Tom Perry collection
Fonds / Archival Collection
Title NoteTitle based on contents and provenance of collection.
Extent & Medium18 photographs
Administrative/Biographical HistoryDr. Tom Perry Sr. was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1942 and later worked as a pediatrician and professor in the department of pharmacology and therapeutics at UBC. Perry served in the 174th Medical Battalion, US Third Army under General Patton in the Second World War. He entered Buchenwald nine days after liberation. He moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver, BC, in 1962. In Vancouver, Perry became interested in peace and anti-nuclear movements. Perry received BC's Citizen Peace Award in 1990. He and his wife Claire Joan Lippman Perry had four children. Perry passed away at the age of 74 in 1991.
Scope & ContentCollection consists of photographs taken by Tom Perry and a letter written by Perry to his wife, Claire, documenting the conditions he witnessed in the Buchenwald concentration camp, nine days after liberation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferPhotographs were donated to the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society by Dr. Tom Perry Sr.; year of donation unknown. Copy of letter was donated to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre by Claire Perry in 1994.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
System of ArrangementRecords are arranged in the order in which they were originally processed by the VHEC.
RightsMaterials available for research and education purposes only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use these materials must be obtained from the VHEC.
Rules or ConventionsISAD(G) informed by RAD.
Archivist's NoteCollection-level description created in 2018. Item-level descriptions created in 1993 and 1994. Updated in January 2021 with information from Dr. Tom Perry Jr.
Date of Description2018