Archives Finding Aids

Here are detailed file-by-file descriptions of the contents of specific fonds and/or links to scanned documents.

Portrait of Thomas Usher, [ca. 1942]
Portrrait of Thomas Usher, [ca. 1942]
PA-4040-1

Usher Ranch fonds

To view brief history of ranch and summary of contents click here.

Table of Contents

indicates that the series includes scanned documents.

Series 1 Usher Ranch - Letterbook. -- 1905-1920
Series 2 Usher Ranch - Annual meetings and legal papers. -- 1932-2011
Series 3 Usher Ranch - Financial records. -- 1904-2010
Series 4 Western Stock Growers' Association. -- 1944-2007
Series 5 General - Ranch operations and Usher family. -- 1904-2011
Series 6 Scanned Document Photographs. -- 1904-2008
Series 7 Maps. -- 1910-1967
Series 8 Interviews with Tom and Harry Usher. -- [ca. 1965-early 1970s]

Inventory

Series 1 Usher Ranch - Letterbook. -- 1905-1920.
M-9711-1 Letterbook. -- 1905-1920.
Series 2 Usher Ranch - Annual meetings and legal papers. -- 1932-2011.
M-9711-2 Annual meetings. -- 1976-1991.
M-9711-3 Annual meetings. -- 1992-2000.
M-9711-4 Annual meeting. -- 2001.
M-9711-5 Annual meeting. -- 2002.
M-9711-6 Annual meeting. -- 2003.
M-9711-7 Annual meeting. -- 2004.
M-9711-8 Annual meeting. -- 2005.
M-9711-9 Annual meeting. -- 2006.
M-9711-10 Legal. -- 1932-2008.
M-9711-11 Legal. -- 1975-2010. -- Part 1.
M-9711-12 Legal. -- 1982-2010. -- Part 2.
M-9711-13 Legal. -- 1976-2011.
Series 3 Usher Ranch - Financial records. -- 1904-2010.
M-9711-14 General ledger. -- 1904-1928.
M-9711-15 General ledger. -- 1927-1945.
M-9711-16 Bow Valley Dipping Association ledger. -- 1928-1945.
M-9711-17 Investments ledger. -- 1940-1970.
M-9711-18 Investments ledger. -- 1944-1945, 1954.
M-9711-oversize box 1 General ledger. -- 1946-1957.
M-9711-oversize box 1 General ledger. -- 1952-1953.
M-9711-oversize box 1 General ledger. -- 1954-1959. 1967.
M-9711-oversize box 1 General ledger. -- 1960-1964.
M-9711-oversize box 1 General ledger. -- 1965-1971.
M-9711-20 General ledger. -- 1966-1971.
M-9711-21 General ledger. -- 1972-1974.
M-9711-oversize box 2 General ledger. -- 1970-1983.
M-9711-22 General ledger and Tom Usher estate ledger. -- 1973-1988. -- General (1975-1988) and estate (1973-1974).
M-9711-oversize box 2 General ledger. -- 1984-1986.
M-9711-oversize box 2 General ledger. -- 1987-1989.
M-9711-oversize box 2 General ledger. -- 1990-1993.
M-9711-oversize box 2 General ledger. -- 1994-1997.
M-9711-oversize box 2 General ledger. -- 1998-2002.
M-9711-oversize box 2 General ledger. -- 1999-2003.
M-9711-oversize box 2 General ledger. -- 2004-2006.
M-9711-oversize box 2 General ledger. -- 2007-2010.
M-9711-23 Financial statements. -- 1974-1978.
M-9711-24 Financial statements. -- 1979-1983.
M-9711-25 Financial statements. -- 1984-1988.
M-9711-26 Financial statements. -- 1989-1994.
M-9711-27 Financial statements. -- 1995-1999.
M-9711-28 Financial statements. -- 2000-2004.
M-9711-29 Financial statements. -- 2005-2009.
M-9711-30 Restructuring. -- 1981-1995.
M-9711-31 Receipts, lists, etc. -- 1910-1927.
M-9711-32 Chequebook. -- 1911-1969.
M-9711-33 Banking correspondence. -- 1921.
M-9711-34 Tax returns. -1940-1970. -- Tom and Margaret Usher.
M-9711-35 Tom Usher assets. -- 1955-1960.
M-9711-36 Municipal taxes. -- 1959-1964.
M-9711-37 Chequebook. -- 1967-1968, 1971-1972.
M-9711-38 Tom Usher investments. -- 1968.
M-9711-39 Lease accounts. -- 1969.
M-9711-40 Ranch appraisals. -- 1997-2007. -- Part 1.
M-9711-41 Ranch appraisals. -- 2003. -- Part 2.
Series 4 Western Stock Growers' Association. -- 1944-2007.
M-9711-42 Annual conventions (1946-1954), minutes (1971), programs (1944-2001), etc, . -- 1944-2001.
M-9711-43 Information. -- 1947-1998.
M-9711-44 Directors meetings. -- 1951-1972.
M-9711-45 Briefs and submissions. -- 1946-2007.
M-9711-46 Committee reports and meetings. -- 1946-1968.
M-9711-47 Correspondence. -- 1946.
M-9711-47A Correspondence. -- 1947.
M-9711-47B Correspondence. -- 1948-1972.
M-9711-47C Clippings. -- ca. 1948-1974.
M-9711-47D Miscellany. -- ca. 1972-2006.
M-9711-48 Correspondence, clippings, etc. -- 1946-1972, 1983.
Series 5 General - Ranch operations and Usher family. -- 1904-2011.
M-9711-49 Agriculture lease review committee. -- 1997-1998.
M-9711-50 Special areas.- 1993-1997.
