Alexander Cameron Rutherford Fonds
Alexander Cameron Rutherford
Alexander Cameron Rutherford Fonds
1.6 metres of textual material; 5 photographs.
Accession #69-164

Biography of Alexander Cameron Rutherford

A.C. Rutherford

Alexander Cameron Rutherford was born in Osgoode, Carleton County, Ontario, on February 2, 1857. His parents emigrated to Canada from Aberfeldy, Scotland in 1855. Educated in Ontario's public schools, and Woodstock College, he taught school for a year and then attended McGill University in Montreal where he graduated with a B.A. and B.C.L. in 1881. He articled with Sir Richard Scott in Ottawa, was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1885 and immediately went into the partnership of Hodgins, Kidd and Rutherford with offices in Ottawa and Kempville.

In 1888 he married M. Birkett and two children, Cecil, and Hazel, were born to them. He came west to Strathcona, Northwest Territories, and was elected to the North West Territories Assembly serving from 1902-1905. During this period he was Deputy Speaker. In 1905, he was called to lead the first government of Alberta. Dr. Rutherford also held the portfolios of Provincial Treaseuer and Minister of Education. He introduced, in 1906, a bill which founded the University of Ablerta. In recognition of his efforts to establish higher education in the new prairie province, the Univerwsity of Toronto awarded him an LL.D. in 1907.

Although Dr. Rutherford resigned as Premier in 1910, he continued to take an interest in the Univesrity. He was elected its Chancellor in 1927 and continued in that position until his death on June 12, 1941.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

The A.C. Rutherford fonds consists predominantly of incoming correspondence concerning his years as Premier of Alberta. The documents are typed and handwritten and are generally arranged in their original chronological order.


The fonds contains 9 series:

1. Family and Business Matters
2. North-West Territories, Starthcona, Edmonton
3. Government of Alberta
4. Railways
5. Intergovernmental Business
6. University of Alberta
7. Personal
8. Press Clippings
9. Photographs


Restrictions on Access

At the request of the family the A.C. Rutherford fonds is open for research.

Related Records

Researchers should note that a significant amount of material documenting the professional life of A.C. Rutherford can be found in the Provincial Archives of Alberta (P.A.A.). The material is arranged and described with the following accession numbers: 69.199 and 75.518.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Acquisition Information

In 1950, through the generosity of his children, the University acquired Dr. Rutherford's Canadiana Library and his surviving private papers.

Processing Information

James M. Parker wrote the first complete, fonds-level description of the A.C. Rutherford papers in 1974. Series level descriptions, editorial changes, and other RAD elements were added when the finding aid was encoded in 2005.