Hal and Claudia Pawson

The records of Hal and Claudia Pawson are now available in the Pawson Family fonds. They provide research opportunities in several areas including pre-WWII leisure activities, WWII diaries, journalism, the 1978 Commonwealth Games, and public relations in Edmonton.

Harold L. “Hal” Pawson worked for several Canadian newspapers before starting at the Edmonton Journal in 1941. He served in the RCAF before returning in 1946, becoming sports editor in 1953. Hal went on to work in public relations for the City of Edmonton and played a major role in Edmonton’s successful bid to host the 1978 Commonwealth Games. His work in sports journalism led him to be inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1983. Hal’s wife Claudia accompanied him while he reported, promoted, and researched both locally and internationally.

Hal’s military, professional, and family life is documented through textual, photographic, and audiovisual material. Included are photographs of his time with the R.C.A.F., leisure activities, Commonwealth Games events, as well as vinyl recordings of a 1956 Grey Cup interview and a radio program featuring Art Evans. Of particular interest are the planning and organizing records of the bid for the 1978 Commonwealth Games and Hal’s journalism records.