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Jean Barman

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Jean Barman is a historian of British Columbia. Born in Stephen, Minnesota, United States, Barman arrived in British Columbia in 1971. Her work The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia has been described as the "standard text on the subject [of British Columbia history]."[1] She has received the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for historical writing,[1] and the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Award (for Stanley Park's Secret).[2] She is a professor emerita at the University of British Columbia, as is her husband, the historian of Brazil Roderick Barman.[1]


  • University of British Columbia, 1982, EdD, History of education
  • University of California at Berkeley, 1970, MLS, Librarianship
  • Harvard University, 1963, MA, Russian studies
  • Macalester College, 1961, BA, International relations and history


Select works:[1]

  • Growing up British in British Columbia : boys in private school, 1982
  • Indian education in Canada, 1986
  • The West beyond the West : a history of British Columbia, 1991
  • Sojourning sisters : the lives and letters of Jessie and Annie McQueen, 2000
  • Constance Lindsay Skinner : writing on the frontier, 2000
  • Leaving paradise : indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, 1787-1898, 2006
  • Abenaki daring : the life and writings of Noel Annance, 1792-1869, 2016


  1. ^ a b c "ABCBookWorld". ABCBookWorld. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  2. ^ "Jean Barman". Harbour Publishing. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2015-03-10.

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