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Series 1


Project Manager’s diaries. — 1911-1937. — 15 cm of textual records. — The series consists of Robert S. Stockton’s “log books” as Project Manager for the Western Section of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Irrigation Block. He records his daily activities, including information about his travels, work camps, weather, irrigation structures, and employees. The 1911 volume documents his start with the CPR, and his move to Strathmore, Alberta.

M-2273-9 Project Manager’s diaries (Robert Stockton). — 1911-1912
M-2273-10 Project Manager’s diaries (Robert Stockton). — 1914-1917
M-2273-11 Project Manager’s diaries (Robert Stockton). — 1917-1924
M-2273-12 Project Manager’s diaries (Robert Stockton). — 1924-1930
M-2273-13 Project Manager’s diaries (Robert Stockton). — 1930-1937

Series 2


Diaries of Western Section employees. — 1910-1939. — 75 cm of textual records. — The series consists of daily journals of various employees, in which they record their daily activities. Includes the diaries of Ben D. Fessenden, Assistant Canal Superintendent, Strathmore; J.A. French, hydrographer, Strathmore; E. Staves, ditchrider, Langdon; J.H. May, ditchrider, Irricana; John McKay, ditchrider, Strathmore; and miscellaneous journals.

M-2273-14 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1910-1913
M-2273-15 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1914-1915
M-2273-16 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1916-1917
M-2273-17 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1918-1919
M-2273-18 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1920-1921
M-2273-19 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1922-1923
M-2273-20 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1924-1925
M-2273-21 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1926-1927
M-2273-22 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1928-1929
M-2273-23 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1931-1931
M-2273-24 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1932-1933
M-2273-25 Assistant Canal Superintendent’s diary (Ben D. Fessenden). — 1934-1935
M-2273-26 Hydrographer’s diaries (J.A. French). — 1918-1919
M-2273-27 Hydrographer’s diaries (J.A. French). — 1920-1921
M-2273-28 Hydrographer’s diaries (J.A. French). — 1922-1923
M-2273-29 Hydrographer’s diaries (J.A. French). — 1924-1925
M-2273-30 Hydrographer’s diaries (J.A. French). — 1926-1927
M-2273-31 Hydrographer’s diaries (J.A. French). — 1928-1929
M-2273-32 Hydrographer’s diaries (J.A. French). — 1930-1931
M-2273-33 Hydrographer’s diaries (J.A. French). — 1932-1934
M-2273-34 Hydrographer’s diaries (J.A. French). — 1935-1936
M-2273-35 Langdon ditchrider’s diaries (E. Staves). — 1919-1920
M-2273-36 Langdon ditchrider’s diaries (E. Staves). — 1921-1922
M-2273-37 Langdon ditchrider’s diaries (E. Staves). — 1923-1924
M-2273-38 Langdon ditchrider’s diaries (E. Staves). — 1925-1926
M-2273-39 Langdon ditchrider’s diaries (E. Staves). — 1927-1928
M-2273-40 Langdon ditchrider’s diaries (E. Staves). — 1929-1930
M-2273-41 Langdon ditchrider’s diaries (E. Staves). — 1931-1933
M-2273-42 Irricana ditchrider’s diaries (J.H. May). — 1924, 1926
M-2273-43 Irricana ditchrider’s diaries (J.H. May). — 1927-1928
M-2273-44 Irricana ditchrider’s diaries (J.H. May). — 1930-1932
M-2273-45 Strathmore ditchrider’s diaries (John McKay). — 1931-1932
M-2273-46 Miscellaneous diaries. — 1932, 1936 and 1939. — Unidentified writers.

Series 3


Correspondence. — 1907-1935. — 1 m of textual records. — The series consists of correspondence primarily about irrigation structures and equipment. The files, which were labelled “Dead Files”, had no apparent titles or order.

