Fonds MS-853 - Bryce Van Dusen fonds

Indigenous Camp Indigenous Camp Alberta Hotel Calgary, N.W.T. Panoramic View of Edmonton, Alta.

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Bryce Van Dusen fonds

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  • 1885-[ca. 1970], predominant 1895-1914, [ca. 1968] (Creation)
    Van Dusen, Bryce

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126 photographs

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Biographical history

Bryce Van Dusen was born 5 February 1915 to Miner and Mary Frances Van Dusen. In 1903, the Van Dusens had moved from Ontario to homestead in Saskatchewan where they raised a large family of ten children (six boys and four girls) on a farm near Griffin.

Bryce moved to Calgary in 1932, then to Edmonton in 1933 to work with his brother Wes, who had worked for Conklin Shows. They formed the Van Dusen Bros and placed slot and pinball machines in Central and Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 1937 the business expanded to include equipping Edmonton businesses with jukeboxes. Bryce and Wes operated several companies over the years, including Sun Specialty and Acme Novelty (ANC), working out of the Dreamland Theatre. In 1968, they sold Acme Novelty to Neonex, but continued to run casinos for the Calgary Stampede and Edmonton's Klondike Days from 1967 to 1977.

Bryce married Florrie Eccleston in 1940 and they had four children. After retiring to an acreage, Bryce and Florrie raised horses and collected antiques. Bryce Van Dusen died in 2011.

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This fonds consists of photographs of Edmonton and Alberta from the late 1800s and early 1900s from various well-known photographers, including Ernest Brown, C.W. Mathers, and others that were collected by the donor. The photographs include images of Legislators visiting towns in southwestern Alberta, as well as street scenes, businesses, and buildings in Edmonton.

The fonds also includes photographs taken by Bryce Van Dusen at his store, Acme Novelty Ltd., and during a tour of Churchill, Manitoba.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Bryce Van Dusen in 1985.


The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-163.

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Photographs have been described at the item level; some are available on the online database, with the remainder available in the Reference Room.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number: A85-125

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City of Edmonton Archives

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