Fonds F 446 - Wes Robbins fonds

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Wes Robbins fonds

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F 446

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  • 1952-1982, predominant 1975-1982 (Creation)

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3.75 m of textual records

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Biographical history

Wesley Albert Robbins was born in Laura, Saskatchewan on August 14, 1916 to Norman and Charlotte Jane Robbins. He was raised on the family farm and received his primary and secondary education in the area. Robbins attended Teachers' College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1957.

Robbins was a teacher at Elk Valley School (1938-1940) and Jerome School (1940-1941) and an accountant at Federated Co-operatives Ltd in Saskatoon from 1941 to 1954. He was Secretary-Manager of the Co-operative Superannuation Society from 1954 to 1973. Robbins was involved with the Saskatoon Credit Union, serving as a director, president (1961-1963) and member of the credit and educational committees of the organization.

Robbins was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1964 and served as a Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF)member for the Saskatoon City constituency until 1967. Robbins also served as a New Democratic Party (NDP)member for the Saskatoon Nutana Centre (1971-1975) and Saskatoon Nutana (1975-1982) constituencies.

Robbins served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Finance (1973-1975); Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1975, 1977-1979); Minister of Consumer Affairs (1975, 1979-1980); Minister of Health (1975-1977); Minister of Revenue (1977-1978); and Minister of Revenue, Supply and Services (1978-1982). He was Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards and commissions including Board of Revenue Commissioners; Public Service Superannuation Board; Saskatchewan Development Fund; Saskatchewan Government Insurance; and Saskatchewan Computer Utility Corporation.

Robbins did not run in the 1982 provincial general election. He returned to Saskatoon and retired shortly thereafter.

Wes Robbins died on March 12, 2008 in Saskatoon.

Robbins married Marion Nichol on June 14, 1946. They had three children: Barbara, James and Janis.

Custodial history

Wes Robbins donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1982: R82-140 (May 3, 1982). The records were later transferred to the Saskatoon office for permanent retention and accessioned as S83-115 (March 31, 1983). The records were transferred from Robbins' ministerial office.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1975 to 1982 by Wes Robbins in his political career as: Minister of Health; Minister of Revenue, Supply and Services; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance; Minister Responsible for Public Service Superannuation Board; and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Development Fund.

The majority of the material in this fonds is public record.

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

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, budget material, legislation, news releases, and annual reports.

Missing from the fonds is MLA and constituency material and records created by Robbins in the following portfolios: Minister of Finance; Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development; Minister of Health; Minister of Revenue; and Minister Responsible for various agencies, boards and commissions.

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These records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated April 30, 1982. 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 and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 290 (old guide GS 158) consists of a fonds description and file listings of textual records.

Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Robbins as Minister of Revenue, Supply and Services are located in the Paul Rousseau fonds (F 437). Records created by Robbins as Minister of Consumer Affairs and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Computer Utility Corporation are located in the Murray Koskie fonds (F 447). Records created by Robbins as Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development are located in the Don Cody fonds (F 463).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: GS 158 (A 406)

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