- 1885-1964 (Creation)
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2.25 m of textual records.
71 film reels.
Name of creator
Oliver Stanley Longman, 1889-1966, was born in Carnduff, Saskatchewan. In 1913 he graduated in agriculture from the University of Manitoba. From 1913 to 1917 he taught in Alberta at the Claresholm and Olds Agricultural Schools. In 1917 he married Edith Lizzie Barber, 1895-1979, and they had two daughters, Eileen Doris (Steele) and Mildred Winnifred (Spencer). They farmed in Manitoba, 1917-1919, then returned to Alberta where O.S. was principal of the Raymond School of Agriculture, 1920-1931.
He then investigated Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) irrigation projects and the drought conditions in southern Alberta for the Alberta government, 1931-1932. He worked as the farm manager for the Colonization Finance Corporation of Canada in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, 1932-1934. From 1934 to 1942 he was the Field Crops Commissioner for Alberta. He then served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture from 1942 until his retirement in 1955. From 1956 until his death he worked as a researcher for the Glenbow Foundation, gathering information on agriculture and irrigation, largely from Gazettes, Sessional Papers, Hansard and government reports. In 1960 he and Edith moved to New Westminster, British Columbia.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gifts of O.S. Longman, 1956-1966, and Sandra Clarke, 2008.
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The fonds consists of his autobiographical manuscript, "Pioneers and Pioneering in Western Canada" (1963); correspondence, notes and reports he compiled for Glenbow related to Alberta agriculture and irrigation (1894-1964); films related to a wide variety of agricultural topics (ca. 1920-1955); photographs of agriculture and agricultural personalities (1884-1959); and excerpts from the 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion) diary of his father, Charles Longman.
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The material is in English.
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NA 195, NA 690 and NA 2109 are copies.
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- Barrow, Edward C. (Subject)
- Bow River Irrigation Scheme (Subject)
- Carlson, Oscar (Subject)
- Craig, Horace A. (Subject)
- Finlay, William T. (Subject)
- Gallinger, Claude (Subject)
- Gray, W.A. (Subject)
- Greenfield, Herbert (Subject)
- Grisdale, Frank S. (Subject)
- Hatfield, Herbert Maynard (Subject)
- Hoadley, George (Subject)
- Howes, E.A. (Subject)
- Kelly, Leroy Victor (Subject)
- Knight, R.H. (Subject)
- Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District (Subject)
- Marker, C.P. (Subject)
- Marshall, Duncan McLean (Subject)
- McIntyre Ranching Company (Subject)
- Middleton, Gavin (Subject)
- Phemie, Sid (Subject)
- Parry Sound Colony (Subject)
- Ross, James H. (Subject)
- Rye, Lauwrence M. (Subject)
- Southern Alberta Land Company (Subject)
- Stahlberg, Peter A. (Subject)
- Tinney, T.H. (Subject)
- Trelle, Herman (Subject)
- University of Alberta (Subject)
- Wiebe, Rudy (Subject)
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Thursday, October 18, 2018