M-2273-47 Correspondence. — 1923-1931. — Primarily Robert Stockton’s correspondence regarding bridges, including information on structures and material.
M-2273-48 Correspondence. — 1929-1934. — Regarding bridges and canals; includes correspondence with municipal districts.
M-2273-49 Correspondence. — 1910-1914. — Regarding bridges over spillway canals.
M-2273-50 Correspondence. — 1915-1925. — Regarding bridges over spillway coulees.
M-2273-51 Correspondence. — 1925-1934. — Regarding bridges over spillway coulees.
M-2273-52 Correspondence. — 1922-1933. — Regarding bankgates and outlet structures on Chestermere and other irrigation projects.
M-2273-53 Circular letters. — 1933-1935. — Regarding CPR scholarships at McGill University, CPR hotel system, CPR Employees’ Suggestion Bureau, and office holidays.
M-2273-54 Correspondence. — 1922-1928. — Regarding cost of concrete structures including Glenrose canal.
M-2273-55 Correspondence. — 1930. — Regarding cost of timber on Swastika siphon.
M-2273-56 Correspondence. — 1911-1934. — Regarding culverts. Including blueprints and correspondence with municipal districts.
M-2273-57 Concrete construction in alkali soils. — 1917-1928. — Consists of reports, pamphlets, correspondence and blueprints.
M-2273-58 Correspondence. — 1911-1929. — Regarding drops on secondary “A” canal.
M-2273-59 Correspondence. — 1912-1929. — Regarding drops on secondary “B” canal.
M-2273-60 Correspondence. — 1912-1923. — Regarding drops. Includes blueprints.
M-2273-61 Correspondence. — 1911-1920. — Regarding district maps. Includes lists of farm units in each district.
M-2273-62 Correspondence. — 1921-1930. — Regarding changes in ditch location in different districts. Includes plans.
M-2273-63 Correspondence. — 1908-1929. — Regarding drainage.
M-2273-64 Correspondence. — 1911-1934. — Regarding drag line excavator.
M-2273-65 Correspondence. — 1911-1933. — Regarding irrigation methods, devices and equipment.
M-2273-66 Correspondence. — 1915-1931. — Regarding delivery gates on unsold land.
M-2273-67 Correspondence. — 1915-1920. — Regarding enlargement of ditches.
M-2273-68 Correspondence. — 1918-1920. — Regarding excavators.
M-2273-69 Correspondence. — 1919-1926. — Regarding excavators.
M-2273-70 Correspondence. — 1926-1929. — Regarding excavators.
M-2273-71 Correspondence. — 1930-1935. — Regarding excavators.
M-2273-72 Correspondence. — 1922. — Regarding treatment of lumber.
M-2273-73 Correspondence. — 1917-1925. — Regarding flumes and pipelines.
M-2273-74 Gleichen townsite. — 1910-1935. — Consists of agreement between CPR and the town of Gleichen; and correspondence with the Salvation Army Eventide Home for men.
M-2273-75 Correspondence. — 1911-1927. — Regarding gates and locking devices.
M-2273-76 Correspondence. — 1910-1920. — Regarding headgates and weir in the Bow River.
M-2273-77 Correspondence. — 1920-1935. — Regarding headgates and weir in the Bow River.
M-2273-78 Correspondence. — 1915-1919. — Regarding hydrography. Includes daily gauge readings.
M-2273-79 Hydrographic records. — 1911-1929. — Consists of gauge readings, blueprints, and correspondence.
M-2273-80 Correspondence. — 1911-1930. — Regarding hydrography, including structures.
M-2273-81 Correspondence. — 1922-1930. — Consists of report regarding carriage losses.
M-2273-82 Insurance and general business. — 1907-1926. — Includes insurance policies.
M-2273-83 Insurance correspondence. — 1926-1935
M-2273-84 Correspondence. — 1911-1927. — Regarding irrigation structures such as siphons and drops.
M-2273-85 Correspondence. — 1909-1913. — Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-86 Correspondence. — 1914-1921. — Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-87 Correspondence. — 1922-1924. — Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-88 Correspondence. — 1924-1925. — Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-89 Correspondence. — 1925-1929. — Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-90 Meteorological records. — 1912-1922. — Consists of reports, statistics, and correspondence.
M-2273-91 Meteorological records. — 1922-1935. — Consists of reports, statistics, and correspondence.
M-2273-92 Correspondence. — 1914. — Consists of Robert Stockton’s correspondence regarding results of irrigation.
M-2273-93 Correspondence. — 1917-1932. — Regarding structures. Includes plans.
M-2273-94 Correspondence. — 1911-1934. — Regarding rights-of-way. Includes diagram, and report of spillway channels on secondary canal “A”.
M-2273-95 Shepard Slough drainage. — 1907-1931. — Consists of correspondence with Shepard municipal district. Includes plans.
M-2273-96 Drainage of Stobart Lake and Namaka. — 1907-1914. — Consists of correspondence and reports.
M-2273-97 Drainage of Stobart Slough, Namaka Lake and Eagle Lake. — 1914-1931. — Consists of correspondence and reports.
M-2273-98 Correspondence. — 1909-1935. — Regarding seeds, shrubs and garden supplies.
M-2273-99 Correspondence. — 1914-1924. — Regarding Hammerhill spillway.
M-2273-100 Correspondence. — 1928-1929. — Regarding 12 Mile Coulee spillway.
M-2273-101 Correspondence. — 1929-1933. — Regarding structures.
M-2273-102 Correspondence. — 1908-1931. — Regarding spillways, including Salt Lake Spillway.
M-2273-103 Correspondence. — 1907-1934. — Regarding drainage of Weed Lake.
M-2273-104 Correspondence. — 1918-1933. — Regarding drilling wells for employees’ water supply.
M-2273-105 Correspondence. — 1933-1935. — Regarding game conservation.
M-2273-269 Correspondence. — 1912-1927. — Regarding cost records.
M-2273-270 Correspondence. — 1912-1932. — Consists of Robert Stockton’s correspondence regarding lands, costs, equipment, etc.
M-2273-271 Correspondence. — 1917-1919. — Regarding Strathmore School of Agriculture. Includes letter from Duncan Marshall, and newspaper clippings.
M-2273-272 Robert S. Stockton, A-D letters. — 1925-1926. — Regarding equipment and irrigation structures, staff salaries, etc.
M-2273-273 Robert S. Stockton, E-Z letters. — 1925-1926. — Regarding equipment and irrigation structures, staff salaries, etc.
M-2273-274 Correspondence. — 1912-1917. — Consists of Robert Stockton’s correspondence regarding irrigation structures, personnel, etc.
M-2273-275 Correspondence. — 1925-1926. — Regarding Strathmore School District. Primarily correspondence with J.W. Cope, secretary- treasurer of the school district.

