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Title:
Don Robertson fonds

Date(s):
1892-1985, predominant 1928-1985

Physical Description:
60 cm of textual records

History:
Alexander Macdonald "Don" Robertson, 1900-1992, was born in Calgary, Alberta, the son of William and Nellie Robertson, who were originally from Ontario. His father owned the Calgary Clothing Company. Don studied mining engineering at McGill University. He married fellow student, Marion Yvonne Thompson, 1902-1980, and they returned to Calgary. They had eight children, Irene (Copithorne), 1924- , Adam, Donna (Taylor), Helen, Nora (Stackard), Muriel (Fenshaw), Margery and Gordon. He was involved in gold mining in Idaho, USA and British Guiana. He took over the family clothing business, renamed The English Shop, invested in real estate and the petroleum industry, and owned several White Spot restaurants. He was a charter member of the Calgary Downtown Lions Club and left it an endowment to support community projects.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of business correspondence regarding gold mining, oil and gas, real estate, restaurants and clothing stores (1928-1985); family correspondence (1936-1949, 1969-1980); and high school notebooks (1917). Includes William and Nellie Robertson's letters of condolence on deaths of children (1892, 1906), and William's property transactions (1909-1934).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Irene Copithorne, 1993 and Dan McGregor, 2009.

Language:
The material is in English.

Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:
http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/robertson.cfm

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8342

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