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Membership certificate, 1940
M-8400-49

Cam Sproule fonds

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Table of Contents

Series 1University of Alberta. - 1927-1935
Series 2University of Toronto. - 1930-1936
Series 3Geological field notebooks. - 1928-1938
Series 4Published articles. - 1938-1968
Series 5Personal papers. - [ca. 1920s] - 1973
Series 6Sproule Building. - 1957-1961, 1966
Series 7Sproule businesses. - 1955-1978

Inventory

Series1

University of Alberta. - 1927-1935. - 15 cm of textual records. - Cam Sproule attended the University of Alberta as a student from 1927 to 1930, and completed a degree in geology. - The series consists of his class notes from various undergraduate courses, and memorabilia from his time at the University.

M-8400-1Geology 51 notes. - 1927-1928
M-8400-2Geology 53 notes. - 1927-1929
M-8400-3Economic Geology notes. - 1929
M-8400-4Industrial Chemistry 62 notes. - 1929
M-8400-5Geology 55 - Stratigraphy notes. - 1930
M-8400-6Classics 51 notes. - [ca. 1927-1930]
M-8400-7Memorabilia. - 1927-1935. - Consists of student handbooks, student union constitution, program for a play on campus, message from the president, and copies of the student newspaper.
M-8400-8Memorabilia. - 1930-1935. - Consists of copies of The Trail, the alumni magazine.
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Series 2

University of Toronto. - 1930-1936. - 35 cm of textual records. - Cam Sproule attended the University of Toronto as a student, completing his PhD in geology in 1935. He was also hired as a demonstrator in the Geology Department in 1932, and in 1933 became a full-fledged university instructor. He continued to teach at the University until March 1936.. - The series consists of notes from courses taken as a student; rough drafts and later versions of his thesis on the Cobourg Formation; lecture material he created as an instructor; and memorabilia of his time at the University.

M-8400-9Economic Geology notes. - 1930-1931
M-8400-10Glacial and Physiographic Geology notes. - 1930-1931. - Course taught by Professor McLean.
M-8400-11Palaeontology notes. - 1930-1931. - Course taught by Professor W.A. Parks.
M-8400-12Stratigraphic Palaeontology notes. - 1930-1931. - Course taught by Professor W.A. Parks.
M-8400-13Vertebrate Palaeontology notes. - 1930-1931
M-8400-14Precambrian and Mining Geology notes. - 1930-1931. - Taught by Professor Moore.
M-8400-15Sedimentation notes. - 1930-1931
M-8400-16Petrographic Sedimentation notes. - 1932-1933
M-8400-17Invertebrate Zoology. - 1934. - Taught by Professor E.M. Walker.
M-8400-18Miscellaneous paper and exam. - [ca. 1930-1934]. - Consists of paper called "Petroleum and Natural Gas in Ontario", and exam done for Dr. Chubb.
M-8400-19Porcupine Gold Area report. - [ca. 1933-1935]. - Consists of a rough draft of this report.
M-8400-20Cobourg collections lists. - 1932-1933
M-8400-21Cobourg Formation thesis. - [ca. 1934-1935]. - Consists of handwritten version. See also M-8400-38 for his survey field notes related his thesis research.
M-8400-22"A Study of the Cobourg Formation". - 1935. - Consists of thesis submitted to the University of Toronto as part of PhD requirements.
M-8400-23"A Study of the Cobourg Formation". - [ca. 1935]. - Consists of a version prepared for publication. One copy included comments by an outside reviewer.
M-8400-24"A Study of the Cobourg Formation". - [ca. 1935]. - Consists of the manuscript version used for the first printing, and the later revised version.
M-8400-25Glass plate negatives of fossils. - [ca. 1930-1935]. - Consists of two photographic negatives from the University of Toronto Photography Department, used by Sproule in his research.
M-8400-26Graduate Sedimentation lecture notes. - 1934-1935. - The course was taught by Sproule. Pages 26-40 are missing.
M-8400-27Geology 19 - Vertebrate Palaeontology exam. - 1936. - The course was taught by Sproule.
M-8400-28Echinodermata [palaeontology?] lecture notes. - [ca. 1933-1936]. - The course was taught by Sproule.
M-8400-29Third Year Pass Course lecture notes. - [ca. 1933-1936]. - The course was taught by Sproule.
M-8400-30Fourth Year Pass Course lecture notes - Historical Geology. - [ca. 1933-1936]. - The course was taught by Sproule.
M-8400-31Graduate Stratigraphy - Paleozoic. - [ca. 1933-1936]. - The course was taught by Sproule.
M-8400-32Graduate Stratigraphy - Carboniferous. - [ca. 1933-1936]. - The course was taught by Sproule.
M-8400-33Graduate Stratigraphy - Tertiary. - [ca. 1933-1936]. - The course was taught by Sproule.
M-8400-34Memorabilia. - 1930-1935. - Consists of graduate studies calendar, invitations to social events, dance cards, and University magazines.
M-8400-os1Artwork: University College, University of Toronto. - 1932. - Consists of a woodcut done by Charles Austin Hager, and given to Sproule.
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Series 3

