Fonds F1191 - Lynch-Staunton, Adam family fonds

Identity area

Reference code



Lynch-Staunton, Adam family fonds


  • 1889-1990 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1 m of textual records. -- 618 photographs

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Francis Charles "Frank" Lynch-Staunton, 1905-1990, was born in Alberta, the son of Richard Lynch-Staunton, 1867-1961, and Isabel Mary Wilson, 1868-1971. His father came to Alberta to ranch near Pincher Creek in 1885. In 1900 he bought a piece of land north of Lundbreck which became the Antelope Butte Ranch. Frank studied engineering at the University of Alberta but returned in 1929 to operate the ranch. He served on the Pincher Creek municipal council, the University of Lethbridge Senate, on the board of the Western Stock Growers' Association, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the Glenbow Museum, 1974-1979, and the Canada Council, 1959-1965. He was Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta from 1979 to 1985. He married Beatrice Monica Adam, 1907-1976, in 1929 and they had three children, Hugh, Elizabeth (Lowe) and Marina (Field), 1935-2018. He married Muriel Shaw in 1983. His memoirs were published with the title Greener Pastures : The Memoirs of F. Lynch-Staunton / Frank C. Lynch-Staunton. - Edmonton : Jasper Printing Group, 1986. For further information see "The Honourable Frank Charles Lynch-Staunton, 1979-1985" in On Behalf of the Crown : Lieutenant Governors of the North West Territories and Alberta, 1869-2005 / Sandra E. Perry and Karen L. Powell. - Edmonton: Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 2006, p. 567-583. Frank's first wife, Beatrice Monica Adam, was the daughter of James Graham Adam, 1862-195?, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He worked for an East Indian firm in London and in 1892 was stationed in Rangoon, Burma. There he met and married Beatrice Man, and they had five children, Graham E., Jack, Kathie (Hampson), Monica (Lynch-Staunton) and Denison. The Adams came to Canada in 1903 and homesteaded near Red Lodge, Alberta until 1917 when they moved to Calgary. James worked as an accountant, 1918-1922, and as secretary-treasurer of the Diocese of Calgary, 1922-1937. He was involved in local theatre and wrote musical comedies which were performed in both Red Lodge and Calgary. In 1938 he and Beatrice retired to Kelowna.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gifts of Hugh Lynch-Staunton, Betty Lowe and Marina Field, 1965-1991.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

The fonds consists of financial records of Antelope Butte Ranch; Frank Lynch-Staunton's personal correspondence, speeches as Lieutenant Governor, and memoirs; miscellaneous records of Monica Lynch-Staunton and various other family members; Graham E. Adam's First World War letters; J.G. Adam's memoirs (1937) and plays he wrote; and family photographs.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

The material is in English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

An interview with Frank Lynch-Staunton is available at the Bert Sheppard Stockmen's Memorial Foundation Library & Archives. A recorded interview with Frank Lynch-Staunton is in the Larry Ewashen Oral History Project at Glenbow (RCT-565-2).

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title based on contents of records.


M 3 has been amalgamated with M 8193.

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

Tuesday, October 02, 2018




Accession area