The fonds consists predominantly of textual records of Richard Henry and Annie York Secord, and their son Richard York Secord, and to a lesser extent Margaret Calder Secord (wife of Richard York), Lena Secord McFayden and Isobel Secord (sisters of Richard York), and Richard Calhoun Secord (grandson of Richard York).
The photographs consist of family and friends, farming and business activities, events and street scenes of Edmonton.
The fonds has been arranged into seven series: Series 1 - Richard Henry Secord Series 2 - Annie York Secord Series 3 - Richard York Secord Series 4 - Margaret Calder Secord Series 5 - Lena Secord McFadyen Series 6 - Isobel Secord Series 7 - Richard Calhoun Secord
The series consists of Richard Henry Secord’s daily journals, including event and financial notes, 1891-1928 (incomplete), and account books relating to various business activities, 1890-1919 (incomplete), and correspondence and other documents relating to his life activities and involvements. Some daily journals contain entries written by Richard’s wife, Annie York Secord
The series consists of daily journals, 1906-1918, 1937-1950, scrapbooks and recipe clipping books, 1945-1962 (one recipe book added to after her death), correspondence and other documents relating to her life, interests and activities.
The series consists of agendas, minutes, correspondence and supporting documentation relating to Richard York Secord’s service on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, 1959-1968, the Edmonton Archives and Landmarks Committee/Edmonton Historical Board, 1964-1972, the Alberta Heritage Sites Board, 1973-1976, and the Fort Edmonton Foundation, 1970-1975.
There is also personal and business correspondence, including correspondence relating to the Secord family history, as well as research material, correspondence and manuscripts relating to the Richard Henry Secord biography and Richard York Secord memoirs.
The series consists of a note and letters written by Margaret, and greeting cards given to her by her husband or children.
File List File 1: Card - with poem 'Mother' written by Margaret Calder, as a young girl to her mother; on a calling card for her mother, Mrs. D. Calder [ca. 1915], File 2: Travel - Letters ('Bulletins 1-12') written by Margaret Calder Secord, to her son's family (Dick, Delle & Dickie) while touring the United States. The letters include travel itinerary and events. Also includes Visitor Passes for Mrs. R.Y. Secord to the U.S. Senate Chamber and the US House of Representatives May 1956, File 3: Greeting cards - various greeting cards to Margaret Calder Secord from her husband or children [197-?].
The series consists of a letter from John G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition, 1967) with a copy of House of Commons debates, Jan. 11, 1967, commemorating birth of John A. Macdonald, and a mock newspaper, headlined “Richard C Secord Returns to Winterburn Old Fashion Days” (most text reprinted from a 1917 issue of Calgary Eye Opener), [197?] (o/s folder).