Geological field notebooks. - 1928-1938. - 22 cm of textual records. - The series consists of Sproule's field notebooks for geological surveys undertaken in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia during the summers while a university student, and while working for the Geological Survey of Canada. Includes field notes for his thesis research on the Cobourg Formation.

M-8400-35Field notebooks. - 1928. - 2 volumes. - Consists of field notes for a survey of the Cypress Hills, Alberta and Saskatchewan, under Professor P.S. Warren of the University of Alberta.
M-8400-36Field notebook. - 1929. - 1 volume. - Consists of field notes for a survey of Turner Valley, Alberta, under Dr. G.S. Hume of the University of Alberta.
M-8400-37Field notebook. - 1931. - 1 volume. - Consists of field notes of Sproule's "reconnaissance" work at the McMurray tar sands in northern Alberta.
M-8400-38Field notebooks. - 1932-1933. - 3 volumes. - Consists of field notes for a survey of the Cobourg Formation of Ontario, under C.S. Evans. Sproule wrote his PhD thesis on this formation.
M-8400-39Field notebook. - 1934. - 1 volume. - Consists of field notes for a survey of the Burnt Bush River area of Ontario, under Robert Thomson.
M-8400-40Field cashbook. - 1935. - 1 volume. - Consists of the cashbook for a survey of the Oldman River area of Alberta, under L.S. Russell.
M-8400-41Field notebooks. - 1936. - 3 volumes. - Consists of field notes for a survey of the Waswanipi area of Quebec, undertaken by Sproule for the Geological Survey of Canada. The books are numbered 1, 2, and 3.
M-8400-42Field notebooks. - 1936. - 3 volumes. - Consists of field notes for a survey of the Waswanipi area of Quebec, undertaken by Sproule for the Geological Survey of Canada. The books are numbered 5, 6, and 7 (number 4 is missing).
M-8400-43Field notebooks. - 1936. - 5 volumes. - Consists of field notes of Hugh J. MacLean, who worked under Sproule on a survey of the Waswanipi area of Quebec.
M-8400-44Field notebooks. - 1936. - 3 volumes. - Consists of field notes of Alan T. Prince and J.G. Runnells, who worked under Sproule on a survey of the Waswanipi area of Quebec.
M-8400-45Field notebooks. - 1938. - 2 volumes. - Consists of cashbook for a survey of the Cobequid area of Nova Scotia (June-July), and field notes for a survey of the Clearwater Lake area of Saskatchewan, under D.L. Downie (August).
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Series 4

Published articles. - 1938-1968. - 6 cm of textual records. - The series consists of articles (primarily reprints from various journals) about geological subjects, written by J.C. Sproule.

