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O.S. Longman fonds


Physical Description:
2.25 m of textual records. -- 71 film reels. -- 197 photographs

Oliver Stanley Longman, 1889-1966, was born in Carnduff, Saskatchewan. In 1913 he graduated in agriculture from the University of Manitoba. From 1913 to 1917 he taught in Alberta at the Claresholm and Olds Agricultural Schools. In 1917 he married Edith Lizzie Barber, 1895-1979, and they had two daughters, Eileen Doris (Steele) and Mildred Winnifred (Spencer). They farmed in Manitoba, 1917-1919, then returned to Alberta where O.S. was principal of the Raymond School of Agriculture, 1920-1931. He then investigated Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) irrigation projects and the drought conditions in southern Alberta for the Alberta government, 1931-1932. He worked as the farm manager for the Colonization Finance Corporation of Canada in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, 1932-1934. From 1934 to 1942 he was the Field Crops Commissioner for Alberta. He then served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture from 1942 until his retirement in 1955. From 1956 until his death he worked as a researcher for the Glenbow Foundation, gathering information on agriculture and irrigation, largely from Gazettes, Sessional Papers, Hansard and government reports. In 1960 he and Edith moved to New Westminster, British Columbia.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of his autobiographical manuscript, "Pioneers and Pioneering in Western Canada" (1963); correspondence, notes and reports he compiled for Glenbow related to Alberta agriculture and irrigation (1894-1964); films related to a wide variety of agricultural topics (ca. 1920-1955); photographs of agriculture and agricultural personalities (1884-1959); and excerpts from the 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion) diary of his father, Charles Longman.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Edward C. Barrow, blacksmiths, Bow River irrigation, Oscar Carlson, Horace A. Craig, creameries, William T. Finlay, flour and feed trade, Claude Gallinger, W.A. Gray, Herbert Greenfield, Frank S. Grisdale, Hanna, H.M. Hatfield, George Hoadley, E.A. Howes, irrigation, Leroy Victor Kelly, R.H. Knight, Lake McGregor, Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District, lumber trade, C.P. Marker, Duncan Marshall, McIntyre Ranching Co., Gavin Middleton, Parry Sound Colony, Sid Phemie, ranching, James H. Ross, Lauwrence M. Rye, Sangudo, seed growers, Southern Alberta Land Co., Special Areas, Peter A. Stahlberg, T.H. Tinney, Herman Trelle, University of Alberta, Vegreville, Whitecourt, and Rudy Wiebe.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of O.S. Longman, 1956-1966, and Sandra Clarke, 2008.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Other O.S. Longman records are held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
There is an interview with O.S. Longman in the Special Areas Project, at Glenbow (M-4454).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-455, M-494, M-688, M-689, M-1862, M-2410, M-2411, M-2412, M-2417, M-2448, M-2707, M-3662, M-3732, M-3740, M-3742, M-3743, M-3753, M-3762, M-3763, M-3811, M-3819, M-3963, M-3999, M-4003, M-4027, M-4049, M-4157, M-4188, M-4549, M-4604, M-9314, F-1, PA-74, PA-82, PA-96, PA-128, PA-292-1, PA-541, PA-615, PA-625, PA-2071, PA-3796, PB-20, PB-34, PB-81, PB-170, PB-950, PE-4, PE-18, NA-39, NA-42, NA-45, NA-76, NA-111, NA-195, NA-378, NA-690, NA-2109, NA-5718

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