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Robertson family fonds

1890-1985, predominant 1928-1985

Physical Description:
50 cm of textual records

Alexander Macdonald "Don" Robertson, 1900-1992, was born in Calgary, Alberta, the son of William and Nellie Robertson, who were originally from Ontario. His father owned the Calgary Clothing Company, and his mother was active in the Samaritan Club and the Calgary Women's Hostel (for immigrant women). Don studied mining engineering at McGill University. He married fellow student, Marion Yvonne Thompson, 1902-1980, and they returned to Calgary. They had eight children, Irene (Copithorne), 1924- , Adam, Donna (Taylor), Helen, Nora (Stackard), Muriel (Fenshaw), Margery and Gordon. He took over the family clothing business, renamed The English Shop, invested in real estate and the petroleum industry, and owned several White Spot restaurants. He was a charter member of the Calgary Downtown Lions Club and left it an endowment to support community projects.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of a William's business and property records (1890-1934); Nellie's newspaper clippings about the Calgary Women's Hostel, Samaritan Club and the family (1921-1935); William and Nellie's letters of condolence on deaths of children (1892, 1905); Don's business records regarding oil and gas, real estate, restaurants and clothing stores (1914-1985); and Don's family correspondence, memberships, and will (1917-1980).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Irene Copithorne, 1993 and Dan McGregor, 2009.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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)

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