M-8400-46Published articles. - 1938-1939. - Consists of these articles written by J.C. Sproule: Origin of McMurray Oil Sands, Alberta (1938), and The Pleistocene Geology of the Cree Lake Region, Saskatchewan (1939).
M-8400-47Published articles. - 1951-1959. - Consists of these articles written by J. C. Sproule: The McMurray Formation in its Relation to Oil Occurrence (1951), Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin Problems (1952), Cardium Correlation Sheds Light on Pembina Potential (1954 - incomplete photocopy only), Discussion of "In Situ Origin of McMurray Oil" (1955), Granite Wash of Northern Alberta (1956), Cardium Sand Potential Reaches 2 Billion Barrels 1956, Introduction - Petroleum and Natural Gas Prospects, Mississippian and Jurassic of Western Canada (1958), and Estimating Reserves (1959).
M-8400-48Published articles. - 1960-1968. - Consists of these articles written by J.C. Sproule: Human Energy Resources (1960), The Future of our Industry (1961), Regional Geology and Petroleum Prospects: Lower Mackenzie Basin and Arctic Coastal Area, Northwest Territories (1961), A Note on the Comparison of McMurray and Melville Island Oil Sands (1962), Professional Certification for the AAPG (1964), Evolution of Arctic Islands Exploration Methods (1964), Oil and Gas Prospects of the Canadian Arctic Islands (1966), An Inventory of our Underground Wealth in the Canadian Pacific Northwest (1967), Present and Future of Oil and Gas in Canada (1968), and Exploration and Exploitation Problems, Canadian Arctic Islands (1968).
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Series 5

Personal papers. - [ca. 1920s] - 1973. - 10 cm of textual records. - The series consists of certificates and files regarding memberships in professional and recreational organizations; miscellaneous personal papers; and petroleum-related photographs and plans from Peru.

M-8400-49Certificates. - 1940-1969. - Consists of primarily of certificates of regular and lifetime membership in various geological and engineering organizations.
M-8400-os1Certificates. - 1955-1969. - Consists of oversized certificates of membership in various geological and engineering organizations.
M-8400-50Miscellaneous personal papers. - [ca. 1920s]. - Consists of booklets entitled How to Deal with Temptation and Book of Martyrs; and Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy guidelines for a student writing competition (1929).
M-8400-51Miscellaneous personal papers. - 1931-1937. - Consists of business cards of his father (Albert O. Sproule, dentist); a letter from his father while he was working in Fort McMurray (1931); program for Canadian Institute of Metallurgy dinner he attended (1933); the Christmas card he and his wife Harriet sent to friends and colleagues in (1935); letter to Toronto landlord giving notice that they were moving out (1936); cancelled cheques showing expenditures by both he and his wife (1936-1937); and a notebook of letters he wrote to "Pixie" (his wife) while on a geological survey of Cree Lake (1937).
M-8400-52Miscellaneous personal papers. - 1946-1949. - Consists of travel records (tickets, customs forms, etc.) related to South America, while Sproule was employed by International Petroleum (1946-1949); and memorabilia of a trip to western Canada and the Rockies (1949).
M-8400-53Aerial photographs of Peru. - [taken 1942-1946]. - Consists of aerial photographs, probably used by Sproule while exploring for petroleum in Peru for International Petroleum.
M-8400-54Plans of oilfields in Peru. - [used 1946-1949]. - Consists of maps, originally drawn 1924-1925, and probably used by Sproule while exploring for petroleum in Peru for International Petroleum.
M-8400-55Miscellaneous personal papers. - [1952-1955]. - Consists of a program for a Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy dinner in Winnipeg (1952); Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists field trip road log and map (1952); Color Photographic Association circular and bylaws (1952); Desk and Derrick Club field trip program (1953); program for Mining and Geological Society ball at the University of Alberta (1955); field trip mileage accumulator disk; and pictorial map of northern Canada.
M-8400-56"Through the Ages to Primitive Man". - [ca. 1954]. - Consists of printed illustrations of the G.A. Reid murals in the fossil galleries at the Royal Ontario Museum, and rough notes for a speech by Sproule, entitled "The Lost World", in which he discusses these murals.
M-8400-57Ranchmen's Club. - 1953-1970. - Consists of constitution, rules, membership list, and circular.
M-8400-58Calgary Golf and Country Club. - 1959-1970. - Consists of constitution, rules, annual report, seasonal programs, and membership correspondence.
M-8400-59Annie L. Sproule. - 1929-1936. - Consists of a letter to Cam Sproule from his Aunt in Edmonton, and her prohibition poster (Alberta Prohibition Association), WCTU convention program, booklet of prohibition songs, and pledge cards.
M-8400-60Miscellany. - 1940-1973. - Consists of Mount Allison Record, sent to Mrs. A.O. Sproule(1940); two Irish sweepstakes tickets, in an envelope addressed to Mrs. M. Sproule in Calgary; a Northwest Territories Centennial sticker (1970); and an announcement of the Sproule Lecture Series at the University of Calgary (1973).
M-8400-os1Christmas card from Dag Gunter Jaeckel. - 1969. - Consists of a photograph of an iceberg, with a Christmas greeting on the back.
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Series 6

