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John Lee Laurie fonds


Physical Description:
1 m of textual records. -- 7 audio reels. -- 420 photographs

John Lee Laurie, 1899-1959, was born on a farm in Blenheim Township, Oxford County, Ontario. He was educated in Ayr, Galt, and Trinity College and served in First World War. He came to the west in 1920 and in 1923 began teaching at Western Canada College in Calgary, later moving to Crescent Heights High School. Laurie became very familiar with the Stoney people and in 1944 volunteered to work as secretary with the Indian Association of Alberta. For the next ten years he spent all of his free time promoting the cause of Alberta Indians. In the mid-1950s his health failed and he resigned as a teacher in 1956. From 1955 to 1959 he worked for the Glenbow Foundation compiling information about the Stoneys. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta in 1956. For further information see Donald B. Smith's article "John Laurie" in Citymakers : Calgarians after the Frontier / Max Foran and Sheilagh S. Jameson, eds. - Calgary : Historical Society of Alberta, Chinook Country Chapter, 1987; Laurie Meijer Drees and Elizabeth Churchill's article, "John Laurie and the Indian Association of Alberta" in Native Studies Review. -- vol. 10, no. 2 (1995), p. 97-120; and John Laurie, Ruth Gorman and the Indian Vote in Canada / Frits Pannekoek, ed. - Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2006.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal papers, records relating to Indian Association of Alberta work, drafts of articles and studies for Glenbow Foundation, and Laurie's four volumes of history, biographies, grammar and dictionary of the Stoneys. Includes recordings of Stoney, Blackfoot and Sarcee (Tsuut'ina) ceremonies and music, and many photographs of native people.
BIOGRAPHIES OF THE FOLLOWING STONEY INDIVIDUALS ARE IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Silas Abraham, Bearspaw, David Bearspaw, Jonas Benjamin, Amos Bigstoney, Noah Cecil, John Chiniki, Hector Crawler, Dave Crowchild, Mrs. Paul Daniels, Lazarus Dixon, John Ear, Peter Ear, Mrs. Peter Ear, Mrs. Englishman, Jacob Goodstoney (Kitchepwat), Jonas Goodstoney, Mrs. Pat Grasshopper, Phillip House, Enos Hunter, John Hunter, Joshua Hunter, Mrs. Judas Hunter, William Hunter, Moses Jimmie John, Emma Jonas, Ben Kaquitts, George Kaquitts, Tom Kaquitts, Lone Traveller, George McLean, Mekaisto, Frank Morigeau, Mark Poucette, Red Crow, John Rocky Mountain, Maggie Crowchief Nadeau, William Snow, Mrs. Annie Soldier, Steinhauer, Job Steven, Joshua Twin, William Twin, Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Twoyoungmen, Paul Twoyoungmen, Chief Walking Buffalo (Ta-Tunga Mani), Walking-on-Top, Peter Wesley, Dan Wildman, and Wolf-Peeping-Over-the-Hill.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of John Laurie and D.S. MacLean, 1956-1973.

The material is predominantly in English, but includes some material in Stoney, Blackfoot, and Sarcee (Tsuut'ina).

The sound recordings of First Nations ceremonies are restricted.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Other Laurie records are held by Special Collections at the University of Calgary Library.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-656, M-4389, M-4390, PA-65, PA-206, PA-1494, PA-2268, NA-179, NA-2554, NA-4212, NB-36, RBT-1, RBT-4, RBT-5, S-72

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