Collection PR0566 - Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives collection

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Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives collection

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    • 1903-1973 (Creation)

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    608 negatives and other material

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    In 1965 the City of Lethbridge, Alberta opened its first civic museum with George McKillop as the first curator. The Museum was housed in the Bowman Elementary School building and then relocated to its present facility at the Galt Hospital and, after renovation, opened to the public as the Sir Alexander Galt Museum in 1967.

    The Museum was operated by the Lethbridge Historical Society and volunteers until 1971 when professional staff was employed. In the early 1980's the Museum expanded again with new gallery space and expanded storage space, which allowed the Museum to develop new programs and temporary exhibits. The Museum now cares for over 20,000 artifacts and 300,000 archival documents and photographs.

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    Collection consists of coal mining union agreements, an Alberta government Department of Public Welfare information booklet, a report entitled Who’s Who in Alberta Agriculture, a Lethbridge School souvenir programme, notes, correspondence, and reports of C. A. (Charles Alexander) Magrath, Manager of the Canadian Northwest Irrigation Company, concerning St. Mary water rights and the St. Mary and Milk Rivers diversions, undated photographs depicting farming in the Peace River area, and a view of the Clearwater River and Dr. Frank Hamilton Mewburn of Lethbridge, Alberta. Collection includes microfilm copies of correspondence written to William Stafford dated 1883-1894, various records concerning farming, irrigation, homesteading, and Lethbridge, Alberta dated 1887-1921, a map of Alberta electoral districts dated 1924, and correspondence, reports and memorandum from the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company dating 1885-1906. Collection also includes copied photographs from a number of photograph albums, some with annotations, dating 1830-1935, which depict various forts, trading posts, canals, people, buildings, farms, livestock, and views in Alberta and western Canada.

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    Mr. Alex Johnston, a member of the Lethbridge Historical Society and founding member of the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives, deposited accession PR1971.0306 in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1971. Rosemary M. Allan, Museum Supervisor, deposited accession PR1972.0330 in the Archives in 1972 for the purpose of allowing the Archives to make a copy of the records. Mr. W.J. Elliott, Museum Supervisor, deposited accessions PR1973.0062 and PR1973.0375 in the Archives in 1973.


    Arrangement note: Items numbered 9, 10a, 10b, and 12 in accession PR1973.0375 were returned to the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives and copies retained in 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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        Other records pertaining to Dr. Frank Hamilton Mewburn can be found in the Frank H. Mewburn fonds located at the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, Alberta. Other records pertaining to the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company can be found in the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company fonds located at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta. Other records pertaining to C.A. Magrath can be found in the Charles Alexander Magrath fonds located at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

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        Fonds also includes 5 photographs, 0.07 m of textual records, and 1 microfilm.

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