Fonds MS-731 - Elly De Jongh fonds

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Elly De Jongh fonds

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  • 1977 - 1999 (Creation)
    De Jongh, Elly

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18 cm of textual records. - 19 photographs

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Eliza Clara ('Elly') Leenaars was born in Rotterdam, Holland on 2 Nov 1947, and came to Edmonton in 1961. Elly married Herman De Jongh in Edmonton in 1962.

She was a long-time advocate for the preservation of Edmonton's built heritage and was a founding member of the Society for the Protection of Architectural Resources of Edmonton (SPARE) from 1977 and was a Board member. In 1979, she was elected to the Board of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, which appointed her as their representative to the Old Strathcona Foundation in 1981. She was a member of the Edmonton Historical Board's Heritage Sites Selection Committee, representing the Old Strathcona Foundation.

Mrs. De Jongh was also a founding member of Urban Reform Group Edmonton (URGE), a civic political party, dedicated to promoting an informed development of the city. She served URGE as Secretary (1974-1977), calendar editor (1977), Board member (1979-1980, 1983, 1988) and Membership Secretary (1981-1982). She has also been on the Edmonton Social Planning Council, a member of the editorial board of the Strathcona Plaindealer and was a frequent contributor to local newspapers.

Elly De Jongh's efforts and activism resulted in greater public awareness, documentation and preservation of Edmonton's architectural past and were recognized with an Edmonton Historical Board Recognition Award in 1984 and an Alberta Heritage Awards Award of Honour in 1990.

Elly De Jongh was married to Hermanus Johannes De Jongh, an Edmonton anaesthetist (1914-2001) and has supported a graduate scholarship and a research chair on aging at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta in his memory.

Elly Leenaars De Jongh died 1 Jan 2019 in Edmonton.

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The fonds consists of records relating to the Urban Reform Group of Edmonton (URGE), including production of a 1978 historical calendar, Board minutes, reports and correspondence. It also contains records relating to the Society for the Protection of Architectural Resources in Edmonton (SPARE) and personal correspondence.
The photographs consist mostly of buildings and street scenes in Edmonton and Toronto, ca. 1980, taken as part of research into heritage buildings for SPARE. They include the Ross Brothers and Brighton Block in Edmonton, and the St. Lawrence Market and Gooderham Building (flatiron) in Toronto (EA-560). One photograph is a portrait of Elly De Jongh used for an Edmonton Historical Board award in 1984.
The artwork consists of an ink drawing of Primrose House, 1979, as part of research on heritage buildings for SPARE (EAA-113).

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Elly De Jongh in 1977, 1984 and 2002.


The material was arranged by the archivist based on creator and the photographs were arranged in chronological order.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-731.
The artwork was assigned an item number with the prefix EAA-113.

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Accession numbers: A77-90, A84-59, A2002-65

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