Fonds MS-153 - Douglas Parker fonds

Edmonton Transit System No. 1, DT-SE Sweeper Edmonton Transit System No. 39, DT-SE City Car Edmonton Transit System No. 2, DT-SE Sweeper Edmonton Transit System No. 46, DT-SE Motor Flat Edmonton Transit System No 5, DT-SE Flanger Edmonton Transit System No. 6, DE-SE Work Car Edmonton Transit System No. S-5, Overhead Car Edmonton Transit System No. 52, DT-SE City Car Edmonton Transit System No. 57, DE-SE City Car Edmonton Transit System No. 82, DE-SE City Car
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Douglas Parker fonds

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3 cm of textual records. – 15 photographs. – 1 book

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(1930 - current)

Biographical history

Douglas V. Parker was born on June 25th, 1930 to Frank and Lillian Parker in Toronto, Ontario.

A longtime resident of Edmonton, he taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta and received the title of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement. Parker’s interest in numerous historical topics made him a frequent researcher at, as well as donor to, the City of Edmonton Archives.

Particularly drawn to the history of public transportation, he wrote a number of books and articles on the topic, including “The Brandon Municipal Railway” (Canadian Rail, No. 168), ‘Interurban to St. Albert: the Edmonton Interurban Railway (co-authored with Raymond Corley), and ‘No Horsecars in Paradise’, about the street railway in British Columbia prior to 1897. Parker belonged to the Edmonton Radial Railway Society.

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The fonds consists Parker’s research and manuscript for his book ‘The Edmonton Incline Railway’, as well the published book ‘Interurban To St. Albert: The Edmonton Interurban Railway’ by R.F. Corley and Douglas V. Parker (388.4 COR). The photographs consist of Edmonton Transit trolley and transit cars.

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  1. Research material for Parker's book The Edmonton Incline Railway, including:
    ~ Handwritten excerpts (1994-1996) from newspaper articles and government reports (1901-1986, predominant 1905-1913) relating to the Edmonton Incline Railway;
    ~ Notes on Joe Hostyn and family;
    ~ Handwritten excerpts from newspaper articles (1905-1906) relating to Edmonton area steamers;
    ~ Lists of newspaper articles (1905-1913) regarding steamships;
    ~ Lists of newspaper articles (1901-1913) regarding streetcars and the Canadian Pacific Railway;
    ~ 20 February 2007 article on proposed funicular in river valley;
    ~ 20 January 2005 article on Edmonton Brewing & Malting Company

  2. The Edmonton Incline Railway by Doug V. Parker, including:
    ~ draft manuscript of The Edmonton Incline Railway
    ~ typed excerpts (18 February 2001) from newspaper articles and government reports (1905-1986, predominant 1905-1913) relating to the Edmonton Incline Railway;
    ~ photocopied images of the Edmonton Incline Railway.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Douglas Parker in 1995 and 2012.


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  • English

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Accession numbers: A95-99, A2012-99

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The files were originally in two binders (file 1 = binder 1; file 2 = binder 2).
The manuscript in file 2 is not a final draft; typed excerpts are similar but not identical to those in file 1.
The photographs in the research notes are from the collections at the City of Edmonton Archives and the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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  • Box: MS Vault : Box