Fonds F0526 - Chuchla family fonds

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CA ACU GBA F0526

Title

Chuchla family fonds

Date(s)

  • 1907-1995, predominant 1907-1978 (Creation)

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Fonds

Extent and medium

186 photographs. -- 3.5 cm of textual records. -- 1 audio cassette

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Walter Frank Chuchla, 1904-1987, was born in Blazowa, Poland, and emigrated to Edmonton in 1926. He soon moved to Coleman, Alberta where he worked as a coal miner, was secretary of the Polish Society of Brotherly Aid, and played saxophone in a Polish dance band. He married Anne Pieronek, 1915-2006, in 1931, and they had one daughter, Claire (Glowacki), 1934-2014. After a mining accident in 1945 the family moved to Calgary where Walter worked as a woodworker and later a caretaker for the Calgary Separate School Board. He retired in 1970. He was president of the Polish Alliance of Calgary (1960s), vice-president of the Calgary Canadian Citizenship Council, and was a founding member of the Canadian Polish Congress of Alberta. The Chuchlas assisted Polish refugees in the 1940s and helped organize the first Polish church in Calgary. A memorial fund was set up in Walter's honour by the Glenbow to promote multicultural exhibits. For further information see Barbara Kwasny's article, "Walter and Annie Chuchla", in Heritage, vol. 7, no. 5 (Sept/Oct 1979), p. 7-9. Claire began an oral history project in 1999 by interviewing Polish immigrants who came to Canada after the Second World War.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Walter Chuchla and Claire Chuchla-Glowacki, 1975-2001.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of photographs of the Chuchla family (1926-1942, 1978), Polish personalities in Crowsnest Pass and Calgary (1907-1973), and the Polish Alliance of Calgary picnic (1937); Walter's autobiography (1978); certificates and the 1932 constitution of the Polish Alliance of Calgary; newsclippings and articles about Walter; biographies of Walter and Anne written by Claire; transcript of an interview between Anne and Claire (1995); and correspondence (1975-1991). Includes some biographical information on Polish immigrants, and Claire's interview with Jasia Kaminski about her life in a labour camp.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English and Polish.

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

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Related units of description

Other papers of Walter Chuchla are held by Library and Archives Canada. Recorded interviews with Walter are in the Larry Ewashen Oral History Project (RCT-565-8), and the Century Calgary fonds (RCT-144-65), at Glenbow.

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Title based on contents of records.

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Negative accession 3514 are copies.

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1991 material was added to earlier accessions and not accessioned separately.

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Link added to Archives Photographs on March 21, 2018.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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