Fonds PR2688 - James Murray fonds

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James Murray fonds

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    • Copied 1969 (Creation)

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    56 photographs. -- 37 negatives

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    Born in Simcoe County, Ontario in 1882, James Murray graduated from the Ontario College of Agriculture in Guelph in 1902 and joined the Seed Grain Branch of the Canadian Department of Agriculture. He then worked as the General Superintendent for the Dominion Experimental Farm at Brandon, Manitoba.

    He then took the position of general manager of Canadian Wheatlands Limited, a land settlement and irrigation project that operated near Suffield, Alberta from 1911 until it went into receivership in 1914. He left Alberta in December 1914 to became a professor of cereal husbandry (also referred to as agronomy) at Macdonald College at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

    He returned to Alberta in 1919 as the manager of the farms owned by the Noble Foundation Limited, the land holding company established by inventor Charles S. Noble When the Noble Foundation went into receivership in 1922, Murray joined the Alberta Department of Agriculture. He served as a District Agriculturist in Medicine Hat from 1922-1930 before becoming the principal of Olds Agricultural College, a position he held until his retirement in 1946. After retiring, he lived in Red Deer, Alberta before moving to Ottawa, Ontario.

    He married Florence Mabel Allan (1882-1971) in Carleton Place, Ontario in 1908, and together they had two children: James Allan (1912-1994) and Margaret Campbell (1916-1994).

    He died in Ottawa in 1973. He was elected as a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in 1942, and the James Murray Building at Olds College was named in his honor in 1970.

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    The fonds consists of images taken between 1911 and 1913 depicting farming in Suffield, Alberta from a photo album belonging to James Murray. The fonds includes images of a gasoline tractor, a steam tractor, a Red River Cart, four horse-drawn swathers, ploughs breaking prairie land, a machine shop, cutting wheat, cutting flax, bunk houses, four men each driving a horse-drawn binder, hauling steamcoal, and breaking land with oxen.

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    In 1969, James Murray allowed the Provincial Archives of Alberta to copy the material.


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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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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from accession file PR1969.0094. Images from the fonds can be located in the Photographic Reference Section of the Reading Room of the Provincial Archives of Alberta under the number A1315 - A1341.

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        Includes accession PR1969.0094.

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