Fonds F3041 - Jack Dillon fonds

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Jack Dillon fonds


  • [ca. 1910]-1938 (Creation)

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3 photograph albums (405 photographs). -- 19 photographs (loose)

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Biographical history

John Michael "Jack" Dillon, 1883-1948, was born in Limerick, Ireland and moved with his family to Chicago, Illinois, USA at the age of three. After a year at the University of Chicago, Dillon moved to Nebraska to work in the ranching industry. He later lived in the Dakotas and Iowa before settling in Montana. During the First World War he was in charge of the French Army's remount department in Boston, Massachusetts. After the war he moved to Alberta where he worked on the OH Ranch before establishing a livestock commission business in Calgary. He was also active in the petroleum industry. Dillon was prominently involved with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede for the entire time he lived in the province, as a judge, staff member and director. His involvements also included the Boy Scouts, the Calgary Zoo, St. Mary's Cathedral, the Alberta Liberal Association, Holy Cross Hospital, St. Joseph's College, International Rodeo Association, Western Stock Growers Association, and the Cowboy's Protective Association. Dillon and his wife Jessie Alice, 1882-1981, had two children, John Michael Dillon Jr. 1907-?, and Mary Dorothy "Sis" Dillon, 1910-1975. Jack Dillon is a member of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame.


Archival history

The Dillon collection was donated by his family to the Calgary Stampede Archives in the late 1980s. The non-Stampede portion was transferred to Glenbow in 2010. Glenbow borrowed a collection of Dillon's Stampede photos for copying in 1990 - see PA-3231 and NA-5368.

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Transferred from Calgary Stampede in 2010.

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The fonds consists of photograph albums of a trip to western Canada (1917); the Dillon family and ranching activities on OH ranch, (ca. 1910-1925); and the Boy Scout - Calgary Herald Sunshine toy repair campaign, 1938. Also consists of loose photographs of rodeos in various towns and the Wainwright Buffalo herd.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018




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