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Gordon Shrum collection
F-31 · Collection · 1922 - 1989

Collection is comprised primarily of interview material in the form of audio and video tapes, transcripts and notes. The material provides both a broad biographical overview of the life and achievements of Gordon Shrum and a description of his work at SFU in particular. The collection includes a copy of Shrum's doctoral thesis and a scrapbook that was given to Gordon Shrum in 1983.

Collection includes textual records, photographs, audio cassettes, audio reels, U-matic video tapes, and VHS video tapes.

Archives and Records Management Department
Doctoral thesis
F-31-1 · Series · 1922 - 1923
Part of Gordon Shrum collection

Series consists of a bound volume entitled Researches in Physics. The volume contains Gordon Shrum's doctoral thesis, "The Doublet Separation of the Balmer Lines," and two reprints about Shrum's research with his doctoral supervisor, J. C. McLennan, on the liquefaction of hydrogen and helium.

F-31-2-1 · Sub-series · 1972 - 1986
Part of Gordon Shrum collection

Subseries consists of materials used for the writing of Gordon Shrum: An Autobiography with Peter Stursberg, edited by Clive Cocking. This book was conceived by Darrel Zarn of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at SFU. He approached Peter Stursberg, an experienced journalist, who conducted a series of oral history interviews with Shrum in 1983. In order to fund the interviews, they were conducted under the oral history program of the Public Archives (now the National Archives) of Canada and the Parliamentary Library. Stursberg also made a 21/2 hour video interview of Shrum at the Instructional Media Centre at SFU. In addition, he interviewed nine of Shrum's friends and Shrum's son to provide material for the books's introduction. Because Stursberg was occupied with other projects, Clive Cocking a Vancouver writer and editor was hired to complete the project. Cocking conducted a series of supplementary interviews in 1985 to clarify statistics and other facts from the oral history interviews. Unfortunately, Shrum passed away suddenly before the manuscript was completed. The finished book appeared in 1986 through the support of SFU and the University of British Columbia.

The subseries contains transcripts, background materials, notes, drafts, U-matic videos, audio reels, and audio cassettes.

F-31-2-2 · Sub-series · 1973 - 1985
Part of Gordon Shrum collection

The subseries consists of records about the life of Gordon Shrum and includes photographs, transcripts, and a scrapbook. The transcript is from an interview conducted in July 1973 by Allen Specht as part of an oral history project at the University of British Columbia. Although the transcript includes a brief biography of Shrum, the main topic is the Canadian Officers Training Corps.

Shrum and SFU interviews
F-31-3 · Series · 1973 - 1989
Part of Gordon Shrum collection

Series deals with the relationship between Gordon Shrum and Simon Fraser University. Interviews and supporting materials emphasize Shrum's work at SFU in contrast to biographical materials that describe Shrum's entire life. Series contains unedited and edited transcripts and audio recordings of an interview of Gordon Shrum conducted in 1974 by Liisa Fagerlund, a librarian and University Archivist. The interview was part of an SFU oral history program.

Series also includes recordings of several television shows in which Shrum is interviewed. There are two appearances on the Vancouver show, one broadcast in 1977 and another in 1985 which includes a presentation by Iona Campagnolo of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Gordon Shrum. There are also two episodes of the Jack Webster show: the September 9, 1980 show, in which host Jack Webster interviewed Shrum and SFU President George Pedersen; and another from November 15, 1983 which commemorates the life of Gordon Shrum upon the establishment of the Shrum Science Chair at Simon Fraser University.

Series also contains textual material, and audio and video recordings of the dinner held in honour of Shrum to establish the "Gordon M. Shrum Chair in Science" November 19, 1983.

F-31-3-0-0-0-4 · Item · September 9, 1980
Part of Gordon Shrum collection

Tape consists of interviews and discussions with K. George Pedersen, President of Simon Fraser University since 1979 and Gordon Shrum, first Chancellor of Simon Fraser University (1964-1968) on the occasion of Simon Fraser University's 15th anniversary. Recorded from commercial broadcast by Instructional Media Services SFU.

F-31-2-3 · Sub-series · 1982
Part of Gordon Shrum collection

Sub-series consists of interviews with various individuals relating their experiences with Gordon Shrum. Interviews were conduted by D. Zarn and C. Duppereault. Interviewees were Harry Evans (SFU Registrar), Rob Watt (Vancouver Centennial Museum and later first Chief Herald of Canada), Lorne Davies (Director, Recreational Services and Athletics), and Professor James Wilson (Department of Geography).