Fonds F1769 - Archdeacon Cecil Swanson fonds

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Archdeacon Cecil Swanson fonds


  • 1952-1984 (Creation)

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25 cm of textual records. -- 109 photographs. -- 1 audiotape.

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Cecil Swanson, 1889-1984, was born in London, England. He came to Canada in 1908. He graduated in theology from Wycliffe College, Toronto, in 1913. He was ordained an Anglican priest in Dawson City the same year, and subsequently served in the Yukon, NWT and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. He then moved to Lethbridge, where he was made Archdeacon in 1929. He served at St. Stephen's in Calgary, 1932-1940, at Christ Church in Vancouver, 1940-1953, and as rector at St. Paul's, Toronto before retiring to Calgary in 1960. Swanson received the Order of Canada and an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 1972. Cecil Swanson School in Calgary was named in his honour in 1980. He married Enid May Schreiber, ?-1970, and they had three daughters, Cecilie (Parke), 1920-2014, Vera (Burns), 1915-2003, and Beatrice (Armstrong), 1918-2006.

For further details see The Days of my Sojourning : A Reminiscence / Cecil Swanson. - Calgary : Glenbow-Alberta Institute , 1977.


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Gifts of Archdeacon and Mrs. Swanson, and Cecilie Parke, 1961-1988.

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The fonds consists of scrapbook; speech; guestbooks; photographs of the family, Anglican missionaries and the Yukon; manuscript of The Days of my Sojourning; and newsclippings. Includes sympathy cards sent to daughter after his death; also recording of Swanson singing grace at Old Time Rangemen's Dinner, 1976.

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The material is in English.

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There is an interview with Archdeacon Swanson in the Leslie Family fonds at Glenbow (RCT-229)

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The M's should be amalgamated.


M 3488 is missing so it is not listed. It may have been reassigned the number M 3413, since they have the same description.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018




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