Fonds LEH - Fritz Lehmann fonds

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Fritz Lehmann fonds

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CA ON00419 LEH

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  • 1824-2012, predominant 1965-1994 (Creation)
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    Lehmann, Fritz, 1936-1994

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1.74 linear metres of textual records and graphic material

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(1936-1994)

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Fritz Lehmann was born in 1936 in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in 1958, and his master’s degrees and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (1961, 1967). His area of expertise was the history of India and the South Asian region, in particular the role of Islam in the region, technology and its relation to the region`s culture and development, and Urdu language and literature.

He joined the University of British Columbia’s Department of History in 1967, where he was a member of the faculty until his death in 1994.

Throughout his life Lehmann was a lover of railways, especially steam locomotives. Wherever he went, he sought out, photographed and studied railways. In the late 1970s he became aware that very little was known about the locomotive construction industry in Canada. He decided to write a book about this subject and started writing articles on various individual manufacturers. He also collected material on Canadian railways on the macro level. He worked diligently on this project on his own time. However a stroke in 1988 slowed work down and his book remained incomplete at the time of his death.

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Donated in 2012.

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The fonds reflects Lehmann’s research on Canadian railway development and its sources of locomotives. He conducted research on companies that built locomotives in Halifax, Saint John, Montreal, Toronto, and Hamilton, but there is also an entire series of research files on the succession of companies in Kingston, including particularly the Canadian Locomotive Company. The fonds is arranged into the following: eight series: 1) Articles and Talks (1965-1994); 2) Canadian Locomotive Builders Project (1969-1994) on his book project; 3) Canadian Locomotive Builders (1824-1990) 4) Canadian Railway Shops (1859-1900); 5) Canadian Locomotive Co. (1845-1991); 6) Miscellaneous reference files (1858-1985); 7) Locomotives and Railways, Articles and Books (1876-2000); and 8) Photos and Slides (1852-1987).

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Lehmann’s archives can mainly be found at the University of British Columbia Archives where his fonds covers his university teaching and research. The Canada Museum of Science and Technology fonds contains his research on Canadian railways and locomotive building.

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Written by Larry McNally, 2015-10. Slight revisions and data entry, A. Torrance, 2018-03-09.

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