Collection PR2147 - Hazel McCuaig collection

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Hazel McCuaig collection

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    • [ca 1885] - 1963, Copied 1992 (Creation)

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    0.06 of textual records and other material

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    Biographical history

    Hazel Rutherford was born in 1893, the daughter of Alexander Cameron Rutherford (1857-1941) and Mattie Birkett (1865-1940). The Rutherfords moved to Edmonton, Northwest Territories in 1895, where Alexander set up his legal practice.

    In 1905, Hazel's father became the first Premier of Alberta. In 1911, the family moved into a home overlooking the Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Alberta. The home is now located within the University of Alberta campus.

    Hazel married Stanley McCuaig (1891-1986) in 1919. Stanley articled with Alexander Cameron Rutherford's law firm and later became a partner in the firm McCuaig Desrochers. Hazel and Stanley had four children: Eric (1920-2015), Helen (McEvoy) (1924-2016), Harwood Stanley (1926-2015), and Ruth (Bate) (d. 1983).

    Known for her philanthropy throughout Edmonton, Hazel donated to numerous organizations including the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), the Women's Canadian Club, the Old Timer's Association, the Edmonton Archives Board, and the University of Alberta. She received an honorary degree from the University of Alberta in 1964. In 1973, Rutherford House opened as a Provincial Historic Site.

    Hazel passed away in 1992.

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    The collection consists of photographs featuring Hazel McCuaig's family in the early part of the 20th century at events such as a wedding at Rutherford House and views of Rutherford House. There is also a snapshot of King Edward VII and is identified as being taken in Banff in 1906. The collection also includes photocopied newspaper clippings and various Government of Alberta and other publications including Law Society of Alberta regulations, Department of Education regulations and catalogue of books for public schools and libraries, United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) Co-operative Elevator Company notices, Canadian Bank of Commerce New Index of Wholesale Prices in Canada, an issue of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Times, issues of The Globe newspaper, and various other publications including Tom Taylor's Motor Trip Through the Canadian Rockies, General Description of the Resources and Capabilities of the Canadian North-West, Rundle in Alberta, A Descriptive Narrative of Banff National Park, The Jubilee of Confederation, and Premiums and Losses in Alberta of Insurance Companies.

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    In 1977, Lorrie Storr, and employee of Rutherford House in Edmonton, Alberta deposited the records on behalf of Mrs. Hazel McCuaig (PR1977.0175). In 1992, Rutherford House allowed the Provincial Archives of Alberta to copy the photographs from the McCuaig Family album (PR1992.0127). The photographs from PR2010.0331 were found in 2010 in an envelope with a scrap of paper with "Brock Silversides" and "McCuaig" written on it. It is assumed that these photos were meant to be an accession to the McCuaig Collection.


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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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        Associated materials

        For more material on Hazel McCuaig, please see the Hazel McCuaig fonds at the University of Alberta Archives and the Alexander Cameron Rutherford fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PR0252).

        For a taped interview with Hazel McCuaig conducted by Ruth Bowen of the Provincial Archives of Alberta recalling her life in Edmonton and the construction of Rutherford House please see PR1972.0125.

        For more material on Hazel McCuaig, please see the Hazel McCuaig fonds at the University of Alberta Archives and the Alexander Cameron Rutherford fonds.


        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the University of Alberta Hazel McCuaig fonds description.

        The images can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A2154 and A20077 through A20080.

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        Includes accessions PR2010.0331, PR1977.0175 and PR1992.0127.

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        The fonds also includes 29 photographs, 9 negatives.

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