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Canadian Order of Foresters fonds


Physical Description:
88 cm of textual records. -- 78 photographs

Societies of Foresters were organized in England in the 1790s and spread to North America in the 1840s. A variety of different groups were established including the Independent Order of Foresters, Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Canadian Order of Foresters. The latter was established in 1879 and branches or "courts" were set up across Canada. National headquarters was in Brantford, Ontario. Some courts emphasized the life insurance, endowment and annuity benefits that were the foundation of the society, but others were more active in the fraternal aspects of society operations. Foresters Courts in Alberta were heavily concentrated in the band of towns between Red Deer and Edmonton, although there was some interaction with the courts of the Independent Order of Foresters. The Society was particularly active in the formation of sports teams, including baseball, curling, and hockey. From the 1950s to the 1980s, John Rottenfusser of Alix, Alberta was the Fraternal Supervisor of the courts in Central and Northern Alberta. In 1992 the Canadian Order of Foresters amalgamated with the Independent Order of Foresters.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of the records of John Rottenfusser (1950s-1980s); Alberta Assembly and local court (branch) records; Alberta newsletters; National convention materials, national magazines; publications; and photographs of sports activities and convention attendance.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Orma Potter, 2002.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8907, PA-4021, PD-417, PE-224

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