Series 4


Correspondence and later records. — 1944-1974. — 19 cm of textual records. — The series consists of records created after the Western Section of the CPR’s Irrigation Block was transferred to the resident farmers in 1944. Includes correspondence about the transfer, Strathmore Farm, livestock, and crops (especially potatoes). Includes some annual reports.

M-6678-1 Western Irrigation District – Formation. — 1944. — Consists of correspondence about, and the agreement between, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Western Irrigation District regarding transfer of land. Includes rough draft of the agreement.
M-6678-2 Western Irrigation District – Formation. — 1944-1947. — Consists of correspondence regarding the transfer of lands from CPR to Western Irrigation District, and the Imperial Oil Pipeline right-of-way.
M-6678-3 Strathmore Farm. — 1944-1948. — Consists of correspondence regarding raising, selling, and grading of potatoes and hay.
M-6678-4 Strathmore Farm. — 1949-1950. — Consists of correspondence and inspection reports regarding potatoes.
M-6678-5 Strathmore Farm. — 1951-1953. — Consists of correspondence regarding potatoes
M-6678-6 Strathmore Farm. — 1954-1974. — Consists of correspondence regarding potatoes, Ringrot disease, and land rentals.
M-6678-7 Livestock. — 1944-1951. — Consists of correspondence regarding cattle sales and purchases for the Strathmore farm.
M-6678-8 Livestock. — 1952-1957. — Consists of correspondence regarding registration of livestock.
M-6678-9 Livestock. — 1958-1964. — Consists of correspondence regarding registration of livestock.
M-6678-10 Livestock. — 1965-1974. — Consists of correspondence and reports regarding registration of livestock and an Aberdeen Angus sale.
M-6678-11 Agriculture. — 1944-1959. — Consists of correspondence regarding tours of the Western Irrigation District, “mechanical grazing”, and amount of irrigable land used for various crops.
M-6678-12 Farm operations. — 1948-1950, 1964-1973. – – Consists of financial statement for WID farms, and receipts for sales of grain.
M-5667 Western Irrigation District annual reports. — 1944, 1946-1950, 1953, 1955

Series 5


Land records. — 1912-1950. — 32 cm of textual records. — The series consists of records dealing with land matters, including schedules of water deliveries, correspondence regarding soil classifications, lists of contract lands, land classifications, and leases correspondence.

