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Fonds F0259 - Robert George Brett fonds
ACU GBA F0259
Robert George Brett fonds
- 1868-1927 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
1 m of textual records. -- 139 photographs
Name of creator
Robert George Brett, 1851-1929, was born in Strathroy, Ontario, son of James Brett and Catherine Mallon. He was educated as a physician at the University of Toronto (M.D., 1874), and practiced medicine at Arkona, Ontario. He moved to Winnipeg in 1880, where he helped found the Manitoba Medical College. He moved to Banff in 1886, founding the Banff Sanitarium. He established the Brett Hospital in 1909. In 1878, he married Louise Theodora Hungerford, 1885-1935, of Watford, Ontario. Two of their five children survived infancy, Reginald Harry, 1879-1925, and Robert Earle, 1887-1912. From 1881 to 1901 R.G. Brett was a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the North-West Territories, and from 1889 to 1891 he was president of the executive council. He was Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta from 1915 to 1925. He died in Calgary. For further information see David J. Hall's entry, "Robert George Brett" in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography at www.biographi.ca, and "The Honourable Robert George Brett, 1915-1925" 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. 367-387.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Mrs. R.H. Brett and Mrs. N.J. Tabateau, 1960-1965.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of letters of appointment, degrees, invitations to political, military and medical events, Brett Hospital account book (1883-1890), correspondence regarding the Prince of Wales' visit (1919), speeches delivered while Lieutenant-Governor, and newsclippings and scrapbooks. Includes photographs of family (ca. 1868), Banff (ca. 1920s), Brett's official duties, and MLA's (1896, 1899, 1906).
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
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material. https://glenbow.ucalgary.ca/finding-aid/robert-george-brett-fonds/
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of records.
NA 433, NA 791, NA 1144, NA 1599 are copy negatives.