Fonds F 291 - I.C. Nollet fonds

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I.C. Nollet fonds

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F 291

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  • 1934-1967 (Creation)

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6.26 m of textual records
ca. 16 photographs
ca. 16 maps

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Biographical history

Isidore Charles Nollet was born on November 18, 1898 at Sentinel Butte, North Dakota. He attended St. Benedict's Academy and St. Thomas Military College in Minnesota. During World War I, Nollet served overseas with the American Expeditionary Force as a non-commissioned officer. After the War, he went with his father to British Columbia before moving in 1921 to Freemont, Saskatchewan, where he established a ranching operation stocked with Aberdeen Angus cattle. In 1957, the ranch was sold to a group of neighbours who formed the Neilburg Co-operative Grazing Association.

Nollet served as reeve of the Rural Municipality of Hillsdale No. 440 for three terms and was an active member of the United Farmers of Canada. He was also a member of various co-operatives, including the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Nollet held membership in the Royal Canadian Legion and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1975.

Nollet's political career began in 1941, when he ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for The Battlefords riding in the federal election. In 1944, he was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) member for Cut Knife and remained in his seat until 1967. Nollet served as Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (1944-1946) and as Minister of Agriculture (1946-1964). After retiring from political life in 1967, Nollet remained in Regina. He died in Kelowna, British Columbia on April 29, 1988.

Nollet married Patricia (Peggy) Chicilo of Glenwood City, Wisconsin on April 21, 1933. The Nollets had two children: Toby James and Thomas Gerald.

Custodial history

Isidore Charles Nollet donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 1981 and 1984: R81-146 (April 15, 1981); and R84-487 (December 13, 1984). Personnel with the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration Library donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 2001: R2001-260 (August 29, 2001). Isidore Charles Nollet loaned two of the photographs for copying to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1981: R81-146 (April 15, 1981).

Scope and content

This fonds consists mainly of records created, accumulated and used by Isidore Charles Nollet during his political career as Minister of Agriculture. The types of records included are correspondence; memoranda; reports and publications; speeches; newspaper clippings; and copies of orders-in-council.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds. The headings assigned to the records in collection R-1310 are as follows: Department of Agriculture Files; Agencies Responsible to the Minister of Agriculture; Other Government Agencies; and Conferences, Speeches, Politics and Miscellaneous.

This fonds is missing records Nollet created as Deputy Speaker of the Legislature Assembly and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Cut Knife.

The fonds includes a small volume of Nollet's personal records, relating mainly to the St. Benedict's Boys' School reunion in 1962 and an address given by Nollet at the memorial service for Max Campbell.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use and reproduction of records is subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

Finding aids

SAFA 602 (old guide GR 470) consists of a fonds description, file listings of some of the textual records and item descriptions of some of the photographs. The paper guide consists of a fonds description and file listings of some of the textual records only.

Associated materials

Related material: Numerous photographs of Nollet taken during his political career are located in the Historical Photographs collection in the Regina office. A sound recording of a speech made by Isidore Nollet duirng the throne speech debate in 1956 is located in the Regina office (R-6026). A sound recording of Isidore Nollet being interviewed by Bob Ellis in 1971 is located in the Regina office (R-6130). Nollet discusses his personal background, ranching near Lloydminster and his involvement in community activities and in the CCF Party. A film of I.C. Nollet making a political address in 1960 is located in the Regina office (Film C-29). Sound recordings of Isidore Nollet being interviewed by Georgina Taylor in 1980 is located in the Regina office (R-5861 to R-5863). Nollet describes his personal background, his views on the role of women in the CCF and his impressions of several prominent CCF women.

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ca. 110 plans; 3 posters.

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Other codes: Textual records:old guide GR 470 (R-1310); R-77; Photographs: R-A21431 to R-A21433; Posters: XV.36 to XV.38

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