M-2273-106 Schedules of deliveries for districts in the Western Section. — 1915. — The schedules give the land location description, cost, and acres gained.
M-2273-107 Namaka soil classification. — 1918-1922
M-2273-108 Strathmore soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-109 Cairnhill soil classification. — 1917-1919
M-2273-110 Gleichen soil classification. — 1917-1919
M-2273-111 Strangmuir soil classification. — 1916-1919
M-2273-112 Elwood soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-113 Mewasin soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-114 Langdon soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-115 Strathmead soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-116 Carseland soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-117 Cluny soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-118 Dalroy soil classification. — 1916-1919
M-2273-119 Inverlake soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-120 Cheadle soil classification. — 1916-1920
M-2273-121 Unsold lands – soil classification. — 1916-1919
M-2273-122 Crowfoot soil classification. — 1917-1919
M-2273-123 Glenrose soil classification. — 1917-1925
M-2273-124 Craigantler soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-125 Irricana soil classification. — 1918-1925
M-2273-126 Rockyford soil classification. — 1917-1922
M-2273-127 Craigdhu soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-128 Swastika soil classification. — 1917-1920
M-2273-129 Winona soil classification. — 1916-1924
M-2273-130 Carleton soil classification. — 1917-1919
M-2273-131 Keoma soil classification. — 1917-1919
M-2273-132 Crossfield soil classification. — 1917-1919
M-2273-133 Lists of new farm contract lands. — 1925. — Includes locations.
M-2273-134 Land classification. — 1923-1925. — Consists of correspondence, list showing lands required for proposed diversion of Rosebud River, and list of townsite holdings.
M-2273-vol.10 Land classification register. — n.d. — Consists of legal descriptions of old and new classification, and total area.
M-2273-135 Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. — 1925-1932
M-2273-136 Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. — 1926
M-2273-137 Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. — 1927-1928
M-2273-138 Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. — 1928-1930
M-2273-139 Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. — 1930-1933
M-2273-140 Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. — 1933-1935
M-2273-141 Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. — 1937-1941
M-2273-142 Calgary Gun Club lease. — 1923-1944
M-2273-143 Gleichen townsite water rights lease. — 1924-1943
M-2273-144 J.A. McCullough – Chestermere Lake lease. — 1925
M-2273-145 G.M. McElroy lease. — 1926-1944
M-2273-146 Colonel Walker Golf Club lease. — 1930-1943

View Colonel Walker Golf Club, 1930-1933.
View Colonel Walker Golf Club, 1934-1943.
M-2273-147 William F. Damen lease. — 1934-1944
M-2273-148 Concrete Products and Supplies lease. — 1935-1944
M-2273-149 Calgary Yacht Club lease. — 1938
M-2273-150 F.G. Shaver lease. — 1938-1944
M-2273-151 George A. McBean lease. — 1944
M-2273-152 Land classification lists. — n.d.
M-2273-153 Legal papers samples. — 1912-1950. — Consists of leases, applications for permission to fill in ditches, transfers of land, and final water agreements.
M-2273-154 Land contracts samples. — Consists of applications to purchase irrigable land, crop payment contracts, and applications to purchase town lots.

Series 6


Project Manager’s monthly reports. — 1912-1935. — 27 cm of textual records. — The series consists of Robert Stockton’s monthly reports to A.S. Dawson as Project Manager of the Western Section. The reports include information about state of the irrigation works, canal districts, staff, transportation, buildings, telephone system, meteorology, agriculture, maintenance and renewals, surveys and engineering, and hydrography.

