Sheilagh Jameson was the daughter of early ranching pioneers in the Millarville area of Alberta. Her love of history was kindled by her family and their neighbours who often spoke of their pioneer experiences.
She joined the Glenbow Foundation in 1957 in order to spend more time recording the lives of Millarville pioneers. She became Chief Archivist in 1967, a position she held until her retirement in 1979. Many of Glenbow’s most significant acquisitions came as a result of her dedication and persistence, and her intense identification with the pioneers. Sheilagh was the author of Chautauqua in Canada, W.J. Oliver, Life through a Master’s Lens, and Ranches, Cowboys, and Characters.
She received many awards for her contributions to western history, including an Alberta Achievement Award in 1979, and the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Award of Honour in 1989. On her retirement from Glenbow, she was made Chief Archivist Emerita. She died in 1997.