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Premier's Office records
PR4165.0001 · Series · 1908-1972, predominant 1959-1971
Part of Harry Strom fonds

The series consists of records created or received by Harry Strom during his tenure as the Premier of Alberta. The files include records generated by the activities of other premiers, primarily Ernest C. Manning, that Strom received upon taking office.

The fonds also includes materials relating to Strom's external activities of the Premier, including speeches, interviews, Social Credit literature, and religious issues.

The records contain correspondence, memorandum, reports, meeting minutes, agendas, legislation, submissions from organizations, reports and reference materials, newspaper clippings, invitations to events, speeches, registers of incoming mail, and other records containing diverse information regarding all aspects of government administration, including:

  • Agriculture, including schools, livestock, dairying, wheat and other crops, the Alberta Wheat Pool, water resources, and irrigation;

  • Attorney General, including acts and legislation, police, judges, courts, Queen's Counsels, estates, Alberta Securities Commission, Public Utilities Board, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and law enforcement generally;

  • Education, including appeals for assistance, special education programs, school divisions and districts, buildings, finances, post-secondary education, the University of Alberta, and teachers;

  • Executive Council, including cabinet meetings, orders-in-council, members, the civil service, royal and vice-regal visits, ambassador case files, trade missions, elections and byelections, and alphabetical and other files created by the Office of the Premier;

  • Lands and Forests, including Crown lands, electric power, the Brazeau Dam, grazing, timber, mines and minerals, coal, petroleum, natural gas, oil sands, and pipelines;

  • Legislative Assembly, including royal commissions, the provincial library, throne speeches, and legislative activities;

  • Municipal Affairs, including cities, towns and villages, Calgary and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), taxation, assessment, and debt;

  • Provincial Secretary, including insurance, corporations and companies, theatres, amusements, movies, motor vehicles,

  • Public Health, including the medical profession, nurses, vital statistics, fiftieth wedding anniversary messages, fluoridation, child welfare, health insurance, Medicare, hospitals, pollution, and mental health;

  • Public Works, including the Provincial Parks Board, public vehicles, public buildings and sites, university residences, and boilers;

  • Highways, including roads, bridges, ferries, the Alaska Highway, transportation, and rail line abandonment;

  • Telephones, including Alberta Government Telephones;

  • Youth;

  • Trades and Industry, including licensing of businesses, employment and labour conditions, and minimum wage;

  • Treasury, including Alberta Treasury Branches, pensions, individual pensions case files, disability pensions, the Worker's Compensation Board, the Alberta Liquor Control Board, beer parlours, provincial financial matters, and public debt;

  • Public Welfare, including welfare administration, provincial relief recipients, and seed and feed relief;

  • Federal-provincial and international matters, including Canada's 1967 Centennial Celebrations, Indigenous and Metis issues, premier's conferences, federal royal commissions, the National Energy Board; and

  • Liaison activities with various provincial and federal organizations.

The fonds also includes J.E. Brownlee's 1908 degree from Victoria College, letters patent from 1935 appointing Ernest C. Manning as Provincial Secretary and Minister of Trade and Industry and the files of Don Hamilton and Owen Anderson, who served as Strom's special assistants from 1969-1971.

Strom, Harry
Ernest C. Manning fonds
PR0071 · Fonds · 1901-1980, predominant 1935-1959

The fonds consists of records created or received by Ernest C. Manning during his tenure as the Premier of Alberta. The files include records generated by the activities of Herbert Greenfield, John E. Brownlee, Richard G. Reid, and William Aberhart as Premier that Manning received upon taking office.

The fonds also includes materials relating to Manning's external activities of the Premier, including speeches, radio broadcasts, correspondence, as well as records pertaining to the Prophetic Bible Institute, the Alberta Social Credit League, as well as Aberhart's and Manning’s constituency records.

