Fonds F 411 - E.K. Turner fonds

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E.K. Turner fonds

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  • Poster
  • Sound recording
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  • Moving images

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F 411

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  • 1947-2004 (predominant: 1972-2003) (Creation)
    Turner, E. K., 1927-2018

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Physical description

6.030m of textual records
190 photographs
5 videocassettes
9 maps
5 prints : posters
22 audio cassettes (compact cassettes)
2 audio cassettes (mini-cassettes)
1 architectural drawing

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Biographical history

E.K. (Ted) Turner was born on the family farm near Maymont, Saskatchewan on April 6, 1927, to Thomas and Jessie Turner. He was the youngest of five children. Turner attended school at Maymont. He later attended the School of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan and earned a Diploma in Agriculture in 1948. He married Melville (Mel) Bright in 1950.

After graduating, Turner returned to the farm and was active in the Maymont Agricultural Society, the Young Farmers Club and the local district of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. With the Wheat Pool, he subsequently was elected to the Pool committee (1951), was appointed as Delegate for District 16 (1957), was elected as Director (1960), appointed as First Vice-President (1966) and appointed as President (1969). He remained as President until January, 1987 when he resigned to serve as Executive Director of the newly-formed Prairie Pools Incorporated. He served as Executive Director until the closure of the Regina office on March 31, 1989.

Turner served as director for a number of companies that were Pool subsidiaries or were invested in by the Pool. These included Philom Bios Inc., Bioriginal Food and Science Corp., Genex Swine Group and the Nutraceutical Network of Canada. He also served on a variety of advisory boards to the Government of Canada on the subjects of international trade and trade relating to agriculture, including the International Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) and General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) negotiations. Additionally, he served on the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Wheat Board between 1969 and 1982.

In 1989, Turner was appointed as the tenth Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan, and served as Chancellor until 1995. He was heavily involved in fundraising for the University, co-chairing the University of Saskatchewan Agriculture Building Capital Campaign and the 'First and Best' campaign. He also served on the boards of several University of Saskatchewan subsidiary agencies, primarily those with agricultural aspects.

Turner was a member of and volunteered for various organizations, including the Rotary Club of Regina, the Hospitals of Regina Foundation, the Wascana Golf and Country Club, and Wesley United Church, Regina.

Honours bestowed upon Turner include: Member of the Order of Canada (1990); Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1995); Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame (1995); Honorary Doctor of Laws (L.L.D. - Hon.) University of Saskatchewan (1989); and Distinguished Graduate in Agriculture Award - University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture, 75th Anniversary (1986).

Ted Turner died at Regina on November 1, 2018.

Custodial history

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by E.K. Turner in his various positions within the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and Prairie Pools Inc.; as Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan; as member of a number of advisory committees to the Government of Canada on international trade including the International Trade Advisory Committee, and the Chamber of Maritime Commerce; as director of various agricultural and biotechnology enterprises; and as a fundraiser and volunteer with a wide variety of local, provincial and national organizations relating to health, education, sports and agriculture.

The types of records included are correspondence, reports, minutes, agendas, memoranda, briefing notes, scripts of speeches, photographs, sectional maps of Saskatchewan, audio cassette tape recordings of speeches and interviews.

The records are arranged into thirteen series: Chamber of Maritime Commerce; International Trade Advisory Committee; Philom Bios Inc.; Bioriginal Food and Science Corp.; University of Saskatchewan; Awards; Canadian Wheat Board Advisory Committee; Speeches and Reports; Saskatchewan Wheat Pool; Nutraceutical Network of Canada; Genex Swine Group; Other Volunteer and Non-Profit; and Personal Material.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition with the exception of a number of facsimile (FAX) transmissions on thermal paper which are fading.

Immediate source of acquisition

Edward K. Turner donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 2004: R2004-217 (June 9, 2004) and R2004-294 (October 12, 2004).


Arrangement reflects original order and archival intervention. Little discernable order existed at the time of acquisition of the material other than broad relationships identifiable within bundles of records.
The records have been broken down into series and files by the archivist by subject, date and originating activity where possible and titles have been supplied.

Language of material

  • English

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Restrictions on access

Some of these records are subject to access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

Finding aids

SAFA 173 consists of fonds and series descriptions, file listings of textual records and item descriptions of photographs, maps, audio tapes, video tapes and drawings.

Uploaded finding aid

Associated materials

Associated material: Other records relating to the activities of E.K. Turner are held at the following repositories:
University of Saskatchewan Archives - Saskatchewan Wheat Pool fonds (fonds 247) and Alumni and Development fonds (fonds 2023). As a result of Turner's broad base of activities as Chancellor, numerous other administrative fonds for the university may contain records relating to him.
Library and Archives of Canada - Great Lakes Waterway Development Association fonds (Manuscripts Division 1988/0250 MSS, MG28-I450) and a variety of fonds dealing with agriculture, ITAC and international trade including Ministry of International Trade series (R3247-6-3-E)
Related material: Related records are in the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool (SWP) fonds and other holdings (R-549, R-549.1, R-1192.2, R-E320, R-E1343 to R-F 36) Item level descriptions of records related to the SWP are also found in audio and moving image databases.

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Further accruals are expected.


Textual records were placed in acid free folders. Paperclips, rubber bands and other fasteners were removed. Newsprint items were photocopied and replaced where possible.

Alpha-numeric designations

Maps: A1383 to A1391
Video cassettes: VT R-12861 to VT R-12865
Audio cassettes: R-15967 to R-15990
Photographs: R-A32586 to R-A32595; R-B14217 to R-B14220; R-D2517
Posters: VII. 306, VII. 307, VII.308

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F 411

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Rules or conventions

Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


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