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No.: PR2004
TITLE: Frank L. Farley fonds
CREATOR: Farley, Frank L.
DATE RANGE: 1937-1949
EXTENT: 0.07 m of textual records. -- 2 maps.
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Francis (Frank) La Grange Farley was born February 24, 1870 in St. Thomas, Ontario; he was the son of John and Frances (Berry) Farley. Frank attended school in St. Thomas and graduated from the Collegiate Institute in 1889. He worked in a bank for two years before moving west in 1892. He first homesteaded in the Red Deer, North-West Territories area; he sold this land in 1907. On September 21, 1896, he married Anabel Cragg, the daughter of George and Cornerlia (Brown) Cragg. A daughter, Georgia Alberta, was born December 27, 1897. Anabel died in December 30, 1902. Frank married Anabel’s sister, Ethel Maud Cragg on March 17, 1905. Frank and his family moved to Camrose, Alberta in 1907 and Frank joined Frank P. Layton’s real estate and brokerage business. He later worked with Dennis Twomey in the firm Farley & Twomey. Frank sat on the Camrose town council and was a founding member of the Camrose Historical Society and was president of the Society from its founding in 1933 until 1947. He was an avid ornithologist, and spent much of his time studying the habits, structures of birds. In 1932, he published Birds of the Battle River Region of Central Alberta: With Notes on their Present Status, Migrations, Food Habits and Economic Value. His other publications include “Birds Observed at Grande Prairie City District” (Ottawa Naturalist, March 1917), “Changes in the Status of Certain Animals and Birds during the Past Fifty Years in Central Alberta” (Canadian Field-Naturalist, January 1926), “The European Starling in Alberta” (Canadian Field-Naturalist, October 1935) and “Carlton House on the Saskatchewan” (Canadian Field-Naturalist, March 1946). Frank L. Farley died October 23, 1949.
CUSTODIAL HISTORY:A.L. Wilk donated the records to the Natural History section of the Provincial Museum of Alberta in 1972. The Museum passed along the archival materials to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The fonds consists of records of Frank L. Farley documenting his interest in ornithology and includes a transcription from the specimen catalogues of J. Dewey Soper, listing the birds collected in the Province of Alberta from August 29, 1918 to August 21, 1937, “Annotated List of Birds” extracted from “Report on Wildlife Investigations in the Grande Prairie-Peace River region of Northwestern Alberta, Canada” by J. Dewey Soper, a draft of an article, a map of Grande Prairie and Peace River district, a soil map of Alberta and extensive notes about the birds of Alberta.
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL: See also the Lella Bodwell collection at the Red Deer and District Archives in Red Deer, Alberta. See also the Farley Mowat fonds at the Ready Division of Archives and Research Collection (McMaster University Library) for correspondence from Frank L. Farley to his great-nephew Farley Mowat.
RELATED RECORDS: See Birds of the Battle River Region of Central Alberta: With Notes on their Present Status, Migrations, Food Habits and Economic Value in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 598.2971 233 F231 1932. See also the A.L. Wilk fonds.
GENERAL NOTE: Information for the biographical sketch is taken from Mingling memories, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 M663, from Frank L. Farley’s obituary in the Camrose Canadian and from the records. This fonds was donated at the same time, and in the same accession as records from the following fonds: A.L. Wilk fonds (PR2003). The Royal Alberta Museum holds a number of publications of Frank L. Farley donated by A.L. Wilk.
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