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Forbes family fonds.
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- Forbes, Betty
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- 2.5 meters of textual records
- 2 scrapbooks (30 photographs : b&w, some col. ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller ; 3 watercolours : 18 x 12 cm or smaller)
- 8 albums (2388 photographs : b&w, some col., and hand col., ; 25 x 21 or smaller)
- 7 loose album pages (86 photographs : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm or smaller)
- 239 photographs : b&w, some col., ; 34 x 27 cm or smaller
- 17 photographs : b&w, some col. negatives ; 15 x 9 cm or smaller
- 1 sleeve insignia : cotton embroidered on felt ; 6 x 6 cm
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Millicent Elizabeth "Betty" Forbes was born in Hespeler, Ontario on July 10, 1924 alongside her twin sister, Peg, to parents Millicent Lyall and George Alexander Forbes. Betty grew up at the Forbes family estate, Hillhead, in Hespeler and attended Bishop Strachan School in Toronto.
Betty later attended the School for Nurses at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for between 1943 and 1946. In 1946, Betty graduated as a Registered Nurse from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto with a scholarship in Child Psychology from the University of Toronto. Betty nursed in Vancouver before returning to Sick Kids to repay the scholarship. Betty was second in command of the country branch at Thistletown and then at K.W. Hospital.
Betty married William "Bill" Douglas Land on May 29, 1954. The couple had three children: Jennifer, Janet, and Thomas.
Betty passed away on June 30, 2013 at the age of 88 and was buried in New Hope Cemetery in Cambridge, Ontario.
Scope and content
The Forbes family fonds contains records related to the Forbes, Buck, Land, Wilson, and Kaufman families, predominately created, and accumulated by Betty Forbes. The material primarily documents the personal lives of Millicent Lyall Forbes, George Alexander Forbes and their twin daughters Betty Forbes and Peg Forbes in Hespeler (now Cambridge), Ontario. This includes items related to their education, careers, and recreational activities such as camping. In addition, the fonds contains material related to extended family members and friends. Records include correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and photograph albums, press clippings, ephemera, diaries, and notebooks.
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Donated by Janet Land in 2019.
Arranged in series as follows:
- 1. Correspondence.
- 2. Scrapbooks.
- 3. Photographs.
- 4. Press clippings.
- 5. Ephemera.
- 6. Betty Forbes's diaries.
- 7. Forbes family notebooks.
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Copyright University of Waterloo Library.
Additional diaries and photographs related to the Forbes family fonds is held at the Bishop Strachan School Archives in Toronto, Ontario.
Two photographs in the fonds include examples of redface. These images reflect racist stereotypes that are no longer used or appropriate today. Photographs with examples of redface have been flagged in file 4 and 61.
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Described by SGL November 2020.
Reviewed and revised by NM January 2021.
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