Fonds mhm-2042 - Richard Fowler fonds

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Richard Fowler fonds

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CA MHM mhm-2042

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  • 1939-1996 (Creation)
    Fowler, Richard

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2.2 m of textual records and other material.

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Richard Fowler was born in Edson, Alberta in 1932. His parents were George Frederick of New Brunswick and Adeline Alice Gray, a Métis from Manitoba. Richard Fowler attended primary school in Rumsey, Alberta. In 1958, he moved with his wife Vera to St Albert. The couple had five children. In the early 1960s, Richard Fowler was a salesman of commercial heating, air conditioning and refrigeration. By 1963, he gained a seat on the council of St Albert and in 1965 he became mayor of St Albert. His first term as mayor ended in 1968 and in 1969 he began to work towards a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta. By 1976, Richard Fowler obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences and a LL.B. Following his schooling, from 1980 to 1989 Richard Fowler held the position of mayor of the City of St Albert for three terms. Then, in 1989 he won an election for the position of Member of Legislative Assembly for the Province of Alberta under the Progressive Conservative Party. During his term as Member of Legislative Assembly, he served as Solicitor General, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister Responsible for Native Affairs and Justice Minister. He ran for a second term as Member of Legislative Assembly in 1993 but lost the election to Len Bracko. In December 1993, Fowler's wife Vera Fowler died. In 1994 Richard Fowler became a family court judge. Various accomplishments during his lifetime include various public works such as Sturgeon General Hospital, St Albert's provincial building, St Albert's courthouse and Alberta Winter Games in St Albert during the 1970s. Richard Fowler's second marriage is to Dawne Adeline Pusher.

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The custody of the records has been with the creator and then with the archives.

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Fonds consists of photographs, scrapbooks, records pertaining to Richard Fowler's education, correspondence from various periods of Richard Fowler's political career, agenda books, certificates and diplomas signifying Richard Fowler's accomplishments, news clippings, ephemera, memoranda, speech notes and election campaign planning. Additionally, the fonds includes a number of scrapbooks documenting Fowler's life as an MLA as well as some radio and television interviews.

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Additional materials include 566 colour photographs, 51 b&w photographs, 418 colour negatives, 1 print of a colour painting, 49 scrapbooks, 5 audio cassettes, 1 videocassette.

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Donated by Dawne Fowler and Richard Fowler


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  • The material is in English.

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The Musée Héritage Museum does not hold copyright to the photographs. No restrictions have been placed upon the other records.

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A number of artifacts have been donated to the Musée Héritage Museum with the fonds. These artifacts are found in accession numbers 2010.23, 1998.15 and 1997.43.

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Record No. 1998.15, 2010.23<br><br>

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