Halford Wilson Miscellaneous Notes

Halford Wilson Miscellaneous Notes


Title Proper PR0038 MS0012 BOX 2 FILE 32
Date(s) 1938
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Halford Wilson was a Vancouver alderman and well-known anti-Orientalist. This file contains miscellaneous notes including a list of articles and textbooks Wilson plans to read. Also in this file is some spoof trial featuring Chief Blunder, Nicklecooper and Ginslinger; a handwritten copy of Ogden Nash’s poem “The Japanese”; and a telephone message reporting a wild arrest: “I understand that Japanese boat tried to escape from Ocean Falls and was stopped by R.C.M.P. and the Officer tried to get aboard the boat and was thrown over the side and held under by the Japs. The R.C.M.P. were reported to have killed three Japs with machine gun fire and brought back the boat.”
Name of creator
Wilson, Halford David, 1904-1988 created this archive during his time as a Vancouver politician.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized in full.



Halford Wilson Miscellaneous Notes
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