M-9711-51 Rumsey Ecological reserve. -- 1984-1998.
M-9711-52 Land titles.- 1908-1976.
M-9711-53 Public lands. -- 1992-1993.
M-9711-54 Maps. -- ca. 1904-1990.
M-9711-55 Prairie Conservation Coordinating Committee Award. -- 1992-1993.
M-9711-56 100th Anniversary. -- 2004.
M-9711-57 Lease sale. -- 1985-1999. -- Part 1.
M-9711-58 Lease sale. -- 1999. -- Part 2.
M-9711-59 Home place sale. -- 2007.
M-9711-60 Shareholders' correspondence. -- 2006-2011.
M-9711-61 Share certificates. -- ca. 1982-2006.
M-9711-62 Inventory of assets. -- 2006.
M-9711-63 Sale. -- 200. -- Greg Cripps, realtor.
M-9711-64 Sale and severance for Allen Jacobson. -- 2007-2008.
M-9711-65 Ranch sale proceeds. -- 2008-2009.
M-9711-66 Sale to Robert Bilben. -- 2007-2008.
M-9711-67 McIntyre and OH Ranches. -- 1995-2008.
M-9711-68 Clippings and other materials re ranch. -- ca. 1948-1996.
M-9711-69 Clippings and other materials re Alberta ranches. -- ca. 1973-1997. -- Includes Bar U, Maurice King ranch, CL Ranches, Douglas Lake, LK Ranches, EP ranch.
M-9711-70 Historic sites. -- 1977-2004.
M-9711-71 Ranchland preservation. -- 2004-2008.
M-9711-72 Western Heritage Centre. -- 1994-1999.
M-9711-73 Stockmen's Foundation. -- 1981.
M-9711-74 Ranch personalities. -- 1982-2008.
M-9711-75 Tom Usher clippings. -- ca. 1961-1965.
M-9711-76 Clipping. -- 196. -- Re government house, Edmonton.
M-9711-77 Clippings, etc re ranches. -- 1921-1982.
M-9711-78 Clippings, etc. re Charle and Harriet Usher. -- 1959-1984.
M-9711-79 Clippings, etc. re Thomas Usher Jr. -- 1963-2001.
M-9711-80 Clippings. -- 1989. -- Re closing of Calgary stockyards.
M-9711-81 Philanthropy. -- 1918-1972.
M-9711-82 Family documents and correspondence. -- 1965-1973.
M-9711-83 Death of Tom Usher. -- 1972.
M-9711-84 Tom Usher estate. -- 1972-1973. -- Assets.
M-9711-85 Tom Usher estate. -- 1972-1974.
M-9711-86 Margaret Usher estate. -- 1974-1976.
M-9711-87 Old Time Rangemen's Dinner. -- 1953-1968.
M-9711-88 Lost River Ranch letter. -- no date. -- Newspaper column by George Ross.
M-9711-89 E. W. Thistlewaite ranching sketches. -- no date.
M-9711-90 Christmas cards. -- no date.
M-9711-91 Usher family history. -- ca. 1830s-1970s.
M-9711-91a Eliza Jane Usher's diary (photocopy only). -- 1904-1905. -- Consists of entries about ranch activities. The diary has been transcribed.
Scanned Document View now.
M-9711-92 Receipts, etc. -- ca. 1904-1911.
M-9711-93 Purchase receipts. -- 1904-1909. -- Particularly from H. R. Foulger, Lacombe.
M-9711-94 Livestock sales and records. -- ca. 1904-1921.
M-9711-95 Cattle sales. -- ca. 1902-1917.
M-9711-96 Cattle sales. -- ca. 1904-1917.
M-9711-97 Cattle purchases. -- 1904-1905.
M-9711-98 Ranch management. -- 1904-1970.
M-9711-99 Dominion land receipts. -- 1906-1908.
M-9711-100 Hay contracts. -- 1908-1969.
M-9711-101 Land titles. -- 1911-1932.
M-9711-102 Scollard townsite properties. -- 1914-1918.
M-9711-103 Land transactions. -- 1918-1963.
M-9711-104 Cattle shipment to Britain. -- 1921.
M-9711-105 Telephone agreement. -- 1926-1930.
M-9711-106 Correspondence re birth certificates. -- 1933. -- Margaret Gertrude and Charles Leslie.
M-9711-107 Brand registrations. -- 1934-1958.
M-9711-108 Insurance. -- 1935-1970.
M-9711-109 Basic herd (herd inventory). -- 1935-1970.
M-9711-110 Cattle awards. -- 1937, 1993.
M-9711-111 National Selective Service. -- 1942-1945.
M-9711-112 Magazine articles. -- 1951-1971.
M-9711-113 Department of Lands and Forests. -- 1957-1971. -- Includes correspondence re Rowley Grazing Association.
M-9711-114 Road allowance. -- 1962.
M-9711-115 Clippings. -- 1964-2007.
M-9711-116 Lease on home place. -- 1967. -- Tom Usher Jr.
M-9711-117 Road accident. -- 1967-1969.
M-9711-118 Cattle feeding. -- 1967-1971.
M-9711-119 Stock registrations. -- 1969.
M-9711-120 Cattle sales. -- 1969-1970.
M-9711-121 Lease rental appeal. -- 1970.
M-9711-122 General correspondence. -- 1970-1972.
M-9711-123 Ranch assets. -- 1993-1996.
M-9711-124 Alberta Tour by Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Agriculture. -- 1963. -- For photographs see PA-4040-241 to 249.
Series 6 Photographs. -- 1904-2008. -- 372 photographs. -- The series consists of extensive views of the ranch, Scollard, Alberta, Usher family and Western Stock Growers' Association events.

