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Spencer Cumming (law firm) fonds

1885-1967, predominant 1900-1949

Physical Description:
3.66 m of textual records

James Short, 1862-1942, set up a law firm with G.C. McCaul in 1897. Short and McCaul successively became Sifton, Short and Stuart (1898), Short and Stuart (1906), Short, Ross and Selwood (1908), Short, Ross, Selwood and Shaw (1913), Short, Ross, Selwood, Shaw and Mayhood (1914), Short, Ross, Shaw and Mayhood (1927), Ross and Mayhood (1944), Mayhood and Cumming (1949) and Spencer Cumming (1964). The most prominent partners other than Short were George H. Ross, 1878-1954, who was appointed to the Senate in 1948, Joseph T. Shaw, 1885-1944, who was leader of the Liberal opposition in the Alberta Legislature, 1926-1931, and L.F. Mayhood, 1882-1954, who was appointed K.C. in 1944. Spencer Cumming, 1916-1995, was one of the last three lawyers to join the Law Society of Alberta under the apprenticeship program. He joined the law firm when it was still Short, Ross, Shaw and Mayhood, and stayed with the firm until his retirement in 1986. The firm handled the estates of many prominent southern Alberta citizens. It also handled legal matters for many ranching, mining, petroleum and investment companies.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of estate, property and defence papers. Includes some personal papers of Joseph T. Shaw (1921-1946) and Frederick Mayhood (1922-1937).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Ainsworth Oils Ltd., Alberta Investment Co., Alberta Loan and Investment Co., Alberta Minerals Ltd., Alberta Provincial Liberal Association, Anaconda Oil Co., Erick Anderson, Ardill Oil Co., Eleanor Atterbury, Robert Bennie Atterbury, Bentonite mining, Berry Creek Ranch Co., Brilliant Coal Co., Magnus Brown, Patrick Burns, Calgary Stock Exchange, Canadian American Overseas Automobile Tours Ltd., Chinese, Commonwealth Petroleum Co., Cooper-Nanton Oil Co., Crane Lake Ranch, Crescent Star Ranch (Rosebud), Dallas Oil Co., John Dartique, William M. Davidson, Diamond Oil Co., Doukhobors, Dunbow Farms, Bob Edwards, First Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ford Coals Ltd., Harry A. Ford, Adrieu Gervais, William Gladstone, Hartford Oil Co., Highwood Western Railway Co., Robert John Hutchings, Hutterites, Investors Holdings Co., Kathryn Farm Co., Kentucky Ranch, Peter Willoughby King, Knee Hill Coal Co., Peter Knight, Charles La Nauze, James D. Lafferty, Law Society of Alberta, Walter H. Leadley, Long Bong Lim, Norman Lougheed, Archibald John McArthur, William Henry McCardell, Mrs. W.G. McClusky, McDougall-Segur Exploration Co., Frank B. McHugh, Harold McHugh, Mary Jane McHugh, Merland Oil Co., Charles S. Noble, Noble Farms Ltd., William John Noble, Dean Edward Clarence Paget, Charles Perrenoud, Priddis-Calgary Coal Co., restaurants, Frank Thomas Richardson, Alfred G.F. Riley, Edmunde John Riley, Georgina Jane Riley, Harriet W. Riley, Thomas R. Riley, Rocky Mountain Oils, Charles B. Rouleau, Russians, Scandinavian Mission Church, Scarboro United Church, Lady Agnes Campbell Schultz, Second Church of Christ Scientist, Joseph Tweed Shaw, A.L. Sifton, Sisterville Oil Co., Social Credit, Spring Grove Ranch, James Robert Sutherland, Transby Farm, John A. Turner, University of Alberta (law faculty), Solomon Lee Van Meter, Vansile Mines Ltd., Vimy Oils Ltd., Euphemia Davidson Walker, Thomas Wattam, Western Independent Publishing Co., Western Supply and Equipment Co., Daniel Wooliams, XR Bar Ranch and Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Spencer Cumming, 1973.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

There is an interview with Spencer Cumming in the Calgary Bar Association Oral History Project at Glenbow (M-7773).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1938, NA-3400

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