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Western Canada College fonds

1903-1990, predominant 1903-1943

Physical Description:
75 cm of textual records. -- 49 photographs

Western Canada College, a residential boys' school in Calgary, Alberta, was founded in 1903 by a group of public-spirited shareholders, including P. Turner Bone, James Muir, and Patrick Burns. Reverend A.O. MacRae was the first principal. For a decade the school grew, and was attended by boys from all parts of Canada. Attendance, however, decreased during the First World War, partly because of improved rural educational facilities, which made residential schools less popular. In 1920 WCC was made an educational trust, as a memorial to old boys killed overseas. In 1923 Dr. MacRae resigned to take a position in Victoria, British Columbia. He was succeeded as principal by a former student, Col. Williams. The school closed in 1926 due to continuing financial problems. The property was purchased by the Calgary School Board, which opened Western Canada High School on the site in 1929. The WCC Old Boys Association was formed in 1910. It was incorporated in 1987 and is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of WCC.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of ordinance of incorporation, correspondence (re Percy W. Downing, F.G. Gardener, John L. Lawrie, A.O. McRae), shareholders' records, board minutes, legal papers, financial records, First World War honour roll and miscellaneous programs of the school; constitution, membership lists, reminiscences, correspondence and newsclippings of WCC Old Boys Association; and photographs of WCC students, athletic teams and activities, and Old Boys' Association reunions.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Western Canada College Old Boys Association, 1963-1988, and John M. Cummings, 1997.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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The records of Western Canada High School are found in the Calgary Board of Education fonds, held by Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-2056, M-3131, M-3168, M-6685, M-7889, M-8567, PA-3098, PB-806, PB-854, PC-256

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