Fonds 619 Northern Tribune fonds

Northern Tribune. — 1932-1939. — 35 cm of textual records.

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Agency History

The Northern Tribune was a weekly newspaper founded in Grande Prairie in 1932 when three employees of the Grande Prairie Herald left to set up a competition to the Herald. They were J.B. Yule, editor; Jimmie Duncan, in charge of the presses; and George Duncan, in charge of the composing room. They were joined by Arthur Jackson as the linotype operator. In 1938, the Tribune, along with 90 other Alberta newspapers, received a Pulitzer Prize for their role is fighting the Alberta Social Credit Party’s “Muzzle the Press” Act. They continued in competition with the Grande Prairie Herald until July/August of 1939 when a fire burned the Herald and all its assets. The two newspapers amalgamated to form the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune.

Custodial History

This set of Northern Tribunes was collected by Isabel Campbell and deposited at the Grande Prairie Public Library some time before her death in 1998. In 2015, the Grande Prairie Public Library passed the records on to the South Peace Regional Archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of approximately 340 issues of the Northern Tribune newspaper, from June 30, 1932 to August 10, 1939.

Some of the issues are missing, namely part of Dec 1, 1932; June 22, 1933; Nov 22 to Dec 31, 1934; Jan 3 & 10, 1935; Sept 26, 1935; Nov 19, 1936; and Apr 14, 1938.

There are also two Special Issues published as second sections to the July 23, 1936 paper (Peace River Exhibit for the 4th Anniversary of the newspaper) and March 18, 1937 paper (Hotel Section).


Acquisiton note: Accession 2015.032
Historical note: Information for Agency History taken from: Alberta Newspapers, 1880-1982: An Historical Directory by Gloria Strathern; Grande Prairie: Capitol of the Peace by Isabell Campbell; Delivering 100 Years to the Peace Country (Daily Herald Tribune insert, 2013); the Isabel Campbell fonds Newspaper Clippings file #334.
Related records: Digital copies of the Northern Tribune are available at and, where they are word searchable.