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Henry E. Spencer fonds


Physical Description:
25 cm of textual records. -- 46 photographs. -- 38 audio cassettes.

Henry Elvins Spencer, 1882-1972, was born in England. In 1908 he and his brother came to Canada and homesteaded near Edgerton, Alberta. In 1913 he married Harriet Zella Crowe, 1885-1977, and they had three children, Elvins Y., Edith E. and Mary Hope, 1919-2011. He farmed for 19 years, during which he became involved in various farm organizations. He served as a provincial director of the United Farmers of Alberta, 1917-1921. In 1921, he was elected to Parliament as the UFA Member of Parliament (MP) for Battle River. He was re-elected in 1925, 1926 and 1930, but was defeated in 1935. As part of the Ginger Group in Parliament, he pressed for monetary reforms, unemployment benefits and a national health program. After his defeat, he entered school and municipal work. He was president of the Alberta School Trustees' Association, 1944-1948, and secretary of the Canadian School Trustees' Association, 1948-1956. He retired to Comox, British Columbia in 1948.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence, speeches, radio broadcasts, newsclippings and pamphlets pertaining to the UFA and Spencer's political career; and correspondence, addresses, convention proceedings, etc., related to ASTA, CSTA and other educational organizations. Includes interviews with, and recordings by, Henry Spencer.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: William Aberhart, Alberta Education Council, banks and banking, R.B. Bennett, John E. Brownlee, Canadian Educational Association, M.J. Coldwell, Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), Maj. C.H. Douglas, T.C. Douglas, William Irvine, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Agnes McPhail, Social Credit, and J.S. Woodsworth.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of H.E. Spencer, 1963-1966, and Sara Driedger, 2014.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Other Spencer papers are held by Library and Archives Canada.
An interview with H.E. Spencer is in the United Farmers of Alberta Oral History Project at Glenbow (RCT 15-(1-4)).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1165, PA-851, PB-244, NA-1246, NA-1283, RCT-986, S-248

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