Fonds - Alberta College fonds

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Alberta College fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Photographic material

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  • 1984-2012 (Creation)
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    Alberta College

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283 cm of textual records. -- ca 450 photographs. -- 2 videocassettes. -- 1 optical disc.

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(1903-2020)

Administrative history

Dr. T.C. Buchanan, pastor of McDougall Methodist Church in Edmonton, founded the province's first post-secondary institution in 1903 on Methodist Mission land set aside for missionary and education purposes by Reverend George McDougall. Although originally named McDougall College in honour of this early missionary to the Edmonton area, the founders soon abandoned this designation in favour of Alberta College. The college's first classes assembled on October 5, 1903 in the space above the Johnstone Walker Store on Jasper Avenue. Within two months, the original 67 students, along with four teaching staff, moved to the Masonic Hall to continue their studies in Arts, Commerce and Music under the direction of the school's first principal, Reverend Dr. John H. Riddell. The Northwest Territory Council granted a charter to Alberta College in October 1904, at which time the school moved into a new building on 101st Street, on the grounds of McDougall Methodist Church. The institution continued to undergo a number of changes, including new campuses, buildings, and the transfer to the United Church in 1926. Enrollment continued to expand in the 1930s to the 1980s.

In 1991, the provincial government passed amendments to the Alberta College Act to continue college operations as a private college independent of the United Church. Work also began on a two-phase construction project for a new facility. In 2000, the Board transferred college assets to the province, and on July 1, 2002 the facility and the majority of its programming was transferred to Grant MacEwan College. The Alberta College Campus offered academic upgrading, English as a Second Language (ESL), and the Royal Conservatory of Music. It continued as a MacEwan University campus until 2020, when programming moved to Allard Hall located on City Centre Campus.

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The fonds consists of records from the Executive Office including reports, budgets, committee meeting documents, business plans, news releases, newspaper articles, correspondence with government departments, and organizational charts from Alberta College previous to being taken over by Grant MacEwan College. Photographs include events, campus structures, and the construction of the last building. Presidents during this time period were Dr. Reginald Pridham, Brenda Cooke, and Michael Faulkner. Also included are records and a timeline relating to the Conservatory of Music, transfer documents, and a history of Alberta College and its centenary (1903-2003).

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  • English

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Records may be subject to Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Records may be subject to the Copyright Act of Canada.

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2020-01-15/95

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2020-10-27/106

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RAD, July 2008 version. Canadian Council of Archives.

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Final

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Created by Kathy Blasko - December 2, 2020.

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