Fonds MG 344 - W. Hugh Arscott fonds

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W. Hugh Arscott fonds

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MG 344

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  • 1916-2001 (inclusive) ; 1961-1979 (predominant) (Creation)

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1.2 m of textual records
152 slides
32 reels, 16 mm film

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Willam Hughes Arscott was born 13 March 1924. His early education was at Westmount public school and Bedford Road Collegiate; from 1945-1948 he attended the University of Saskatchewan, earning a BComm. He served in the army from 1943-1945 and was discharged with the rank of Corporal. Arscott served on numerous organizations, including the Kinsmen Club; the YMCA board; was director at large for the Canadian Arthritic and Rheumatism Society, served as president of the University Alumni and was elected to the senate of the University in 1963. He was active in politics, first with the Progressive Conservative party and later, with the Rhinoceros party; although he was never successful in his bids for elected office. Arscott worked in the life insurance business since 1951, eventually establishing his own firm, Arscott and Associates. Arscott was well-known for his humorous observations of the Canadian and Saskatchewan political scene. He died in Saskatoon in 2002.

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This fonds contains materials relating to Arscott's work; his involvement with the Progressive Conservative Party and later disillusionment with the mainstream parties and his activities with the Rhinoceros Party; his extended family; his war service;and reminiscences of growing up in Saskatoon, attending the University, and local and political figures. Particularly extensive is his writing: creative; satire; and memoirs.

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This fonds has been arranged into five series:

  1. Business
  2. Correspondence
  3. Personal Subject-Nominal
  4. Political
  5. Writing

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The correspondence series has sustained water damage, although this has not affected legibility.

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