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Fonds F0217 - Purcell Blain fonds
ACU GBA F0217
Purcell Blain fonds
- 1976-1981 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
3 cm of textual records. -- 2 audio cassettes
Name of creator
Purcell Blain, 1893-ca. 1984, was born in Petrolia, Ontario. He joined his father on a homestead in the Elkton district, near Didsbury, Alberta, in 1908. During First World War he served overseas with the 50th Battalion and fought at Vimy Ridge. On his return in 1919 he farmed west of Bergen, Alberta. He and his brothers established the Blain Brothers Horse Ranch. In 1929 Purcell married Ruth Howe. In 1976 he moved into a senior citizen's home in Sundre. His hobby was mapping old trails in the Didsbury-Sundre area.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Purcell Blain, 1981.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of autobiography; recorded interview about his life and his hobby; and research notes and maps of old trails.
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
Interview outline available.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of records.
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