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Wynne Francis Collection: Poets and Editors Research Records

Series consists of Wynne Francis’ research files referencing Canadian poets and magazine editors during predominantly the 1960’s and 1970’s. The files are maintained in alphabetical order by the name of the individual, and include material such as news clippings, published articles, manuscripts, reviews, bibliographies, posters, and brochures.

Title supplied from file contents.

Francis, Wynne

Wynne Francis Collection: Magazine and Small Press Ephemera

The records in this series consist primarily of the research files maintained by Wynne Francis related to her collection of magazine and small press ephemera. The later dates with some of the file contents suggest that David McKnight likely added found material to the files. These files arrived boxed together in the alphabetical order that is maintained in the series, so even if a file seems to represent a later period than that which Wynne Francis was collecting in, the file remains with this series. Researchers interested in a specific title should also consult the file lists found in Series 1, David McKnight’s magazine and small press research files.

The files are in alphabetical order by title of the magazine or small press; there was no distinction made between the two formats in the files that arrived with this series. The file contents include some original, but mostly photocopied magazine copies and excerpts; related articles and news clippings; subscription and ordering information; brochures; catalogues; and some correspondence. The file contents are maintained in chronological order.

Title based on contents of series

Francis, Wynne


The records in this series are in excellent physical condition, and are primarily textual. They consist of Mel Hurtig’s book draft files, and include a published version of the book and post-publication review clippings.

Draft chapter files for four of Mel Hurtig’s books make up this series, including: The Betrayal of Canada, At Twilight in the Country, The Vanishing Country, and Rushing to Armageddon. The draft chapters are often a combination of hand-writing and typescript, and are annotated with inked corrections. A final published version of the book (usually in both soft and hard cover) forms part of the series, as well as post-publication publicity and promotion documents.

File titles were derived from original file titles.

Women's Rights

The Women’s Rights series is the second largest series, containing 22 subseries. Subseries are arranged by subject matter and chronology, based on supplied subject titles. Materials were created between 1939 and 2008, and also includes research materials dating from 1800. This series is primarily focused on women’s issues and issues of legal, political, and social equality for women. There is a broad range of topics represented in this series, including women’s roles, workplace sexual harassment, the merit principle, women’s education, women’s employment and career opportunities, women in politics, women in public service, family life, divorce, child custody, effects of sexism on the poor, additional discrimination against aboriginal women, female refugees, the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and the exclusivity of gendered language.

Significant portions of material in this series is research compiled by the HRI and HRI volunteers. These include newspaper clippings, magazine articles, historical legislation, government publications, and articles that discuss and trace how women are viewed, the achievements of women, efforts made by women’s organizations and the federal government to improve the status of women, social issues that have a strong impact on women, changing social values and mores, Senate reform, the Persons Case, and the Famous Five. This series also contains materials created by the HRI including newsletters, memorandum, conference planning materials, press releases and other promotional materials, as well as correspondence between the HRI and various women’s organizations, politicians, and public servants. These materials discuss HRI’s efforts to highlight double standards and unequal treatment to improve equality and equal opportunity for women. The issues covered and perspectives taken in this series are reflective of the feminism of the period.

The main focus of the HRI’s efforts for women’s equality was Persons Case II. This was the HRI’s attempt to bring a case to the Supreme Court of Canada for Senate reform and women’s rights. Persons Case II sought to get a reference to the Supreme Court to decide whether the government was obligated by the equal rights clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to appoint women to Senate on an equal basis as men, as the HRI believed that if women made up half the Canadian Senate they would be able to enact real change. It was named Persons Case II in reference to the Persons Case of 1927- 1929. The Persons Case was fought by the Famous Five and referred to the Supreme Court by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. After appealing the initial Supreme Court ruling, the Judicial Committee of the Imperial Privy Council in London, England, overturned the decision and deemed women eligible for appointment to the Senate as persons with all penalties and privileges under the law. Despite gaining significant support for Persons Case II throughout the 1980s and 1990s, various Ministers of Justice and Prime Ministers repeatedly declined to refer the case to the Supreme Court, citing no exceptional circumstances, the issue not being important enough to involve the Supreme Court, and finally, as Prime Minister Jean Chretien did appoint women to the Senate on an equal basis with men, such a reference was seen as unnecessary.

