James Brady fonds
1895-1967, predominant 1932-1967
4 m of textual records. -- 1069 photographs
James Patrick Brady, 1908-1967?, was born near St. Paul, Alberta, the son of James Brady, Sr., an Irish immigrant, and Philomena Garneau, a Metis from Strathcona. Throughout his life he was an advocate of native rights, and a strong supporter of democratic socialism. He was a founding member of the Metis Association of Alberta, which worked to secure land for Metis squatters. He promoted cooperative ventures to give his people an economic base. In 1941 he became supervisor of the government-sponsored Wolf Lake Metis Colony. He fought overseas during the Second World War, and on his return moved to Saskatchewan where he worked for the CCF government's Department of Mineral Resources, establishing Metis cooperatives. He retired to La Ronge, Saskatchewan about 1950 due to differences with the CCF government. He disappeared in June 1967 while on a prospecting trip in northern Saskatchewan. For further information see The One-and-a-Half Men / Murray Dobbin. - Vancouver : New Star Books, 1981.
Most of the records (4609m) were deposited by Simonot and Hansen, barristers and solicitors, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on behalf of Allan Quandt, executor.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of diaries (1944-1945, 1955-1967); general correspondence (1933- 1966); Metis Association of Alberta correspondence, minutes, reports, etc. (1932-1952); photographs of Metis settlements and personalities in Alberta and Saskatchewan (1900-1965); files on Metis, Indians, cooperatives, politics and mining (1932-1967); and 204 scrapbooks of political newsclippings (1934-1961).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Batoche, Beauval, Buffalo Narrows, Johnny Callihoo, W.J. "Bill" Callihoo, Chief Sittingstone, Cumberland House, P.G. Davies, Arthur K. Davis, Joseph F. Dion, T.C. Douglas, Gabriel Dumont, fisheries, forestry, fur trade, John Ferguson, Green Lake, Grouard, Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), hunting, Iroquois, Indian Association of Alberta, Justice Ewing, Lac La Biche, Albert Lacombe, La Ronge, League of Nations of North American Indians, Metis Association of Saskatchewan, National Indian Council, Malcolm F. Norris, H.C. Norwest, Omaha tribe, Papasschayo (Passpasschase), Prince Albert, Louis Riel, Morris C. Shumiatcher, Stony Rapids, Ross Thatcher, Peter Tomkins, and Wolf Lake.
Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Marcel Simonot, Allan Quandt and Murray Dobbin, 1977-2005.
The material is in English.
No restrictions on access.
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.
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(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 125, PA 2218, NA 3517