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Richard York Secord
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1902 - 1986 (Creation)
- Secord, Richard York
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1 m of textual records and other material
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Richard York Secord was born to Annie York and Richard Henry Secord on 19 Oct 1900 in Edmonton. After completing school at St. Andrew's College in Toronto and Guelph Agricultural College, he returned to Edmonton where he began to manage family land near Winterburn, Alberta. He developed the farm, known as Avoncroft Farm, into a highly successful cattle and dairy ranch, and wheat farm. Richard was a charter member of the Alberta Wheat Pool.
Richard York Secord married Katherine Margaret Calder on 18 Jan 1928 in Lacombe, Alberta. They had one son, Richard David Secord, and adopted a son, Ken Kirsch Secord. Richard David Secord eventually took over the operation of the family farm.
In 1959, Richard was appointed to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, a position he held until 1968. He was also active in the Edmonton Historical Board, the Alberta Heritage Sites Board, and the Fort Edmonton Foundation. Richard was appointed Honorary Chief Factor of Fort Edmonton in 1973. He also arranged for the writing and publication of a biography of his father, Richard Henry Secord, contributing a reminiscence as the last chapter. Later, Richard York had his own memoirs written.
Richard York Secord died on 7 Dec 1987 in Edmonton.
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The series consists of agendas, minutes, correspondence and supporting documentation relating to Richard York Secord’s service on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, 1959-1968, the Edmonton Archives and Landmarks Committee/Edmonton Historical Board, 1964-1972, the Alberta Heritage Sites Board, 1973-1976, and the Fort Edmonton Foundation, 1970-1975.
There is also personal and business correspondence, including correspondence relating to the Secord family history, as well as research material, correspondence and manuscripts relating to the Richard Henry Secord biography and Richard York Secord memoirs.
The photographs and books reflect many aspects of Richard Y. Secord’s activities and interests.
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Richard Y. Secord fonds (PR0222) at the Provincial Archives of Alberta
No further accruals are expected.
Accession numbers: A63-110, A64-110, A72-1, A73-5, A74-10, A74-21, A74-43, A74-50, A75-19, A75-86, A76-120, A77-62, A79-22, A81-11, A84-6, A84-71, A85-15
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