Fonds F0801 - Garbutt Business College fonds

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Garbutt Business College fonds


  • [ca. 1908-1951] (Creation)

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26 photographs. -- 8 cm of textual records

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Frederick George Garbutt, 1876-1947, was born in Weston, Ontario. A school teacher by trade, he taught at the Shaw Business School in Ontario before moving to Alberta in 1907. That year he started Garbutt Business College in Calgary at the NE corner of 11th Avenue and 4th Street SW. In 1910 he married Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, 1879-1961, who was originally from Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. They had five children, Alice (Gill), Edith Florence, Frederick James, George Arthur, and Elizabeth Wolfe. The college was moved to 509 - 8th Avenue SW by the early 1920s, and in 1935 was moved to the top floor of the Traders Building at 12th Avenue and 1st Street SW. In 1943 the college moved to a new building on the SE corner of 7th Avenue and 6th Street SW. The school remained there until it closed in 1951. Students were taught typing, stenography, dictation, telephone technique and other secretarial arts. After the success of the Calgary college, Frederick Garbutt started a chain of other business colleges in Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Red Deer and Drumheller, as well as in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.


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Gifts of Paul Fuenning, 1962; George and Elizabeth Garbutt, 1982-1999; and O. Mae McKenzie estate, 2000.

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The fonds consists of catalogues outlining courses (1940-1949); student-produced newspapers and journals: "Garbutt College Grist" (1920-1921), "The Garbutt Bulletin" (1934-1937), and "Garnet and Gold" (1939-1941); tuition rates cards (1948, 1951 and nd); photographs of the college, students, faculty, office equipment, Frederick Garbutt, and Edith F. Garbutt (ca. 1908-1951); and miscellaneous newsclippings, financial records, and stationery.

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The material is in English.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018




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