Fonds F 635 - Saskatchewan Historical Society fonds

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Saskatchewan Historical Society fonds

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  • Textual record

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F 635

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  • 1845-1945 (Creation)
    Saskatchewan Historical Society, 1936-1951

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3.030 m of textual records

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Administrative history

The Saskatchewan Historical Society was established in 1936 by individuals interested in preserving Saskatchewan's documentary heritage. The Society was incorporated on May 11, 1936 in accordance with the provisions of The Benevolent Societies Act. The first general meeting was held in Regina on June 22, 1936. The Society's head office was located in Regina, first at the Regina Normal School and then in the McCallum-Hill Building. The Society's primary source of funding was the Government of Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Historical Society collected and compiled various materials relating to Saskatchewan's history, especially prior to 1882, and made the information available to interested parties. Standing committees were established to deal with specific aspects of Saskatchewan history, including church history; political history; farmers' movements; colonization and immigration; native groups; education; early exploration and the early history of the City of Regina. The Society collected personal papers and pioneer reminiscences; investigated and marked historic sites; corresponded with governments and organizations; answered enquiries and encouraged the establishment of local branches throughout the province.

Membership in the Society was open to honorary and regular members. Officers included a president; first, second and third vice-presidents; and a secretary. The Saskatchewan Historical Society was dissolved on October 5, 1951.

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used mainly by the secretary of the Saskatchewan Historical Society during its operation in Regina, Saskatchewan. The fonds contains the administrative records of the Society along with the records relating to the history of the province from the mid 19th century to 1945 compiled and collected by the Society in fulfillment of its mandate.

The types of records included are secretary's annual reports; correspondence; minutes; financial statements; a constitution; an annual meeting programme; newspaper clippings; personal narratives; essays; obituaries; biographical sketches; photographs; articles and speeches.

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

See SHS 97 for a letter regarding the massacre of Blackfoot and Blood Indians by Crees (Red Ochre Hills massacre) and an article by C. Wetton regarding Fine Day, Cree warrior. See SHS 94 for a letter and note regarding a table in the Saskatchewan Legislative Library known as the confederation table. See SHS 129 for correspondence regarding Indians serving in World War II and an Indian gathering on Assiniboin Reserve, September 9, 1941, to dedicate themselves to war services, enfranchisement of Indians, etc. See SHS 159 for document written by Neil Brodie entitled Twelve Days with the Indians, May 14 to May 26, 1885, regarding his experiences in Poundmaker's camp during the rebellion of 1885. See SHS 150 for the 1935 report of the Royal Commission on the Natural Resources of Saskatchewan.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Some of these records were donated to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession ca. 1945.


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  • English

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Restrictions on access

Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records may be subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act and/or a donor agreement.

Finding aids

SAFA 544 (old guide GR 565) consists of a fonds description and file listings of some of the textual records and is available in paper format.

Associated materials

Related material: Annual reports of the secretary of the Saskatchewan Historical Society for 1939-40 and 1941-42 are available in the Regina office (R-E375).
The annual report of the secretary of the Saskatchewan Historical Society for 1944-45 is located in the Saskatchewan Museums Association records in Regina (R-527, file 9).
Minutes, correspondence and other documents relating to the Sask. Historical Society (1940-1944) are located in the Ethel Barr fonds (F 524).

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No further accruals are expected.


Conservation practices in place at the time of arrangement were applied to the records in this fonds.

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Textual records: old guide GR 565 (SHS 1 to SHS 240); R-151; Clippings File - Saskatchewan Grain Growers' Association; Pamphlet File - Historical societies - Saskatchewan

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F 635

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


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