Accession MS COLL 00689 - Frank Gould Shears Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00689

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Frank Gould Shears Papers

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  • 1941-1958 (Creation)

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17 boxes (ca. 2 metres)

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(1885-1964)

Biographical history

Frank Gould Shears was born in London, England on March 3rd, 1885 and attended the City of London Foundation School. He worked for a time for William Mortimer and Sons, Government Stock Brokers and later helped to oversee the operations of the Armstrong-Gimli Fisheries Export Company. He was hired by the department of the Canadian Secretary of State in 1940, becoming the director of the Vancouver branch of the office of The Custodian of Enemy Property in 1942. He oversaw all operations of the department during the internment of the Japanese, the liquidation of their assets, and through to the settling of their claims upon their return. He retired from this position in 1952, with the closing of the office.

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Consists of material created or gathered by F.G. Shears in his capacity as the director of the Vancouver branch of the office of the Custodian of Enemy Property. The Vancouver office was established in 1942 following the attack on Pearl Harbor, with the special purpose of overseeing the seizure and, later, liquidation of assets of Japanese removed from the Pacific exclusion zone for internment. The office also helped with the administering of Japanese claims for remuneration in accordance with the findings of the Royal Commission, and Justice Henry Irving Bird, in 1950. The office was closed on March 31, 1952.

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Accruals

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Collection is divided into 7 series:
1. Correspondence
2. Reports
- Assorted, unpublished
- Bird Commission
3. Deep Bay Logging Company
4. Office documents
5. Newspaper clippings
6. Published items
7. Miscellaneous

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request

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