Fonds F0099 - Douglas Sallis fonds

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Douglas Sallis fonds


  • 1920-2009 (Creation)

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6 cm textual records
ca. 1500 photographs
52 negatives
28 coins
4 medals
1 badge pin
2 books
1 beret
1 plaque

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Biographical history

Douglas Arnold Sallis was born January 4, 1923 in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada. At the age of 19, Sallis enlisted in the Canadian Merchant Navy, where he served overseas during World War II in both the Pacific and the Atlantic arenas. Sallis served on the following ships: S.S. Mt. Robson Park, S.S. Victoria Park, S.S. Mont. Morency Park, and the S.S. Dalwarnic. In March of 1946, he was discharged with the final rank of Marine Engineer, 4th Class, at Halifax, N.S..
After his military service, Sallis studied pre-medicine at the University of British Columbia from 1946-1950. In 1950, he married Margaret Willms and they had two children together. The couple and their children moved to Kingston, Ontario, where Sallis studied medicine at Queen's University (1950-1955). Sallis later moved to Wisconsin, USA to practice family medicine in 1958, and he co-established the La Salle family practice. Margaret passed away in 1966 and Sallis later remarried in 1967 to Carol Anderson and they had two children together. Prompted by his experiences in the Merchant Navy, from 1976-78 Sallis served in Papua New Guinea as a medical officer for the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) at Kundiawa General Hospital. After returning from Papua New Guinea, Sallis continued to work at his family practice until his retirement in 1999. Sallis passed away on July 25, 2009.

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Margaret (Willms) Sallis was born on October 9, 1912 in the Russian Mennonite colony of Molochna. In 1929, her family fled religious persecution in Russia, eventually emigrating to Canada in 1930. Settling first in Coaldale, Alberta, the family moved to Clearbrook, British Columbia (present day Abbotsford), in 1931. Shortly afterwards, Margaret contracted tuberculosis and spent several years in treatment and recovery. During WWII, she worked in Ottawa as a censorship examiner. Following the war, she attended the University of British Columbia, earning a degree in home economics. During this time she met and married Douglas Sallis. After Sallis earned his medical degree the couple moved to Smithville, Wisconsin where Douglas opened a medical practice. There they raised their two children, Friedemann and Christine. Margaret Sallis died on October 29, 1966 of congestive heart failure.

Archival history

Items were in the custody of donor's father, Douglas Sallis, prior to his death.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from donors in two accessions, January 24 2017 (F. Sallis) and February 17 2017 (C. Sallis).

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Scope and content

Consists of photograph albums, military service records, training material related to the military and medical career and travels of Douglas Sallis.

The fonds is divided into 8 series:

  1. Merchant Marines

  2. Education

  3. Medical Practice

  4. Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) Trip: Papua New Guinea

  5. Around the World Trip

  6. Photographs

  7. Personal

  8. Miscellaneous

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Items appraised at time of intake, Feb. 2017 (JN).


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No restrictions on access.

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rchival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the TMM Library and Archives Reading Room. Duplication of materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and other restrictions. Please contact TMM Library and Archives staff for guidance on reproduction.

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  • English
  • German

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Series titles were taken from the descriptions on the containers that housed groupings of items at the time of donation, with the only exception being the Margaret Sallis (Willms) series, which was created based on the subject matter of the files. Original container ordering was likely by Sallis's children.

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