Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Lethbridge, Alberta : Interviews of Pioneers conducted in the 1970s

The Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta has a most unique oral history collection.

Charles Ursenbach was a member of the Mormon Church and undertook an interview project which totalled 149 sound recordings. Mr. Ursenbach wrote to over 200 small communities in Southern Alberta requesting their help in identifying potential 'old timer' candidates for interviews. The links below provides information about the interviews and also how to access the transcriptions. I have provided a list of names of the interviewees as well.

These two projects, now part of the Charles Ursenbach fonds, took place in the 1970s and 1980s; one project involved interviewing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the other was sponsored by the Alberta Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation.
A brief history of organization of the collection and summary of contents .
Table of Contents:
Series 1 Oral history projects. -- 1971-1985
Series 2 Charles Ursenbach's personal papers. -- 1924-1985, predominant 1973-1985
Series 3  Photographs. -- [ca. 1872]-1979 - includes scanned documents

Inventory : Arranged alphabetically by the name of the person interviewed. Sound recordings: unfortunately many are not dated. Transcripts: dates given are of the date the interview was conducted.

Names of interviewees:
ACKROYD, ALEXANDER, ALGER, ALLEN, ALLRED, ANDERSON, ATKINS
BARKER, BATES, BECKHAM, BEECHER, BENNER, BIRD, BOUCHER, BOWDEN, BRADSHAW, BRANDLEY, BRANTON, BREWERTON, BRIDGE, BROOKS, BULLOCK, BURT-JOHNS, BURTON
CHRISTIANSEN, COHEN, COLLETT, COLWELL, CONDON, COOMBS, CORDARA, COUSINS, CRARER, CUTTING
DAHL, DAVIES, deMILLE, DEMPSEY, DENNING, DICKENS, DONKIN, DUCE, DUNLOP, DUNN
ELLIOTT, ELLISON, EVANS, EVANSON
FARWELL, FISH, FLETCHER, FRANCIS, FRODSHAM, FRY
GEDLAMAN, GLADSTONE, GLENN, GOODRIDGE, GRAHAM, GRAY, GREEN, GUNN
HAGE, HAMILTON, HANKS, HANSON, HARKER, HARVEY, HEMUS, HICKEN, HO SIP, HOWSON, HUDSON
IRWIN
JACOBS, JENKINS, JENSEN, JOHNSON
KEARL, KENNEY, KING, KITCHEN, KLASSEN, KNIGHT
LAYTON, LEASE, LEAVITT, LeBARON, LEE, LEECH, LEIGHTON, LITTLE, LOTT, LOW, LYONS
MacASKILL, MAIR, MARSHALL, MARTIN, MATKIN, McALLISTER, McELHONE, McKINNON, McPHEE, MEIKLE, MELCHIN, MENDENHALL, MIDGLEY, MILLER, MOXLEY, MURRAY
NICHOLSON, NIELSEN, NEWCOMBE, NORTON, NYE
OVIATT
PALMER, PANABAKER, PARKER, PAXMAN, PAYNE, PERRETT, PETERSEN, PIERSON, PILLING, PITCHER, PLATT, PORTER, POULSEN, PRATT, PRICE, PUE, PURNELL, PUZEY
RASMUSSEN, RAWSON, RAWSTHORNE, REA, REDD, REMINGTON, RIRIE, ROBERTS, ROBERTSON, ROLLINS, ROMERIL, ROMNEY, ROSENVALL, RUSSELL
SABEY, SALMON, SCOTT, SEELY, SELMAN, SENTER, SHACKLEFORD, SHEPPARD, SHERWOOD, SHIELDS, SIRRINE, SMITH, SNOW, SPACKMAN, SPENCER, SPRATT, STANDEN, STAYSKO, STEELE, STEVENS, STODDARD, STONEHOCKER, STRINGAM, STRINGER
TANNER, TAYLOR, THOMSON, TINGLE, TURNER
URSENBACH
VANCE, VRBA
WALKER, WARREN, WATHEN, WATSON, WESTERSUND, WESTON, WHITEHEAD, WILD, WOOD, WOOLF, WOOLLEY, WRIGHT
YOUNG.
Here's hoping you will find someone you know in this list!

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