Fonds MS-43 - Gilda Rath fonds

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Gilda Rath fonds

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10 cm of textual records

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([ca. 1930]-current)

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Gilda Rath is a descendant of the Lamoureux family, of Lamoureux, Alberta. She worked as a nurse in charge of health services for the Edmonton Indian Agency where she became involved in research in a rare blood type found among some First Nations people in the Edmonton area. She did considerable research on this topic, some in association with Dr. D.I. Buchanan (Province Medical Director, Canadian Red Cross for Alberta), Rev. Emile Tardif (Archivist for Alberta-Saskatchewan Province), Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and her husband, Dr. Otto Rath (the Regional Director of the Canadian Department of Health and Welfare). The Raths moved to Ottawa in the mid 1970s. Otto Rath died 1 Apr 1979 in Montreal.

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The fonds consists of research materials collected or created by Gilda Rath. The records generally relates to three themes: excerpts from the Edmonton Bulletin 1880-1882, and the Saskatchewan Herald, 1879-1882; the story of the Lamoureux family from their origins in Quebec to their settlement in the Edmonton district; and translations of correspondence from the Oblate Archives relating to members of the order and to the history of the Edmonton area.
Also included is information on First Nations, Metis, steamboat transportation on the North Saskatchewan, and notes and excerpts from other sources. The research material appears to have been accumulated for a book on the history of French settlement in North America and the Canadian northwest, focusing on the Lamoureux family. A partial typescript of this work is included in the fonds. Some of the notes are transcripts from tape recordings, but the original tapes are not present.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Gilda Rath in 1971.


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  • Gilda Rath fonds (PR0406) at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
  • Lamoureux family fonds (PR0534) at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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Accession numbers: A71-71

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City of Edmonton Archives

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