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Fred Gladstone fonds

1959-1987, predominant 1971-1976

Physical Description:
1.88 m of textual records. -- 18 photographs

Fred Gladstone, 1918-2010, was born on the Blood reserve in southern Alberta, the son of Senator James Gladstone and his wife, Janie Healy Gladstone. He attended St. Paul's Anglican Residential School, but left at age sixteen to take up a rodeo career. He travelled the rodeo circuit throughout western Canada and northwestern USA, winning the Canadian calf-roping championship in 1948 and 1950. When not on the circuit he farmed with his father near Cardston and took over the farm when his father was called to the Senate in 1958. In 1940 he married Edith Reed of Swift Current, and they had four children, June (Willms), Jim, 1943-2015, Caen (Bly) and Jeffery. Active in native politics, he sat on the Blood Band Council, 1957-1964, and helped set up Kainai Cooperatives Enterprises on the reserve. He was a long time supporter of the Indian Association of Alberta, and was first elected to the IAA executive in 1969. He was also named to the Board of Directors of the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) and has been involved in Indian matters on a nation-wide basis. In 1961 he helped organize the Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association and was secretary until 1970. Gladstone was inducted into the Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1992.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, and reference files related to his involvement with the Blood Band Council, Red Crow Developments, Kainai Cooperatives Enterprises, and other native organizations; records related to his rodeo career; reports, minutes, circulars and reference files related to his involvement with the Indian Association of Alberta, its offshoot, the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights and Research program (TARR), and the National Indian Brotherhood. Includes correspondence with Jean Chretien and the Department of Northern and Indian Affairs. Also includes photographs of the Gladstone family, members of the Blood Band, and rodeo events.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Fred Gladstone and Hugh Dempsey, 1962-1993.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

There is a recorded interview with Fred Gladstone about rodeo in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Calgary. There is an interview with Fred Gladstone in the Charles Ursenbach Oral History Project at Glenbow.

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-6049, NA-564, NA-3416

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