Fonds F36 - Eldon Anderson fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Eldon Anderson fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • [1912?]-2008 (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

40 cm of textual records
9 audio discs
1 photograph

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Eldon G. Anderson was born on February 27, 1927 to George and Bertha (Bates) Anderson. He was raised on the family farm near Cadillac, Saskatchewan. Anderson received his primary and secondary education in the Cadillac district and completed an agricultural course at the University of Saskatchewan in 1951.

From 1954 to 1959, Anderson worked in Regina as an information officer with the Saskatchewan Government. He spent two years as a supervisor with the Co-operative Union of Saskatchewan before joining the Credit Union League of Saskatchewan in 1961 as director of public and member relations and editor of its magazine. With the formation of Credit Union Central in 1969, Anderson was named corporate secretary and manager of public affairs. He retired from Credit Union Central around 1986 but continued to work as a consultant until 1989.

Anderson was the founding president of Saskatchewan's first food bank and helped organize Regina's first cooperative daycare. He has served as chairman of the Western Institute of Public Policy; chairman of the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts; and director of the Sherwood Co-operative Association. He is the author of three books: Struggle and Splendor: An illustrated account of creative achievements on the great Canadian prairies (1996); Spirit of Saskatchewan: a collection of photographs [1988?]and A Thread in the Saskatchewan Fabric (2003).

Anderson currently (2007) resides in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Anderson married Jean Vanstone in 1954. They have two daughters: Tanya and Carmel.

Custodial history

Eldon Anderson donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in six accessions between 1996 and 2008: R96-470 (September 9, 1996); R97-266 (May 15, 1997); R97-417 (November 17, 1997); R97-436 (December 17, 1997) R2005-308 (September 12, 2005); and 2008-334 (October 16, 2008).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Eldon Anderson of Regina, Saskatchewan. The records date from 1912 to 2008 and relate mainly to the cooperative movement in Saskatchewan; to various cooperative associations and credit unions in the province; and to the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.

The fonds also includes copies of Anderson's books, Struggle and Splendor and A Thread in the Saskatchewan Fabric; Anderson's volume of poetry entitled Poems over the years; financial records possibly relating to the Lutheran Church in Cadillac; farm account books of George Anderson; and a small volume of records relating to Anderson's activities with other organizations.

The types of records included are correspondence, publications, pamphlets, brochures, annual reports, calendars, audio discs and a photograph.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

Notes area

Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition


Arrangement imposed by archivist.

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

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

Finding aids

SAFA 135 (old guide GR 601) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and an item description of a photograph. The electronic finding aid consists of a file level database for some of the textual records. An item description of a photograph is available in electronic format. An item description of R-E4159 is available in the Regina Main Card Catalogue. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Associated materials

Related material: R-A13,569: 1957 portrait of Eldon Anderson of the Saskatchewan Department of Travel and Information. R-A 11,962: 1957 photograph of Eldon Anderson holding a telephone receiver for a Saskatchewan Government Telephones "Call by Number" advertisement. Western Development Museum: Clippings and Pamphets (R-1677, file 7.3.8): May 21, 1958 issue of Saskatchewan News containing Anderson's story and ballad regarding the Western Development Museum's Pion-Era event.

Related materials


No further accruals are expected.

Alpha-numeric designations

Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 601 (R-1643), R-E4159; PI-887; Audio discs: R-456 to R-464; Photograph: R-A34554

Location note

Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres