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Fonds F0081 - Dr. F.C. Marshall fonds.

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Dr. F.C. Marshall fonds.


  • 1969, 1972-1993, predominant 1980-1989 (Creation)

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4.57 m of textual records and other materials

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Dr. Marshall was born on June 8th, 1930 in Prince Albert and was educated in Yorkton and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The family moved to Calgary in 1940 where Marshall attended Junior High and High School. Dr. Marshall received his BSc. from the University of Alberta in 1950 and his medical degree in 1954.

Postgraduate work started with an internship at the Calgary General Hospital, followed by two years in Montreal at the Royal Victoria and Montreal General Hospitals. Dr. Marshall then went to New York City, taking a year of surgery at Bellevue Hospital and then three years of urological training at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Marshall was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Marshall began his practice as a urological surgeon at the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonont in 1962. From 1980 to 1982 he was chairman of the Communications Committee of the Alberta Medical Association.

Dr. Marshall has been involved with the western independence movement since 1981. He ran for the leadership of the Western Canada Concept Party in July 1984 in the first-ever satellite leadership convention, an idea concieved and developed by Dr. Marshall. Jack Ramsay won the leadership convention. Dr. Marshall later ran as a candidate in two Alberta provincial elections and in July 1987 he ran as an independent candidate in the federal by-election in the Yukon.

In August 1987 Dr. Marshall was one of a group of Albertans who were instrumental in forming a new political party, the Western Independence Party of Canada. At the founding convention of the party in Edmonton in October 1987, Dr. Marshall was elected interim leader. He remained active in the organization until 1993.

Dr. Marshall died August 10th, 2002 in Edmonton.

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Fonds consists of records collected or created by Dr. Fred Marshall during his affiliation with the Western Canada Concept Party and later with the Western Independence Party. These records include the development of the constitution, bylaws and policy statements for both parties, minutes, correspondence and sound recordings of the annual conventions and Board meetings and financial statements. The fonds also includes correspondence, publicity materials and election strategies from several of Dr. Marshall's campaign bids during provincial and federal elections, information collected by Dr. Marshall pertaining to various political issues, and ephemera such as the Western Independence flag, buttons, stickers, letterhead and stamps. Some personal records of Dr. Marshall are also included that relate to his activities as a medical doctor, and his general interest in political issues.

Includes 183 audio cassettes, 137 photographs, 12 prints, 4 videocassettes and 15 cm of ephemeral material.

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The fonds is arranged into 5 series: (1) Western Canada Concept Party; (2) Western Independence Party; (3) Other political parties; (4) Published records and (5) Personal Records.

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All personal information including home phone numbers, e-mail addresses, identifiable personal financial information is restricted for 75 years, or until 2027 if the information pertains specifically to Dr. Fred Marshall.

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The audio cassette tapes are arranged according to the title on the tape. The tapes have not been checked for content or sound quality.

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