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Fonds F1149 - David Edwin Lewis fonds

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David Edwin Lewis fonds


  • 1901-1981, predominant 1941-1945 (Creation)

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12 cm of textual records. -- 1 photograph

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Biographical history

David Edwin "Ed" Lewis, 1913-1999, was born in Calgary. With the onset of the Second World War he completed his law degree at the University of Alberta in 1941, then immediately joined the Canadian Army. He served overseas with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. On his return in 1946 he articled with a Calgary law firm. He was called to the Bar in 1947. In 1948 he joined the legal department of Imperial Oil Ltd. and in 1954 became regional solicitor. He worked for Imperial Oil until 1974. In his latter years he joined the Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations. He was co-author, with Andrew Thompson, 1925-2000, of Canadian Oil and Gas, a six volume law and service text. In 1960 he was made a QC. He was chairman of the board of the Glenbow, 1980-1983 and was also active with the Canadian Petroleum Association, Heritage Park, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Calgary Zoological Society and the John Howard Society. He married Josephine E. McCarten in 1950, and they had two children, Diane (Atkinson) and David.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Lewis, 1966-1982.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of military papers and memorabilia (1940s); oil share certificates (1908-1934); miscellaneous programs, pamphlets and greeting cards (1901-1981); and a photograph of the Calgary Highlanders (1958).

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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 some of the oil share certificates have been digitized.

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There are recorded interviews with D.E. Lewis in the Petroleum Industry Oral History Project (RCT-486) and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce fonds (RCT-872) at Glenbow.

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NA 4097 are copies of documents.


The M's should be amalgamated.


Link added to Archives Photographs on October 24, 2017.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018




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