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Arthur P. Leynard fonds
Arthur P. Leynard fonds [textual record, graphic material, technical drawing]. -- [ca. 1900, 1917, 1928,
1950 -1994 (intermittent).
16 cm of textual records
4 photographs : b&w
1 blueprint

Leynard was born in Nanaimo on October 9, 1921. He was the City of Nanaimo Engineer for 42 years and designed Nanaimo's "achievement" (coat of arms) in 1950. Leynard was also involved with the Nanaimo Historical Society and the Nanaimo Museum. Leynard retired in 1981 and in 1982, he published "The Coal Mines of Nanaimo." Leynard died in Nanaimo in 2008.

Leynard donated some materials in 1996. In 2014, his widow donated remaining materials. In 2018, additional materials were donated by Bill Leynard, Arthur's cousin.

Fonds consists of materials created or collected by Arthur Leynard. The fonds is arranged into two series 1) Professional papers and 2) Personal papers.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Series descriptions available.
Item level descriptions for select photographs available.

Series 1.

Professional papers [textual record, technical drawing]. -- [1927- ca.1980 (intermittent)].
10 cm of textual records
1 technical drawing

Series contains information on the City Waterworks, City Public Works, Protection Island, the structure and responsibilities of the Engineering Department and other materials. Also included are reports from the Dominion Meteorological Service showing weather statistics from 1901-1927, the Coat of Arms that Leynard developed for the City, a 1976 Environment Canada report on the status of environmental knowledge of the Nanaimo River Estuary, materials relating to a BC Professional Engineers Conference held in Nanaimo in 1955, and drawings of the Bastion cannon.
Title based on the contents of the series.

Series 2.

Personal Papers [textual record, graphic material]. -- [1940-1986].
12 cm of textual records
4 photographs : b&w

Series consists of the personal records of Leynard including correspondence pertaining to the lawsuit filed by Arthur Leynard against Mr. and Mrs. H. Barge, of Victoria, BC, over his father's estate and Leynard's application to the City of Nanaimo for a leave of absence to begin service with the Department of National Defense for Air. Also included are documents relating to Leynard's tenure on the Heritage Advisory Committee in the 1980s, documents relating to the construction of the RCAF Station Hospital in Tofino in 1943, a copy of a manuscript written by John Parker titled, "The Nanaimo Coal Miner 1852 - 1968, Leynard's 1954 thesis titled 'An outline of planning for Nanaimo', copies of the newletter "Canadian Intelligence Service", photographs, information
related to a court case involving Leynard and his parents and other assorted documents.
Title based on the contents of the series.
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