George A. Calder Scrapbooks fonds

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George A. Calder Scrapbooks fonds

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  • 1971-1978, 1997 (Creation)
    Calder, George

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approx. 6 inches of textual records (11 Scrapbooks)

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Biographical history

Born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1934, George A. Calder attended Victoria Public School, Central Public School and Woodstock Collegiate Institute as well as Ridley College, in St. Catharines. Following that, he received a B.A. in History, Philosophy and Politics from Queen’s University in Kingston and then went to Osgoode Law School to obtain his LL.B. In 1960, he articled with McCarthy & McCarthy, in Toronto, and was called to the Bar in 1962. He had a law practice in Woodstock for thirty-seven years and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1975.

In Woodstock he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce in 1963 and served as a Director until 1979. He was also elected to the Executive Committee of the Chamber in 1967, serving there for thirteen years. Besides serving as the President in 1974, 1975 and 1977, he was the Chairman of the 1977 Centennial Committee when the Chamber celebrated its 100th Anniversary. Following that he, continued as a member in the Chamber, and more recently as an honorary member.

In addition, George Calder was a Director on the Ontario Chamber of Commerce from 1980 to 1982, and again from 1988 to 1993, also servicing as a member of the Executive Committee for his final four years on the Executive Committee.

Other community activities include serving as the Past Vice-President of the Oxford Historical Society, as well as the Chairman of the Research Committee. He is also a Past Director of the Woodstock Strings; Past President of the Oxford Golf and Country Club, Past President of the local Children’s Aid Society, and Past President of the Victoria Club. He also help organize the Woodstock United Appeal Association in 1962 through 1963 and served as the second President of the Board of Directors for two terms in 1964 and 1965.

He is married to Wendy Robinette Calder, a former Mayor of the City of Woodstock. They have three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Custodial history

The records were compiled and/or created by George A. Calder during the 1970s and were eventually donated to the County of Oxford Archives in February 2013.

Scope and content

The collection consists of 11 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings related to:

File 1: Utting-McKinney Northgate Towers High Rise, Woodstock. – 1971-1974.
File 2: Goff High Rise Application Huron Street, Woodstock. – 1971-1975.
File 3: Happening ’73, Woodstock. – 1973.
File 4: Ingersoll Avenue Reconstruction, Woodstock. – 1973-1978.
File 5: Devonshire Avenue Subdivision, Woodstock. – 1974-1975.
File 6: Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce. – 31 January – 31 December 1974. (includes Happening ’74)
File 7: “Save the Golf Course”, Woodstock Golf Club. – 1974-1977.
File 8: Admiral Riddell Development Limited Condominiums – Northgate Towers, Woodstock. – 1976.
File 9: Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce. – 1975-1976. (includes Happening ’75)
File 10: Goff Application for Zoning By-law change on Huron Street, Woodstock. – 1976.
File 11: Innerkip Area Ratepayers Association. – 1977-1978, 1997.

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The materials in this collection are in good condition.

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The collection was acquired in February 2013 from George A. Calder.


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  • English

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The fonds is open to publish research. However, please contact the archivist responsible for the records regarding access, as some materials may be too fragile to handle. The Archives will make every effort to supply reference copies where feasible.

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Copyright is held by the archives. Researchers are responsible for observing copyright regulations that may apply to the publication of their research. If you wish to publish any of this material, please contact the archivist responsible for the records.

The Archivist has the right to restrict reproduction if the material is in a fragile condition.

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An item level description is available for researchers. Please contact the Archivist for further information

Associated materials

COA22 Innerkip Ratepayers Association fonds
COA39 Admiral Vansittart I.O.D.E. fonds
COA54 Vansittart Area Association Inc. fonds

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