Fonds MG 465 - John Evans fonds

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John Evans fonds

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MG 465

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  • 1916-1940 (inclusive) ; 1923-1940 (predominant) (Creation)

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84 cm of textual materials.

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John Evans can best be described as a reformer who wanted to rectify many of the evils of the capitalist system. He was born in Rhayader, Radnorshire, Wales on 25 June 1867, and emigrated to Canada in 1890. He took up farming in the Saskatoon area and by 1907 his experiences had turned him into an advocate for the cause of the Western Canadian farmer. He quickly rose to executive positions in a number of farmer organizations: President of the Saskatchewan Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Co.; Director of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Elevator Co.; Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Grain Growers; Association; and President of the United Farmers of Canada, Saskatchewan Section. He also entered the political arena. As a member of the Progressive Party he was elected to the House of Commons for Saskatoon in 1921. He was re-elected in the General Elections of 1925 for Rosetown. Upon the break-up of the Progressive Party in the late 1920s, he became an active candidate in the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, however, he was never to gain re-election to the House of Commons. John Evans died in 1958.

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This fonds contains the correspondence, reports, articles, addresses, speeches, minutes, clippings and publications pertaining to the various activities John Evans was engaged in between 1919 and 1940. The material has been arranged alphabetically according to certain topics or subject matter. However, in sorting such material, often an item would make reference to more than one issue. In this case material was grouped under the main, or predominant subject. No cross referencing has been made. Subjects are further subdivided into correspondence, articles, addresses, reports, etc.

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Because of the nature of the material, it has been arranged alphabetically according to certain topics or subject matter. The fonds has been arranged into 47 series:
I. Banks and the Canadian Banking System
II. Brooks Steam Motors
III. Business Practices
IV. Canadian-American Relations
V. Canadian Chamber of Agriculture
VI. Canadian Radio Broadcasting
VII. China
VIII. Civil Service Commission
IX. Conservation of Wildlife
X. Conservative Party
XI. Cooperative Commonwealth Federation
XII. Cooperatives
XIII. Crows Nest Pass Agreement
XIV. Economic Conditions, 1920-1939
XV. Elections, 1925, 1930, 1935
XVI. Government Subsidies
XVII. Homesteads
XVIII. Hudson Bay Route
XIX. Immigration
XX. Inquiries and Requests - Miscellaneous Collection of Items
XXI. Invitations
XXII. Judges Salaries
XXIII. Labour, Trade Unions and Strikes
XXIV. Opening of Parliament
XXV. Peace Movements
XXVI. Pensions
XXVII. Personal Material
XXVIII. Progressive Party
XXIX. Public Health
XXX. Railways
XXXI. Religion
XXXII. Rosetown Farmers' Political Association
XXXIII. Royal Commissions
XXXIV. St. Lawrence Waterway Project
XXXV. School Sites
XXXVI. Soldiers Settlement Board
XXXVII. Tariffs and International Trade
XXXVIII. Taxation
XXXIX. Temperance
XL. Transfer of Natural Resources
XLI. Unemployment
XLII. Union of Soviet Socialist Republic
XLIII. United Farmers of Canada
XLIV. Wartime Prices and Trade Board
XLV. War Veterans Association
XLVI. Wheat Board
XLVII. Wheat Pool

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MSS 53

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