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John Ridington

b. 1868, London, England; d. 1945, Vancouver.


Tredegar Road Wesleyan School, Bow, London, 1883-87, pupil teacher.

New York State Library, Albany, Summer School, 1916.


School Teacher at Burdette, Rookhurst, and Foxwarren, Manitoba.
Publisher and Editor, Carberry News.
Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press.
Free Lance journalist.
Manager, Real Estate, Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd., Winnipeg.
Sales Manager, Canada Western Trust Co., Vancouver.
Night school teacher, Vancouver School Board.
Cataloguer, University of B.C. Library.
1916-1922Acting Librarian and Cataloguer, U.B.C. Library
1922-1940University Librarian, U.B.C.
1941-1945 Special editorial writer, Vancouver News Herald.


“The Doukhobor pilgrimage.” Canadian Magazine 20:211-22, Jan. 1903.

“The crusade of the Doukhobors: the story of a modern pilgrimage.” Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly. 55, no , 4. February 1903.

“Fort George and its tributary territory.” B.C. Magazine, 1912, p. 755-9.

“Panama and the Peace River.” Saturday Sunset. Annual B.C. Development Edition, 1912. p. 11-15.

“The poetry of the War”. Pacific Northwest Library Association Conference Proceedings, 1917, p. 52-90.

“The university, the university library, and the returned soldier.” Library Journal, v. 43 p. 808-16, November 1918.

“The challenge of the present days.” PNLA Conference Proceedings, 1919, p. 7-8. Also in: Public Libraries, v. 25, no. 4, April 1920, p. 175-8)

“New needs and new responsibilities.” American Library Association: Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting . Chicago: ALA., 1920. p. 195-203.

“Artist - Artisan, which?” Public Libraries 28:55-62, Feb. 1923.

“The new place of books In education.” PNLA Conference Proceedings, 1924, p. 18-28.

“The libraries of British Columbia.” Library Journal 52:646-50, June 15, 1927.

“Address of welcome.” PNLA Conference Proceedings, 1927. p. 43-8.

“Distribution of Canadian public Documents.” Library Journal 52: 1131-2, Dec. 1, 1927.

“Canada's Poet Laureate: Bliss Carman” PNLA Proceedings, 1929, p. 70-77.

Libraries in Canada; a study of library conditions and needs. By The Commission of Enquiry, John Ridington, Chairman, Mary J.L. Black, George H. Locke. Toronto: Ryerson Press and Chicago, American Library Association, 1933. 153 p

“Canada and its libraries.” Library Journal 59:493-8, June 15, 1934

“The Library as insurance.” Ontario Library Review, 18:123-4, August 1934.


Vancouver Public Library Board
Pacific Northwest Library Association, Second Vice-President
Pacific Northwest Library Association, President
British Columbia Library Association, President
Pacific Northwest Library Association, President
Pacific Northwest Library Association, President
B.C. Provincial Library Commission, Member
B.C. Public Library Commission, Member


Jubilee Medal, 1935.

Other Areas of Activity:

Carnegie Corporation. Commission of Enquiry, Chairman
Canadian Library Association, President


Starting in 1927 Ridington spearheaded an attempt to establish a Canadian Library Association, and was twice elected to its Presidency, even though the Association was never incorporated.


University of British Columbia Archives. Librarian's Office: John Ridington.

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. “1925: CLA launched … In Seattle?” Feliciter, v. 44, no. 5, May 1998, p. 20-25. (Part 1)

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. “1925: CLA launched … In Seattle?” Feliciter, v. 44, no. 6, June 1998, p. 26-31,34. (Part 2)

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. “1927: CLA born again … In Toronto?” Feliciter, v. 45, no. 2, 1999, p. 98-105, 122.

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. “1927-30: The muddle years.” [Summary] Feliciter, v. 46, no. 3, 2000, p. 148-149.

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. “1930: The Commissioners' trail.” [Summary] Feliciter, v.47, no 3, 2001, p. 140-141.

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. “1933: The Commission speaks.” [Summary] Feliciter, v. 48, no. 3, 2002, p. 126-128.

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. “1934: CLA redux … almost.” [Summary] Feliciter, v. 49, no. 3, 2003, p. 161-164.

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. “1934-46: The long last lap.” [Summary] Feliciter, v. 50, no. 3, 2004, p. 112-115.

Stuart-Stubbs, Basil. John Ridington: The library years. Vancouver, 1998. 20 p. [Unpublished talk delivered to the X-Club, U.B.C.]

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