Sproule Building. - 1957-1961, 1966. - 24.5 cm of textual records. - In 1957 J.C. Sproule hired architect Gilbert R. Beatson to design an office building for his business activities. The building, located at 1009 - 4th Avenue SW, on the Bow River, was completed in 1960. - The series consists of a site plan, detailed architectural drawings of the building, specifications, and invoices from the architect and builder (Bird Construction).

M-8400-61Proposed look and site plan. - 1957
M-8400-62Sproule Building general drawings 2, 3, 4. - 1958
M-8400-63Sproule Building general drawings 5, 6, 7. - 1958
M-8400-64Sproule Building general drawings 8, 9 10. - 1958
M-8400-65Sproule Building - Drawings M-1, M-2, M-3, M-4. - 1958. - Consists of drawings of air conditioning and plumbing.
M-8400-66Sproule Building - Drawings S-1, S-2, S-3, S-4. - 1958. - Consists of drawings of the basement, floor framing, roof deck, etc.
M-8400-67Sproule Building - Drawings E-1, E-2, E-3, E,4. - 1958. - Consists of drawings of the electrical systems.
M-8400-68Specifications. - 1958
M-8400-69Invoices from the architect and builder. - 1958-1961, 1966
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Series 7

Sproule businesses. - 1955-1978. - 12.5 cm of textual records. - In 1951 Sproule founded his petroleum exploration company, J.C. Sproule and Associates. In 1952 he created a ceramics studio for his friend Luke Lindoe. The studio was renamed Ceramic Arts Studio after Lindoe left in 1957. The studio was part of Sproule Projects, which also rented out property in the Sproule Building, and held an interest in a northern airline. The studio property was sold in the 1970s to developers. - Consists of primarily of financial records of Sproule Projects and Ceramic Arts Studios. The only records of the petroleum exploration business is a single brochure.

M-8400-70Sproule Projects land certificates. - 1965. - Consists of Certificates of Title for land in the Northwest Territories.
M-8400-71J.C. Sproule and Associates promotional brochure. - [ca. 1968]
M-8400-os1J.C. Sproule and Associates logo. - [ca. 1960s]. - Consists of a large cardboard circle, featuring the company logo.
M-8400-72Lindoe / Ceramic Arts Studio audited financial statements. - 1955-1958
M-8400-73Sproule Projects audited financial statements. - 1959-1971
M-8400-74Sproule Projects monthly financial statements. - 1972-1973
M-8400-75 Ceramic Arts inventory. - 1978. - Consists of a report on its viability to continue. Scanned Document View now.
M-8400-76Sproule Projects tax returns. - 1959-1973
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