Fonds PR0652 - J.W. Chalmers fonds

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J.W. Chalmers fonds

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    • 1950-1959 (Creation)

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    0.19 m of textual records

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    Born in Manitoba, J. W. (Jack) Chalmers graduated from the University of Manitoba and moved to Edmonton in 1931. He worked as a teacher and school principal. He later joined the Department of Education as the Director of the Correspondence School Branch. After serving as a navigation instructor for the RCAF in Edmonton during the Second World War, he attended Stanford University where he received a Doctorate degree in Education.

    Returning to Alberta, he worked as, a Superintendent of Schools in Sedgewick, Alberta, co-authored several textbooks in the early 1950's with Dr. H. T. (Pete) Coutts, a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, for use in Alberta schools. He was a professor at the University of Alberta and Concordia University College in Edmonton. He earned his third masters degree in 1990.

    He was married to Dorothy Niddrie (1914-2009) in 1938, and together they had six children. He died in Edmonton in 1998.

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    Fonds consists of correspondence between Dr. J. W. Chalmers, Dr. H. T. Coutts, and their publisher, J.M. Dent & Sons (Canada) Limited, assignment books written by Chalmers and Coutts to accompany the series Poetry and Prose for Canadians, and a working copy of Safaris, written by Chalmers and Coutts.

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    Dr. J. W. Chalmers deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in two separate accessions, one each in 1972 and 1973.


    Arrangement note: Some of the textbooks deposited in accession PR1972.343 have been removed and transferred to the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta.

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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 the following accessions:


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