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Western Stock Growers' Association fonds


Physical Description:
5.5 m of textual records. -- 36 photographs. -- 6 audio discs. -- 7 audio reels

The Western Stock Growers' Association was incorporated in 1896 with D.W. Marsh as president, and W.F. Cochrane and F.W. Godsal as vice-presidents. Its aim was to promote and protect the interests of the ranching industry in western Canada. The Medicine Hat Stock Growers' Association, formed in 1913, amalgamated with WSGA in 1914. The Stock Growers' Protective Association of Western Canada was established in 1920. WSGA merged with it in 1921, under the former's name. The older name, Western Stock Growers' Association, however, was adopted again in 1923. The association has worked for brand inspections, quarantine regulations, better freight policies for the movement of cattle and feed, etc. It has also acted as a buying agency for its members. For further information see Cowboy Politics : The Western Stock Growers' Association and its Predecessors / Alexander Johnston. - Calgary : Western Stock Growers' Association, 1971. See also An Experiment that Worked / John Schmidt. - Calgary : Western Stock Growers' Association, 1994.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of ordinance of incorporation, constitution and bylaws, minutes, correspondence, convention proceedings, financial statements, committee reports, newsletters, press releases, and photographs of members and events. Includes interviews with early members of WSGA (1965-1967) and a 1948 radio broadcast by James G. Gardiner, Minister of Agriculture.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alberta Federation of Agriculture, Alberta Fish and Game Association, Alberta Provincial Police, American Society of Range Management, F.V. Bennis, Edward Philip Benoit, A.H. Bowler, W.C. Bryan, Calgary stockyards, cattle rustling, Cattlemen's Protective Association of Western Canada, Dr. Michael Clarke, Dr. S.E. Clarke, Colorado Cattlemens' Association, Council of Western Beef Producers, A.E. Cross, Fred Davis, O. Des Jarding, J.M. Dillon, Eastern Irrigation District, J.H. Frankel, Basil Gardon, grazing, J.R. Hallam, J.C. Hargrave, Harmon and Henderson, R.B. Hunter, Ed Kennedy, Knight-Watson Ranching Co., Guy Lafferty, M.B. Mabee, Duncan Marshall, Meat Packers Council of Canada, C.H. Morse, C.W. Peterson, poetry, Dan E. Riley, W.T. Ritch, Henry Arild Ruste, Saskatchewan Stock Growers' Association, Stuart B. Smith, Special Areas Board, Harry P. Streeter, meat industry and trade (strikes), Harry Strom, Gordon Taylor, Dr. F.S. Tolmie, Jack Thompson, Dr. F. Torrance, Robert Weir, Thomas Willdegg, and W.H. Willson.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Western Stock Growers' Association, David Breen and J. Angus McKinnon, 1962-2015.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-2452, M-2453, M-9007, M-9714, PA-510, PA-1219, PA-3263, PC-57, PE-14, NA-2006, NA-5409, RCT-101, RCD-7, RET-12

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