Fonds F3726 - Canadian Petroleum association fonds

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Canadian Petroleum association fonds


  • 1948-1992 (Creation)

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23.6 m of textual records. -- 1 audio cassette. -- 109 photographs

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Administrative history

The Alberta Oil Operators' Association was founded in 1927 to help the industry deal with its many unique and difficult problems. It was reorganized in 1929 as the Oil and Gas Association of Alberta. This association merged in 1938 with the Petroleum Producers' Association (created the previous year by independent oil producers) to form the Alberta Petroleum Association. Throughout the 1940s it provided industry members with the opportunity to express their views to government agencies.

In 1947 the name was changed to the Western Canadian Petroleum Association. Fred M. Graham was the first president. In 1952 WCPA amalgamated with the Saskatchewan Operators' Association under its current name, the Canadian Petroleum Association. C.U. Daniels was the first chairman of the board. CPA's objectives are to establish better understanding between the petroleum and natural gas industry and the public, to encourage cooperation between the industry and all levels of government, and to provide a forum for discussion of matters affecting members. Most of its workload is handled by an extensive committee system.

CPA's head office is in Calgary. An Ottawa office was established in 1958. Divisional offices were opened in Calgary and Regina in 1952, in Victoria in 1960, and in St. John's in 1981. The Victoria, Regina and St. John's offices were closed in 1991. In 1992 CPA amalgamated with the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada to form the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Archival history

Part of this fonds was held by the University of Calgary Library until transferred to Glenbow in 1984.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Canadian Petroleum Association, the University of Calgary Library, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and Peter McKenzie-Brown, 1984-2005.

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The fonds consists of administration files (1950-1992) which include minutes, correspondence, memoranda, financial documents, and legal agreements; and newsletters (1956-1970). Includes the general files of the Western Canadian Petroleum Association (1948-1950) and includes photographs of geological surveys in British Columbia and the Yukon.

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System of arrangement

The original, physical arrangement of this fonds is in chronological order. The records have been intellectually re-arranged into the following series:

  • Board of Directors/Board of Governors
  • Subject files
  • Committees
  • Provincial offices
  • Newsletters
  • Western Canadian Petroleum Association

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      The original finding aid, in chronological order, is available upon request. The posted finding aid has been intellectually arranged into the series noted above.

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      Records of the Canadian Petroleum Association, Saskatchewan Division are held by the Saskatchewan Archives Board.

      See also the following records held by the Glenbow: Arctic Petroleum Operators' Association; Independent Petroleum Association of Canada.

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      Former CPA file numbering is noted in the General Note field where available.

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