Fonds PR0033 - Family Herald fonds

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Family Herald fonds

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    • [1880-1968] : Copied [1951]-1968 (Creation)

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    137 B&W photographs. – 3 negatives. – 0.01 m of textual records.

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    The Family Herald was based out of Montreal and the earliest date attributed to a Family Herald is 1859, however it is more likely that the Family Herald described herein had its origin in the 1870s. At the closing of the Family Herald in 1968 it was associated with a sister paper the Weekly Star.

    The earliest date available for the pairing of the Family Herald and the Weekly Star is [1873?]. There was an Eastern edition and a Western edition of the Family Herald. The date at which two editions began to be run is not available. The Family Herald's main subject matter was farming and rural life across Canada. The paper not only ran articles on current events and farming practices but also ran articles documenting the history of farming in Canada. The Western edition provided a particular emphasis on the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia. Peter Hendry provides a personal account of the last few years of the paper and what lead to its demise in Epitaph for nostalgia: a personal memoir on the death of the Family herald by its last editor. (Montreal: Agri-World Press, 1968).

    The photographs and other material within the fonds were originally collected or taken by J.S. Cram (Jack) in the course of his work for the Family Herald, [ca. 1951] – 1968. During the course of his employment with the Family Herald, J.S. Cram had been the Western Editor and at the time of its closure he was the senior associate editor. J.S. Cram was born north of Edmonton in 1912 and began his career in journalism in Lacombe, Alberta. After the closure of the Family Herald in 1968 Cram took up a civil service position within the federal Ministry of the Environment and was responsible for water. In 1968 he had published, Water: Canadian needs and resources (Montreal: Harvest House). Second and third editions were published in 1971 and 1973 respectively. J.S. Cram died in Ottawa in 1980.

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    The photographs and other materials were left in the custody of Mrs. Caroline Breslaw after the death of her father, J.S. Cram.

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    Fonds consists of photographs and negatives used in research for or used for publication in the Family Herald newspaper. Fonds also consists of clippings and two item lists of photographs requested from the CPR and CN. (14 of the photographs are attributed to J. S. Cram. Most of the photographs appear to be copies obtained from information resources both private and public).

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    Mike Dugan, who acted on behalf of the donor Mrs. Caroline Breslaw, donated the records to the Provincial Archives in 2005.


    Arrangement note: There does not appear to be any specific arrangement to the photographs. The original order as found has been maintained.

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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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