Fonds MSS 444 (A15-61) - Leon John Eekman fonds

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Leon John Eekman fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 444 (A15-61)

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0.02 m of textual records : 1 book ; 1 newspaper clipping
2 black and white photographs

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Leon John Eekman was born Leendert Jeens Eekman on December 12, 1880 in Brussels, Belgium to Thomas Adam (1844-1917) and Ibeltje Eekman, whose family at some time lived in the house in Brussels where Victor Hugo wrote “Les Misérables”. He was named after his maternal grandfather, Leendert Jeen Van den Berg. He immigrated to Canada in the early 1900s, settling in Victoria, British Columbia around 1905, where he worked as a draftsman and building inspector for the city until the 1950s. He married London-born Marion Dean Holdcroft (1887-1957) on November 8, 1910 and had three children: Walter Gordon Eekman, Allison Leonie Eekman, and Marjorie Isobel Ekman. He enlisted in the Canadian Infantry in September 1914 at the outbreak of the First World War, and had prior military experience in the Second Boer War. He died from bronchogenic carcinoma and pneumonia on September 25, 1954 in Victoria, B.C.

Custodial history

Purchased by the Survival Research Institute of Canada (SRIC) from Wells Books, a second-hand bookstore in Victoria, BC in 2005, and donated to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections by Walter Meyer zu Erpen (SRIC, President) in 2015.

Scope and content

This fonds contains a memorial book “The Spirit Lives” (Hamilton, Ontario: Brown’s Enterprises, 1945) in a decorative box for the 29 September 1954 funeral service of Leon John Eekman (1880-1954), which contains the signatures of the attendees. Also in the box were 2 b/w photographs of a bedridden or recently deceased man (dated 12 September 1917, labeled “Diaconessenhuis Utrecht” on back) (this is almost certainly Eekman’s father Thomas Adam Eekman, who died on 12 September 1917 in Utrecht) & an obituary clipping for Leon John Eekman from a Victoria newspaper (photocopied 8 June 2015). It also contains a reproduction of the registration of death housed in the BC Archives at the Royal BC Museum, printed by the archivist during the processing of this collection on 25 June 2015.

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Very good

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Walter Meyer zu Erpen (Survival Research Institute of Canada, President)


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  • English

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Psychical Research and Spiritualism Collections":

This fonds is one of a series of fonds and collections transferred to the Archives by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, President of the Survival Research Institute of Canada. It is related to the various other Psychical Research and Spiritualist Collections that the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections has attracted since it acquired the Hamilton Family fonds (MSS 14).

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Separation statement: The two photographs and two small printed inserts were removed from the box and put in a separate folder due to concerns about them falling out when attempting to remove the book from the box; a small newspaper clipping that had been taped to a page in the book was also removed, photocopied (8 June 2015) and put in the same folder.

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MSS 444 (A15-61)

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Created by Samantha Booth, June 2015

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  • English

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Registration of death (BC Archives): (accessed by Samantha Booth 25 June 2015)
Father’s death record (Utrecht Archives): (accessed by Samantha Booth 25 June 2015)

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