Fonds glen-1304 - Happy Jack Jackson fonds

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Happy Jack Jackson fonds

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GLEN glen-1304

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  • 1908-1942, 1964 (Creation)
    Jackson, Happy Jack

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12.5 cm of textual records. -- 6 photographs

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Hansel Gordon "Happy Jack" Jackson, 1861-1942, was born in North Carolina, USA and as a young man worked on ranches in the American southwest. He came to Alberta in 1903 and soon began working on the Mexico Ranch on the Red Deer River. In 1908 he homesteaded on a part of the ranch and lived there for the rest of his life. He remained single. For further information see Michael Klassen's article, "Hell Ain't a Mile Off : The Journals of Happy Jack", in Alberta History. - vol. 38, no. 2 (spring 1990), p. 1-12.

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On Happy Jack's death, the diaries were acquired by his close friend, Dr. W.G. Anderson of Medicine Hat. Dr. Anderson loaned them to Glenbow for microfilming in 1958. In 1995 the originals were donated to Glenbow by Dr. Anderson's son-in-law, Dr. J. Marty Shields.

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The fonds consists of diaries (1908-1941), obituaries (1942), and Dr. W.G. Anderson's reminiscences about Happy Jack, as published in the Brooks newspaper (1964); photographs of Jackson and Mexico ranch.

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Gift of Ina Anderson and Dr. J. Marty Shields, 1989-1995.


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  • The material is in English.

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The original diaries are restricted due to fragile condition. A microfilm is available for research purposes.

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Record No. M 8436;NA 5312;AB Jackson<br><br>

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