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No.: PR2067
TITLE: Tony Cashman fonds
CREATOR: Tony Cashman
DATE RANGE: c. 1930 - 2009
EXTENT: 2.47 m of textual records and other materials
The fonds also includes 1 video cassette, 2 photographs, 102 audio discs, 6 audio reels, 1 audio cassette and 11 maps.

Anthony "Tony" Cashman was born April 28, 1923 in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1927 the family moved to Spokane, Washington, in 1929 to Glendale, California, in 1932 to a cottage on the Columbia River, 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon, and in 1933 to Alameda, California. The family returned to Edmonton after the death of Cashman's father on April 1, 1934. While in Edmonton, Cashman attended Grandin School and St. Joseph's High School. He served in the Second World War from 1942-1945 as a navigator, before studying for three years at Notre Dame University in South Bend Indiana. He returned to Edmonton in 1949 and began a career as a journalist, author and broadcaster.

In 1953, Cashman began a series of one minute broadcasts three times a week entitled, "Edmonton Stories" for CJCA radio. The stories illustrated Edmonton's history and were soon moved to a ten minute format. They featured the voices of notable Edmontonians such as Bill Lee, Phil Lloyd, Alt Eton, and Johnny Mackin. Between 1953 and 1962, Cashman produced 726 stories for CJCA. From 1964 to 1966, Cashman produced and broadcast 275 one minute historical vignettes, written for the Life Insurance Company of Alberta, on various radio stations in Alberta. He also wrote 204 stories while hosting the radio program "Sunday Fantasia" for CJCA from 1961 - 1969.

In 1956, W. Clarence Richards of the Institute for Applied Art published his first book Edmonton Stories based on Cashman's radio broadcasts. Since 1954, Cashman himself has written numerous books including: Singing Wires: the telephone in Alberta (1972), The Best Edmonton Stories, (1976), and Edmonton: Stories from the River City (2002).

In addition to his work as an author, Cashman worked as a station manager for CKUA radio, as a reporter for the Edmonton Journal, and as an historian and curator of the Alberta Government Telephones Museum.

Tony Cashman married Genevieve Mary Costello in August 1950 and they have three sons: Hal, Bernard, and Paul.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The fonds consists of records related to Tony Cashman's career as an author, broadcaster, journalist, and historian. The fonds includes research notes, typed transcripts of research interviews, recorded interviews, and clippings dating from the 1950's to 2005, drafts used to create various publications and broadcasts dating from the 1950's and 1960's and audio recordings used during Tony Cashman's radio broadcasts featuring commercials, music, historical vignettes dating from the 1950's and 1960's. It also includes correspondence, memoirs, and newspaper clippings relating to Cashman's childhood in California in the 1930s.
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL: For more material on Tony Cashman, please see the Tony Cashman fonds at the City of Edmonton Archives, and the Tony Cashman fonds at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Archives and Library.
RELATED RECORDS: Several fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta contain writings by Tony Cashman. The Abe Cristall fonds includes a biography of Abe Cristall written by Tony Cashman, and the Sam Cohen fonds also includes a biography of Sam Cohen written by Tony Cashman.
GENERAL NOTE: Information for the biographical sketch sourced from the fonds and the City of Edmonton Archives' Tony Cashman fonds description. Tony Cashman's publications are available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library.

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