Fonds F17 - Amédée E. and Henriette Forget fonds

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Amédée E. and Henriette Forget fonds

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F17

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  • 1864-1923 (Creation)

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24 cm of textual records
1 reel of microfilm
99 photographs

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Amédéé Emmanuel Forget was born on November 12, 1847 in Marieville, Lower Canada (now Québec) to Jérémie and Marie (Guenette) Forget. One of four children, he was educated at the village school in Marieville, the School of Military Instruction of Québec and the College de Marieville. After being called to the Lower Canada (Québec) Bar in 1871, Forget practiced law in St. Hyacinthe, Québec and served as Secretary to the Council of the Bar of Québec.

Forget's career as a federal civil servant began in 1875, when he was appointed secretary of the Metis Commission in Manitoba. Positions Forget subsequently held included Clerk of the North-West Council and Private Secretary to David Laird, the Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Territories (1876-1888); Assistant Indian Commissioner for Manitoba and the North-West Territories (1888-1895) and Indian Commissioner for Manitoba and the North-West Territories (1895-1898). He also served on the Council of Public Instruction of the North-West Territories (1893-1895). Forget was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Territories in 1898 and was reappointed in 1904. On September 1, 1905, he became the first Lieutenant-Governor of the newly created province of Saskatchewan. Forget served in that position in Regina until 1910, when he moved to Banff, Alberta. In 1911 Forget was appointed to the Senate of Canada, where he continued to serve until his death in Ottawa, Ontario on June 8, 1923.

The Town of Forget, Saskatchewan; Forget Street in Regina and the Forget Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire in Regina were named in honour of Forget.

Forget married Henriette Drolet in Montreal on October 17, 1876. The Forgets did not have any children.

Henriette Alexina Drolet was born on September 23, 1853 in Sainte Hyacinthe, Lower Canada (now Québec). She was the daughter of Colonel Charles E. Drolet of Montreal. She was educated at the Institut des Soeurs des Saints Nom de Jesus et de Marie at Hochelaga, Québec. She married Amédée E. Forget, a lawyer and civil servant, in Montreal on October 17, 1876.

The Forgets resided in Montreal, Winnipeg, Battleford, Regina, Banff and Ottawa, where Amédée Forget served in various capacities as a federal civil servant. Henriette Forget hosted and entertained many distinguished guests during her husband's terms as Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Territories and Saskatchewan. Henriette Forget was active in numerous organizations, including the Regina Council of Women, and served as honorary president of the Regina Women's Morning Musical Club. After her husband's death in 1923, Henriette Forget entered a convent in Montreal and remained there until her death on May 28, 1928. The Forgets did not have any children.

Custodial history

Marie Mount, niece of Amédée and Henriette Forget, donated most of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in five accessions in 1955, 1966 and 1967: 366 (Photo R) (August 1955); 157 (R) (September 1955); 380 (Photo R) (October 1955); 418 (R) (June 27, 1966 and October 24, 1966) and 834 (Photo R) (November 1967). One record was purchased and assigned accession number 623 on June 8, 1975.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1864 to 1923 by Amédée E. and Henriette Forget relating mainly to their years in the North-West Territories and Saskatchewan.

The records pertain mainly to Amédée E. Forget's career as Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West Territories; Lieutenant- Governor of Saskatchewan and Indian Commissioner for Manitoba and the North-West Territories. The records consist primarily of addresses of welcome and/or farewell presented to Amédée Forget by various groups and organizations (1897-1907); Amédée Forget's replies to addresses (ca. 1902-1904); addresses by Amédée Forget, ca. 1897-1903; commissions appointing Amédée Forget to various positions; articles, correspondence and telegrams relating to his work as Indian Commissioner; photographs and visitors' registers from Government House in Regina, 1893-1910.

Records relating to Henriette Forget include a beaded necklace presented to her by Chief Little Bear; photographs; her reminiscences of Native activity in Battleford in 1879 and a scrapbook of clippings from French and English newspapers compiled by her and her husband between 1895 and 1923. The scrapbook includes several articles written by Henriette Forget, including "Navigation of the Saskatchewan in Early Days". The scrapbook pages from September 12, 1895 to July 21, 1905 have been microfilmed.

No series have been assigned to the records in this fonds.

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Some of the records in this fonds are available on microfilm.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

Finding aids

SAFA 53 (old guide GR 537) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of photographs.

Associated materials

Related material: Numerous photographs of Amédée E. Forget and Henriette Forget taken in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario are located in the Historical Photographs Card Catalogue in Regina. Clippings File - Biographies - Forget, A.E. and Forget, Henriette. SHS 21: Sask. Historical Society records including correspondence regarding and biographical sketch of Amédée Forget, 1940-1941. Territorial and provincial government records created by Amédée Forget reside in the permanent collection of the Saskatchewan Archives Board. R-E4576: 1999 article on Amédée and Henriette Forget written by Amy Nelson-Mile.

Associated material: Additional records created by Amédée Forget are available at the National Archives of Canada.

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1 artifact (beaded necklace)

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 537 (R-39), R-OS 6; Microfilm: R-2.77; Photographs: R-A2872; R-A7575 to R-A7621; R-B1093 to R-B1096; R-B1138 to R-B1150; R-B3962 to R-B3965

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