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Century Coals Ltd. fonds

1932-1984, predominant 1943-1979

Physical Description:
3.5 m of textual records. -- 27 photographs

The Atlas mine was opened in the Drumheller, Alberta field in 1917 by the Atlas Coal Company. In the 1920s Dr. Omer H. Patrick, 1869-1947, bought an interest in the company and eventually took it over. New Atlas mines were opened near East Coulee in 1928 and 1936, and Dr. Patrick also opened other mines under the names Regal Coal Company and Commander Coal Company. In about 1947 Dr. Patrick's son, Lorraine, 1897-1978, merged all of these mines into Century Coals Ltd. In the mid-1950s a fourth Atlas mine was opened south of East Coulee. It remained open until 1979. Between 1963 and 1971 Century and Amalgamated Coals Ltd. jointly owned Charter Coals Ltd. From the 1950s until the present the company has been managed by Omer H. Patrick, Lorraine's son.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of records about all aspects of operations at Century Coals, including purchase and maintenance of mining equipment, accidents in the mines, financial and statistical reports of operations, inventories of equipment, payroll and time sheets for employees, labour negotiations, complaints from customers re coal delivery shortages and other problems, houses for employees, and leases of land. Includes records of Drumheller Coal Operators Ltd.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Omer H. Patrick and Phyllis Kibble, 1980-1990.

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-8169, PA-2350, PD-169

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