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Tom Perry collection

Fonds / Archival Collection
IdentifierRA026
Title NoteTitle based on contents and provenance of collection.
Extent & Medium18 photographs
1 document
Date1945
Administrative/Biographical HistoryDr. Tom Perry 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; his experience there led him to become a pacifist. As a result of his pacifist politics, Perry was investigated by the Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities in the early 1950s, and was forced out of his pediatrics practice in Los Angeles. He moved to Canada in 1962 and settled in Vancouver, BC. He and his wife Claire Joan Lippman Perry had four children and several grandchildren. Perry passed away from prostate cancer in 1991.
Scope & ContentCollection consists of photographs collected by Tom Perry and a letter written to Perry's wife, Claire, documenting the conditions he witnessed in the Buchenwald concentration camp, nine days after liberation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferRecords were donated to the VHEC in two accruals in 1993 and 1994 by Claire Perry. Accruals 1993.041, 1994.016.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
LanguageEnglish
NotePhotographs may be copies of images taken and distributed by the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
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 NotePrepared by Shyla Seller in January, 2018. Collection-level description based on item-level descriptions created in 1993 and 1994.
Date of Description2018

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Collection consists of photographs collected by Tom Perry and a letter written to Perry's wife, Claire, documenting the conditions he witnessed in the Buchenwald concentration camp, nine days after liberation.

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