Fonds las-48 - William A. McGillivray fonds

unidentified man Roderick McLeod Aunt Iza and Uncle John Haggart William Haggart McGillivray Lydia and Willie McLeod John Haggart John Haggart and Duncan McDonald Grandmother Haggart and Allie McGillivray Herbert J. Silver Dr. George W. Parmelee
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William A. McGillivray fonds

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CA LASA las-48

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  • 1875-1984 (Creation)
    McGillivray, William A.

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80 cm of textual records. -- 78 photographs. -- 1 drawing

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The Hon. Justice William Alexander McGillivray was born in Calgary on October 14, 1918, the son of Alexander McGillivray, a prominent lawyer and justice in early Alberta. He graduated first in his class at the University of Alberta in 1941, winning the Horace Harvey Gold Medal. He was admitted to the bar on June 23, 1942 and practiced mainly civil law in Calgary from 1943 to 1974. He was practicing with Fenerty, McGillivray, Robertson, Prowse, Brennan, Fraser and Bell, a firm that specialized in insurance, oil, probate and corporate law when he was appointed to the bench in 1974. Justice McGillivray was made Queen's Counsel in 1957 and was President of the Law Society from 1969-1970. He was Chief Justice of Alberta 1974-1984, first in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and after 1979 in the newly created Court of Appeal of Alberta. He was involved in many controversial cases, including important division-of-powers cases and the first cases under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Justice McGillivray died December 16, 1984. See HISTORY database for a more complete biography.

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Fonds consists of William McGillivray's correspondence files on personal matters as well as general matters relating to his legal practice and later to his position on the bench; and family photographs and memorabilia evidently handed down to him by his father Alexander McGillivray. Arranged in two series: 1) Correspondence 1973-1980, and 2) Family photographs and memorabilia ca. 1875-1984.

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Acquired from K. McGillivray, widow of W.A. McGillivray


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  • The material is in English.

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Restricted: Judicial and personal files are restricted 25 years from date of last document on file. Family photographs and memorabilia open.

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See Alexander McGillivray fonds # 49 for related material

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Record No. 48-00-00<br><br>

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