Fonds F 121 - Gordon B. Grant fonds

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Gordon B. Grant fonds

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F 121

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  • 1885-1984, predominant 1964-1971 (Creation)

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7.45 m of textual records
35 photographs
2 audio cassettes

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Gordon Burton Grant was born on September 13, 1910 in Regina, Saskatchewan to William and Margaret (Moses) Grant. He received his early education in Regina, and later attended the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. Grant earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1933.

Prior to entering provincial politics, Grant worked in the real estate industry and owned Walter M. Logan Co. Ltd., an insurance business. He served on the Regina Public School Board (1943-1944), on Regina City Council (1945-1951) and as Mayor of Regina (1952-1953). He also served on various boards of directors, including that of the Regina General Hospital; the Grey Nuns Hospital; the Kinsmen Club of Regina; the Saskatchewan Cancer Society; and the Saskatchewan Association of Urban Municipalities.

Grant was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1964 and served as the Liberal Party Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Regina South constituency (1964-1971) and the Regina Whitmore Park constituency (1971-1975). He served in the Ross Thatcher Government as Minister of Highways and Transportation (1964-1966); Minister of Telephones (1964-1965, 1970-1971); Minister of Industry and Information (1964-1965); Minister of Industry and Commerce (1965-1967); and Minister of Public Health (1966-1971). He also held various ministerial responsibilities, including Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Power Corporation (1967-1970). He served as Liberal Party Whip in opposition (1971-1975).

After his retirement from politics in 1975, Grant moved to Kelowna, British Columbia. He died there on January 16, 2001.

Gordon Grant married Eileen Briggs on July 12, 1935. They had three children: Donald, Sharon and Linda. Eileen Grant died in 1998. Gordon Grant was survived by his second wife, Helen.

Custodial history

Gordon B. Grant donated some these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in five accessions between 1966 and 1996 : No Acc. #150 (December 21, 1966); 851 (Photo R) (June 1, 1968); 920 (Photo R) (November 1, 1970); R84-284 (August 8, 1984); and R96-471 (September 5, 1996). Records created by David Steuart, Allan Blakeney, and Alexander Cameron were identified in the Gordon B. Grant fonds at the time of retro-description.

Scope and content

This fonds consists mainly of records created, accumulated and used by Gordon B. Grant in his political career as Minister of Telephones; Minister of Public Health; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Power Corporation; member of the Saskatchewan Archives Board; chairman of Saskair and member of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan.

Small volumes of records created by Allan Blakeney (1962-1964) and David Steuart (1964-1966) as Minister of Public Health are included. Records created by Alexander Cameron as Minister of Telephones are also included.

The types of public records included are correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, speeches, interviews, agendas and minutes, press releases, directives, budget preparation documentation, conference materials, newspaper clippings and photographs.

This fonds contains public, political and private records.

Private records include a copy of "Ye Flame", the 1926-26 yearbook for Central Collegiate Institute in Regina and a sound recording of Grant being interviewed in 1984 by Penny Malone. The interview was done for The Liberal Party of Saskatchewan - The Ross Thatcher Years Oral History Project and focuses on Grant's personal life and political career. Also included are photographs, including some relating to the territorial period possibly taken by Oliver B. Buell.

This fonds is missing records Grant created as Minister of Highways and Transportation; Minister of Industry and Information; Minister of Industry and Commerce and Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly.

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

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Original order of records in R-45 maintained by archivist. Records created by Grant, Blakeney, Steuart and Cameron were interfiled.

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Some of these records are subject to access restrictions. 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 dated June 30, 1971 and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 443 (old guide GR 95) consists of a fonds description and file listing of textual records and is available in paper format. Item descriptions of photographs are available in Threshold.

Associated materials

Related material: Photographs related to Grant's time as Mayor of Regina and member of the Chamber of Commerce can be found in the Regina Chamber of Commerce fonds (BF 18). Photographs of Grant taken during his political career are available in the Historical Photograph collections in Regina and Saskatoon. An article about Grant from the Saskatchewan Business Journal (Winter 1970) may be found in the Regina office (Clippings File - Biography - Boldt, Dave). An advertisement for Grant's election campaign in 1971 is available in the Regina office (Pamphlet File - Liberal Party (Sask.) - #113). Records created by Gordon B. Grant as Minister of Public Health are located in the Walter E. Smishek fonds (F 16).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 95 (R-45); R-E2107; Photographs:R-A7878 to R-A7881; R-A9634 to R-A9641; R-B4010; R-B4524 to R-B4528; R-B7013 to R-B7019; Sound recordings: R-9193 and R-9194

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