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Herbert Nichols fonds


Physical Description:
2.6 m of textual records. -- 1 photograph. -- 1 photograph album

Herbert Edward Nichols, 1886-1973, was born in England and came to Edmonton, Alberta in 1907. He homesteaded at Clyde in 1911 and raised Percherons, Hampshire sheep and Yorkshire swine. He was in charge of the successful Alberta Percheron exhibit at the 1930 Toronto Royal Winter Fair, and was well known for his livestock breeding. He and his wife, Grace, were married in 1935, and they had three children, David, Richard and Margaret. Herbert was a member of Alberta Wheat Pool and Alberta Dairy Pool from their inceptions, in addition to being a member of the United Farmers of Canada, Alberta Section and United Grain Growers. He moved to Edmonton in 1942 when he retired from farming. He served as executive secretary of the Alberta Farmers' Union and editor of the A.F.U. Bulletin, 1941-1946. Between 1945 and 1948, he served on the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta. In 1946, he joined the Alberta Department of Economic Affairs, heading the provincial information service. It was in this capacity that he wrote essays, radio broadcasts, speeches and articles on Social Credit. He retired from the government in 1953. He was also president of the Property Owners' Association of Edmonton and active in community work.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal correspondence (1930-1964); farm notebooks, livestock records and tax assessments; records of many agricultural livestock and other organizations in which he was involved; and articles, speeches, broadcasts, correspondence, circulars, election returns, etc., pertaining to Social Credit. Includes a minute book of the UGG, Clyde local (1920-1927), secretary-treasurer's files of the United Farmers of Canada, Alberta Section (1938-1944), and minutes, correspondence, reports, resolutions, etc. of the Alberta Farmers' Union (1943-1947).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: William Aberhart, Alberta Cooperative Wheat Producers, Alberta Federation of Agriculture, Alberta Percheron Association, Alberta Provincial Sheep Breeders' Association, Armed Forces Federation, Patrick H. Ashby, George S. Bevington, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Union of Electors, communism, Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), Maj. C.H. Douglas, Federation of Canadian Voters, flouride, Ronald Gostick, grain trade, Ronald Jaques, Jews, Walter F. Kuhl, Liberal Party, Solon Low, Ernest C. Manning, National Social Credit Association of Canada, Northern Alberta Dairy Pool, James Harper Prowse, Technocracy, and United Farmers of Alberta (UFA).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Herbert Edward Nichols, 1959-1968.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-900, PA-871, PD-132-76

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