Fonds PR1750 - J.E. Plewes fonds

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J.E. Plewes fonds

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    • 1955-1959 (Creation)

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    2 scrapbooks. - 25 photographs. - 0.06 m of textual records.

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    Biographical history

    James Evan Plewes was born in Baldur, Manitoba in 1905 and educated at Wesley College and University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He married Isabel Pearce (1910-2016) in 1935, and together they had three children: Marilyn (Murray), Donald and Gordon. During the Second World War, he was a member of the naval reserve involved with training sea cadets.

    Joining the Toronto office of the Retail Credit Company in 1929, Plewes came to Edmonton, Alberta in 1949 where he became the Company's Edmonton branch manager. In 1955, he was appointed administrator of the Alberta Golden Jubilee Working Committee, then named acting coordinator of cultural activities for the Alberta Government. When Northern and Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditoriums opened, Plewes was director of Auditoriums. Plewes was the first auditorium manager of the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. He retired in 1970.

    He was involved in the local Kinsmen Club, the men's club of the United Church of Canada, and Acacia Masonic Lodge.

    He died in Pigeon Lake, Alberta in 1983.

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    The fonds consists of scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, programs, invitations about the construction, opening and performances at the Alberta Jubilee Auditoriums, an Alberta Jubilee Auditoriums publication, and materials relating to Alberta's Golden Jubilee celebrations including a calendar, publications, sheet music, programs and brochures. The fonds also includes photographs of the Alberta Golden Jubilee Caravan and others photographs relating to Alberta's Golden Jubilee.

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    Louise Plewes, J.E. Plewes' wife, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1988.


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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 records created by J.E. Plewes in his government position as coordinator for the Alberta Jubilee Celebrations, see GR1973.0021.


        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from the records.

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        Includes accession PR1988.0157.

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