M-2273-155 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1912
M-2273-156 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1913
M-2273-157 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1914
M-2273-158 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1915
M-2273-159 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1916
M-2273-160 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1917
M-2273-161 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1918
M-2273-162 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1919
M-2273-163 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1920
M-2273-164 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1921
M-2273-165 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1922
M-2273-166 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1923
M-2273-167 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1924
M-2273-168 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1925
M-2273-169 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1926
M-2273-170 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1927
M-2273-171 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1928
M-2273-172 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1929
M-2273-173 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1930
M-2273-174 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1931
M-2273-175 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1932
M-2273-176 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1933
M-2273-177 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1934
M-2273-178 Project Manager’s monthly reports (Robert Stockton). — 1935

Series 7


Telephones and electrical equipment reports. — 1917, 1926-1936. — 10 cm of textual records. — The series consists of annual and monthly reports regarding the physical extent of the plant, station service, equipment, construction, maintenance, operations, distribution, and CPR supply farm.

M-2273-179 Annual report of telephone system. — 1917
M-2273-180 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1926
M-2273-181 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1927
M-2273-182 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1928
M-2273-183 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1929
M-2273-184 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1930
M-2273-185 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1931
M-2273-186 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1932
M-2273-187 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1933
M-2273-188 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1934
M-2273-189 Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1935
M-2273-190 Telephones and electrical equipment division. — 1933-1936. — Consists of monthly report for January 1936, circular letter, and diagrams of Medicine Hat – Calgary trunk telephone circuit.

Series 8


Superintendent of Canals and Water-masters’ reports. — 1910-1944. — 1 m of textual records. — The series consists of monthly and annual reports giving details of operations.

M-2273-191 Secondary “A” canal (F.D. McNaughton). — 1911
M-2273-192 Main and secondary “B” canals (G.H. Patrick). — 1911
M-2273-193 Secondary “C” canal (Robert Heard). — 1911
M-2273-194 Secondary “A” canal (F.D. McNaughton). — 1912
M-2273-195 Main and secondary “B” canals (G.H. Patrick). — 1912
M-2273-196 Secondary “C” canal (T.E. Robinson). — 1912
M-2273-197 Secondary “A” canal (F.D. McNaughton). — 1913
M-2273-198 Main and secondary “B” canals (G.H. Patrick). — 1913
M-2273-199 Secondary “C” canal (T.E. Robinson). — 1913
M-2273-200 Secondary “A” canal (E.N. Ridley). — 1914
M-2273-201 Secondary “B” canal (G.H. Patrick). — 1914
M-2273-202 Secondary “C” canal (T.E. Robinson). — 1914
M-2273-203 Secondary “A” and east part of “B” canal (E.N. Ridley). — 1915
M-2273-204 Main and secondary “B” canals (G.H.Patrick). — 1915
M-2273-205 Secondary “B” and “C” canals (T.E. Robinson). — January-February 1915
M-2273-206 Secondary “A” canal (E.N. Ridley). — 1916
M-2273-207 Main canal and seconday “B” and “C” canals (G.H. Patrick). — 1916
M-2273-208 Secondary “A” and part “B” canals (E.N. Ridley). — 1917
M-2273-209 Main and secondary “C” canals (G.H. Patrick). — 1917
M-2273-210 Southern division (E.N. Ridley). — 1918
M-2273-211 Northen division (G.H. Patrick). — 1918
M-2273-212 Southern division (E.N.Ridley). — 1919
M-2273-213 Northern division (G.H. Patrick). — 1919
M-2273-214 Southern division report. — 1920
M-2273-215 Southern division reports. — 1921
M-2273-216 Southern division reports. — 1922
M-2273-217 Southern division reports. — 1923
M-2273-218 Southern division reports. — 1924
M-2273-219 Northern division report. — 1924
M-2273-220 Southern division reports. — 1925
M-2273-221 Southern division reports. — 1926
M-2273-222 Northern division report. — 1926
M-2273-223 Southern division reports. — 1927
M-2273-224 Southern division reports. — 1928
M-2273-225 Southern division reports. — 1929
M-2273-226 Southern division reports. — 1930
M-2273-227 Northern division reports. — 1930
M-2273-228 Southern division reports. — 1931
M-2273-229 Northern division reports. — 1931
M-2273-230 Southern division reports. — 1932
M-2273-231 Northern division reports. — 1932
M-2273-232 Southern division reports. — 1933
M-2273-233 Northern division reports. — 1933
M-2273-234 Southern division reports. — 1934
M-2273-235 Southern division reports. — 1935
M-2273-236 Southern division reports. — 1936
M-2273-237 Southern division reports. — 1937
M-2273-238 Southern division reports. — 1938
M-2273-239 Southern division reports. — 1939
M-2273-240 Southern division reports. — 1940
M-2273-241 Southern division reports. — 1941
M-2273-242 Southern division reports. — 1942
M-2273-243 Southern division reports. — 1943
M-2273-244 Southern division reports. — 1944
M-2273-245 Canal superintendents’ miscellaneous reports. — 1911-1915. — Consists of record of work done at Cairnhill, cost of farming reports, reports on construction of canal “A”and crop reports.
M-2273-246 Water-master’s daily record books. — 1918-1942. — Consists of information regarding gauge height. Includes remarks.
M-2273-247 CPR engineering branch annual report. — 1913. — Consists of information regarding staff, Bull River Dam, description of irrigation blocks, contracts, Lethbridge irrigation section, and statements of expenditure.
M-2273-248 Gleichen ditchrider’s report (W. Gilbert). — July 1910. — Regarding canals.
M-2273-249 Miscellaneous monthly reports. — 1919. — Consists of engineering branch and hydrographer’s reports.
M-2273-250 Land contracts monthly reports. — 1924. — Consists of contracts cancelled and adjustments for western, eastern and Lethbridge districts.
M-2273-251 Hydrographer’s monthly report – Eastern section. — February 1924. — Includes information regarding heat units.

