Fonds F3095 - Alan Spencer fonds

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Alan Spencer fonds


  • [ca. 1915-1975] (Creation)

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25 cm of textual records. -- 75 photographs

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Biographical history

Alan Arthur Spencer, 1906-1990, was born in England and came with his family to western Canada in 1912. The family returned to England during the First World War but returned to Pincher Creek, Alberta in 1918. They soon moved to Calgary where Alan's father, John A. Spencer, worked at Terrill's Greenhouses. Alan apprenticed as a sheet metal worker at the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and worked his entire career at the Ogden Shops, except for service in the RCAF during the Second World War. He retired in 1971. He was an enthusiastic amateur historian and photographer. He and his wife had at least one child, Audrey (Schultz). They were close friends of Calgary Zoo curator Tom Baines.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Audrey Schultz, 2009-2017.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of papers related to the Calgary Stampede, the arts scene in Calgary, Canadian Pacific Railway's Ogden shops, the Sheet metal workers union, the Calgary Zoo, A.E. Jaques clothing store, and the Calgary Horse Show. Also consists of Alan's photographs of Calgary scenes and buildings, and annual Christmas cards sent to the family by Tom Baines.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but many of the photos have been digitized.

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Title based on contents of records.


Link added to Archives Photographs on July 27, 2015.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018




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