Fonds F 1 - George J. Trapp fonds

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George J. Trapp fonds

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F 1

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  • 1965-1984 (Creation)

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2.5 cm of textual records
4 audio reels

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Biographical history

George Joseph Trapp was born on June 5, 1909 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan to Joseph and Caroline (Slamp) Trapp. He moved to the Lipton district with his family in 1915. Trapp received his primary education in the Lipton district and attended Lipton High School and Luther College, Regina. He attended the Regina Normal School from 1929 to 1930 and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1955.

After graduating from the Regina Normal School, Trapp began his teaching career at McDonald Hills School, a rural school north of Dysart. He then taught at Dysart Village School and Cupar Consolidated School and served as principal of Punnichy School from 1943 to 1964. Trapp served as a councilor with the Govan School Unit and was an executive member and president (1959-1960) of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation. He was named to the Canadian College of Teachers in 1961 and was named a honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation in 1971.

Trapp's political career began in 1964, when he was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature as the Liberal member for the Touchwood constituency. He served as Minister of Education in the Ross Thatcher Government from May 22, 1964 to October 31, 1967.

After his defeat in the 1967 general election, Trapp worked as Director of Continuing Education with the Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower) in Regina until his retirement in 1980.

Trapp died on November 25, 2002.

Trapp married Bess Stewart on February 2, 1933. The Trapps had two children: Marjorie and Murray.

Custodial history

George J. Trapp donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 1967 and 1984: No. Acc. #18 (October 20, 1967) and R84-272 (July 31, 1984).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of a small volume of speeches/addresses given by George J. Trapp from 1965 to 1967 as Saskatchewan Minister of Education. The fonds also includes sound recordings of George Trapp being interviewed in 1984 by Penny Malone on his political career and experiences as a member of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan during the period when Ross Thatcher was leader and Premier.

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

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Speeches are arranged in chronological order.

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Audio reels are also available on audio cassette.

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Records are open for research use.

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

Finding aids

SAFA 445 consists of a fonds description only and is available in paper format. Item descriptions of sound recordings are available in the Regina main card catalogue.

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Related material: Photographs of George J. Trapp as Minister of Education and MLA for Touchwood are located in the Regina and Saskatoon Historical Photographs collections.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: R-E3646; Sound recordings: R-9189 to R-9192

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