Series 9


Engineering branch inventories and statements of costs. — 1912-1922, 1940- 1941. — 25 cm of textual records. — The series consists of reports documenting materials and equipment, appropriations and expenditures.

M-2273-252 Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. — 1912
M-2273-253 Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. — 1913
M-2273-254 Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. — 1914
M-2273-255 Engineering branch inventory. — 1915
M-2273-256 Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. — 1916
M-2273-257 Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. — 1917
M-2273-258 Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. — 1918
M-2273-259 Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. — 1919
M-2273-260 Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. — 1920
M-2273-261 Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. — 1921-1922
M-2273-262 Summaries of appropriations, southern division. — 1940-1941

Series 10


Meteorological records. — 1911-1942. — 6 cm of textual records. — The series consists of weather information regarding the amount of rain, and snow, etc.

M-2273-263 Meteorological registers, Strathmore. — 1914-1928
M-2273-264 Meteorological registers, Strathmore. — 1929-1942
M-2273-265 Miscellaneous meteorological papers. — 1915-1941. — Consists of information and charts regarding weather in the Western Section.
M-2273-266 Meteorological charts, statistics, graphs. — 1911-1920. — Includes a survey and comparison of the three prairie provinces, and a graph regarding weather and crop production.
M-2273-267 Meteorological pamphlets. — Regarding rain gauge, and measuring and recording rain and snow.

Series 11


Financial records. — 1908-1939. — 36 cm of textual records. — The series consists of freight accounts, rent books for properties, salaries records, and general account books.

M-2273-vol.1 Freight accounts. — 1913-1920. — Includes descriptions, cost, date shipped and received, where used, etc.
M-2273-vol.2 Freight accounts. — 1920-1927. — Includes descriptions, cost, date shipped and received, where used, etc.
M-2273-vol.3 Cash book. — 1925-1939
M-2273-vol.4 CPR Engineering branch – Electric light and power statements. — 1927-1929. — Consists of information on consumption rate, amount and remarks.
M-2273-vol.5 Rent book. — 1929-1932. — Consists of house rent roll, private garage rent roll, clubhouse room rent, electric light and power deductions, telephone tolls deduction, stock purchase deductions, and doctor deductions.
M-2273-vol.6 Rent book. — 1933-1936. — Consists of house rent roll, private garage rent roll, clubhouse room rent, electric light and power deductions, telephone tolls deduction, stock purchase deductions, and doctor deductions.
M-2273-vol.7 Record of salaries and other expenses. — n.d.
M-2273-vol.8 Record of salaries and other expenses. — n.d.
M-2273-vol.9 Account book. — 1908-1909. — Includes names, irrigation district, and costs.
M-2273-vol.12 Account book. — 1917-1918
M-2273-vol.13 Account book. — 1919-1920
M-2273-vol.14 Account book. — 1920-1923
M-2273-vol.15 Account book. — 1920-1921
M-2273-vol.16 Account book. — 1921-1922

Series 12


Plans, specifications and contracts for irrigation structures. — 1905-1933. — 80 plans. — 2 cm of textual records. — The series consists of plans for houses, barns and other buildings, irrigation structures, and irrigation-related tools. Includes some specifications and contracts.

