Fonds F 653 - Arthur M. Pearson fonds

Mr. Pearson giving report to landseekers during excursion William Pearson Company landseeker excursion William Pearson Company land excursion A sod house with glass windows Sod house Partially built sod shack A man standing at the doorway of a sod shack A wood shack with sods Six people outside a pioneer's home A tar paper shack
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Arthur M. Pearson fonds

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F 653

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  • 1910-1913, 1918, 1930-1973 (Creation)
    Pearson, Arthur Maurice, 1890-1976
  • 1910-1973 (Accumulation)

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0.240m of textual records
131 photographs

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Biographical history

Arthur Maurice Pearson was born in St. François Xavier (Winnipeg), Manitoba on December 29, 1890 to William and Margaret Pearson. Following his education at St. John's College, Pearson served in World War I as part of the Royal Flying Corps. Following demobilization, he worked as a land surveyor and salesman for his father's company, Wm. Pearson Company Ltd. When the company became the Middle West Land Co., Pearson served as vice-president and manager. In the 1930s or 40s, Pearson moved to Lumsden, Saskatchewan to become a farmer.

Pearson was involved with politics through much of his life. He was elected to the Lumsden town council as a councillor and as mayor. He ran as a candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan in the 1944 and 1948 provincial elections in the Lumsden electoral division. In 1957, Pearson was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker for the Lumsden, Saskatchewan Senatorial Division. While serving as a senator, Pearson served on many Senate committees and assisted Diefenbaker with his election campaigns in Prince Albert. Pearson retired from the Senate on March 31, 1971.

Pearson died on July 9, 1976 in Lumsden.

Pearson and his wife, Elizabeth Jesse Pearson, had three sons and two daughters: William, James, Arthur, Jean and Margaret.

Custodial history

Arthur Pearson loaned some of these records for copying to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in 1972 and 1975. The records were assigned accession numbers 1055 (Photo R) (November 1, 1972) and 1440 (Photo R) (November 28, 1975).
Alice Pearson, daughter-in-law of Arthur Pearson, donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1977: R77-242 (August 4, 1977).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Arthur Pearson during his careers as a land surveyor, salesman and senator and as a member of the Conservative and the Progressive Conservative parties in Saskatchewan.

The types of records included are correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, notes, committee reports, photographs, and donor lists. The majority of political records relate to Pearson's work in the Lake Centre, Lumsden, and Prince Albert Constituencies. Many of the records also relate to John G. Diefenbaker, including correspondence, campaign information, and newspaper clippings, as Pearson ran Diefenbaker's election campaigns from 1957 through 1973. The photographs mostly feature the Qu'Appelle Valley and the Wm. Pearson Land Co.

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

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Arthur Pearson donated some of these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 1976: 820 (May 1, 1976) and 1473 (Photo R) (June 1, 1976).


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  • English

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Box number(s): 1 and 2

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Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

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

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina and Saskatoon offices.

Finding aids

SAFA 565 consists of a fonds description and item descriptions of photographs. The paper guide consists of a fonds description only.

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Associated materials

Related material: A recording and transcript of an interview conducted by Lloyd Rodwell, Saskatchewan Archives, with Arthur Pearson on November 7, 1974 is available in the Saskatoon office (Tape S 56 and S 57; transcript C 91).
A recording of an interview with Arthur Pearson conducted in 1971 as part of the Opportunities for Youth Project, Chapters of Saskatchewan History, is available in the Regina office (Tape R-6116).

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

Location for retrieval: Regina-Hillsdale; Saskatoon - Murray.
Some electronic copies of photographs are available in Archival Digital Storage.


Archival staff replaced the original file folders with acid-free folders and removed paper clips. Photographs were placed in Mylar sleeves.

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Textual Records: S-A204
Photographs: R-A9659 to R-A9662; R-A14437 to R-A14552; R-A14793 to R-A14794; R-B7910 to R-B7913; and R-D1331 to R-D1333

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F 653

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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