University of Alberta Records.

The records in this series are primarily textual in format, and in excellent physical condition. Much of the series consists of correspondence, although there are also meeting minutes, reports and lecture notes. The original file titles provided by L.H. Thomas are retained, and a basic chronological order is retained within each sub-series. Researchers interested in Dr. Thomas' lecture notes and related source material should also consult series 3 where more general research-related source material is listed.

The records in this series document L.H. Thomas' sixteen year career at the University of Alberta. They are arranged in three sub-series: Administrative; Teaching; and Professional Correspondence; and are further arranged within each sub-series.

The records provide a valuable overview of Professor Thomas' career at the University, documenting his administrative, teaching and research-related duties. The correspondence files extend to L.H. Thomas' post-retirement years, with letters written to colleagues still teaching at the University of Alberta, Department of History.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Union/Labour Movements.

The records are arranged in six sub-series (listed below) and are in chronological order within each sub-series. News clippings have been photocopied for conservation purposes, and most of the papers in this series are in excellent physical condition. The files contain a mixture of original textual documents as well as a selection of imprint and published items. Included are two excellent photographs of the American Dairy Lunch (Edmonton) employees' strike of 1948.

The labour and union movement records are arranged in the following sub-series: Edmonton and District Labour Council, Alberta Federation of Labour, Canadian Labour Congress, Canadian Federation of Labour, specific unions (particularly Union Local 47 and Union Local 579), and labour/union issues. The records span a lengthy period of time, with the predominant dates being from the 1960's to 1980's. Doug Tomlinson was active in local unions, and his records document the sometimes turbulent history union and labour movements underwent in Alberta. He has records of many provincial labour protests, and an impressive collection of background reference material.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Theatre Productions

Series consists of records of productions directed or administered by Gordon Peacock. Peacock directed forty productions for Studio Theatre over an approximately 40 year relationship with the theatre. He also directed numerous other productions for other theatre companies such as the Banff School of Fine Arts and the National Theatre School. The photographs are in the order of production.

Peacock, Gordon

The Friends of the Indians Society.

Series includes meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, resolutions, briefs, membership lists, speeches.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Teaching Materials

The records in this series highlight Harris’ lifelong role as an educator. Harris was described as being an organised and interesting lecturer with useful laboratories, who always encouraged students in their progress. The primary focus of the series is on scholarly and public lectures, talks, lessons, and conference presentations. This includes many verbatim transcripts of lectures given by Harris with accompanying slides. Mixed in with his teaching slides are also a variety of images capturing the construction of the chemistry building and committee outings. This series includes a variety of document types such as index cards, notes, lecture outlines, correspondence, course materials, course reviews, student essays, test questions, assignments, articles, reports, letters, cards, u-matic video tape, and lecture audiotapes. This series contains three subseries: Chemistry, Agriculture and Forestry, and Bridge. The subseries are divided according to subject matter and were created between ca. 1950 and 2011.

Teaching and Outreach

The 118 files comprising this series consist of two thematic groups. There is correspondence, notes, public announcements, invitatations to speak and other supporting documentation for Dr. Lemieux's guest lectures on his research.There is also correspondence and notes concerning Dr. Lemieux's teaching as a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Ottawa, and predominantly the University of Alberta

Lemieux, Raymond

Teaching and Administration

Series consists of administrative, teaching records Peacock created as teacher and director at the University of Alberta.

