Fonds glen-3483 - Zahava Hanan fonds

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Zahava Hanan fonds

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GLEN glen-3483

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  • 1926-1997, predominant 1971-1993 (Creation)
    Hanan, Zahava

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35 m of textual records. -- 78 photographs. -- 1 video cassette

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Zahava "Goldie" Hanan (sometimes spelled Hanen), 1928-2015, was born in Calgary, Alberta, the daughter of Samuel B. Hanen, ?-1972 and Lena Smolensky Hanen, 1906-1979. She married Calgary veterinarian Frank Manolson, 1925-1978, but eventually separated. In the 1980s she became the companion of well-known author Andy Russell, 1915-2005. In the early 1970s Hanan purchased Rumsey Ranch near Millarville, Alberta. Almost immediately she raised concerns about pollution from the nearby Quirk Creek gas plant that she felt was negatively affecting water, air and soil quality on the ranch as well as human and animal health. She presented successful interventions at several Energy Resources Conservation Board hearings relating to the Quirk Creek gas plant during the early 1980s, spending over twenty years in a dispute with the plant's owner Esso Resources Canada Ltd. (Imperial Oil). In 1993, she settled out of court with Esso and moved to a ranch that was formerly part of the EP Ranch and also established a home in London, England. Memoirs of the quarrel were recorded in Heading for Home / Zahava Hanan. -- Lewes : published in association with the Book Guild, 1995; new edition. -- Toronto : Natural Heritage Books, 2001. See also "Remembering Rumsey Ranch : The Pollution of a Cattle Ranch in the Alberta Foothills, 1974-1995" / Carleton University History Collective (Don Belanger, Arn Keeling, Catherine Kiszkiel, Stephan Millar and Carman Bickerton). -- 1996 (M-9243-112) and Arn Keeling's article, "The Rancher and the Regulators : Public Challenges to Sour-gas Industry Regulation in Alberta, 1970-1994" in Writing Off the Rural West / Roger Epp and Dave Whitson, eds. -- Edmonton, 2001. Hanan is also the author of Alberta Bestiary / Zahava Hanan. -- Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2004.

Custodial history

Part of this material was donated to the History Department (and later the library) at Carleton University in 1995 to support research into public policy relating to resource development in Canada. Zahava Hanan later requested that it be transferred to Glenbow. Some of her personal papers were shipped to Glenbow from her London home after her death.

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The fonds consists of legal records, correspondence and Energy Resources Conservation Board hearings relating to Zahava Hanan's dispute with Imperial Oil. The fonds also consists of extensive personal papers related to her publications, ranch, the Hanen Trust and her life and activities while living in England.

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Transferred from Carleton University Library, 2007, and gift of Estate of Zahava Hanan, 2015.


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The records of Zahava Hanan's brother, Harold Hanen, are also held by Glenbow.


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