Fonds PR3301 - James Sutherland fonds

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James Sutherland fonds

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    • [1917]-2013 (Creation)

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    0.01m of textual records. -- 12 photographs.

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    James “Jim” Alexander Sutherland was born in Calgary in 1918 and grew up in the Elbow Park neighbourhood. His mother, Rena Wood Bent, traveled across the prairies selling children's encyclopedias with a friend. During her stop in Calgary she met James' father, James Brown "J.B." Sutherland (-1940), and they married in 1912. J.B. had been living in Scotland before being hired by George A. Touche and Company (an accounting firm), then moving to open an office in Calgary and later becoming partner in the firm.

    James was born in 1918 and his family moved to Winnipeg in 1927, where his father took over the firm there. James went to school for accountancy, but attempted to join the air force in his third year at the beginning of WWII. Although he transferred to the navy when training took longer than expected and was due to travel to Halifax in 1940, his enlistment was deferred when his father died in a traffic accident. He returned home to assist his mother in getting her and his father's affairs in order, then drove across the country to get to Halifax in 1941. He enlisted in the navy as an acting paymaster sub lieutenant.

    James passed away in 2003.

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    The fonds consists of photographs documenting the life of James Alexander Sutherland, along with a typed transcript of Sutherland’s oral recounting of his childhood in Calgary.

    Sutherland described experiences that were memorable for him including buying a pony to ride to school from the Tsuutʼina Nation [Sarcee Indian Band], a typhoid quarantine, and being strapped on his first day of grade one.

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    The records were donated to the Provincial Archives of Alberta by James Sutherland's daughter, Barbara Sutherland, in 2015. The transcript of the interview with James Sutherland was prepared by Barbara and the original interview (not included in the fonds) was conducted by James Sutherland's other daughter, Sandra Van Ostrand.


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        The material is in English.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes the following accession: PR2015.1030

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