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United Way of Calgary fonds


Physical Description:
36 m of textual records. -- 32 film reels. -- ca. 300 photographs. -- 2 audio reels

The Community Chest, a body which raised funds for charitable organizations, briefly operated in Calgary, Alberta during 1920-1921. It was revived in 1939 through the Inter-Service Club Committee and the Council of Social Agencies. Fifteen member organizations were involved in the first fund-raising campaign. In addition to operating grants to member agencies in the first years of operation, capital grants were given to the YWCA, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Salvation Army and Lacombe Home. Over the years various agencies withdrew from the organization because the need for its services declined. New agencies were admitted to meet new community needs. The name was changed to United Fund in 1962 and United Way in the 1973. By the late 1980s approximately 48 agencies were assisted by the United Way. For further information see "The United Fund : A Case Study of an Organization-set" / Victor M. Bryant. -- unpublished MA thesis, University of Calgary, 1972.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence, annual reports, and financial records of Community Chest, Council of Social Agencies, and United Way; and photographs, slide shows and films promoting the United Way's cause (1950s-1980s).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of United Way, Mary Dover and Edmonton Parks and Recreation, 1975-1999.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4647, M-6634, M-7450, M-7979, M-8345, M-8382, M-8677, PA-3115, F-121, F-155, RCT-921, S-218

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