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Independent Order of Foresters fonds

1888-2002, predominant 1970-2002

Physical Description:
57 cm of textual records. -- 3050 photographs. -- 2 video cassettes

The Independent Order of Foresters was established in the USA in 1874 and spread to Canada in 1876. The purpose of the organization was to act as a health and life insurance society for its members and it developed an active fraternal life. Court Calgary #295 was set up in 1888 and Court Chinook #3028 was established in Calgary in 1946. They merged in 1984. Court Fort Calgary #1660 was chartered in 1976 and Court Bow (Vauxhall) #805 in 1953.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of charters of Chinook, Fort Calgary, Calgary Chinook, Vauxhall and Calgary Courts; minute books, photograph albums, guest books, and newsletters. Includes anniversary and fraternal greetings.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Albert G. Swinarton, 1979; and Independent Order of Foresters, 2003-2006.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8936, M-9200, M-1654, PA-4022, PD-419, V-84

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