Fonds F 647 - Arthur F. Broadbridge fonds

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Arthur F. Broadbridge fonds

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F 647

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  • 1929-1994 (Creation)

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40 cm of textual records

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Arthur Frederick Broadbridge was born in Elham, Kent, England on February 15, 1915 to George and Charlotte (Williams) Broadbridge. In 1920, he emigrated to Canada with his family, who settled in the Invermay, Saskatchewan district. Broadbridge received his primary and secondary education in the Invermay district. He graduated from Saskatoon Normal School in 1933. Broadbridge earned Bachelor (1947) and Master (1949) of Arts degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

From 1933 to 1941, Broadbridge was a teacher at rural schools (Bradgate School; Newpark School; Hillside School) in the Invermay and Rosetown districts. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and served overseas in the Second World War. In 1945, he returned to Saskatchewan, where he taught briefly and served as assistant archivist with the Saskatchewan Archives Board in Saskatoon. Broadbridge joined the Canadian Department of External Affairs in 1949 and held diplomatic service postings in Ottawa, Chicago, Washington, Cairo, Berlin and Lusaka. He served as High Commissioner to Malawi (1973-1976); High Commissioner to Zambia (1973-1976) and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Mozambique (1975-1976). Broadbridge retired in 1976 to Cobourg, Ontario. During his retirement, he wrote and published two books: "The Church of St. Peter, Cobourg, Ontario, 1867-1978" and "Early Days", a memoir of his early life in Saskatchewan and service in the Second World War. Broadbridge resided in Cobourg until his death on March 29, 2009.

Broadbridge married Mavis Myfanwy Davies on October 6, 1945 in Dinsmore, Saskatchewan. The Broadbridges had three daughters: Susan, Wendy and Jennifer. Mavis Broadbridge died in 1977. Broadbridge married Ada Uren in 1981.

Custodial history

Arthur F. Broadbridge donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 1997 and 2006: R97-306 (July 8, 1997); and R2006-306 (November 21, 2006). Arthur F. Broadbridge donated some of these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives in three accessions between 1949 and 1997: 118 (S) (August, 1949); S95-37 (July 27, 1995); and S97-97 (December 2, 1997).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Arthur F. Broadbridge, formerly of Invermay and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The fonds includes Broadbridge's personal diaries (1929-1945); notes and other materials used in the preparation of his Master of Arts thesis on the history of Rosetown, Saskatchewan; and draft and self-published copies of his memoirs, "Early Days", which contain two parts: Early Days in Saskatchewan, 1920-1942 and The War Years, 1941-1945.

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Order of records processed in 2010 imposed by archivist. File titles supplied by archivist.

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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.

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SAFA 558 consists of a fonds description only and is available in paper format.

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Other codes: Textual records: R-E3997, S-A34, S-X229, S-X266

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