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Ted Riback fonds

1935-1978, predominant 1951-1975

Physical Description:
1.4 m of textual records. -- 202 photographs. -- 3 audio reels

Morris Ted Riback, 1910-2010, was born in Colorado, USA. He moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1930. In 1934 he married Rebecca "Betty' Levin, 1913-2005, of Winnipeg, and they had two daughters, Faith (formerly Green), 1935-2017, and Donna (formerly Grunberg), 1938-2017. He was prominent member of Calgary's Jewish community. In 1943 he founded Industrial Fabricators with Bruce Nodwell, and the following year founded the United Trailer Company. In 1959 he developed the Bel-Aire Estates in southwest Calgary. He formed Foundation Properties with others in 1961, to build a Calgary shopping centre. In 1963 he headed Allied Development Corporation, which built the CN Tower in Edmonton. He formed Instant Housing Industries Ltd. in 1967 to manufacture mobile homes. Ted divested himself of many of his business ventures in the 1970s due to his health. He was founder and director of the Calgary Community Foundation, building chairman for the Beth Israel Synagogue, and a founder and first president of the Meadowlark Athletic Association, which opened a curling club in 1951.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal correspondence, invitations, programs, newsclippings and a recorded interview; and business correspondence and reports pertaining to Meadowlark Athletic Association, construction of the Beth Israel Synagogue, Calgary Community Foundation, opening of the CN Tower in Edmonton, and other business activities. Includes photographs of Bel-Aire Estates, United Trailer Company and various Calgary organizations. Also includes audio recordings of a Calgary Community Foundation meeting (1971), and a Beth Israel 25th Anniversary event (1976); also includes records relating to Camp B'Nai Brith Riback at Pine Lake.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: A.G. "Tony" Anselmo, Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, Harry Cohen, curling, Maclean E. "Mac" Jones, D.P. "Danny" McCullough, Ronald Donald Southern, and Charles Waterman.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Ted Riback., 1978-1979, and Faith and Donna Riback, 2013.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory and interview outline available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Records related to Ted Riback's involvement in the Jewish community are held by the Southern Alberta Jewish Historical Society, Calgary.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1035, M-9616, PA-1967, PC-157, NA-3721, S-66, RCT-235, RET-32, RET-40

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