I.V. Macklin fonds
1935-1973, predominant 1942-1958
87.5 cm of textual records
Irvin Victor Macklin, 1888-1980, was born in Ontario. He originally intended to be a minister, but instead came west to homestead at Grande Prairie, Alberta in 1910. He married Nellie Cass, ?-1940, originally from England, in 1912, and they had two children, Velma, 1913-?, and Victor, 1917-?. He married Matilda Braun Jantz in 1941, and they had four children, Irvin, 1942-, Arthur, 1945-, Ann, 1948-, and Linda, 1954-. Originally a Liberal, he became disillusioned with the party and joined first the United Farmers of Alberta, and later the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. He was a Peace River director of the UFA, 1927-1935, and during this time wrote articles for the Observer, Western Producer, Free Press Weekly and Commonwealth newspapers. He joined the CCF when the UFA left politics, and ran unsuccessfully as a CCF candidate for the Peace River constituency in the 1940, 1945 and 1949 federal elections. In the 1940s and 1950s he began regular radio broadcasts on CFGP, a Grande Prairie radio station, in which he discussed religion, politics (much of it anti-Social Credit), philosophy and moral issues. In the 1960s he wrote a regular column called "News and Views" in the Herald-Tribune newspaper of Grande Prairis. He was the author of They've Turned their Back to the Bible. -- Grande Prairie : I.V. Macklin, 1955.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of manuscripts of radio broadcasts (1942-1958), "News and Views" newspaper columns (1960-1969), reminiscences, and a manuscript entitled "Political History of Alberta" (1970). Includes letters to the editor, a small amount of CCF campaign material, and a pre-nuptial agreement for his second marraige.
Source of Acquisition:
Gift I.V. Macklin, 1961-1973.
The material is in English.
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Other Irvin Macklin papers are held by the South Peace Regional Archives.
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)