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Hugh Dempsey fonds

1880-2001, predominant 1962-2001

Physical Description:
3.65 m of textual records. -- 175 photographs. -- 2 audio reels. -- 1 audio cassette

Hugh Aylmer Dempsey, 1929- , was born in Edgerton, Alberta and worked at the Edmonton Bulletin newspaper from 1948 to 1951 as a copy boy, reporter and provincial editor. He was a publicity writer for the Alberta Government from 1951 to 1956. From 1956 until 1991 he worked at the Glenbow in Calgary as an archivist, 1956-1967, and curator/director, 1967-1991. He received the Order of Canada in 1975. On his retirement he was made Chief Curator Emeritus. He published many books and articles about native peoples and Alberta history, and collected photos relating to southern Alberta reserves. He also taught native studies and Alberta history at the University of Calgary and was involved in studies of Fort Calgary and the Cochrane Ranche. In 1953 he married Pauline Gladstone, 1929- , and they had five children, James, Louise, John, Leah and Lois. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary. His memoirs were published as Always an Adventure : An Autobigraphy / Hugh A. Dempsey. -- Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2011. For further information see "A Foot on Both Sides of the Cultural Dividing Line", Hugh Dempsey's Aboriginal Acquisitions for Glenbow Museum / Laura Grace Golebiowski. -- BA Honours thesis, University of Calgary, 2011.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of drafts of these books: Historic Sites of Alberta (1962), Crowfoot, Chief of the Blackfeet (1972), North With Peace River Jim (1972), A Winter at Fort Macleod (1972), Men in Scarlet (1974), The Best of Bob Edwards (1975), The Wit & Wisdom of Bob Edwards (1976), The Rundle Journals (1977), Indian Tribes of Alberta (1978), Charcoal's World (1978), Red Crow, Warrior Chief (1978), My People the Bloods (1979 - based on Mike Mountain Horse's 1936 manuscript), History in their Blood : The Indian Portraits of Nicholas de Grandmaison (1982), Christmas in the West (1982), Big Bear : The End of Freedom (1984), Gentle Persuader : A Biography of James Gladstone, Indian Senator (1986), Heaven is Near the Rocky Mountains (1989), Treasures of Glenbow Museum (1991), The Amazing Death of Calf Shirt and Other Blackfoot Stories (1994), and Calgary, Spirit of the West (1994).
Also consists of recordings of native history lectures (1968); articles about Leavings, Doesn't Sit Down Shield, Peigan Post, and Calgary's establishment; research notes, maps and photographs related to the Fort Calgary project (1968-1975); research notes and correspondence about the Cochrane Ranche project (1969-1972); recording of a U. of C. convocation address about natives in today's society (1974); conference paper about local histories (1970); program for the unveiling of the Senator James Gladstone bust in Ottawa (2001); and photographs of native peoples, Fort Macleod, Pincher Creek and Calgary (1880s-1925).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Hugh A. Dempsey, 1956-2001.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

There are interviews with Hugh A. Dempsey in the Charles Ursenbach Oral History Project at Glenbow (RCT-145-25 and RCT-781-(2,3)).
The Hugh A. Dempsey Writing-on-Stone Research Project, the records of his wife Pauline Dempsey, and their posters collection are also at Glenbow.

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-3676, M-3686, M-3782, M-4371, M-4544, M-4586, M-4651, M-8452, RAT-15, RET-14, NA-5, NA-12, NA-43, NA-342, NA-517, NA-525, NA-535, NA-584, NA-737, NA-776, NA-971, NA-975, NA-1093, NA-1104, NA-1187, NA-1229, NA-1656, NA-1659, NA-1726, NA-1979, NA-2323, NA-2400, NA-2469, NA-2535, NA-2704, NA-3120, NA-3416, NA-5345, NA-5442, PA-72, PA-114, PA-1999-(1-54), PA-2975, PB-491

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