Fonds UAA-2019-018 - Earl William Buxton fonds

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Earl William Buxton fonds

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20 cm of textual records (1 photo)

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Popular among students, Dr. Earl W. Buxton was professor of secondary education at the University of Alberta (1956-1976). Previous to his UA tenure, he taught in rural schools in Alberta from 1926-36 after receiving certification in teaching from Camrose Normal School in 1929. Dr. Buxton served as high-school principal in the Town of Radway and in Fort Saskatchewan. In 1941, Buxton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta and later returned to the UA to earn a Bachelor of Education degree in 1948. Dr. Buxton taught a range of high school subjects in Edmonton throughout 1941-48. In 1948 he joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary and was appointed Assistant Provost in 1949, a position he held until 1954. He later moved to Edmonton in 1956 when he became part of the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Buxton’s academic achievements continued throughout his career, typified by attainment of a Master of Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1954 and a PhD. From Stanford University by 1958. He was made an honorary life member of the Alberta Council of Teachers of English. Throughout his long teaching career he was a member of many other teaching associations including the Alberta Teachers Association, Canadian Association of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of English. During his tenure at the UA he was Director of the Faculty of Education’s Field Experience Program (1956-59) and a member of the Provincial Curriculum Committee on High School English (1956-66). He was also a member of the Edmonton Public School Board from 1963-1968 wherein, he became Chairman of the Board in 1968. Dr. Buxton authored numerous articles for education journals on topics of teaching literature, language and composition including his dissertation - “Effects of Practice on Students: Skill in Written Expression”. He both wrote and was an editor of teacher reference and high school text books including “Creative Living”, “Points of View”, and “Prose of Education”.
William Buxton was also a very fine amateur boxer, winning various championships including the Alberta Welterweight Championship (1930), Alberta Middleweight Championship (1931) and the Inter-Varsity Championship (1936-37).

Dr. Buxton passed away on December 20th 1977 while residing in Palm Springs, California. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and one son.

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Retained by the Buxton family (son William).

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Fonds consists of records created as part of the career of Earl William Buxton.

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Good. some indication of lignin burning due fastners (oxidization).

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William Buxton (son).


1 box of material arranged by file - sequentially.

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  • English

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None - Open for Research

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Buxton, Earl William

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