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No.: PR1560
TITLE: Grant Notley fonds
CREATOR: Notley, Grant
DATE RANGE: 1957-1984
EXTENT: 2.38 m of textual records and other material.
Includes 24 photographs, 24 negatives, 11 maps, 7 posters, 4 audio reels and 3 films.
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Walter Grant Notley was born January 19, 1939 in Didsbury, Alberta, to James Walter and Francis (Grant) Notley. The Notleys farmed around Olds, Alberta. Grant began school in 1945 at the Westerdale School, and finished grade 11 in Olds and completed high school in Didsbury in 1957. That fall, he began studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. Grant helped the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) in the 1958 federal election. That fall he and other university students reactivated a CCF campus group, which became known as “Notley’s Motley Crew.” Grant completed his Bachelor of Arts in history and political history in 1960, and entered Law at the University of Alberta in the fall of 1960, completing only the first year. In 1961, he became an organizer for the National Committee of the New Party (NCNP), which spearheaded the creation of the New Democratic Party in Canada from the CCF. When the New Democratic Party was established in Alberta at a January 20-21, 1962 conference at the Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Neil Reimer was elected the first president and Grant the provincial secretary. Grant remained provincial secretary until he became leader of the New Democratic Party in 1968. Grant ran in provincial elections in 1963, 1967 and 1969 (by-election) though he was not elected until 1971, for the constituency of Spirit River-Fairview. He was subsequently reelected in 1975, 1979 and 1982. Following the 1982 election, Grant became Leader of the Official Opposition. Grant married Sandra (Sandy) Mary Wilkinson on July 6, 1963; they had three children, Rachel Anne, Paul Walter and Stephen Randolph. Grant Notley died in a plane crash near Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta on October 19, 1984.
CUSTODIAL HISTORY:Sandra Notley (PR1985.0119), Grant Notley’s widow, and Sylvia Knutson (PR1985.0120), secretary of the Spirit River-Fairview constituency office, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1985.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The fonds consists of records of Grant Notley, primarily from his time as Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Spirit River-Fairview Constituency. The records have been divided into the following series: Legislature records, Constituency records, New Democratic Party records and Personal records.
RELATED RECORDS: Also see the Alberta New Democrats fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
GENERAL NOTE: Information for the biographical sketch is from the records, from the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library Information Files, and from Grant Notley: The Social Conscience of Alberta, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 923.27123 L5185 1992.
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