Many of the photos have been scanned. Scanned Document View now.
PA-4040-(1-250) Prints. -- 1904-2008. -- 250 photographs
NA-5736-(1-119) Negatives. -- 1904-2008. -- 119 photographs
PB-1013-1 Oversize print. -- 1946. -- 1 photograph
PB-1013-(2-3) Oversize prints. -- [ca. 1904]. -- 2 photographs. -- Portraits of Thomas and Charles Usher. -- Copied and returned. -- (we have high resolution digital copies).
Series 7 Maps. -- 1910-1967.
M-9711-os Maps. -- 1910-1967. -- 4 oversize items. -- Consists of the following:

Map. -- 1917. -- Canadian Northern Railway lands leasd to Thomas and Charles Usher at Scollard, Alberta.
Map. -- 1910. -- Scollard, Alberta.
Map of soil zones of Alberta. -- 1945.
Topographical map of Rumsey region, Alberta. -- 1967. -- Showing Usher ranch lands.
Series 8 Interviews with Tom and Harry Usher. -- [ca. 1965-early 1970s]. -- 8 sound recordings. -- 3 films.
  Interviews - Sound recordings. -- [ca. early 1970s]
RCT-991-8 Tom Usher. -- n.d. -- Interview by Les Usher. -- Includes boyhood days in Scotland, trip around the world in 1897-1898 to find opportunities for sons, trip to Canada in 1904.
RCT-991-9 Tom Usher. -- n.d. -- Interview by Les Usher
RCT-991-10 Tom Usher. -- n.d. -- Interview by Les Usher. -- Work on the 25 ranch west of Nanton in 1903, searching for a place of their own 85 miles SE of Lacombe, purchase from Charlie Mott in spring 1904, and building their home
RCT-991-11 Tom Usher. -- n.d. -- Interview by Les Usher. -- Wide-ranging interview
RCT-991-13 Harry Usher. -- Interview by Les Usher re his years in Canada.- Mentions sister Gertrude Usher who would come out from Scotland to give her sister Lizzie help on the ranch
RCT-991-14 Country calendar intervew.
RCT-991-15 Tom Usher. -- n.d. -- Interview by Les Usher. -- Life on the ranch.
RCT-991-16 Tom Usher. -- n.d. -- Interview by Les Usher. -- Life on the ranch, continued.
  Interviews - Film. -- [ca. 1965]
F-213-1 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Country Calendar series. -- October 8, (?. --- Interview with Thomas Usher in house and at corral; interviewed by Al Richardson of CBC.
F-213-2 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Country Calendar series. -- October 8, (?. -- Interview with Thomas Usher in house and at corral; interviewed by Al Richardson of CBC. [Caption calls program "Dean of the Cowboys]
F-213-3 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Country Calendar series. -- October 8, (?. -- Interview with Thomas Usher in house and at corral; interviewed by Al Richardson of CBC; production elements, no sound.
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