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Leslie family fonds


Physical Description:
3 m of textual records. -- 120 photographs. -- 16 sound recordings

John Cook Leslie, 1882-1953, was born in Ontario. He worked for the Merchants Bank, which transferred him to Calgary, Alberta in 1902. In 1908 he quit the bank and established J.C. Leslie and Company, a real estate firm. He married Agnes Bell in 1912 and they had five children. He remained in the real estate business until his death. Their son, John Clifford Leslie, 1920-2010, known as Jack, was born in Calgary. He spent four years as a pilot in the RCAF during the Second World War. He married Jean Logan, 1920-2016, also of Calgary, in 1942. He earned his AACI degree from the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and took over J.C. Leslie and Company after his father died. He was an alderman for the City of Calgary from 1961 to 1965, and served as mayor, 1965-1969. He was a strong supporter of the Progressive Conservative party. After his term as mayor he returned to the real estate business. Jean Leslie, an avid historian, has published several articles on Calgary history.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of John Leslie's family and business correspondence, and real estate ledger; Jack Leslie's election papers, correspondence, speeches, invitations and conference papers; photographs of the family and of functions attended by Mayor Leslie; and Jean Leslie's genealogical sketches, historical articles, research files and interviews. Includes recorded interviews with Helen Yule about the EP Ranch, John James Saucier, Jack Grogan, Carl Cummer, Dudley Batchelor, Mrs. Leinweber, Mary Dover, Archdeacon Swanson, Sydney Vallance, A.G. Graves, Isobel Newton, Judge Thorson, Tom Dorchester, Ron Glass, Tom Glass, Kelly Sutherland, Gary Dorchester, Clarence Mack, Art Briars, Sadie Briars, James M. Wardle, and "Harry" who was involved in the construction of the Banff Windermere Highway.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Leslie, 1975-2008, and Marilynn Brown, 2017.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-673, M-3058, M-3059, M-4041, M-4042, M-4760, M-5639, M-5662, M-5768, M-9164, M-9332, M-9825, PA-2004, NA-3585, RCT-93, RCT-225, RCT-226, RCT-227, RCT-228, RCT-229, RCT-231, RCT-252, RCT-920, RCT-994, V-88

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