Peacock, Gordon

T. A. Patrick Letters & Correspondence

An archive of 52 interesting and significant letters by Thomas “Alf” Patrick and his wife Marion (1889-1904). Almost all letters come with their original stamped mailing envelopes (49 envelopes in total). 44 letters are by Thomas and 8 by Marion.
Most of the letters are handwritten and signed, ranging from a single page up to five pages, often closely written. 3 are typed and signed.
In the case of letters by Thomas Patrick, many of the letters to his wife are almost in diary form recording events as they happened [often mailed from Regina]. Some letters are written when Patrick was physically sitting in the Legislative Chambers waiting for events to unfold there. These are usually on embossed North West Territory Legislative stationery.
Three themes run through the archive:

  • Significant political matters and events surrounding the period when Patrick served in the North West Territories Legislature
  • Historical events on the Prairies
  • Issues relating to a lack of infrastructure and a changing societal and political landscape due to heavy immigration into the
  • Life on the Prairies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • The close personal relationship and related family matters between two early pioneers in Saskatchewan
    Topics covered include: medical, legislative matters, Indians and half-breeds, railway events, life in Saltcoats and Regina, Saskatchewan, land investments, illnesses on the prairies, people (Clifford Sifton and Frederick Haultain) and related topics, immigration, Mennonites, Hungarians, Doukhobors, infrastructure, visiting patients, and much more.

Patrick, Thomas Alfred


William Pearce began his education in engineering in 1869 at the University of Toronto. After one semester he abandoned his studies at the University of Toronto to take a three-year surveying apprenticeship with Wadsworth and Unwing, a Toronto land surveying firm. During his apprenticeship Pearce worked on surveying assignments in the woods of northern Ontario. His apprenticeship inspired his life-long interest in natural resource and wilderness development, confirmed his professional surveyor's career, and brought him to Western Canada.

In 1873 Colonel J.S. Denis, Canada's Surveyor General, approached Pearce with an offer to join his staff in the newly-created Dominion Department of the Interior as it began to absorb the vast North American regions of Rupert's Land and the North-West Territories. Pearce began his surveying position in the Department of the Interior in Winnipeg, in May 1874. He was responsible to progress with surveys addressing what commonly known as the Outer Two-Mile claims. Under the Manitoba Act (33 Victoria, c.3, Canada, 1870) Metis land grants along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers included undetermined and pre-survey settlement claims. The Manitoba Act gave Metis settlers access to hay two miles beyond their defined holdings to feed their livestock. In the shifting settlements, squatting, and rampant land speculation, Pearce attempted to stake out these claims. The outer two miles question was not settled until 1877, and claims were not staked until 1881 (Dept. of the Interior Annual Report, Canada Sessional Papers, 1882). Following the outer two miles assignment, in 1878 Pearce moved on to locating township grids, surveying meridians in Manitoba, and determining the International Boundary in the Turtle Mountain area. In October 1881, Pearce accepted his recommendation as Inspector of Dominion Lands Agencies in the Dominion Lands Board. He moved into the position of Superintendent of Mines in 1884. He returned to a full-time surveying position when Clifford Sifton appointed him Chief Inspector of Surveys in 1901.

In 1904 Pearce left government service to join the Natural Resources Department of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The series therefore includes his reports on the placement of railway branch lines and his study of the possibilities for settlement of the Peace river and Athabasca River districts. His recommendations on both matters were based on the trained surveyor's detailed observations of the topography and prospective resources of the areas in question. He assisted in the establishment of professional standards for surveyors and served on the Examining Board for the Province.

The series includes 91 maps, most Mr. Pearce collected as working documents, with notes and observations. They include a track survey, drawn in the winter of 1878 using an upturned toboggan as a table; a sketch map of the Peace River district drawn for Mr. Pearce on two sheets of Hudson's Bay Company stationery; and the 3-mile and 6-mile sectional maps of the Department of the Interior. Two sheets of G.M. Dawson's maps are also in the diaries for 1915. These maps cover an inspection of Canadian Pacific Railway land grants.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Students Records - General

Includes guidance, health and physical education,1932-1948; financial assistance, 1946-1951; Education Undergraduate Society, 1948-1969 Education Students' Association, 1970-1982; Yearbooks, 1978-1982.

Faculty of Education

Student Records- Watson.

The records in this small series consist of Wilfred Watson's student papers while at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. The original file divisions are retained, with added description provided about the file contents. The files consist of typescript and manuscript lecture notes; some essays, and copies of Watson's thesis(s); the papers are in excellent physical condition.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

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