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George Murdoch fonds


Physical Description:
1 cm of textual records. -- 1 microfilm reel. -- 1 photograph

George Murdoch, 1850-1910, was born in Paisley, Scotland and moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, with his family in 1854. He trained as a harness maker in Chicago, returning to New Brunswick about 1871. He and his wife, Margaret Flood, ?-1931, had five children, George, Maggie (Collicutt), Calgary Albert, 1888-?, William, 1890-?, and Mary. In 1883 he moved to Calgary and established a saddlery business. He was appointed a JP in 1884, and was mayor of Calgary, Alberta, 1884-1885. During his time in office Calgary became incorporated as a town. His family moved from New Brunswick to join him in 1885. Murdoch's harness shop was sold to Hutchings in 1889, and in 1890 it became the Park Hotel. For further information see Max Foran's entry "George Murdoch" in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. XIII. -- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1994, p. 747-748; and "George Murdoch : Harness and Saddle Maker" in Eye on the Future : Business People in Calgary and the Bow Valley, 1870-1900 / Henry C. Klassen. -- Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2002, p. 95-100.

Custodial History:
In the 1920s the Public Archives of Canada acquired transcripts of the Murdoch diaries and papers. The Glenbow acquired a microfilm of these in 1959, and subsequently received two of the original documents from the family. The rest of the documents apparently no longer exist.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of petition and letter regarding the incorporation of Calgary (1884); microfilm of transcripts of his diary and papers related to duties as mayor (1883-1886); photograph of his log house (1883); and biographical notes about the family.

Source of Acquisition:
The petition and letter were a gift of William Murdoch, 1975.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The original transcripts are held by Library and Archives Canada. They were microfilmed for Glenbow in 1959.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material. This includes an extensive index to the diary.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1896, M-4277, NA-1728, Microfilm-Murdoch

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