Fonds MG 65 - J.G. Rayner fonds

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J.G. Rayner fonds

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MG 65

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  • 1918-1956, predominant 1922-1974 (Creation)

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25.4 cm of textual records

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John George Rayner was born in London, England, on 1 October 1890, and came to Canada with his parents in 1892 to settle in the farming community of Elm Valley, Manitoba. He received a B.S.A. from the Manitoba Agricultural College in 1913, and in 1914 came to Saskatchewan as an Agricultural Representative for the Department of Agriculture. He joined the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan in 1918 as Assistant Director of Extension, serving as Director from 1920-1952. He was also the first director of the Boys' and Girls' Clubs, and helped establish the philosophy and principles of the 4-H Movement. In 1965 the 4-H Foundation's Camp Rayner was named in his honour, and in 1973 he was posthumously named to Saskatchewan's Hall of Fame. Professor Rayner died in Saskatoon on 30 June 1952.

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This fonds contains an annual report for the Extension Division for 1918, various reports including "Good Farming Competitions in Saskatchewan," rules for ploughing match competitions, and a programme for the "Fifth Annual Farm Boy's Camp (1919)." In addition, there is information on the Agriculture Institute of Canada and the Institute of Agrologists, as well as 2 files of material on the Boy Scouts. The majority of the fonds consists of addresses on various topics, including "The Historical Development of Extension in Saskatchewan," "A Successful Example of Co-operative Production," "Field Crop Contests," and "History and Philosophy of Agriculture Extension," as well as talks concerning the Boys' and Girls' Clubs, the Homemakers' Clubs, poultry and field crop improvement, the University, leadership, and adult education. The final file in the fonds concerns the Rayner Memorial Fund, established through the Agricultural Societies Association.

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Related material: See also Faculty Biographies, Faculty Publications series and Alumni files.

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