Fonds F 30 - Zelma Rural Telephone Company fonds

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Zelma Rural Telephone Company fonds

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Local Government

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F 30

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  • 1915-1977 (Creation)
    Zelma Rural Telephone Company, 1917-1977

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0.240 m of textual records
11 maps

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Biographical history

The first organizational meeting of directors of the Zelma Rural Telephone Company took place on March 20, 1915, with George R. Duff elected President and director. Additional directors elected at that time were J.W. Cline, G.A. Campbell, Major Shout and James Murray. Charles W. Cline was elected Secretary-Treasurer, a position in held until 1964.

Regulated by the Saskatchewan Government Telephones Department, the company proceeded to construct telephone lines in the area serving the town and surrounding farms in the district. The board of directors decided rates, telephone extension applications, contracts and salaries.

In 1977, SaskTel absorbed the Zelma Rural Telephone Co. into its provincial telephone system. The last meeting of the directors of the Zelma Rural Telephone Co. took place on January 8, 1977.

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of operational records of the Zelma Rural Telephone Company Limited. Included are minute books, debenture certificates, lists of land locations and subscribers, maps and directory lists and financial records in the form of account books, tax statements, cash books and financial statements. Also included are correspondence and documents relating to the Saskatchewan government, employees and contractors with the Zelma Rural Telephone Co.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

The records of the Zelma Rural Telephone Co. were donated to the Sasaktchewan Archives Board by Herbert Wilson of Saskatoon SK via Mel Libke of Hanley SK, in 1998, Accession S98-96. Wilson was President of the company from 1966-1977 and Libke was Secretary-Treasuer from 1964-1977.


Archival arrangement of these records has been imposed and based on chronological subject order.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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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 are subject to Crown copyright. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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

Finding aids

SAFA 44 consists of a fonds level description, map listing and file listing.

Associated materials

Related material: Consult finding aid GR 352 Department of Telephones (R-889) for listings of records related to the establishment, operation, amalgamation, and dissolution of rural telephone companies. See file #1552 (Zelma) for information related to this fonds.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Additional copies of two of the maps were retained with the records.

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Textual records: S-A938

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F 30

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Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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Language of description

  • English

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  • Latin


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