Fonds - Jack Boan fonds

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Jack Boan fonds

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  • [194-]-1985 (Creation)

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3.84 m of textual records
2 photographs
12 audio cassettes

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John Alexander (Jack) Boan was born in Briercrest, Saskatchewan on December 16, 1917, where he remained until high school graduation. Following World War II, when he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he attended the University of Saskatchewan receiving a B.A.(Hons.) in history and political economy in 1949. He was employed as an economist with the Canadian Department of Agriculture from 1949-1956, the Defense Research Board, 1956-1960, the Department of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources, 1960-1961, and as a researcher with the Royal Commission on Health Services, 1961-1963. During this period he took leaves to undertake doctoral studies in agricultural economics at Ohio State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1953, and to teach full-time at the University of Alberta during the 1955-56 academic year. In 1962 Dr. Boan joined the Department of Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus as associate professor. By 1969 he achieved the rank of full professor, and he served as Chair of the Department, 1969-1976. Dr. Boan is the author of numerous studies and articles in the areas of agricultural and health economics, and he has actively participated in many professional and community organizations such as the Community Planning Association of Canada, the Canadian Bureau for International Education, and the University of Regina Group for Refugees. Upon his retirement in 1983 Dr. Boan was awarded the title Professor Emeritus of Economics and in the spring of 1994 the University of Regina presented him with an honorary degree. Dr. Boan and his wife, Jean who have three children, reside in Regina, where he continues his active community involvement in the areas of health, aging, and international development.

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Fonds consists of personal and professional papers created by economics professor Jack Boan, from the 1940s to 1985. Most of the records have not been processed but generally they fall into the following series: Professional Correspondence (1962-1978); Community and Professional Concerns, Organizations and Affiliations (1965-1985); Conferences, Colloquia, Workshops ([ca. 1967]-1985); Personal ([ca. 1940s], 1970-1976); Publications and Writings by Dr. Boan (1951-1976); Reference Files ([ca. 1945]-1983); Royal Commission on Health Services (1962-1965); and University Work ([ca. 1945]-1983). In the University Work series the following sub-series are found: Administration (1961-1975); Faculty (1962-1971); Teaching ([ca.1945]-1983); and Youth/Students (1960-1976). Of particular interest are the extensive files relating to the various community, professional, and student organizations with which Dr. Boan was involved at the local, regional, and national levels. These contain correspondence, meeting materials, financial documents, reports, newsletters, and other material pertaining to numerous groups in the areas of community planning, broadcasting, resources, economics, and, especially, international development. Some of the organizations are: the Community Planning Association of Canada, Regina Branch (1966-1973) and Saskatchewan Division (1967-1972); Man and Resources (1972-1973); the Canadian Bureau for International Education (1973-1976); CUSO, local and national (1960-1976); World University Service of Canada (1963-1971); and the United Nations Association, Regina Branch (1968-1969), 1980-1985). Also notable are the correspondence, budgets, grant applications, program materials, audio recordings, photos, and other records concerning the planning, organization, and funding of the second Canadian Conference on Health Economics held at the University of Regina in September, 1983, and chaired by Dr. Boan. The fonds also contains substantial series of teaching and reference files dating from the 1940s to 1983. Besides teaching materials, lecture notes, examinations, class lists, and other records directly relevant to the courses Dr. Boan taught, these files incorporate a broad range of background information in agricultural economics, water resources, recreation, mining, health, transportation, energy, land management, forecasting, and other areas of academic interest and expertise.

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The file units in 83-8 remain as Dr. Boan left them with minor culling; new file order imposed by Archives staff.

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A small amount of material relating to the Royal Commissdion on health Services is in French.

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Open for research; one file in 85-6 Box 8 is confidential.

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