Fonds F23 - Herb Swan fonds

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Herb Swan fonds

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  • 1978-1989 (Creation)

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3.32 m of textual records
75 photographs
14 maps

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Biographical history

Herbert Junior Swan was born on January 10, 1927 in Demaine, Saskatchewan to Herbert and Freida Swan. He received his primary and secondary education in Demaine, completed Grade 12 at the Saskatoon Technical Institute and attended Success Business College.

Prior to entering provincial politics, Swan operated a grain seed business and farmed in the Beechy area. Swan served on the Outlook School Division Board, was president of the Saskatchewan School Trustees' Association (1976-1978), and was a director of the Canadian School Trustees' Association.

Swan was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1978 and served as a Progressive Conservative MLA for the Rosetown-Elrose constituency until 1991. From 1978 to 1982, he was Opposition Critic for Municipal Affairs, Social Services, and Agriculture. Swan served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 1982 to1986 and was international president of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (1984-1985). He served in the Grant Devine Cabinet as Minister of the Environment (1986-1987) and Minister of the Environment and Public Safety (1987-1989).

From 1986 to 1989, Swan was Minister Responsible for the Water Appeal Board; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation; Chairman of the Regulations Review Committee; and member of the Municipal Financing Corporation.

Swan's cabinet appointments were discontinued on October 3, 1989 when Devine reorganized his Cabinet. Swan retired from political life in 1991. Bernhard Wiens (NDP) became the MLA for the Rosetown-Elrose constituency in October 1991.

Swan married Anita Syroishka on July 1, 1949. They had four children: Karen, Bonnie, Kirk and Heather. He died in Saskatoon on May 28, 2013.

Custodial history

Herb Swan donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 1989 and 1990: R89-404 (November 7, 1989) and R90-037 (February 8, 1990). The records were transferred from Swan's ministerial office.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1978 to 1989 by Herb Swan in his political career as Minister of the Environment; Minister of the Environment and Public Safety; Speaker of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly; MLA for the Rosetown-Elrose constituency; member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; and member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan.

This fonds contains minimal amounts of material relating to Swan's Environment and Environment and Public Safety portfolios.

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

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, speeches, news releases, newspaper clippings, publications, agenda diaries, minutes and agendas, photographs and maps.

This fonds contains public, political and personal records.

This fonds is missing records Swan created as Minister of the Environment; Minister of the Environment and Public Safety and Minister Responsible for Water Appeal Board.

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These records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated November 27, 1989. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 144 (old guide GR 546) consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of photographs. Item descriptions of photographs are available in electronic format. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Swan as Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation are located in the Harold Martens fonds (F 448).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: GR 546 (R-1436; R-1437); Photographs: R-A33206 to R-A33213; R-B14321 to R-B14327

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