Fonds glen-1030 - James Gladstone family fonds

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James Gladstone family fonds

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GLEN glen-1030

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  • 1905-1986, predominant 1937-1980 (Creation)
    Gladstone, James (family)

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4.6 m of textual records. -- 34 photographs. -- 3 sound recordings. -- 1 video cassette

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James Basil Gladstone, 1887-1971, was born at Mountain Mill, Alberta. He was educated at St. Paul's Anglican Residential School on the Blood reserve near Cardston, and the Calgary Industrial School. In 1911 he married Janie Healy, 1893-1977, a Blood, and they had six children, Lucy, Fred, Nora, Horace, Doreen and Pauline. Although not born a Treaty Indian, he was granted full Indian status in 1920 after the Blood Band petitioned on his behalf. He farmed on the Blood reserve. He was a founder of the Indian Association of Alberta, and served as president for seven years. In 1958 he was appointed to the Senate, and sat in the upper house until his retirement in 1971. As senator he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs. Nora Gladstone, 1920- , represented Canadian native peoples at the 1937 Coronation of George VI in London. She later trained and worked as a nurse. Fred Gladstone, 1918-2010, a well-known rodeo cowboy, took over the home farm. Horace Gladstone, 1922- , became an official with Indian Affairs in Lethbridge. Pauline Gladstone, 1929- , married Hugh Dempsey. For more details see The Gentle Persuader : A Biography of James Gladstone, Indian Senator / Hugh A. Dempsey. - Saskatoon : Western Producer Prairie Books, 1986.

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The fonds consists of James Gladstone's personal papers: family correspondence (1944-1970), diaries (1952-1967), certificates, recorded interview, programs, etc.; his senatorial papers: correspondence, invitations, speeches, etc.; records of organizations in which he was active; Nora Gladstone's family correspondence (1937-1945) and scrapbook; Janie Gladstone's diaries (1937-1945), invitations, and scrapbooks; Pauline Dempsey's scrapbooks; and Hugh Dempsey's notes for his biography of James Gladstone. Includes albums of postcards and photographs exchanged by the Gladstone and Dempsey families. Also includes Indian Association of Alberta minutes (1946, 1950-1955, 1957-1971) and correspondence (1947-1970); minutes (1944-1957) and membership lists of the IAA, Blood local. Records related to the following subjects are also in this fonds. See inventory for details: All American Indian Days (Sheridan, Wyoming), Archaeological Society of Alberta, Ed Bellerose, Chief Sam Bird, Blackfoot Indian Agency, Blood Indian Agency, Blood Indian Hospital (Cardston), W. Russell Brown, Calgary Indian Friendship Centre, Canadian Club, Canadian Indian Youth Council, Harold Cardinal, Charles Camsell Hospital, Jean Chretien, Chief Ben E. Christmas, Chief David Crowchild, John Diefenbaker, Edmonton Canadian Native Friendship Centre, Erminskin Indian School (Hobbema), Federation of Saskatchewan Indians, Friends of the Indians Society, Ruth Gorman, Deane R. Gundlock, Alvin Hamilton, Historical Society of Alberta, Kahn-Tineta Horn, Indian and Eskimo Association, Kainai Chieftainship, Kainai Cooperative Enterprises, Lawrence E. Kindt, Arthur Laing, Judy Lamarsh, John Laurie, Chief Clarence McHugh, George Manuel, Chief James Montour, Moral Re-Armament, National Indian Council of Canada, Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, Erik Nielsen, North American Indian Brotherhood, J. Percy Page, Chief Dan Paul, Lester B. Pearson, Queen Victoria Treaty Protective Association, Robert L. Stanfield, Ralph Steinhauer, Eneis J. Swite, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Walpole Island reserve, Whitefish Bay reserve, Charlotte Whitton, W.I.C. Wuttunee, and Chief William Wysote.

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Gift of James Gladstone, Horace Gladstone, and Hugh and Pauline Dempsey, 1957-2014.


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The fonds of James Gladstone's son, Fred, and daughter, Pauline, are also held by Glenbow.


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  • English

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