Fonds F 688 - Henry Black fonds

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Henry Black fonds

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  • Architectural drawing
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F 688

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  • 1903 - 1976 (Creation)
    Black, Henry, 1875-1960

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166 architectural drawings sheets
0.320 m of textual records

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Biographical history

Henry Black was born on February 14, 1875 near Ottawa, Ontario. He attended public school and a local business college in the area. Black operated a general store in Leonard, Ontario until 1898, when he moved to Kaslo, British Columbia. In 1903, he moved to Regina, North-West Territories (now Saskatchewan), where he operated a menswear store prior to establishing his career as a building contractor, real estate developer and property owner.

In 1908, Black went into partnership with Archibald W. McGregor in the firm McGregor and Black. After the firm ceased to operate around 1911, Black worked independently, constructing houses, commercial and public buildings. In 1917, he established the Prairie Biscuit Company with a group of local investors; the company ceased operations in 1919 due to the sugar shortage imposed by World War I. Black served as an alderman (1915-1917, 1923-1924) and mayor of the City of Regina (1918-1919). He also served as chairman of the Saskatchewan Relief Commmission (1931-1934) and was a member of various boards, including the Regina General Hospital Board. Around 1938, Black retired from politics but continued to manage his business interests until his death in Regina on August 29, 1960.

Black was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1935 in recognition of his work with the Saskatchewan Relief Commission.

Black married Jennie Lenore Barker on December 15, 1910. The Blacks had five children: Henry, Charles, William, Elizabeth, and Thomas.

Custodial history

Donald Black, grandson of Henry Black, donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 2004 and 2006: R2004-312 (November 4, 2004) and R2006-228 (July 12, 2006).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Henry Black of Regina, Saskatchewan relating to his professional career as a general building contractor and real estate developer. The records relate to Black's work both independently and as a partner in the contracting firm of McGregor & Black. The types of records included are correspondence; receipts; invoices; agreements; and architectural drawings and specifications of residential and commercial buildings. The fonds includes a small volume of Black's personal correspondence relating mainly to his appointment as a Commander of Order of the British Empire (CBE).

The fonds also includes architectural drawings created, accumulated and used by Henry Kenneth Black, son of Henry Black. A small volume of records created, accumulated and used by P.M. Anderson of Regina relating to Anderson's ownership of land on W19-10-29-W2 (1928-1946) are also included. The records involve the estate of Philip Cote of Vantage and George Conner.

No series assignment was applied to the records in this fonds.

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Textual records are in good physical condition. Some of the architectural drawings are fragile and torn.

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Records are open for research use.

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

Finding aids

SAFA 660 consists of a fonds description and item descriptions of the architectural drawings. Item descriptions of the textual records are also available electronically.

Associated materials

Records created by Henry Black as chairman of the Saskatchewan Relief Commission are located in the Regina office (Accession no. R2006-227).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Location for retrieval: Regina-Hillsdale


Textual records were placed in acid-free file folders and protective sleeves.

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Other codes: Architectural drawings: R-P87.1 to R-P87.31

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