Fonds F0186 - University of Alberta, Calgary fonds.

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University of Alberta, Calgary fonds.


  • 1947-1967 (Creation)

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2.1 m of textual records and architectural plans

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Except for Mount Royal College (MRC), there were no other facilities of higher education in Calgary in the 1930's and 1940's. Although MRC had been granted permission to offer first year university courses in affiliation with the University of Alberta (U of A), the pressure of returning soldiers seeking an education and a forseeable baby boom made a new facility a necessity. When the government closed the Normal Schools and placed Teacher training under the guidance of the U of A's Faculty of Education, it was seen as a foot in the door by the Calgary University Committee who advocated a full University in Calgary. In 1946 this educational facility became known as the Calgary Branch of the University of Alberta. More courses were gradually added: Arts & Sciences (1951); Commerce (1953); Physical Education (1956); Engineering (1957). In 1957 the campus became known as the University of Alberta in Calgary and became a full-fledged extension of the U of A; in 1961 it was known as the University of Alberta, Calgary; during 1965-1966 it was known as University of Alberta at Calgary. The push for automony in 1964 eventually saw the establishment of separate Faculty councils for Edmonton and Calgary and in May, 1965, the government conceded autonomy in most academic and financial affairs for Calgary. From 1964 to 1966, each campus had its own president and its own General Faculty Council (GFC). Full autonomy was accorded under the new Universities Act in April, 1966.

The Library Building Committee at the University of Alberta, Calgary was established by M.G. Taylor, Principal. It became a subcommittee of the University of Alberta (Edmonton) Buildings and Grounds Committee. The Coordinating Council was apparently set up in response to the growing autonomy of the Calgary campus. A new coordinating body was established in 1966 under the Universities Act.

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Fonds consists of calendars (1956-1967); Library Building Committee records including architectural plans (1960-1962?); pamphlets for closing excercises, convocations and admission ceremonies (1948-1965); UAC Conference on Higher Education or "the liberal Arts and Sciences" records (1961-1962); University Library annual reports (1957-1965); President's report (1965-1966); campus telephone directories (1963-1965); a volume of student essays called "Focus: a UAC Student Review" (1963); Universities Coordinating Council records (1964-1966); and Principal's office memos including reference to the Ad hoc Committee to Consider some Aspects of the Relationships between the Campuses of the University of Alberta in Edmonton and Calgary (1961).

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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See UARC 66.004 for University of Calgary convocation booklets, and Publications Collection for publications from other ceremonies. Also see University Library series for Director of University LIbraries records from 1947 and Dorothy Ryder's scrapbook (1957-1965); and annual reports of the University of Calgary, UARC 66.009. See also UARC 77.001 for telephone directories published by The University of Calgary Department of Physical Plant. See also UARC 92.006 for records of University Coordinating Council (1966-1980). See also Ethel King-Shaw (90-012) for further records on the UAC Conference on Higher Education.

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