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Collection C0010 - University of Alberta collection.

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University of Alberta collection.


  • 1908-1968 (Creation)

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4.7 m of textual records. -- 6 microfilm reels

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In 1906 the province passed an act authorizing the establishment of a University in Alberta. A Commission was appointed to determine the site and Edmonton was chosen as the University city. Dr. Henry Marshall Tory became the first president when the University first opened its doors in September, 1908. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences staff consisted of William H. Alexander (Professor of Classics), Luther H. Alexander (Professor of Modern Languages), Edmund K. Broadus (Professor of English) and William M. Edwards (Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Civil Engineering). A Board of Governors was set up in 1910 to administer the financial responsibilities of the University with the Senate to administer all academic matters. Some decentralization of University academic studies occured in 1931 when first year courses were taught through Mount Royal College and again in 1946 when the Calgary Branch of the University of Alberta opened. The Board of Governors and Senate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton continued to administer the Calgary Branch until 1965 when the government conceded autonomy in most academic and financial affairs for Calgary. The University of Alberta and the University of Calgary became separate entities in 1966 when full autonomy was accorded to Calgary.

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Fonds consists of microfilms of Board of Governors and Executive Council minutes (1913; 1927-1958; 1958-1968; 1908-1966; 1934-1965). Includes Senate minutes (1960-1966), course calendars with courses taught in Calgary after 1945 (1908-1966), calendars of awards for Edmonton and Calgary campus (1960-1966), examinations (1935-1965), reports of the Board of Governors [1913], the President's Report (1963-1964), and Report of the Special Committee on General Education (1948).

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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See also University of Alberta, Calgary Associates fonds and University of Alberta, Calgary fonds.

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Some course calendars are in poor condition.

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