The records contain correspondence, memorandum, reports, meeting minutes, agendas, legislation, submissions from organizations, newspaper clippings, invitations, registers of incoming mail, and other records containing diverse information regarding all aspects of government administration, including:

  • Agriculture, including schools, livestock, dairying, wheat and other crops, relief plans, the Alberta Wheat Pool, marketing, land settlement, cooperatives, and agricultural colonies, drought, soil erosion and conservation;

  • Justice, including acts and legislation, police, judges, gambling, prisons, and law enforcement generally;

  • Education, including schools, teachers, organizations, universities, agricultural colleges, other post-secondary and technical institutions, school districts, school buildings, students, school boards and trustees, and school finance;

  • Executive Council, including the British monarch, the Governor General, the Lieutenant-Governor, civil service, consular services and Agent-General positions;

  • Environment, including soil and water conservation, flood control, and dry areas;

  • Mines, minerals and other resources, including electricity, fisheries, forestry, timber, hydropower, coal, natural gas, pipelines, oil and oil sands;

  • Legislative Assembly, including meetings of the caucus, library administration, sessional papers, acts and legislation, speeches from the throne, reports, printing, and elections;

  • Labour, including minimum wage issues, disputes and strikes, unemployment, working conditions, and the Worker’s Compensation Board;

  • Municipal affairs, including cities, villages, towns, irrigation districts, special districts, improvement districts, planning, and local taxation and assessment;

  • Provincial Secretary, including corporations, theatres, motor vehicles, airplanes, historic sites, licensing, tourism, movies and censorship;

  • Public health, including hospitals, nurses, doctors, communicable and other diseases, mental health, sanatoriums, vital statistics, child welfare;

  • Public works, including roads, highways, parks, public buildings, and transportation;

  • Public welfare, including relief and unemployment projects and programs, mother’s allowances, and pensions;

  • Publicity and advertising, including government advertising, government publications, the Publicity Commissioner, films, television and radio broadcasts, exhibitions, and CKUA Radio;

  • Treasury, including provincial finances, bank policy, taxation, public debt, free trade, auditor’s reports, statistics, and audits;

  • Telephone and railway matters, including Alberta Government Telephones, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canadian National Railway, and other railways;

  • Trade, commerce and industry, including economic plans, freight rates, tariffs, free trade, marketing, licensing, and trade organizations;

  • Interprovincial issues, including relief efforts, commerce, Premier’s conferences, and liaison between provinces;Dominion and national issues, including constitutional matters, federal royal commissions, federal-provincial conferences, immigration and citizenship;

  • Celebrations, commemorations, and visits of dignitaries, including royal visits and those of Governors-General;Imperial, British, and international matters, including imperial conferences;

  • Alberta political parties, including the United Farmers of Alberta, the Alberta Social Credit League, Social Credit organizations in other provinces, and other political groups in Alberta; and

  • Other issues, including immigration and specific immigrant groups, wars and veterans, religion and the creation of the United Church, civil defense, alcoholism, and women’s rights.

The fonds also includes a file of financial accounts of the Alberta Hotel Licenses "Help Win The War Fund" administered by Manning as well as letters patent appointing Manning as Provincial Treasurer (1944), Minister of Mines and Minerals (1952) and Attorney General (1955). It also includes a small volume of records created by Manning after leaving office.

Manning, Ernest C.
Allan Hustak fonds
PR0935 · Fonds · 1929-1934

The fonds consists of two images, one of Richard Gavin Reid, Alberta Premier from 1934 to 1935, and one of a photograph of Prime Minister Mackenzie King and Alberta Premier John Brownlee signing the agreement transferring control of natural resources from the Federal government to the Provincial government, December 14, 1929.

Hustak, Allan
Jean Morrison fonds
PR1161 · Fonds · 1957-1958

Fonds consists of electoral lists for Division Number (No.) 143 Tongue Creek, Division No. 146 Longview, and Subdivision No. 3 Tongue Creek, and newspaper clippings and a pamphlet about the legal status of women written by John E. Brownlee.

Morrison, Jean
A.M. Brownlee fonds
PR1350 · Fonds · 1929

The fonds consists of a photograph of Prime Minister Mackenzie King and Alberta Premier John E. Brownlee at the signing of the agreement transferring control of natural resources from the Federal government to the Provincial government, December 14, 1929, and an original and a copy by telephoto process of John E. Brownlee.

Brownlee, A. M.