Fonds F0701 - EP Ranch fonds

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EP Ranch fonds


  • 1920-1973, predominant 1931-1956 (Creation)

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1.76 m of textual records. -- 1588 photographs

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Edward, Prince of Wales purchased the EP Ranch near Pekisko, Alberta after the 1919 royal tour of Western Canada. Purebred livestock were imported and raised on the ranch with the aim of helping western stockmen improve the quality of their animals. The Prince visited the EP in 1923, 1924 and 1927, and after his abdication as King Edward VIII, visited the ranch with his wife in 1941 and 1950. For many years it was managed by Professor W.L. Carlyle. The Prince also appointed an advisory committee to oversee ranch operations. It was chaired by Patrick Burns and included A.E. Cross and Alick Newton. In 1942 Carlyle resigned and the ranch was managed by P. Burns Agencies until 1950 when it came under the direction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). At this time it reverted to a commercial cattle venture. In 1956 the Duke of Windsor (his title after abdication) and a group in Britain formed the EP Ranching Company to take over the ranch operations. It was restocked with purebred animals from Britain. In 1962 the ranch was sold to a neighbourhood rancher, Jim Cartwright. For further information see Prince Charming Goes West : The Story of the EP (Edward Prince) Ranch / Simon M. Evans. - Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 1992; and "The EP Ranch: a Fantasy of Escape" in King Edward VIII: an American Life / Ted Powell. - Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 (Chapter 5).


Archival history

Most of the records (M-2398) were retained in Calgary by the ranch's legal representative, R.G. Black, QC. They were given to the Glenbow in 1975 with the permission of the Duchess of Windsor.

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Gifts of Mr. R.G. Black, Mr. D.C. Newton, Stewart Campbell, Riveredge Foundation, Mrs. J. Charles Yule, and John and Tami Cartwright, 1964-2002.

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The fonds consists of EP Ranch committee minutes (1933-1936); business correspondence, including Alick Newton's (1931-1950); general ledgers and financial statements (1920-1956); correspondence about disposal of the ranch; EP Ranching Company minutes and shareholders' records (1956-1958); photographs of the Prince, EP and Bar U ranches, Hoot Gibson movie, and local personalities; and newspaper clippings.

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The material is in English.

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Title based on contents of records.


M 2380, M 2959, and M 7005 should be amalgamated with M 2398.


NA 3547 are copies of documents.


Includes file 58 from M-4843 Riveredge collection
Includes Vol. 41-46, 48 from PD-132 Riveredge collection
Includes #65, 90-91 from PB-601 Riveredge collection
Includes #154-162 from PA-2445 Riveredge collection

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018




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