M-2273-os1 Houses and barns. — 1911-1923. — 18 architectural plans. — Consists of plans of the Superintendent’s house, Strathmore; office, barn and cottage at headquarters, Strathmore; ready-made farm houses; water-masters quarters and barn; and additions to the Strathmore garage.
M-2273-os2 Ditchriders buildings, water tanks and camp cook car. — 1910-1925. — 14 architectural plans. — Consists of plans for ditchriders houses, barns and outhouse (1910-1925); plans for water tanks (1913); and plans for a camp cook car (1921).
M-2273-os3 Irrigation structures – Flumes, weirs and truss bridge. — 1912-1931. — 11 plans
M-2273-os4 Irrigation structures – Drops. — 1905-1933. — 13 plans
M-2273-os5 Irrigation structures – Gates. — 1910-1926. — 20 plans
M-2273-302 Irrigation tools. — 1916. — 4 plans. — Consists of plans of a corrugator, plank leveller, Sunnyside furrow ditcher, and standard gauge rod.
M-2273-276 CPR buildings. — 1911-1924. — Consists of bills of materials, specifications of work to be done, and agreements with contractors related to buildings such as ditchriders’ houses.
M-2273-277 CPR engineering branch building contracts. — 1923

Series 13


Photographs. — [ca. 1910], 1911-1939. — 637 photographs. — The series consists of extensive photographs of the development of irrigation in the Western Section, a promotional album, and views of the construction of the Bassano Dam.

NB-39 Western Section irrigation development. — 1911-1939. — 609 negatives. — Consists of views of irrigation structures, headquarters, Strathmore demonstration farm, canals, bridges, crops, livestock, and equipment related to the irrigation project.

These images have been scanned and are available on Glenbow’s website.
click here to view all 609 photographs now in date order.



OR


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Enter Western Irrigation District in the ‘Photographer/Illustrator’ box to limit your findings to WID images, then refine your search by entering search terms in the other boxes on the screen. Several examples are given below:



  • Enter

    Western Irrigation District

    in the ‘Photographer/Illustrator’ box AND

    Namaka

    in the ‘Keywords/Phrase’ box to find photographs of irrigation around Namaka, Alberta.
  • Enter

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    in the ‘Photographer/Illustrator’ box AND

    flumes

    in the ‘Keywords/Phrase’ box to find photographs of irrigation structures.
  • Enter

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    1920 : 1925

    in the ‘Year(s)’ box to find photographs taken from 1920 to 1925.
PD-43-vol.1 “Views in the Irrigation Block, Bow River Valley, Southern Alberta, Canada”. — [ca. 1910]. — 1 album : 24 photographs. — Consists of a promotional album with photographs of Calgary, the demonstration farm at Strathmore, canals, crops grown under irrigation (apples, vegetables, rye, barley, wheat), and livestock (cattle, horses, sheep).
PB-213 Construction of Bassano Dam. — [ca. 1909-1913]. — 4 photographs (very large)
NOTE Call numbers PD-197, PA-1209, and NA-2179 are copies of the images in NB-39.

Series 14


Miscellany. — 1907-1948, 1962-1965. — 38 cm of textual records. — The series contains a short history of the Western Section, miscellaneous correspondence, reports, mailing lists, discharge tables, inventories of equipment and supplies, maps, posters, sample forms, a scrapbook, and newspaper clippings. The records deal primarily with irrigation in the Western Section.

