Fonds PR2087 - John C. Charyk fonds

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John C. Charyk fonds

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    • 1911-1943 (Creation)

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    0.70 m of textual records

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    Biographical history

    John Constantine Charyk was born in Glenbow, Alberta in 1908. He received his early education in Lake Louise, Canmore and at Calgary East Highschool.

    Following his graduation from Normal School in 1928, he taught school in a one-room rural school house in Blindloss, Alberta. Charyk acquired a Bachelor of Education in 1938, a Bachelor of Education in 1942, and a Master of Education in 1949 from the University of Alberta. Before moving to Hanna, Alberta in 1954, Charyk taught in Delia and Chinook, Alberta.

    Until his retirement in 1973, Charyk served as principal of Hanna High School in Alberta. For his long service, Charyk was a made a Fellow of the Canadian College of Teachers in 1971, and a Lifetime Member of the Alberta Teacher's Federation. Charyk is known for his numerous publications documenting the history of the one-room school house in Alberta, starting with "The Little White School House" published in 1969. On his retirement, the high school in Hanna was renamed "J.C. Charyk Hanna High School."

    John C. Charyk died in Hanna on February 8,1996 at the age of 87.

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    John C. Charyk donated the material to the University of Alberta Archives.

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    The fonds reflects John C. Charyk's interest in rural education in Alberta, and consists of minutes, dating from 1911- 1943, of the following school districts: Alpha School District # 2238: SW 35-30-16-W4, 1910- [1944] Belle Plains School District # 3206: NE 5-27-6-W4, 1914-1945 Cherry Valley School District # 3087: 3087: 26-32-3-W4, 1914- ? Craig Murray School District #3202: 33-29-5-W4, 1914- ? Dundee School District # 4326: NW 34-32-13-W4, 1928- ? Esther School District # 4038 (Excelda): 34-31-3-W4, 1916- 1969. Glenavon School District # 2640 Lafine): 29-28-6-W4, 1912- [1943] Grassy Slope School District #3993: SE 15-32-13-W4, 1920-1948 Huggard School District #4240: 27-7-W4, 1929- ? McConnel School District# 3082: 16-31-4-W4, 1913- 1941 Scotfield Consolidated School District #26: [1916- 1926] Sherrickville School District: ? Spondin School District # 3375 (Spondon): NE 14- 33-12-W4, 1916- [1971] Wildflower School District #2560: SE-3-31-5-W4, 1911- 1949. The fonds also includes assessment and tax rolls from the Village of Chinook, Alberta dating from 1915 - 1940.

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    In 1990, the University of Alberta donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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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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        For more material on school districts in Alberta, please see other county and school district records at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

        Please see the John Constantine Charyk fonds at the University of Alberta Archives, Edmonton, AB.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative/historical sketch sourced from the University of Alberta Archives fonds description for the John Constantine Charyk fonds available at: (Accessed May 9, 2007).

        Further information sourced from: William Peter Baergen, Pioneering with a Piece of Chalk: The One-Room Country Schools of Alberta 1885-1982, Toronto: 2005. Land descriptions described according to the Alberta Township System (ATS).

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        Includes accession PR1990.0227.

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