Fonds F1569 - Robertson family fonds

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Robertson family fonds


  • 1890-1985, predominant 1928-1985 (Creation)

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50 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Alexander Macdonald "Don" Robertson, 1900-1992, was born in Calgary, Alberta, the son of William and Nellie Robertson, who were originally from Ontario. His father owned the Calgary Clothing Company, and his mother was active in the Samaritan Club and the Calgary Women's Hostel (for immigrant women). Don studied mining engineering at McGill University. He married fellow student, Marion Yvonne Thompson, 1902-1980, and they returned to Calgary. They had eight children, Irene (Copithorne), 1924- , Adam, Donna (Taylor), Helen, Nora (Stackard), Muriel (Fenshaw), Margery and Gordon. He took over the family clothing business, renamed The English Shop, invested in real estate and the petroleum industry, and owned several White Spot restaurants. He was a charter member of the Calgary Downtown Lions Club and left it an endowment to support community projects.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Irene Copithorne, 1993 and Dan McGregor, 2009.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of a William's business and property records (1890-1934); Nellie's newspaper clippings about the Calgary Women's Hostel, Samaritan Club and the family (1921-1935); William and Nellie's letters of condolence on deaths of children (1892, 1905); Don's business records regarding oil and gas, real estate, restaurants and clothing stores (1914-1985); and Don's family correspondence, memberships, and will (1917-1980).

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Friday, May 13, 2016




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