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Premier William Aberhart
Premier William Aberhart
NA-4454-3

William Aberhart fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Memorabilia related to Aberhart. -- 1928-1971
Series 2 Scanned Document Photographs. -- [ca. 1900-1943]
Series 3 Radio broadcasts. -- 1936-1952
Series 4 Scanned Document Other records related to Aberhart at Glenbow. --1935-1940

Inventory

Series 1 Memorabilia related to Aberhart. -- 1928-1971
M-3583 Lecture on Social Credit. -- 1935. -- 10 pages. -- Given by Aberhart in Edmonton on May 23, 1935.
M-3828 "Conversational Chess". -- [ca. 1940s]. -- 10 pages. -- Consists of a photocopy of a booklet written and illustrated by Aberhart, who enjoyed the game of chess. Includes a newspaper clipping about Aberhart playing chess. -- The originals are held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
M-6138A-oversize Aberhart's appointment as President of the Executive Council of Alberta. -- 1935
M-6138B Telegram from Lieutenant Governor J.C. Bowen to Minister of Justice in Ottawa, threatening to dismiss Aberhart. -- September 23, 1937. -- Photocopy of original document in the W.L.M. King papers at Library and Archives Canada.
M-6469 Speeches, programs, etc. -- 1928-1971 and n.d. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- Consists of memorabilia about William Aberhart's career, compiled by his daughter, Ola MacNutt.
Series 2

Photographs. -- [ca. 1900-1943]. -- 33 photographs

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PA-2440 Premier Aberhart and the Aberhart family in Alberta and Alberta. -- [ca. 1936-1939]. -- 14 photographs
NA-4454 Premier Aberhart,and the Aberhart family in Alberta and Ontario. -- [ca. 1900]-1943. -- 19 photographs. -- Includes views of Aberhart's grave.
Series 3 Radio broadcasts. -- 1936-1952. -- 15 audio discs. -- 4 audio cassettes. -- See also Series 4 below for other radio broadcasts and transcripts of broadcasts.
RAD-9 Radio broadcasts by William Aberhart. -- 1936-1940. -- 10 audio discs. -- Consists of transcriptions discs of Aberhart's radio broadcasts as Premier, made on August 23, September 13, and Septebmer 30, 1936; and on June 29, 1937. Includes an election campaign broadcast made jointly with John Blackmore, March 6, 1940. -- These discs have been copied onto audio cassettes for research purposes. Please request RET-23.
RED-9 Memorial broadcasts. -- 1943 and 1952. -- 5 audio discs. -- Consists of recordings of the Aberhart Memorial Service (1943), and the opening of the Aberhart Memorial Sanatorium (1952).
RET-23 Radio broadcasts by William Aberhart. -- 1936-1940. -- 4 audio cassettes. -- Consists of copies of the transcription discs in RAD-9 above.
Series 4 Other records related to Aberhart at Glenbow. -- 1935-1940. -- Many of the records held by the Glenbow Archives which relate to William Aberhart were not donated by him or his descendants, and thus do not form part of his own archival papers. Instead, they were collected or created by radio stations, journalists, and others who were interested in Aberhart's career. These records have been listed here as a convenience to the researcher.
RCT-142-1 CFCN fonds: Radio broadcast by Aberhart. -- 1937. -- 1 audio cassette
RAT-51-12 CFAC fonds: Radio broadcast by Aberhart. -- February 13, 1938. -- 1 audio cassette
M-6840-941 J. McKinley Cameron fonds: Transcripts of William Aberhart's radio broadcasts. -- March-July 1935. -- Consists of transcripts of broadcasts made from the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute under the auspices of the Alberta Social Credit League.
M-1621-(4-7)

Fred Kennedy fonds: Transcripts of William Aberhart's radio broadcasts. -- 1935-1939. -- Consists of transcripts of Sunday morning radio broadcasts, made from the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute. These transcripts were the creation of Calgary Herald journalist Fred Kennedy, who attended the speeches in person and had someone record Aberhart's words in shorthand.

1935-1936 Scanned Document View now.

January 3-September 12, 1937 Scanned Document View now.

September 25-December 12, 1937 Scanned Document View now.

February 27-June 19, 1938 Scanned Document View now.

July 10-December 11, 1938 Scanned Document View now.

January 8-June 11, 1939 Scanned Document View now.

June 25-October 29, 1939 Scanned Document View now.

M-1621-(vol 1-4)

Fred Kennedy fonds: Scrapbooks about William Aberhart. -- 1936-1937. -- Consists of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, related to William Aberhart's speeches, which was kept and annotated by Calgary Herald journalist Fred Kennedy.

September 1, 1936-February 15, 1937 Scanned Document View now.

February 16-March 22, 1937 Scanned Document View now.

March 22-May 10, 1937 Scanned Document View now.

May 13-July 10, 1937 Scanned Document View now.

M-1157-82

Walter Norman Smith and Amelia Turner Smith fonds: Transcripts of William Aberhart's campaign speeches. -- 1935. -- Consists of campaign speeches given during the 1935 provincial election, which were broadcast over CFCN radio.

February 17-April 9, 1935 Scanned Document View now.

April 12-May 3, 1935 Scanned Document View now.

May 5-May 31, 1935 Scanned Document View now.

June 2-June 18, 1935 Scanned Document View now.

June 21-July 12, 1935 Scanned Document View now.

July 14-August 4, 1935 Scanned Document View now.

August 6-August 25, 1935 Scanned Document View now.

M-100-87 John Blackmore fond: Transcript of radio broadcast by John Blackmore and Premier William Aberhart. -- February 21, 1940. -- Consists of a joint broadcast by Blackmore and Aberhart during the 1940 provincial and federal elections campaigns, which was broadcast by CBC radio. Scanned Document View now.
M-9646 Iris Miller's William Aberhart collection. -- Iris Miller of Calgary, Alberta researched and wrote a biography of Alberta Premier William Aberhart. From 1954 to 1956, as part of her in-depth research, she interviewed over 100 people who knew Aberhart in person (including his wife Jessie Aberhart) or were familiar with his beliefs and career. Scanned Document View inventory.
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