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No.: GR0062.002SF
TITLE: Alberta 75th Anniversary Commission sous-fonds
CREATOR: Alberta 75th Anniversary Commission
DATE RANGE: 1975-1983
EXTENT: 44.96 m of textual records and other materials
Includes: 29 videocassettes, 25 film reels, 10 audiocassettes, 4 audio reels, 355 photographs, and 1 flag.
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Dates of founding and/or dissolution:
Although Robert W. (Bob) Dowling had been appointed Commissioner by Order in Council (O.C.) 400/79 on May 2, 1979, the Executive Council formally established the mandate and terms of reference for the Alberta 75th Anniversary Commission on July 10, 1979. The Commission disbanded on March 31, 1981.

Functional responsibility:
The mandate of the Commission was to work with the people of Alberta to create and administer a program of continuous activities and specific events during 1980 to assist Alberta in celebrating its 75th Anniversary as a Province and in providing a legacy for future Albertans. The Commission’s objectives were to:

  • assist the people of Alberta in creating awareness and appreciation of the 75th Anniversary during the remainder of 1979 and 1980, with specific emphasis on the period immediately prior to September 1, 1980;
  • develop, with the input of the people of Alberta, a program of celebrations during 1980 and assist them in holding events, which included: conducting ceremonies, commemorations and reenactment of historic events; producing medallions and other memorabilia to commemorate the event; identifying and preserving of books, films, and works of art related to Alberta’s 75 years of growth and her plans for the future; organizing performing and visual arts events; holding athletic events; and encouraging travel throughout the Province in order that Albertans may become better acquainted with Alberta;
  • ensure that Albertans in rural communities, villages, towns, cities, and remote areas shared equitably in the Anniversary program;
  • provide the necessary human, financial and administrative resources to ensure adequate quality and quantity of programs without appearing extravagant, as well as planning for the Commission’s dissolution in 1981;
  • administer a system of grants to the communities representing the people of Alberta.

Predecessor and successor bodies:
The functions of the Commission were specifically created for the 75th Anniversary celebrations. Any projects which were incomplete at the time of the Commission’s dissolution were administered by the 75th Anniversary Celebration Continuing Section of Alberta Culture.

Administrative relationships:
The Commission reported to the Minister of Culture, the Honourable Mary J. LeMessurier, who also acted as the Chairman of the Alberta 75th Anniversary Cabinet Committee.

Administrative Structure:
The Commission was headed by an appointed Commissioner, with a head office staff and regional representatives, and was active from May 1979 to its dissolution on March 31, 1981. Reporting to the Commissioner was the General Manager, who coordinated the activities of three divisions within the Commission. The Programs Division evaluated proposals for grant funding and coordinated approved programs around the province related to government-initiated programs, Albertan-initiated programs, per-capita grants, medallions, special ceremonies, and visiting dignitaries. The Publicity and Communications Division coordinated media relations, advertising, general publicity, public inquiries, requests for the official anniversary logo, and merchandising. The Administration Division was responsible for daily operations. The Commission also created several subcommittees, which provided expert advice on funding proposals, and advisory groups, including the 75th Anniversary Action Committee that comprised assistant deputy minister representatives from Culture, Recreation and Parks, Social Services and Community Health, Tourism and Small Business, Agriculture, and Education.

Names of chief officers:
Commissioner of the Alberta 75th Anniversary Commission

Robert W. (Bob) Dowling 1979-1981

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The sous-fonds consists of the operational files of the Alberta 75th Anniversary Commission. The records consist of files of the Commissioner, including meeting minutes, organizational charts, speeches, correspondence and schedules; files of the General Manager, which include correspondence, meeting minutes, statistics, grants files, and administrative matters pertaining to the Commission; and records of the Commission’s three Divisions. The records of the Administration Division include records pertaining to expenses, staffing, hosting grants, contracts, and advertising copy. The records of the Publicity and Communications Division include general correspondence, committee meeting materials, logo authorizations, ceremonies files, newsletters, news releases, merchandising files, photographs, commemorative items, photographs, videotape of television broadcasts, documentary films, and audiotape including songs and radio advertisements. The Program Division records comprise proposals, per-capita grants files, Recreation and Parks 75th anniversary program files, Alberta Culture books and films, CBC Programs, the Corporate Sector liaison files, and individual files for anniversary medallion recipients.
RELATED FONDS: GR0062 (Culture and Multiculturalism fonds)
RELATED SERIES: GR0062.002SF.0001 (Commissioner's files)
GR0062.002SF.0002 (General Manager's files)
GR0062.002SF.0003F (Administration Division files)
GR0062.002SF.0004 (Publicity and Communications Division files)
GR0062.002SF.0005 (Programs Division files)
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