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Cam Sproule fonds

[ca. 1890s]-1978

Physical Description:
1.25 m of textual records. -- 307 photographs

John Campbell "Cam" Sproule, 1905-1970, was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Grande Prairie. He attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a degree in geology in 1930. He received a PhD in geology from the University of Toronto in 1935, and from 1932-1936 also taught in the Department of Geology of that university. He then worked for the Geological Survey of Canada until 1939 when he became chief geologist for Norcanol Oil and Gas Company, a subsidiary of Imperial Oil. In 1946 he joined International Petroleum in Toronto and undertook exploration in South America, especially Peru. In 1951 he moved to Calgary, Alberta established his own petroleum exploration consulting firm, J. C. Sproule and Associates. He was active with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Alberta Petroleum Engineers Association, and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He received the Julian C. Smith Medal of the Engineering Institute of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame in 1998. His other business concerns included Ceramic Arts Ltd. and the Sproule Building (also called the Bow Building). In 1935 he married H. Maude Riley, 1909-1994, and they had two daughters, Anne (McKenzie), 1936- , and Judy, 1938-. For further information see Spirit of Success : The Sproule Story / Penelope E. Grey and Laura J. Krowchuk. -- Calgary : Sproule Associates Ltd., 1997.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of his course notes from the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, including lecture notes he wrote as an instructor (1927-1936); geological survey field notebooks (1928-1938); his published articles (1938-1968); miscellaneous personal papers (1920s-1973); architectural plans for the Sproule Building (1957-1958); financial records of Sproule Projects and Ceramic Arts Ltd. (1955-1973); photographs of the Sproule family, Canadian Pacific Railway, and oil exploration in Colombia; and slides of World War I scenes. The fonds does not include records related to J.C. Sproule and Associates.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Judy Sproule and Anne McKenzie, 1994-2018.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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The papers of his wife's parents, Harold and Maude Riley, are also held by Glenbow.

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8400, M-9593, PA-3973, PA-4116, S-260

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