives. There are also several clippings about Valerie’s son and Harry’s nephew, Stuart Parker, primarily concerning his role in the British Columbia Green Party – first as a member of the Young Greens political youth organization and eventually as leader of the Green Party. As the clippings were accumulated by different persons, including Harry, Valerie, and friends who sent the clippings to Valerie following Harry’s death, they are contained within their own series. The clippings reflect the mixed reaction that the media had towards Harry Jerome; many of the articles are critical of Harry. During the peak years of his career from 1960-1968, there are many articles about his various races, records, and injuries. The

clippings dating from 1982-2012 were collected by Valerie Jerome and include posthumous articles about Harry and the creation/unveiling of the Harry Jerome statue. There are also several clippings on Valerie’s political career, including campaign ads, letters to the editor and news stories from political events.

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.

Photographs

The series contains photographs, negatives, and slides created and accumulated by both Harry and Valerie Jerome. The photographs dates from 1919-[2005] and reflect the personal and professional lives of Harry, Valerie, and the Jerome family in general.

Posthumous records

The file contains textual records, 3 audio cassettes, and 3 videocassettes created and accumulated by Valerie Jerome, following Harry Jerome’s death in 1982. The records include a funeral program, posters depicting Harry, and materials that picture Harry’s commemorative statue. The audio cassettes include: Harry’s interview with Heather Murdoch from Northern Canada; a recording that discusses a lawsuit that was being carried out after a slanderous comment was made by a radio commentator, Branigan; and a recording of Bruce Kidd commenting on the harsh treatment that Harry was subjected to by the media. The 3 videocassettes include: a post-humous discussion of Harry on a talk show; Spirit of the Games; and, a promotional video on the Premier’s Sports Award program.

Sculpture Sub-committee records

File contains textual records created by the Harry Jerome Commemorative Society. Records pertain to the creation of the memorial statue of Harry Jerome, including requests for donations, information on the artist, and newspaper clippings.

Sports Canada records

File contains textual records pertaining to Harry Jerome’s role within Sports Canada, a program that worked in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Sport. The file captures two main initiatives that Harry was involved with during his time at Sports Canada: The Cross Canada Sports Demonstration Program and the Grunion Program.

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