M-6678-14 “History of the Western Irrigation District up to 1922” by Robert S. Stockton. — [ca. 1923]. — The history includes maps and photographs. A photocopy is available in M 6335.
M-2273-268 Babcock vs CPR. — 1910-1914. — Consists of correspondence, crop census reports, requests for water delivery, water delivery records, and extracts from ditchrider’s reports related to this case.
M-2273-278 Stobart Lake drain report. — 1914. — Includes statistics.
M-2273-279 Western Section – Convention report. — 1916. — Regarding relations with farmers. Includes addresses and speeches.
M-2273-280 Miscellaneous speeches and reports. — 1916-1948. — Regarding Winona district, Fort Peck dam, growing registered and certified seed grain, colonizing new irrigation projects, post-war development of Alberta’s water resources.
M-2273-281 Lists of farm contracts and water deliveries. — 1912
M-2273-282 Mailing lists of farmers and landowners. — 1915-1932
M-2273-283 Mailing lists of resident farmers, northern division. — 1923
M-2273-284 List of permanent employees, western section. — 1926-1929
M-2273-285 Hydrographic surveys, rating tables and graphs. — 1914-1921
M-2273-286 Discharge tables. — 1921
M-2273-287 Discharge tables. — 1921-1922
M-2273-288 Discharge tables. — 1926-1938
M-2273-289 Discharge tables. — 1934-1937
M-2273-290 Instructions to foremen, eastern section. — 1923. — Consists of instructions related to setting up camp, work production, health, etc.
M-2273-291 Engineering branch report. — 1931. — Consists of specifications for making and placing Portland cement concrete.
M-2273-292 Questionnaire. — 1942. — Regarding the value of irrigation to the farmers of the Bow Valley municipal district.
M-2273-293 B. Russell memorandum. — 1943. — Regarding water development projects within the PFRA boundaries in Alberta.
M-2273-294 Record of main structures on secondary “A” canal and district, southern division. — n.d.
M-2273-295 Chestermere Lake. — 1962-1965. — Consists of correspondence, and lists of land owners and lots rented.
M-2273-296 CPR Irrigation Department inventory, Calgary. — 1910. — Consists of cost records of all supplies and equipment.
M-2273-297 CPR Irrigation Department inventory, Strathmore. — 1911. — Consists of cost records of all equipment and supplies of the Operation and Maintenance Branch.
M-2273-298 CPR Irrigation Department inventory, Strathmore. — 1915. — Consists of cost records of all equipment and supplies of the Operation and Maintenance Branch.
M-2273-299 CPR Irrigation Department car expenses. — 1917. — Includes list of parts and costs.
M-2273-300 CPR Irrigation Department inventory, Strathmore. — 1923. — Consists of a record of material and supplies on hand.
M-2273-300a Schedules of an agreement between CPR and Province of Alberta. — 1910
M-2273-301 Maps and chart. — 1907-1943. — Consists of maps of irrigation districts with canals and ditches (1908); irrigable and non-irrigable land (1907); Huntley drainage system project, Montana; map of distribution of water in the Lethbridge section; map of Taber, Raymond and Magrath irrigation districts; and chart of main “A” canal at Ogden.
M-6678-13 Maps of Strathmore Farm. — 1925-1942. — Primarily photocopies. Includes plan of orchard plots.
M-2273-303 Samples of CPR employee transportation passes. — 1916-1929
M-2273-304 Samples of requests to deliver or stop delivery of water. — 1924-1940
M-2273-305 Samples of gauge-reading cards. — 1938-1940
M-2273-306 Samples of employee service and time reports. — 1948
M-2273-307 Sample forms of various agreements. — 1919 and n.d. — Includes interim water agreement, final water agreement, and permit for erection of bridge.
M-2273-308 Samples of applications for canning sugar. — 1943
M-2273-309 Circulars from R.S. Stockton. — 1911. — Consists of circular to water users, and circular regarding duties of employees.
M-2273-310 Circulars from R.S. Stockton. — 1912-1914. — Consists of circular regarding the 1914 alfalfa campaign, and circular to employees.
M-2273-311 Broadsides and broadsheets. — n.d. — Regarding irrigation equipment.
M-2273-312 Posters and pamphlet. — 1947. — Regarding irrigation and wheat, Alberta Percheron Club, and instructions to ditchriders.
M-2273-313 Newspaper clippings. — 1936-1944. — Consists of clippings about the Lethbridge Northern report, and professional engineers.
M-2273-vol.11 Irrigation scrapbook. — 1914-1920. — Consists of scrapbook of maps, charts, and statistics. Includes a table of contents.