- 1901-1955 (Creation)
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8 cm of textual records. -- 29 photographs
Name of creator
John Duncan McAra, 1871-1966, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and came to Long Lake, Saskatchewan with his family in 1883. He began work as a printer's apprentice with the Regina Journal in 1886. He worked for the Calgary Herald in Calgary, Alberta, 1890-1893, then returned to Saskatchewan for several years. From 1901 to 1909 he was foreman of the Herald's job printing plant. He then established his own printing and bookbinding business, John D. McAra Ltd., located at 512-4th Avenue SW. He served as a school trustee from 1929 to 1932. He and his wife, Annie Jean, ?-1953, had three children, Malcolm, Stuart and Max. Malcolm, 1899-1996, took over the business when his father retired.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Malcolm McAra, 1973, 1986.
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Scope and content
The fonds consists of notebooks (1913-1955) regarding supplies, paper costs, printing prices, wages, apprenticeship rules, postage rates, testimonials from customers and other printing trade matters; radio broadcast scripts advertising the company (1932); newsclippings about the family (1908-1952); and photographs of J.D. McAra, printing shops and staff (1901-1956).
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No restrictions on access.
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The material is in English.
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No finding aid
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Digital content is available
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Title based on contents of records.
NA 2672 are copies of PA 2909.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2018