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James Lougheed family fonds


Physical Description:
327 photographs. -- 1 film reel. -- 7 cm of textual records

James Alexander Lougheed, 1854-1925, was born in Brampton, Ontario, was educated at the University of Toronto and called to the Bar in 1877. He moved to Calgary in 1883 and established a law practice. In 1889 he was appointed to the Senate and became Conservative Leader in the Senate in 1906. He was minister without portfolio in the Borden government after 1911 and during First World War was chairman of the Military Hospitals Commission. In 1918 he became minister of the Department of Soldiers Civil Re-establishment. He married Isabella Clark Hardisty, 1864-1936, and they had six children, Clarence Hardisty, 1885-1933, Norman Alexander, 1889-1963, Edgar D., 1894-1951, Dorothy Isabel (Hutchison), 1898-1958, Marjorie Yolande, 1905-1917, and Douglas, 1901-1931. James Lougheed School in Calgary was named in his honour in 1957. For further information see "Regionalism, Nationalism and the Canadian Character : The Senate Career of James A. Lougheed, 1890-1905" / W. Keith Regular. -- Memorial University of Newfoundland : unpublished honours thesis, 1978; Marian McKenna's article "Calgary's First Senator and City Builder" in Citymakers : Calgarians after the Frontier / Max Foran and Sheilagh S. Jameson, eds. -- Calgary : Historical Society of Alberta, Chinook Country Chapter, 1987; "James A. Lougheed : Lawyer, Real Estate Entrepreneur, and Senator" in Eye on the Future : Business People in Calgary and the Bow Valley / Henry C. Klassen. -- Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2002, p. 331-339; David J. Hall's entry, "James Lougheed" in the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains / David J. Wishart, ed. -- Lincoln/London : University of Nebraska Press, 2004, p. 456; and David J. Hall and Donald B. Smith's entry, "Sir James Alexander Lougheed" in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography at

Custodial History:
These records were held by Riveredge Foundation from 1969 to 1979.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Lougheed family photographs, particularly of Norman's family; film of James' funeral (1925); correspondence regarding theatre companies in Calgary in which James had an interest (1905); letter appointing James to the Senate; legal and financial papers of William L. Hardisty; Dorothy Lougheed's prayer book; and miscellaneous legal records and certificates.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of William Lougheed, 1979.

The material is in English.

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

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4843-(13-14), PA-2445-(121-123), PD-132-(vols. 20-22), NA-3232-(1-22, 25-27, 49-50), F-123

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