Fonds PR1599 - Vern French fonds

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Vern French fonds

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    • 1973-1977, predominant 1974-1975 (Creation)
      Included in this fonds is one newspaper article dated after the death of Vern French.

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    0.07 m of textual records. - 3 photographs

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    Biographical history

    Laverne (Vern) Edward French was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1933. He and his wife Alice moved to Edmonton, Alberta from Toronto in 1974 and he began to work for Canadian Bechtel Construction as a labour relations representative.

    French was interested in bison and joined the National and Provincial Parks Association when he moved to Alberta. He was involved through that organization with an attempt to have the federal and provincial authorities to re-establish Buffalo National Park at Wainwright, Alberta and to have some rare wood bison moved from Elk Island National Park to Jasper National Park.

    French died in September 1977, survived by his wife and sons Garth, Craig, and Brian.

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    The fonds consists of records pertaining to Vern French’s activities in a lobby to the federal and provincial governments to re-establish Buffalo National Park at Wainwright, Alberta and includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, various government acts, articles, press releases, reports, minutes and photographs depicting various buffalo artefacts owned by Vern French, and flint corn.

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    Mr. Vern French deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1977.


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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 biographical sketch was taken from the records and from an article in the September 15, 1977 Edmonton Journal.

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        Includes accession PR1977.0092.

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