Title and statement of responsibility area
Dr. J. W. Grant MacEwan collection
General material designation
- Textual record
- Graphic material
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Title statements of responsibility
- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the collection.
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Edition statement of responsibility
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Physical description area
8.15 m of objects
88 cm of textual records
2 pencil sketches
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Archival description area
Name of creator
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.
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.
Immediate source of acquisition
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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
Uploaded finding aid
Other Dr. Grant MacEwan records are held by Special Collections at the University of Calgary, Glenbow Museum, and the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
Unit is considered closed.
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Subject access points
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Name access points
- MacEwan, Grant, 1902-2000 (Subject)
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Description record identifier
Rules or conventions
Canadian Rules for Archival Description (RAD), 2008 edition.
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Dates of creation, revision and deletion
Created by Valla McLean - March 5, 2018.
Revised by KB - October 28, 2020.
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