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Thomas Underwood fonds


Physical Description:
75 cm of textual records. -- 3 photographs

Thomas Underwood, 1863-1948, was born in Leicester, England. He came to Canada in 1883, and moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1885. He worked for a lumbermill for two years before opening his own building construction business in 1887. His firm built the first Bank of Montreal, Pat Burns' mansion, the Underwood Block and many other prominent Calgary buildings. In 1888, he married Kate Graves and they had six children. He served as mayor of Calgary from 1902 to 1903. In 1906 he established the Diamond Coal Company, which operated a mine at Diamond City near Lethbridge. The mine went bankrupt in 1913. In 1915, T. Underwood Ltd., a rental agency, was established by Underwood and his wife. He managed it until 1947 when his son, Clifford, 1903-1993, took over. Underwood was very active in the Baptist Church, YMCA, YWCA, and the Chinese Mission.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal and business correspondence, and minutes, agreements and financial records of T. Underwood Ltd.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Calgary Board of Trade, Canadian Western Natural Gas, Samuel E. Collard, Edward Ellis Edwards, Rev. W.H. Ellis, Employers' Association of Manitoba, Ernest G. Hansell, Highwood Petroleum and Natural Gas Co., Mr. Ho Lem (Sr.), Mrs. R.M. Inglis, Rev. George W. Kerby, George Clift King, Colin Campbell McLaurin, Emily Murphy, remittance men, Richfield Petroleum Ltd., and Saskatoon Piano Co.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Clifford Underwood, 1973.

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-1261, PA-1507, PB-380, NA-2639, NA-2652

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