Fonds F0173 - A.L. Doucette fonds.

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A.L. Doucette fonds.


  • 1921, 1928-1971, predominant 1940-1961 (Creation)

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4.5 m of textual records. -- photographs

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Andrew Leo Doucette, 1900-1974, was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. After receiving a BSc degree in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Technical College ca.1917-1920, he taught in rural Alberta schools and received his teaching certificate from the Edmonton Normal School in 1923. He continued teaching in Alberta, including at the Edmonton Normal School (1929-1932, 1940) and the Calgary Normal School (1938-1940), and was Rural School Inspector at Vegreville (ca.1932-1936).

He also served in the Canadian Army from 1940-1946, attaining the rank of major.

He received an MA degree from the University of Alberta in 1940, and a Doctorate in Education from Stanford University in 1947. He then served as Head of the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Calgary Branch and the Director of University of Alberta, Calgary from 1947-1960. From 1960-1961 he was Associate Dean of Education at University of Alberta, Calgary. He received a Doctor of Laws degree at The University of Calgary's first convocation after autonomy.

During his years as an administrator, he worked strenuously to establish an autonomous University of Calgary. He also chaired or was a member of several education committees and conferences including the Western Canadian Conference on Teacher Education. He and his wife, Violet Thelen, had three children, Frank, Marjorie and Kay.

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Fonds consists of personal correspondence, including some with societies in which he was involved (1935-1972); subject files, including some which refer to Calgary campus administration (1949-1962); speeches (1947-1966); his writings, including geography manuals, essays, articles, and notes, some of which are related to the philosophy of education (1932-1966); his MA thesis (1940) and PhD dissertation (1949); lecture notes and reference material; newsclippings on education; biographic material; photos of Calgary Normal School, Doucette and his wife; and ephemera.

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See also recorded interviews with Mrs. A.L. Doucette and Frank Doucette in the University of Calgary History Collection (92.080).

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