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Sheldon Chumir fonds

[ca. 1946]-1997

Physical Description:
15 m of textual records. -- 34 photographs. -- 3 audio cassettes. -- 186 objects

Sheldon Mervin Chumir, 1940-1992, was born in Calgary, Alberta, the son of Jewish immigrants Harry and Clara Chumir, who operated a small grocery store. He was educated at the I. L. Peretz School, Central Memorial High School, and the University of Alberta, where he received a law degree. He then studied at Oxford as one of Alberta's 1963 Rhodes Scholars. He was a tax lawyer at the law firm later known as Bennett Jones from 1965-1968 and 1969-1976. He invested successfully in real estate, oil and gas exploration, and rock concert promotion. In 1976 he established a sole law practice, Sheldon M. Chumir Professional Corporation, specializing in civil liberties cases, which he often undertook without charging fees. Chumir was a founder of the Calgary Civil Liberties Association, and a member of the Alberta and Canadian civil liberties associations. He served as Chairman of the Civil Liberties Section of the Canadian Bar Association, 1981-1982, and on committees concerned with legislative review, freedom of information, police practices, race relations, and human rights. He served on the board of the United Way of Calgary from 1984 to 1986, and was founder of Save Public Education, a Calgary organization opposed to public funding of religious schools. Chumir was elected as a Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Calgary Buffalo in 1986, and was re-elected in 1989. He was unmarried and had no close relatives at the time of his premature death. He left the bulk of his estate to the establishment of the Sheldon M. Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership. The Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre in Calgary was named in his memory. For further information, see "Sheldon Chumir" in Building a Province : 60 Alberta Lives / Brian Brennan. - Calgary : Fifth House, 2000, p. 201-203.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Sheldon Chumir's personal correspondence and records of his education; business records; client files of taxation and civil liberties cases; records of his involvement in professional associations and committees and the United Way of Calgary; speeches, news releases, correspondence, caucus notes, campaign materials, and subject files from his career in provincial politics; subject files; and newsclippings. INCLUDES INFORMATION BY OR ABOUT THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS: Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, Alberta Liberal Party, Bennett Jones, Blue Anchor Resources, British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Calgary Bar Association, Calgary Community Institute, Calgary Community Legal Guidance, Calgary Gourmet Club, Calgary Jewish Community Council, Calgary Knights of the Round Table, Calgary Police Commission, Canada West Foundation, Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Canadian Human Rights Foundation, Canadian Jewish Congress, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canucks Rugby Football Club, Chambers Saucier, Earth Sciences Inc., Farmboy Productions, Hamburger Hockey League, Herron Hits Ltd., Human Rights Commission (Alberta), Inglewood Community Project, Jones & Company, Jones Black, Junius Investments, Law Society of Alberta, Liberal Party of Canada, Logos Christian School, Mister B. M. Chitlin Enterprises, Mount Royal College, Petro-Canada, Principal Group, Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, Saucier Jones, Save Public Education, Sikhs, Simmyan Productions Ltd., Stone Petroleums, Strobe Productions, Sunset Hockey League, Triare Development, Triare Investments, United Way of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, World University Service of Canada. INCLUDES INFORMATION BY OR ABOUT THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS: Brian Latimer, Brian Lee, C. V. Myers, Clyde Wells, Dan Hays, David Wolf, Doug Christie, Douglas Powell, Ed Wolf, Elaine McCoy, Ernst Zundel, Fred Mannix, Gordon Dumont, Jean Chretien, Jim Holtz, Jim Keegstra, John Chief Moon, Kulwant Bains, Laurence Decore, Harry Midgley, Margaret Hixson, Mark Brody, Maurice "Mac" MacDonald, Nick Ternette, Paul Fromm, Ramona Bullen, Timothy Grier.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, 2001, 2003.

The material is in English.

Access to files containing privileged solicitor-client communications is prohibited for 50 to 70 years from the most recent material in the files.

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

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A scrapbook documenting Sheldon Chumir's life is maintained by the Sheldon M. Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 8846

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