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George Gibson Coote fonds


Physical Description:
2.38 m of textual records. -- 36 photographs

George Gibson Coote, 1880-1959, was born in Oakville, Ontario. In 1901 he was employed by the Bank of Hamilton and in 1906 was transferred to Nanton, Alberta to open a branch. He managed the branch until 1908 then homesteaded in the area. In 1910 he married Jeanette Louise McKinnon, ?-1951, and they had two sons, Donald Harcus, 1912-2002, and George F. "Bud", 1918-2003. He was active on the Council of Local Improvement District No. 8, and joined the United Farmers of Alberta in 1911. He was elected as the UFA Member of Parliament (MP) for Macleod in the 1921 federal election, and was re-elected to Parliament in 1925, 1926 and 1930. He joined the Progressives in the House, and became a member of the "Ginger Group". He was the group's financial critic and actively pressed for banking reforms. He was defeated in the 1935 federal election. In 1936 he was appointed director of the Bank of Canada. He also served as director of the Alberta Wheat Pool, 1936-1952, and secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Chamber of Agriculture, 1938-1939.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal correspondence, farm records, campaign papers, speeches and radio broadcasts; and extensive correspondence/subject files on the UFA, monetary reform, Bank of Canada, agriculture and Alberta Wheat Pool. Includes photographs of Coote, the Nanton area and UFA personalities. Also includes correspondence of the Canadian Chamber of Agriculture (1935-1939); and minutes and tax receipts of LID No. 8 (1907-1912).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: R.B.Bennett, Benton Oils Ltd., John E. Brownlee, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, M.J. Coldwell, Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), Crowsnest Pass, Maj. C.H. Douglas, Edward Prince of Wales, Robert Forke, Edward Joseph Garland, gold standard, grain elevators, Highwood River, irrigation, William Lyon Mackenzie King, livestock brands, Archibald J. McLean, Agnes MacPhail, Arthur Meighen, Native Sons of Canada, Charles S. Noble, old age pensions, patents, Peigan reserve, Norman F. Priestley, Social Credit, Henry E. Spencer, Graham F. Towers, William Gilbert Weir, Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), James S. Woodsworth, and Second World War (economics).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of George F. Coote, 1960.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The Canadian Chamber of Agriculture correspondence is also available on microfilm.

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-260, M-1754, PA-231, PA-249, PA-253, NA-1170, NB-12, ND-12, Microfilm-Canadian Chamber

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