Fonds PR1819 - Vegreville Observer fonds

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Vegreville Observer fonds

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    • 1906-1989 (Creation)

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    ca. 700 photographs and other material

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    Administrative history

    The Vegreville Observer was established by Ben Woodhull with W.W. Smith as editor in 1906. After only one month of publishing, A.L. (Andrew Leslie) Horton (1876-1958) moved to Vegreville, Alberta to take over the newspaper. The weekly paper also published the Riley Transcript from 1927 to 1928.

    The Vegreville Observer, for its cooperation with the Edmonton Journal, won a special Pulitzer Prize for distinguished and meritorious public service in 1937. Horton transferred the business to his son, Wilfred L. "Wufty" Horton (1929-2009), upon his retirement as an active publisher in 1957. He sold the paper in 1986 to Monte McArthur, whose family subsequently sold it to Roger Holmes in 1998. It was later purchased by Dan Beaudett.

    The Vegreville Observer ceased publication in 2015.

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    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of photographs and 11 printing plates of images from Vegreville, including people, buildings and events. The fonds also includes programs, issues of the Vegreville Observer, copies of a commemorative 1909 issue, a certificate from the trustees of Columbia University for special Pulitzer Prize, and the film St. Laurent: A Man and his Country.

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    Wilf L.Horton deposited records and allowed others to be copied by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1989.


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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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        Partial file list is available.

        Associated materials

        Microfilm copies of the Vegreville Observer are available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Room.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

        General note

        Information for the administrative history is taken from Vegreville in Review and History of Greater Vegreville, which are available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 V658 and 971.233 H219 respectively, from Alberta Newspapers, 1880-1982: an Historical Directory (015.7123035 St82), available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Room and from the records.

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        Includes accession PR1989.0057.

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        The images can be located in the VO (Vegreville Observer) file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints.

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        Includes 14 negatives, 1 film and 0.01 m of textual records.

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