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Lynch-Staunton, Adam family fonds


Physical Description:
1 m of textual records. -- 618 photographs

Francis Charles "Frank" Lynch-Staunton, 1905-1990, was born in Alberta, the son of Richard Lynch-Staunton, 1867-1961, and Isabel Mary Wilson, 1868-1971. His father came to Alberta to ranch near Pincher Creek in 1885. In 1900 he bought a piece of land north of Lundbreck which became the Antelope Butte Ranch. Frank studied engineering at the University of Alberta but returned in 1929 to operate the ranch. He served on the Pincher Creek municipal council, the University of Lethbridge Senate, on the board of the Western Stock Growers' Association, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, the Glenbow Museum, 1974-1979, and the Canada Council, 1959-1965. He was Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta from 1979 to 1985. He married Beatrice Monica Adam, 1907-1976, in 1929 and they had three children, Hugh, Elizabeth (Lowe) and Marina (Field), 1935-2018. He married Muriel Shaw in 1983. His memoirs were published with the title Greener Pastures : The Memoirs of F. Lynch-Staunton / Frank C. Lynch-Staunton. - Edmonton : Jasper Printing Group, 1986. For further information see "The Honourable Frank Charles Lynch-Staunton, 1979-1985" in On Behalf of the Crown : Lieutenant Governors of the North West Territories and Alberta, 1869-2005 / Sandra E. Perry and Karen L. Powell. - Edmonton: Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 2006, p. 567-583. Frank's first wife, Beatrice Monica Adam, was the daughter of James Graham Adam, 1862-195?, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He worked for an East Indian firm in London and in 1892 was stationed in Rangoon, Burma. There he met and married Beatrice Man, and they had five children, Graham E., Jack, Kathie (Hampson), Monica (Lynch-Staunton) and Denison. The Adams came to Canada in 1903 and homesteaded near Red Lodge, Alberta until 1917 when they moved to Calgary. James worked as an accountant, 1918-1922, and as secretary-treasurer of the Diocese of Calgary, 1922-1937. He was involved in local theatre and wrote musical comedies which were performed in both Red Lodge and Calgary. In 1938 he and Beatrice retired to Kelowna.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of financial records of Antelope Butte Ranch; Frank Lynch-Staunton's personal correspondence, speeches as Lieutenant Governor, and memoirs; miscellaneous records of Monica Lynch-Staunton and various other family members; Graham E. Adam's First World War letters; J.G. Adam's memoirs (1937) and plays he wrote; and family photographs.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Hugh Lynch-Staunton, Betty Lowe and Marina Field, 1965-1991.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

An interview with Frank Lynch-Staunton is available at the Bert Sheppard Stockmen's Memorial Foundation Library & Archives.
A recorded interview with Frank Lynch-Staunton is in the Larry Ewashen Oral History Project at Glenbow (RCT-565-2).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8193, PA-841, PD-283

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