Thomas Norris Fonds

Thomas Norris Fonds


Title Proper Thomas Norris Fonds
Date(s) 1931-1975
General material designation
This fonds contains 32 textual records.
Scope and content
This fonds comprises eleven series relating to the work of Thomas G. Norris. Material contained pertains to the following: Eikichi Kagetsu's claim against Mitsui & Co. Ltd.; K. Iwashita's sale of his property and business; correspondence between Norris and various political and legal figures, including Sydney J. Smith, Grote Stirling, J.T. Thorson, H.L. Keenleyside, and Leon Koerner; the adoption of Miyoko Kawakami by the Asanuma family; the forced sale of the Fairview Buddhist Temple; Eikichi Kagetsu's claim to the Japanese Property Claims Commission; the forcible liquidation of the Hompa Buddhist Temple and Kagetsu & Co. Ltd.; the Oriental Festival and Bazaar Society; the Canadian Japanese Association; fishing licenses in Japan; the "Sino-Japanese Conflict"; a lecture at Simon Fraser University on Japanese Canadians; the Japanese Canadian Citizens' League; Japanese exchange students at the University of British Columbia; and the Ocean Timber Co. holdings.
Name of creator
Norris, Thomas Grantham created this archive during his time as a lawyer and donated it to the Legal Archives of B.C. in 1989. The larger portion of this archive was transferred to RBSC in 1990.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.



Thomas Norris Fonds
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