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Canon Samuel Henry Middleton fonds


Physical Description:
1.55 m of textual records. -- 6 microfilm reels. -- 380 photographs

Samuel Henry Middleton, 1884-1964, was born in Burton-on-Trent, England, and came to Alberta in 1905 to take up ranching east of Pincher Creek. He became an Anglican missionary and Bishop Pinkham offered him the position of headmaster of St. Paul's Anglican Residential School on the Blood reserve. In 1911, he was ordained by the Bishop of Calgary, became Bishop's Chaplain in 1916, and was made Canon of Calgary Cathedral in 1924. From 1924 to 1939, he was Rural Dean of Lethbridge and in 1943 was Archdeacon of Lethbridge. While on the reserve, he studied the Blackfoot language and produced literature on both Blood and Blackfoot (Siksika) history and culture. Aided by his wife, Kathleen Underwood, a new St. Paul's School opened on the reserve in 1925 under his direction. The Middletons had three children, Charles Samuel, Sophie (Allison), ?-1999, and Verdun (Hunt). He was also an active Rotarian, involved with the Masonic Society, a leading figure in the creation of the International Peace Park at Glacier and Waterton in 1932, and an honorary Kainai Chief of the Bloods. He retired from St. Paul's in 1949, and from the church in 1951. For further biographical information, see Chief Mountain : The Story of Canon Middleton / Roberta Jean Forsberg. - Whittier, California, 1964.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of diaries (1928-1948); general correspondence (1916-1963); notes for addresses and sermons; scrapbooks (on microfilm); publications; and photographs of St. Paul's Anglican School and Mission (1900s-1950s) and the Blood reserve.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Muriel Burton-Watkins, Rev. G.R. Calvert, Roberta Forsberg, George H. Gooderham, Everett W. Hill, Historical Society of Alberta, John Samuel Frazier Hunt, Kainai Chieftainship, M.H. Long, E.R. McFarland, James D. MacGregor, Canon W.J. Merrick, Missionary Society of the Church in Canada, Albert Mountain Horse, Frank Rasky, Rev. Ralph L. Sherman, Harwood Steele, Te-Ata (Chickasaw), and Milfred V. Thornton.

Source of Acquisition:
Purchased from James Zieffle and gifts of S.H. Middleton, Charles Middleton, Lily Middleton and Sophie Allison, 1961-2012.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The original scrapbooks are held by Sophie Allison.

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-839, M-6113, M-9530, PA-604, PA-605, PA-1146, PA-3936, PB-109, NA-769, NA-1400, NA-1811-(23-75), NA-3910, NA-4429, NA-5550, Microfilm-Middleton

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