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EP Ranch fonds

1920-1973, predominant 1931-1956

Physical Description:
1.76 m of textual records. -- 1588 photographs

Edward, Prince of Wales purchased the EP Ranch near Pekisko, Alberta after the 1919 royal tour of Western Canada. Purebred livestock were imported and raised on the ranch with the aim of helping western stockmen improve the quality of their animals. The Prince visited the EP in 1923, 1924 and 1927, and after his abdication as King Edward VIII, visited the ranch with his wife in 1941 and 1950. For many years it was managed by Professor W.L. Carlyle. The Prince also appointed an advisory committee to oversee ranch operations. It was chaired by Patrick Burns and included A.E. Cross and Alick Newton. In 1942 Carlyle resigned and the ranch was managed by P. Burns Agencies until 1950 when it came under the direction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). At this time it reverted to a commercial cattle venture. In 1956 the Duke of Windsor (his title after abdication) and a group in Britain formed the EP Ranching Company to take over the ranch operations. It was restocked with purebred animals from Britain. In 1962 the ranch was sold to a neighbourhood rancher, Jim Cartwright. For further information see Prince Charming Goes West : The Story of the EP (Edward Prince) Ranch / Simon M. Evans. - Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 1992; and "The EP Ranch: a Fantasy of Escape" in King Edward VIII: an American Life / Ted Powell. - Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 (Chapter 5).

Custodial History:
Most of the records (M-2398) were retained in Calgary by the ranch's legal representative, R.G. Black, QC. They were given to the Glenbow in 1975 with the permission of the Duchess of Windsor.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of EP Ranch committee minutes (1933-1936); business correspondence, including Alick Newton's (1931-1950); general ledgers and financial statements (1920-1956); correspondence about disposal of the ranch; EP Ranching Company minutes and shareholders' records (1956-1958); photographs of the Prince, EP and Bar U ranches, Hoot Gibson movie, and local personalities; and newsclippings.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Percy W. Abbott, E.D. Adams, Alberta Poultry Producers Ltd., Francis N. "Frank" Bedingfeld, Robert G. Black, Joseph Harrison " 7U " Brown, John E. Brownlee, Patrick Burns, Henry Busby, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, S. James Cartwright, Everett James Chambers, Hon. W.N. Chant, George G. Coote, June Cotterell, W.A. Crawford-Frost, Ecushwa Oils Ltd., William Elliott, A.H. Goodall, J. Train Gray, Zachery M. Hamilton, Alexander Hannah, George Hoadley, Inperial Oil Ltd., Kingston Mutual Telephone Co., George Lane, W. MacGillivray, Duncan Marshall, James A. Richardson, Scottish Immigrant Aid Society, Socony-Vacuum Exploration Co., Dr. R.P. Talbut, R.S. Thomas, W. Dudley Ward, and Guy Weadick.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Mr. R.G. Black, Mr. D.C. Newton, Stewart Campbell, Riveredge Foundation, Mrs. J. Charles Yule, and John and Tami Cartwright, 1964-2002.

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-2380, M-2398, M-2959, M-4843-58, M-7005, M-9019, PA-644, PA-1790, PA-2445-(154-162), PB-181, PB-601-(65, 90-91), PD-48, PD-132-(vols 41-46, 48), PE-22, NA-859, NA-979, NA-1076, NA-2046, NA-2626, NA-3547, NA-4683

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