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No.: PR0106
TITLE: John Edward Fitzsimmons fonds
CREATOR: John Edward Fitzsimmons
DATE RANGE: 1930-2000
EXTENT: 1.55 m of textual records and other material
Also includes 1194 colour transparencies, 715 photographs and 269 negatives.
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: John Edward (Jack) Fitzsimmons was a prominent citizen of Edmonton. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and received his discharge in 1949. Upon discharge he took advantage of the incentives offered to former servicemen and went to the University of Alberta where he entered the Department of Agriculture, specializing in cereal crops. While a student he started working on the University's Parkland Farm. Upon graduation he started as the manager of Parkland Farm and remained there for the entire length of his career, from 1949 until early retirement in 1972. After his retirement from the farm he continued to work part-time doing crop inspection for Agriculture Canada, inspecting fields of pedigree seed to see that they met the standards of the Canadian Seed Growers Association. Upon retirement he married Gladys Robinson, a former teacher, to whom he remained married until her death in September of 1988. They had no children. Jack was a member of MacDougall United Church, a mason, philanthropist, world traveler, frequent and diligent writer, and agricultural scientist. He was also the nephew of Robert Fitzsimmons, a man well known for his integral role in the tar sands discovery in Alberta.
CUSTODIAL HISTORY:In his final will and testament John Edward (Jack) Fitzsimmons bequeathed his diaries, and those of his late wife, Gladys Robinson, to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Along with this material the executor of the estate had indicated to the Provincial Archives of Alberta that the Archives may also acquire any other textual material from the estate which may be of interest to our institution. The remainder of the estate was to be auctioned at public auction.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The fonds consists of records created by both Jack and Gladys Fitzsimmons in their personal and professional lives. The records have been arranged into the following series: Personal Information (1930-1998); Diaries (1945-2000); Photos (192?-198?); Correspondence (1945-2000); Geneology (1944-2000); and Acadia Masonic Lodge (1956-1999).
ARRANGEMENT NOTE: The material was not in any strict order when received by the Provincial Archives of Alberta. The material has been arranged along thematic lines which were already grouped and evident in the records.
RELATED RECORDS: Other material concerning the Fitzsimmons family can be found in the records of Robert Fitzsimmons (PR1971.356 and PR1973.531).
RELATED SERIES: PR0106.0001 (Personal Information series)
PR0106.0002 (Diaries series)
PR0106.0003 (Photographs series)
PR0106.0004 (Correspondence series)
PR0106.0005 (Genealogy series)
PR0106.0006 (Acadia Masonic Lodge series)

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