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Coal Association of Canada fonds


Physical Description:
52 m of textual records. -- 181 photographs. -- 29 audio tapes

The Western Coal Operators' Association was formed in 1906 by operators of steam coal mines in southern Alberta and eastern British Columbia to make collective agreements and to protect its members in issues involving labour relations and wage agreements. The first collective agreement in the western coal fields was made in 1907 by the Western Coal Operators' Association and the United Mine Workers of America, District 18. During First World War a Director of Coal Operations was appointed to deal with labour relations and price adjustments. As a result most of the large coal operations in Alberta and eastern British Columbia, whose employees were members of the UMWA, became members of the association. Until 1920 the director in effect determined wage agreements, instead of collective agreements being made. In 1920 the name of the association was changed to the Western Canada Coal Operators' Association. The association disbanded when the UMWA disintegrated in 1925. By 1937 the UMWA had regained enough power to represent most of the steam coal mine employees, and employers again had to consider making district-wide agreements. The Western Canada Bituminous Coal Operators' Association was formed as a result. By 1945 its members included all operators of steam coal mines in Alberta and British Columbia with a few minor exceptions. In 1952 the Domestic Coal Operators' Association and the Western Canada Bituminous Coal Operators' Association were amalgamated to form the Coal Operators' Association of Western Canada. In 1971 the association changed its name to the Coal Association of Canada. The goal of this association is to promote coal mining and related industries in Canada from the owners' and operators' point of view. Based in Calgary, it maintains relationships with the different levels of government, reviews legislation affecting the industry, and provides information to the general public. Its members and associate members are companies involved in coal production or in coal development and exploration. Among its Presidents have been Garnet T. Page, ?-2001 (ca. 1974-1983), Richard T. Marshall, 1934-2011 (1983-1990), Giacomo Capobianco (1990-1993), Donald O. Downing (1993-1998), Alan A. Johnson (1999-2001), Allen Wright (2001-2011), and Ann Marie Hann (2011-).

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence, contracts and wage agreements, minutes, reports, reference material and financial records; photographs of coal mining operations and conferences, and of individuals prominent in the industry; recorded interviews with L.C. Stevens and Mike Vitalli about the history of coal mining in the west; and an address by Lieutenant-Governor MacEwan to the 24th Canadian Conference on Coal.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: ALBERTA MINING AREAS: Bankhead, Beverly, Blairmore, Cadomin, Canmore, Coleman, Crowsnest Pass, Drumheller, Jasper, Lethbridge, Nordegg, Pembina, Saunders, Taber, and Wayne. BRITISH COLUMBIA MINING AREAS: Fernie and Michel. COAL COMPANIES: Alberta Block Coal Co., Atlas Coal Co., Blue Diamond Coal Co., Brazeau Collieries, Cadomin Coal Co., Canada West Coal Co., Canmore Coal Co., Chinook Coal Co., Corbin Coal and Coke Co., Crows Nest Pass Coal Co., Elgin Coal Co., Federal Coals Ltd., Franco Canadian Collieries, Gibson Collieries, Great West Coal Co., Hillcrest Collieries, Humberstone Coal Co., Hy-Grade Coal Co., International Coal and Coke Co., Jasper Park Collieries, Jewel Collieries, Luscar Collieries, McGillivray Creek Coal and Coke Co., Midland Collieries, Mid-West Coal Co., Mohawk Bituminous Mines, Mountain Park Coal Co., North American Collieries, Premier Coal Co., Rosedale Coal and Clay Products, Rose-Deer Coal Mining Co., Saunders Ridge Coal Co., Scanton Coal Co., Twin City Coal Co., West Canadian Collieries, Western Commercial Co., and Western Gem Mining Co.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Coal Association of Canada, 1962-1997.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Records of the organization, ca.1940s-1960s, are in the Energy Resources Conservation Board fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1556, M-2210, M-7422, M-8180, M-8393, M-8545, PA-2858, PB-697, PD-228, NA-4964, NB-46, RCT-50, RCT-689, RCT-981

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