Sous-fonds RNT-SF-6 - Objects and Artifacts Related to Robert N. Thompson

Kilt with Kilt Pin The Government of the Province of Alberta Prosperity Certificate Decorative Pickaxe with Mineral Card Robert N. Thompson Happy Birthday Cartoon Royal Canadian Air Force Cap Khaki Green Military Shoulder Strap with Captain Stripes Military Arm Band Douglas Ruler "Royal Life Saving Society" Medal Dalton Dead Reckoning Computer with Leather Case
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Objects and Artifacts Related to Robert N. Thompson

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  • 18--, 1930-1997 (Creation)

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Robert N. Thompson acquired or were gifted the artifacts and object throughout his life, be it his military career serving as an instructor for the Commonwealth Air Training Plan during World War II, his work with Sudan Interior Mission in Ethiopia, his work with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and then as a Canadian diplomat for Ethiopia from 1953 to 1958. Thompson was involved in politics for the Social Credit serving as president (1960-1961), national leader (1961-1967), and Member of Parliament (MP) for Red Deer of Alberta (1962-1972). He was an administrator and instructor at TWU from the 1970s into 1980s. Thompson was also involved in numerous organizations, see RNT-SF-2 "Organisations - General, A to Z".

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Sous-fonds consists of various artifacts and objects that showcase Robert Thompson's personal, military social, educational, and political life. The collection includes textiles such as military caps and badges and a family kilt, jewelry, medals and pins, baskets, metal, stone and wood statues and figurines, swords and daggers, and organic objects such as a peacock fan and a fly swish made of horsehair. In addition, there are plaques awarded and given in recognition for Thompson's involvement in numerous organizations. The collection also includes a small sample of political cartoons.

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Physical condition

Condition varies from items. The majority of items were on display for over six years in the Robert N. Thompson Building and those items that are paper based, cloth and organic base have light damage.

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Robert N. Thompson


Items were originally processed under Coll. 10 Artifacts and Objects Collection. In the fall 2022, the items were re-processed under the Robert N. Thompson fonds, and given the identifier code "RNT-ob".

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  • Amharic
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Political cartoons, political campaign posters, and oversized photographs related to Robert Thompson are stored in Map Cabinet - Drawer 5.

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RNT-ob-001 to RNT-ob-003 have been described in Coll.12 Ethiopian Manuscripts Collection.

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Description of artifacts and objects are in process. Items are being uploaded continually.

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October 2022, MN; December 2022, tk

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  • Box: Bay 48