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Fonds F2103 - Calgary Youth Science Fair Society fonds
ACU GBA F2103
Calgary Youth Science Fair Society fonds
- [ca. 1960s-1990s] (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
1.5 m of textual records
Name of creator
In the early 1960s Dr. Robert Warren, Chief Superintendent of the Calgary Public School Board, initiated the first science fair for city schools in Calgary, Alberta, in conjunction with Catholic Board Superintendent, Jack Van Tighem. A board of directors of teachers and business people was assembled for the newly-created Calgary Science Fair organization, and the first fair was held at Mewata Armouries. It has subsequently been held at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, and at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede grounds. In the mid-1960s the name was changed to the Calgary School Fair, and the mandate broadened to include projects other than science, including home economics, industrial arts, and art. By the early 1970s participation in the fair had declined, and the board decided to again emphasize science projects. To reflect this, the name was changed to Calgary Youth Science Fair Society. Almost from its inception the fair has been the largest event of its kind in Canada, usually attracting over 700 projects.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of the Calgary Youth Science Fair Society, 1995.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of minutes and administrative records.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
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Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Unprocessed. Access may be restricted. Please consult archivist.
Conditions governing reproduction
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Script of material
Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
No finding aid.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of records.
More minutes are expected to be donated in early 1996.