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Frank Collicutt fonds

1902-1956, predominant 1912-1947

Physical Description:
15 cm of textual records. -- 16 photographs

Frank Herbert Collicutt, 1877-1964, was born in New Brunswick. He came to Alberta with his family in 1889 and was educated in Calgary. In 1898 he purchased land near Crossfield on which he established the Willow Springs Ranch. In 1901 he married Margaret Murdoch, 1880-1969, also originally from New Brunswick. They had five children, George Murdoch, 1902-1934, Frank, 1904-1904, Alice (Weir), 1908-2003, Jean Catherine (Hood) and Margaret (Blight). He raised cattle and also worked as a cattle buyer. From 1904 to 1912 he bought cattle for P. Burns, meat packers. In 1912 he sold his own grade cattle to Burns and purchased 120 head of purebred Herefords. Over the next 30 years he turned the herd into the largest, and one of the best, herds of registered Herefords in North America. He also raised horses. In 1946 he sold Willow Springs and retired to Calgary. In 1951 he was one of the first five members inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta in 1955. For further information see Harold W. Riley's article "Frank Collicutt, the Purebred Hereford King of Canada" in Canadian Cattlemen. -- vol. 4, no.2 (September 1941), p. 55, 58.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of herd registers (1902-1947), pedigree certificates (1912-1946), citation to Agricultural Hall of Fame (1950), and photographs of Collicutt, Willow Springs Ranch and champion Herefords. Includes biography, compiled by Glenbow staff in 1956 from interviews with Dr. and Mrs. Collicutt.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Collicutt, 1956-1964.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

There is an interview with Collicutt in the Drybelt Pioneers Oral History Project at Glenbow (M-4075).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-248, M-2392, M-2589, M-2590 os, M-3918, PB-115, NA-2040

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