Collection - Dr. J. W. Grant MacEwan collection

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Title proper

Dr. J. W. Grant MacEwan collection

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  • Textual record
  • Object
  • Graphic material

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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

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Date(s)

  • 1939-2001 (Collection)

Physical description area

Physical description

8.15 m of objects
88 cm of textual records
29 photographs
5 posters
2 pencil sketches

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Name of creator

(1902-2000)

Biographical history

John Walter Grant MacEwan was born on August 12, 1902 in Brandon, Manitoba. Educated at schools in Brandon and Melfort, Saskatchewan, MacEwan graduated from Ontario Agricultural College in 1926 and from Iowa State College in 1928. He was professor of animal husbandry at the University of Saskatchewan and department head from 1928 to 1946, and dean of agriculture, University of Manitoba, from 1946 to 1951. He moved to Calgary and was elected alderman in 1953, 1955, 1957 and 1959; he was mayor from 1963 to 1966. Elected MLA in 1955, he became Alberta Liberal leader in 1958, but was defeated in the election of 1959 and resigned the leadership in 1960. He was lieutenant-governor of Alberta from 1965 to 1974 and was invested with the Order of Canada 1975. He published four agricultural texts (two collaborations) and some 50 books on historical subjects. Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton was named in his honour. Grant MacEwan Day began on February 28, 1985 as a day to pay tribute to the college's namesake. In 1986, it also became a day to recognize employees who had made an outstanding contribution to the college. Events included a breakfast and presentation of the MacEwan Medallion by Dr. MacEwan. The first MacEwan Medallion was awarded to Chuck Day, Vice President, Academic on February 27, 1986. He died on June 15, 2000 in Calgary, Alberta.

Custodial history

Scope and content

The collection consists of books written by, objects, graphic material, and clippings connected to Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan. These include 10 logs whittled by Grant MacEwan, 52 books (most signed; complete works of Grant MacEwan), clippings, 35 plaques, miscellaneous objects including 2 suitcases, 2 cowboy hats, straw hat, fireman's helmet, policeman's hat and billy club, headphones, radio and microphone, and sweatshirts and buttons from Grant MacEwan Day. Graphic material includes posters and photographs. Textual records include a letter to Grant MacEwan regarding the naming the institution after him, the program for the official opening in 1972, the transfer of land document for City Centre Campus, and the records of the Grant MacEwan Day Committee.

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Physical condition

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Arrangement

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

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

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Records may be subject to the Copyright Act of Canada

Finding aids

Associated materials

Other Dr. Grant MacEwan records are held by Special Collections at the University of Calgary, Glenbow Museum, and the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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Unit is considered closed.

Alternative identifier(s)

Accession Number

2015-03-09/15

Accession Number

2018-04-20/65

Accession Number

2019-02-04/74

Accession Number

2019-10-28/90

Accession Number

2020-10-27/107

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Rules or conventions

Canadian Rules for Archival Description (RAD), 2008 edition.

Status

Final

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created by Valla McLean - March 5, 2018.
Revised by KB - October 28, 2020.

Language of description

  • English

Script of description

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