Fonds PR1900 - Reta Rowan fonds

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Reta Rowan fonds

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    • 1918-1966 (Creation)

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    0.01 m of textual records

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    Biographical history

    Reta Guenever Mary Bush was born in Mitcham, Surrey, England in 1895. She married William Rowan (1892-1957) in Croydon, Surrey in 1919. That year, they moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where William lectured in zoology at the University of Manitoba. In 1921, he founded and became the Head of the Zoology Department at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

    Reta was involved in various organizations in Edmonton, including the Edmonton International Club, the Indian Association of Alberta, from which she received an honourary life membership, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She also helped in the establishment of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton. She was a founding member of the Friends of the Indians Society, serving over the years as president and secretary. Reta and William's children included Gerdine (McPhee) (1920-2015), William, Sylvia (Bentley) (d. 1987), Julian (1925-2016) and Josephine (Stretton, later Traugott).

    In 1977, Reta moved to Toronto, Ontario. Reta Rowan died in July 1983.

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    The fonds consists of records relating to the life and works of Reta Rowan and includes correspondence, music programs, a Junior League of Nations Society program, a Peace Conference program, poems, and correspondence relating to her involvement with the Friends of the Indians Society.

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    Josephine Traugott, on behalf of her mother Reta Rowan, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1978.


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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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        See also the Reta Guenever Mary Rowan fonds at the University of Alberta Archives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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        Information for the biographical sketch is taken from Who’s Who at the University of Alberta, 1919-39, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 378.7123340922 W628 1993 PAA and from the records.

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        Includes accession PR1978.0180.

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