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W.D. Albright fonds


Physical Description:
75 cm of textual records. -- 127 photographs

William Donald Albright, 1881-1946, born in South Cayuga, Ontario, attended Ontario Agricultural College and worked for a number of agricultural newspapers. He married Eva Belle Lossing of Oxford County, Ontario in 1908, and in 1913, the couple moved to the Peace River area of Alberta and homesteaded near Beaverlodge. Albright offered to make the farm a site for seed experiments in 1914, and in 1917, the government rented twenty acres of the land and placed him on part-time salary. He became a Superintendent in 1919. The entire farm became an experimental substation in 1940 and a station in 1941. The Beaverlodge Station made an outstanding contribution to the development of agriculture and homesteading in Peace River territory. The Albrights also devoted spare time to gathering historical interviews from the area. Albright was active in the Beaverlodge School Board, the local War Finance Committee, the West District Hospital Association, the Board of Trade, and the Monkman Pass Highway Association. The couple had three children: Florence Eileen ( Ross), Frederick Bruce, and Robert Gordon, ?-1997. In 1954 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada designated Albright as a National Historic Person. For further information see Feasting on Misfortune : Journeys of the Human Spirit in Alberta's Past / David C. Jones. -- Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, 1998; and David C. Jones' article "What One may Accomplish - the Case of Donald Albright, Apostle of the Peace River Country" in Annual Distinguished and Anniversary lectures, volume II (1994) / edited by F. D. Oliva and D. R. McGraw. -- Calgary : Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, 1994, p. 32-55.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of W.D. Albright's articles on agricultural topics and on Peace River area history, his radio broadcasts on victory loans, photographs of the Beaverlodge Station and correspondence. Included is historical material related to the communities of Beaverlodge, Battle River, Fort St. John, Hudson Hope, Fort Vermilion, Grande Prairie, Grouard, High Prairie, Lesser Slave Lake, Pouce Coupe, Rolla, Dawson Creek, Shaftesbury, Dunvegan, Spirit River and Wanham. Also includes biographical material on the Albright family; historical reminiscences, interviews and photographs collected from the Peace River territory; material prepared for a book on the area by Albright, compiled and edited by Mrs. W.D. Albright; meteorological records; and newsclippings.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: B.K. Acton, Francois Adam, Swan G. Anderson, Anglican Church missions, Athabasca Landing, Frank W. Beatton, Beaver Indians, bee culture, William N. Bernard, Blacks, Gilbert Blake, W.F. Bredin, Frank T. Brewer, Rev. J. Gough Brick, Mrs. B.D. Brooks, Georges Bugnet, H.A. Cadenhead, Louis Callihoo, William Callihoo, Malcolm Campbell, Thomas Chisholm, C.M. Clarke, Theodore Cleland, James Kennedy Cornwall, Alex Craig, Samuel E. Cushway, William Cust, H.E. "Twelve-Foot" Davis, Ralph Dyer, J.B. Early, Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway, Edson trail, William S.O. English, Falher, F.G. Fletcher, G.V. Flint, V.C. Flint, Fort St. John, Ellsworth Foy, Walter Funnell, J.W. Frame, John A. Fraser, James Gibbons, Philip H. Godsell, Grande Prairie, William Grant, Grouard, Frank Guthrie, J.J. Haan, George Harris, High Prairie, T.W. Hill, C.F. Hopkins, Hudson's Hope (BC), William Innes, Iroquois, Dr. Mary Percy Jackson, Louis Jobin, O.H. Johnson, F.A. Johnston, Robert Jones, Mrs. Avery Kenny, Thomas Kerr, Klondike gold rush, Sheridan Lawrence, Thomas Lilac, Hillard Lyle, Alexander McDonald, Walter G. McFarlane, Mackenzie River (NWT), Dr. James Douglas Maclean, George McLeod, A.H. McQuarrie, Mennonites, Meteorology, Alex Monkman, Monkman Pass, North Star, Notekiwin, R.J. Ogilvie, Mrs. J.O. Patterson, petroleum exploration, physicians, C.O. Pool, Pouce Coupe (BC), Mary Roberts, B.C. Rolla, Mel Rossie, H.B. Round, W.D. Savage, D. Sexsmith, Gordon Sherk, W.H. Smith, William Smith, Social Credit, Soldier Settlement Board, Spirit River, Rede Stone, Robert Stone, Isaac O. Stringer, George J. Sunderman, Norman Talbot, John B. Thompson, Maud Traux, Herman Trelle, Hector Tremblay, Valhalla, Wanham, John Watson, weather forecasting, S.J. Webb, M.S. White, Mitchell Willis, N.W.T. Wrigley and George Yeomans.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Mrs. W.D. Albright, R. Gordon Albright and Maxine Albright, 1958-2000.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
A short memoir by Albright contained in the fonds was published as "Recollections of an Experimentalist" in Alberta History, vol.63, no.1 (Winter 2015), p. 20-24.

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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-8, M-3862, M-3863, M-3893, PA-450, PA-543, PD-28, PD-47, NA-493, ND-7, NB-15

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