Fonds PR1681 - Abasand Oils Limited fonds

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Abasand Oils Limited fonds

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    • 1926-1943 (Creation)

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    0.49 m of textual records and other material

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    Administrative history

    In 1930, Max W. Ball and associates Basil O. Jones and James McClave established Canadian Northern Oil-Sand Products Limited to produce oil and refined products from the oil sands of the Athabasca region near Fort McMurray, Alberta. A charter was issued to Canadian Northern Oil-Sand Products by the Federal Government on September 2, 1930; the head office of the company was located in Edmonton, Alberta.

    The company developed a process for the extraction of oil from the oil sands. The Canadian Northern Oil-Sand Products was renamed Abasand Oils Limited in 1935. The company built a plant on land leased from the Federal Government on the banks of the Horse River, near Fort McMurray, Alberta; the plant opened in 1936. In 1943, the Federal Government took over operations at the Abasand Oils' plant under the War Measures Act. The plant was damaged by fire in 1945. The federal government abandoned the site in May 1946, and the rights and properties were returned to the Abasand Oils. The plant did not resume operations.

    In 1953, Abasand Oils subleased most of its oil sands holdings, but it was not until 1967 that it began to receive royalties. Abasand Oils became a subsidiary of Canadian Industrial Gas and Oil Limited, which dissolved in 1975.

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    The fonds consists of records regarding the formation, operation and liquidation of Abasand Oils Limited, including agreements, correspondence, financial records, auditor’s reports, share register, reports, newspaper clippings, maps and blueprints.

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    Douglas Ball, Max Waite Ball’s son, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1988.


    Arrangement note: Max Waite Ball's involvement in Abasand Oils Limited ceased in 1943. Records from PR1988.0470 dating after 1943 have been included in the Max W. Ball fonds. Some personal correspondence may however be found amongst the Abasand Oils Limited records.

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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        The fonds was deposited at the same time and in the same accession as records from the Max W. Ball fonds (PR1589). As well, see GR1983.0159 and GR1988.0166.

        Other records pertaining to Abasand Oils Limited are located in the Earl A. Smith fonds at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.


        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history is taken from the records and from The Abasand Fiasco: The rise and fall of a brave pioneer Oil Sands extraction plant, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 622.338

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        Includes accession PR1988.0470.

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        Includes 32 blueprints, 24 negatives, 23 maps, 14 photographs, and 6 technical drawings.

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