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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 O/259
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: RIDGE, ALAN D.
Date(s): 1957-1967
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.15 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Ridge | Alan D | 1926-1997 | archivist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alan Ridge (1926-1997) was born in Brighton and attended the University of London, studying history and archives administration. He worked at the London County Council Archives and as Head of the Records and Registry Service of the National Coal Board.

In 1962 Ridge moved to Canada to establish the archival course at McGill University. He became Provincial Archivist of Alberta in 1968, serving for 16 years. He participated in many professional associations, including the Association of Canadian Archivists, the Alberta Society of Archivists, and the Historical Society of Alberta. In 1985 he was invested in the Order of Canada.

He died in 1997 and is commemorated in the Alan Ridge Publications Award of the Association of Canadian Archivists.

Information from the Association of Canadian Archivists at [accessed Sep 2011].


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Alan Ridge, comprising correspondence and notes for 'All at sea', his paper on baptisms at sea and St Dunstan, Stepney, from Archives, Vol.VI, No.32, Oct. 1964; correspondence and notes for 'A light in the West Indies, 1810', his paper on William Consett Wright, and the Wright family of Wellclose Square, Stepney, from Carribean Studies, Vol.6, No.4, Jan. 1967 and Vol.7, No.1, Apr. 1967 and papers regarding the winding-up of the London Survey Committee, 1963-1967.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Papers organised in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the Archive in March 1968.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information on Alan Ridge, see David Leonard, "Alan Ridge, 1926-1997," ASA Newsletter 17.3 (December 1997): 1.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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