Fonds F1155 - Ted Link fonds

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Ted Link fonds


  • 1912-1975 (Creation)

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75 cm of textual records.
ca. 3000 photographs

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Biographical history

Theodore August Link, 1897-1980, was born in LaPorte, Indiana, USA and trained in geology at the University of Chicago. He came to Canada in 1919 as a geologist for Imperial Oil Ltd. at Norman Wells, NWT, worked for Tropical Oil Company, 1923-1926, and was in charge of western Canadian exploration for Imperial Oil, 1927-1942. Link was chief geologist of the Canol Project, 1942-1944, and assistant chief and chief geologist of Imperial Oil, 1944-1948. He subsequently established a consulting firm, Link, Downing and Cooke.

He was active in the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists (later renamed the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists). He was a member of numerous scientific organizations and was awarded the Barlow Medal in 1949 and Blaylock Medal in 1960. Link received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 1977 and was inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame in 2001. He married Florence Katherine "Kay" Ford in 1921 and they had five children, Elizabeth, Theodore William, 1929-2003, Jane (Lehman), Thomas and Robert.

For further information see C.B Sikstrom's article, "Theodore August Link (1897-1980)" in Arctic, vol. 48, no. 1 (March 1995), p. 96-98; and "Ted Link : Larger than Life" in Corridors of Time / Aubrey Kerr. -- Calgary : S. A. Kerr, 1988, p. 102-113.

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Gifts of Riveredge Foundation, 1979; Vi Link, 1981; Imperial Oil Limited, 2006.

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The fonds consists of diaries, journals, notes, correspondence, thesis, reports, articles and photographs relating to education and career of geologist Ted Link.

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      The material is in English.

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      Some of Ted Link’s glass lantern slides (ca. 1940s-1950s) of geology and petroleum-related illustrations are in the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists fonds at Glenbow (S-83 and S-92).

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      Includes Vol. 29-31 from PD-132 Riveredge collection

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      Tuesday, April 21, 2015




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