Fonds F1072 - Fred Kennedy fonds

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Fred Kennedy fonds


  • 1930-1968, predominant 1935-1941 (Creation)

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76 cm of textual records

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Fred Kennedy, 1900-1988, was a Calgary Herald employee for 30 years. He was born in Dundee, Scotland and came to Canada with his family in 1912. He attended journalism school in New York City, USA; worked for the Calgary News Telegram and the Albertan; and then toured with a rodeo company as publicity director. In 1927 he began his career with the Calgary Herald and held various positions: police reporter, city editor, sports editor, agriculture editor and Alberta legislative correspondent.

His stories on the Social Credit government were widely quoted and copied, and so angered Premier William Aberhart that Kennedy was frequently banned from press conferences. Despite the ban Kennedy managed to break important stories through his contacts with Aberhart's supporters and advisors. In 1957 Kennedy became publicity director for the Calgary Stampede, and in 1965 he began a 14-year column with the Albertan. He married Eugenie O'Neill in 1934 and they had three children. He owned, trained and bred racehorses, and was inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1985.

He wrote his memoirs in Alberta Was My Beat: Memoirs of a Western Newspaperman / Fred Kennedy. - Calgary : The Albertan, 1975.

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Gift of the Calgary Herald Library, 1970.

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The fonds consists of reference material on the Social Credit movement in Alberta compiled by Fred Kennedy while working for the Calgary Herald: newspaper clippings outlining the history and implementation of the Social Credit in Alberta; transcripts of William Aberhart's radio broadcasts from the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute and speeches as Premier, as well as Social Credit cabinet ministers' speeches; research notes; correspondence; and Social Credit pamphlets. Includes newspaper clippings (1955-1968) on pioneer life in Alberta, and a script for a western historical pageant at the Calgary Stampede (1964).

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      The material is in English.

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      Microfilm-Kennedy, Fred

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      Tuesday, October 16, 2018




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