Fonds PR3058 - Mary Harrington fonds

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Mary Harrington fonds

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    • [ca. 1960] - 1991 (Creation)

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    0.12 m of textual records and other material

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    Mary Elizabeth Sansum married David Dawson Harrington (1926-1990), and together they had three children: Clare (MacFarland), Becky, and Patricia (Phipps).

    In 1954, David established Air-Spray Ltd, which offered crop dusting services as well as fire fighting services throughout Alberta from its head office in Wetaskiwin. Initially, David Harrington served not only as president but as the only pilot, and Mary served as the company's bookkeeper. However by 1961 the company employed six. In 1967, David Harrington changed the name of Air-Spray Ltd. to Mercury Flights Ltd. R. Angus Alberta purchased Mercury Flights in 1974.

    The family later moved to Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

    Custodial history

    In 2001, Mary Harrington donated the material to Monica Burckhardt of the Alberta Aviation Council. In 2003, the Alberta Aviation Council dissolved. After the Council dissolved, Mary Oswald, Historian for the Council, retained some of the records of the organization.

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    The fonds consists of material documenting the operation of Air Spray Ltd. created, collected, and arranged by Mary Harrington including films and transparencies capturing fire suppression and crop dusting performed by Air Spray Ltd during the 1960s; correspondence, licenses, photographs and clippings related to the operation of Air Spray collected by Mary Harrington dating from 1960 to 1969; Mary Harrington's correspondence related to the collection of Air Spray Ltd. materials; a copy of Western Wings (July 1961) published monthly by Wings Publishing Co. Ltd in Calgary; a souvenir program for "Edmonton's Centennial Air Show and Armed Forces Day" prepared by 700 (City of Edmonton) Wings, Royal Canadian Air Force Association to commemorate aviation in Alberta in 1967; an Alberta Forest Service Plan 1962 map used by Air Spray Ltd. during firefighting; and a cartoon strip regarding the construction of "Helmsworth Field" in 1960."

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    In 2005, Mary Oswald 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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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from Information for this history culled from the fonds and the Alberta Gazette.

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        Includes accession PR2008.0495.

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        The fonds also includes 328 transparencies, 100 photographs, 12 drawings, 3 films, 2 maps, and 2 plans

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