Fonds MS-32 - Dr. Cecil Ulysses Holmes fonds

Al Azhar Convention

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Dr. Cecil Ulysses Holmes fonds

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  • 1899 - 1952 (Creation)
    Holmes, Dr. Cecil Ulysses Holmes

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2.5 cm of textual records. - 5 photographs

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Biographical history

Dr. Cecil Ulysses Holmes was born 13 Dec 1874 to Martha Wildes and Iva W. Holmes in Ontario. Cecil was educated at the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph Ontario and the University of Toronto, where obtained a Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1899. He married Jane (Jennie) Elizabeth MacDonald shortly after his graduation and practiced with his father-in-law at Hagersville, Ont., before becoming medical superintendent of Six Nations Indian Reserve in 1901, opening the first reservation hospital in Canada in 1908.

Cecil Holmes and his wife moved to Edmonton in 1911. The following year he established a private practice. In 1915 he enlisted and served as medical officer for the 63rd Battalion C.E.F. from 1915-1917. When he returned to Edmonton, he established a veterans’ rehabilitation centre at the University of Alberta. Dr. Holmes also taught obstetrics at University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and was a director of Beulah Home, a residence for unwed mothers.

Dr. Holmes returned to private practice until he was appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1937-1945. He received a Life Membership in the Edmonton Academy of Medicine in 1952.

Dr. Cecil Ulysses Holmes died 18 Apr 1960 in Edmonton.

Custodial history

C.R. MacDonald Holmes is the son of Cecil Ulysses Holmes.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records from Dr. Holmes's professional career and personal life.

File 1: Medical career -
~ 2 letters from patients, re payment, 1917
~ fragment of a note, re patients payments, n.d.
~ Bachelor of Medicine degree, University of Toronto, June 9, 1899 (o/s)
~ Certificate of membership, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Dec. 14, 1903 (o/s)
~ Certificate of Honorary life membership, Edmonton Academy of Medicine, Oct. 1952 (o/s)

File 2: Physician’s Ledger – account book, 1912-1915

File 3: Personal life -
~ fragment of a family tree, David Hoover, 1791-1910
~ tax assessments, City of Edmonton, 1915
~ permits and registrations to carry a gun 1920, 1945, 1947

The fonds also includes photographs though it is not certain how the photographs relate to Dr. Holmes. The photos include group portraits (University of Alberta Drama Club 1922-1923, Canadian Officers Training Corps 1925-1926, University of Alberta Freshman Class 1921-1922), a panorama photograph of the Al Azhar Convention in Calgary, 1913 and a photograph of the visit of Alice of Athlone to the Colonel Mewburn Hospital, 1941.

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This fonds was purchased by the City of Edmonton Archives from C.R. MacDonald Holmes in 1971.


The material was arranged according to the filing system of the creator.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-129.

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  • Latin

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See Scope and content above.
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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Accession number: A71-38

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This fonds was formerly known as the Macdonald Holmes fonds.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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