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Michael Phair Records

Michael Albert Phair, born August 1950, served on Edmonton’s City Council representing Ward 4 from 1992 until 2007. He was the first openly gay elected politician in Alberta, and a longtime LGBTQ activist. Phair was a founding member of the Aids Network of Edmonton [now HIV Edmonton], a member of Edmonton’s Pride Festival Society Board of Directors, and a key figure in the work of many of Edmonton’s early and current LGBQT associations. After leaving city council, Phair served on a variety of city organizations, including the Edmonton Social Planning Council, Edmonton Homeward Trust, and the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society. He is an adjunct professor with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. The Edmonton Public School Board announced in June 2015 that a west-end school will be named for him (scheduled to open in the fall of 2017), and on February 25, 2016 Michael Phair was named chairman of the University of Alberta Board of Directors.

This series consists of files kept by Michael Phair, including correspondence files; an issue related file on police action in parks, and artifacts including a t-shirt and service award plaque. While this is a very small representation of Michael Phair’s work and impact on the growth of Edmonton’s LBGQT community, it must be stated that in almost every series described in the GALA fonds, researchers will glean the importance of Michael Phair’s contributions. He was instrumental in establishing and helping to maintain many of Edmonton’s LGBQT associations, and was a mover and shaker behind collecting, preserving and eventually donating the Gay and Lesbian Archives to the City of Edmonton Archives. Michael Phair would be the first to recommend that all that he donated be incorporated as part of GALA, and this was achieved with most of what he brought in. The few files listed in this final series are those that could not easily be separated from Phair the individual: correspondence to and from him; his own written notes on specific topics, and his personal artifacts. His donated material included clipping files, subject topic files, and other material, but all was intended as further contributions and accruals for GALA. Needless to say, the researchers studying the history of gay activism in Edmonton will learn about the work and significance of Michael Phair.

Barbara Stewart

  • CA EDM MS-128
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1970-1980

The fonds consists of reports, news clippings, map and correspondence relating the MacKinnon Ravine roadway proposal; membership lists, agendas and minutes and other records of the Urban Reform Group Edmonton (URGE).

Stewart, Barbara

James East

  • CA EDM MS-202
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1938

The fonds consists of correspondence, political literature, papers relating to his service on the City of Edmonton Council and organizations of which he was a member, and poetry of his own composition, mostly on political themes.

East, James

Olive P. Hoyle

  • CA EDM MS-418
  • Fonds
  • 1965-1984

The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, news clippings, notes and publications relating to the Citizens' Save Our Parks Association, 1965-ca. 1977; the Plebiscite Committee, 1965-1966; the Urban Reform Group Edmonton (URGE), 1973-1982; the Oliver Community Group, 1975; and her opposition to construction of a roadway in MacKinnon Ravine, 1965-1984.

Hoyle, Olive P.

Edith Blanche Rogers fonds

  • CA EDM edm-1107
  • Fonds
  • 1964-1969

This fonds consists of speeches made at the opening of Edmonton public schools.

Rogers, Edith Blanche

Frank Oliver fonds

  • CA EDM edm-1113
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1961

The fonds consists of materials created by Frank Oliver between 1880 and 1961. The fonds consists of published and unpublished speeches; articles relating to Frank Oliver; pamphlets; newspapers.

Oliver, Frank

Alberta Pensioners' Society fonds

  • CA EDM edm-114
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1966

The fonds consists of administrative and financial records of the Alberta Pensioners' Society, including corespondence, scrapbooks of minutes, news clippings, legislative materials from various jurisdictions and other publications. There are also two portraits of Chief Justice William R. Hawson.

Alberta Pensioners' Society

Alexander Cameron Rutherford fonds

  • CA EDM edm-1167
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1910

This is a fragment of the Alexander Cameron Rutherford fonds, consisting of correspondence relating to his activities as a candidate for the North-West Territories Legislature, service as Secretary-Treasurer of the Town of Strathcona, N.W.T., officer of the Strathcona Liberal Association and Premier of Alberta. Also included are documents relating to Alexander Cameron Rutherford and the Town of Strathcona, possibly acquired by Doug Babcock during his research for his biography, Alexander Cameron Rutherford: A gentleman of Strathcona, 1980.

Rutherford, Alexander Cameron

Urban Reform Group of Edmonton fonds

  • CA EDM edm-1174
  • Fonds
  • 1963-1982

The fonds consists of materials created by the Urban Reform Group of Edmonton between 1963 and 1982. The fonds contains minutes, correspondence, background reports, policy documents, newsletters and planning documents used by the Urban Reform Group of Edmonton. It also contains a "Historic Edmonton" calendar, produced by the Urban Reform Group of Edmonton, including a policy statement by URGE. MS 127.1: This fonds consists primarily of material from URGE's aldermanic campaigns during the 1980 Edmonton Municipal election, including newspaper clippings, Nomination, Candidate, and Policy Guidelines, Notes, and other materials from the 1980 campaign. This fonds also consists of URGE newsletters from February to July 1980, and materials from the City of Edmonton concerning zoning, transportation, Parks and Recreation, City Hall's Historic Designation, the Space and Science Centre, and the Task Force on City Government. MS 127.2: This fonds consists of files related to the MacKinnon Ravine freeway, URGE newsletters from 1977, and URGE Membership lists, Bulletins, and Financial Statements.

Urban Reform Group of Edmonton

John Joseph Duggan fonds

  • CA EDM edm-125
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1939

This fonds consists of John J. Duggan's certified notice of election as Mayor of Strathcona, and a statement of receipts for the town in 1901. Also included is a biographical sketch of Mr. Duggan by John Edward Duggan, his son.

Duggan, John Joseph

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