Collection PR3134 - Carl J. Tracie oral history collection

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Carl J. Tracie oral history collection

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    • 1966 - 1969 (Creation)

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    9 audio reels

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    Carl Joseph Tracie was born on May 27, 1939 in Sexsmith, Alberta. After completing high school in Valleyview, he attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (1965), a Master of Arts degree in Geography (1967) . He completed the first year of his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme at the University of California, Los Angeles (1967-1968). before returning to the University of Alberta to complete his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geography (1970)

    From 1966 to 1969,he recorded oral history interviews with pioneers of the Grande Prairie region.

    Tracie held various positions during his professional career as follows: assistant/associate professor of Geography at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1970-1979); executive director of Cope Publications in Arcadia, California (1979-1981); professor of Geography at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia (1981-1984, 1986-2009); and executive director of Dynamic Communications in Pasadena, California (1984-1986).

    Tracie held various administrative and committee responsibilities during his university teaching career and was the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. His areas of special interest included: Ethnic settlement, rural cultural landscape, gold rush settlement in California, and western Canadian pioneer agricultural settlement. Tracie's book Toil and Peaceful Life: Doukhobor Village Settlement in Saskatchewan 1899-1918 was published in 1996. Tracie is currently (2011) retired and lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

    Tracie and his wife, Darlene, have three children

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    The collection consists of oral history interviews conducted by Carl J. Tracie during the years 1966 to 1969 with pioneers of the Grande Prairie region. The interviews include recordings of the following individuals:

    • Eric Wilson homesteaded in Saskatoon Lake in 1910;
    • Barney Throness Lake Saskatoon circa (ca) 1911;
    • Marley Sherk and Gordon Sherk, traveled with Mennonites to Beaverlodge area ca. 1910;
    • James Summerville homesteaded in Grande Prairie ca. 1911;
    • J.J.E. Clarke homesteaded in Peace River ca. 1911;
    • G. Balisky homesteaded in Grande Prairie ca. 1912;
    • Joseph Tracie homesteaded in Grande Prairie ca.1916; and
    • Oskar Anderson homesteaded in Peace River ca. 1911.

    The tapes discuss climate, individuals, religions, agriculture, transportation, the economy, and geography of the region.

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    In 1970, Carl .J. Tracie donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in four separate accessions.


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        The material is in English.

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

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        Includes accessions PR1970.0286, PR1970.0287, PR1970.0288, and PR1970.0289.

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