Fonds ccg-2057 - Ross Patterson Alger fonds

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Ross Patterson Alger fonds

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CA ccg ccg-2057

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8.6 m of textual records

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Ross Patterson Alger was born in Prelate, Saskatchewan in 1920 and moved with his family to Alberta in the 1930s. He was educated at the University of Alberta and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1942. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War 1939-1945, Alger continued his studies at the University of Toronto, Ontario where he obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration. Alger moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1947 to begin a career in accounting. He was elected as a Public School Trustee in 1958, of which body he later became chairman. He was appointed chairman of the Citizen's Budget Committee in 1971 and in the same year was also elected Alderman for Ward 6. In 1974, Alger ran for Mayor, but was unsuccessful. Alger was elected Mayor in 1977 and served one term. He was defeated in his bid for a second term in the election of 1980. For more information regarding Ross Patterson Alger biography, please link to the City of Calgary Archives homepage and click on the "fonds level descriptions" link.

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The fonds consists of the records of Ross Patterson Alger, during his time in office as Mayor of The City of Calgary, from 1977 to 1980. Series I: Consists of correspondence, memoranda, petitions, reports, and briefs from and to City Council, City officials, other government officials, and private citizens relating to a wide rang of subjects, but especially the proposed Civic Centre project, the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, and various planning issues. The files are arranged alphabetically in block subject headings and alphabetically within each block. Series II: Day files, consisting of all correspondence sent out from the Mayor's Office between 1980 July 3 and 1980 October 24. These files are arranged chronologically. Series III: Consists of correspondence, memoranda, notices, official invitations, and printed programs relating to various events, receptions and meetings attended by the Mayor Between 1979 march 16 and 1980 Jun 15. The files are arranged chronologically. Series IV: Consists of cassette tapes containing: news broadcasts complied by a news watch agency from radio and television relating to the proposed Civic Centre and general City Council matters: recording of "Talk of the Town" radio phone-in program, some with Mayor Alger as guest, relating to the proposed Civic Centre; recording of television debates of 1979 November 26 and 27 on the proposed Civic Centre broadcast by CFAC television and featuring Mayor Alger and opponents of the proposal. The cassettes are arranged chronologically in three 10 x 14 cm file boxes.

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Records were transferred either directly from the City of Calgary, Mayor's Office or from the Civic Records Centre in several separate transfers.



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  • The material in is English.

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In accordance with The City of Calgary's policy on Access to Municipal Information, records more than twenty-five years old are available for public use unless otherwise restricted. Records which are less than twenty-five years old are available for public use unless otherwise restricted by legislation. Please see the City of Calgary Archives Policies and Procedures Manual for further infomation regarding access to records.

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A descriptive finding aid is available at the City of Calgary Archives.

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The City of Calgary Archives may have reference material which may be associated to the fonds. All textual records are in closed storage. To view records please contact the City of Calgary Archives.<br><br>

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