Fonds - John Archer fonds

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John Archer fonds

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  • 1940-1976, predominant 1959-1976 (Creation)

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4.38 m of textual records
33 photographs
4 artifacts

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A native of Broadview, Saskatchewan, John Hall Archer served the province as Legislative Librarian and Provincial Archivist prior to 1964. In that year he was appointed Director of Library Services at McGill University, a position he held until moving to Queen's University in 1967. At Queen's he served as Associate Professor of History and University Archivist, and completed his Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "Administration of Archival Institutions in Canada," in 1969. In October 1969, Dr. Archer was appointed Principal of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, and when the University of Regina was established on July 1, 1974, he became its first President, serving until the end of 1975. John Archer has written and edited numerous articles and books on Saskatchewan's history, and has been a popular speaker throughout the province and elsewhere. As an archivist and librarian Dr. Archer participated in a number of professional associations, particularly the Canadian Library Association of which he was president (1967). He served on the Saskatchewan Constituency Boundaries Commission (1972-1974), the federal Royal Commission on Government Organization (1961), and participated in a study of Brandon University's financial problems for the Universities Grants Commission of Manitoba.

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Fonds consists of personal and professional papers of Dr. John Archer, including: records on federal and provincial committees and commissions; material on Dr. Archer's Ph.D dissertation; speeches, papers and reports presented by Dr. Archer; diaries and appointment books; family and professional photographs; records of professional organizations, notably the Canadian Library Association;publications written or edited by John Archer; records on Dr. Archer's activities at Brandon, McGill, and Queens Universities, and the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus (University of Regina); and Saskatchewan Roughriders football team memorabilia. Of particular interest is the personal correspondence with family, friends and associates, from Europe, including letters to Alice Archer during WW II, and correspondence from various politicians and civil servants, some of whom left government in 1964. These include Roy Borrowman, T.C. Douglas, Al Gillmore, C.B. Koester, Woodrow Lloyd, Clary Mitchell, Charles Schwartz and George Stephen. Also noteworthy is the extensive series of Dr. Archer's speeches and reports during his tenure as Prinicipal and President of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, and the University of Regina.

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Original order not deemed usable. New file order and some new file titles generated by the archivist. Speeches and reports in Accession 80-35 are in chronological order.

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Inventory for 75-14 and item and file lists for 80-30 and 80-35 respectively, are available.

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