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Usher Ranch fonds


Physical Description:
1.9 m of textual records. -- 372 photographs. -- 8 sound recordings. -- 3 film reels

Tom Usher, 1882-1972, and his brother Charlie were born in Scotland and came to Alberta in 1902 and 1903 respectively to work for William Roper Hull on his ranches. They purchased land near Scollard and Big Valley, Alberta where they established their own ranches. Their sister, Eliza Jane Usher, kept house for them. Tom was a long-time member and director of the Western Stock Growers' Association. Thomas married Dorothy, 1884-1974. In 1990 the Rumsey Ecological Reserve was established on Usher's leased lands and the remaining portion was declared a natural area. The lease was sold in 1999 and the remaining deeded land in 2008. For further information see Thomas Usher, Cattleman of Alberta, 1882-1972 / Barbara Villy Cormack. -- n.p : 197?.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of papers related to ranch operations including a letterbook (1905-1920), legal papers (1932-2011), and financial records (1904-2010); family papers including newspaper clippings about family members, Eliza Jane Usher's diary of ranch activities (1904-1905), estate records, and interviews with Tom and Harry; and extensive photographs of the Usher Ranch, Scollard, Alberta, and the family. The fonds also consists of Western Stock Growers' Association convention reports, minutes, briefs, correspondence and clippings.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Les Usher, 2014-2015.

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-9711, NA-5736, PA-4040, PB-1013, RCT-991, F-213

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