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HMCS Nonsuch fonds

  • CA EDM MS-8
  • Fondo
  • 1956 - 1962

The fonds consists of three scrapbooks relating to HMCS Nonsuch activities from 1956 to 1962. Additional materials include 2 copies of a brief history of the unit written by the Rev. J.E. McGrane (Chaplain) in 1962 and the programme from the commissioning of the HMCS Nonsuch in September 1975.

HMCS Nonsuch

Elmer E. Roper fonds

  • CA EDM MS-11
  • Fondo
  • 1959 - 1967

The fonds consists of political papers relating to Dr. Roper's tenure as Mayor of Edmonton from 1959 to 1963.
The photographs are from an album, presented to Elmer Roper by Chief Constable M.F.C. Anthony, commemorating the official opening of Police Headquarters Building, October 16, 1962.
The textual material was arranged as follows:

  • Speeches, includes proclamations, briefings and other statements.
  • General Correspondence, containing invitations and acknowledgements; complaints and compliments, and general commentaries on civic business; also includes files created by his immediate predecessors as mayor, William Hawrelak, mayor until his resignation in September 1959 and F.J. Mitchell, acting mayor until the municipal election in October 1959.
  • Miscellaneous Papers, including new clippings, reports, and incidental documents

Roper, Elmer E.

James Oakland Valleau fonds

  • CA EDM MS-379
  • Fondo
  • [191-?]-1946

The fonds consists of records collected by James Valleau, presumably once living in Edmonton. They relate to different events in Edmonton, often prior to James' own birth or living in Edmonton. As such, his relation to the documents is uncertain. It is assumed that Valleau collected them in pursuit of an interest in the history of the city. The records are divided into three main topics - the Edmonton Industrial Association and its 1914 promotional trip, 'The Edmonton Spirit'; the early theatrical scene in Edmonton; and miscellaneous.

Edmonton Industrial Association
The Edmonton Industrial Association, which operated under the aegis of the Edmonton Board of Trade, was created to promote Edmonton and industrial opportunities to a wider national and international audience. In June 1914, a two week promotional train excursion named 'Edmonton Spirit' was made from Edmonton to Toronto, with stops in Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Stratford and Guelph. The train journey was interspersed with civic receptions and tours of local facilities. Among the passengers were some of Edmonton's leading businessmen. A twice-daily newsletter was published each day of the journey.

The records include itineraries, notes, articles, newsletters, announcements and accounts of the 'Edmonton Spirit' train excursion. There are also two panorama photographs of the excursion participants, taken in Winnipeg and Milwaukee.

Theatrical Programmes
The theatrical programmes include material that was originally created by Kenneth A. Ross. Mr. Ross came to Edmonton from Ontario around 1913 and appears to have had ambitions of being a concert impresario. He was manager or presenter of some concerts in 1916. Then in 1917, Ross, with the cooperation of the Edmonton Women's Musical Club, arranged the 'Edmonton Concert Series', to be held in the 1917-1918 season, and produced a brochure with biographies of the upcoming performers in order to promote sales.

In 1920, Ross was promoted to manager of the Musical Merchandise Sales Co., who was the Canadian distributor of Brunswick phonographs. However in 1923, Ross was convicted in Calgary of the theft of 133 gramophones from the McLaran Gramophone Corp. of Stratford, Ontario, and sentenced to three years in the Prince Albert penitentiary.

The theatrical records of Kenneth A. Ross include handbills, programmes including the brochure for the 'Edmonton Concert Series' produced by Mr. Ross, photographs and album. The photographs, most of which are in the photo album, are portraits of several of the concert performers, many with salutations addressed to Kenneth A. Ross or his wife. The Ross theatrical records also include a handbill for a play, 'The Temple of Fame', in which both Kenneth Ross and his wife are listed as performers. Accompanying the handbill is a handwritten document, 'Red Cross Nurse', which is likely the script for Mrs. Ross' address in the play.

There are also other theatrical programmes that are likely not associated with Kenneth Ross as they are for concerts either before his arrival in Edmonton, or after his 1923 conviction. It is not known if these programmes were originally used by Valleau, or by someone else and collected by Valleau.

Miscellaneous Material
The miscellaneous material includes a commencement programme for the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing, an advertisement for Thompson & Dynes women's wear shop in Edmonton, and newspaper clippings.

Valleau, James Oakland

Sturgeon County fonds

  • CA EDM RG-105
  • Fondo
  • 1906 - 1993

This fonds consists of material related to land titles and related correspondence in the parts of Sturgeon County that were eventually annexed by the City of Edmonton. The records detail changes pertaining to the land such as the sales, recovery of taxes, building permits, and changes of ownership.

Sturgeon County

Gladys Hanson fonds

  • CA EDM MS-124
  • Fondo
  • 1893 - 1960

This fonds consists of song books and sheet music, ranging from 1893 to 1960. It also includes stationery eraser guides marked “John Underwood & Co.” and three Klondike coins.

The photographs include her father William M. Jones at the Rat Creek incinerator, including an interior of the incinerator.

Hanson, Gladys Lillian Jones

Sophie Bell fonds

  • CA EDM MS-126
  • Fondo
  • [ca. 1911-1952]

This fonds consists of booklets and programmes related to events, businesses and promotions in Edmonton. It also includes a booklet, ‘Something about Edmonton and Canada's Richest Mixed Farming District’, by the Edmonton Board of Trade, ca. 1911 (971.233 EDM 1911).
The photographs are of Edmonton and area, including buildings, the Edmonton Public Library board and staff, the Edmonton News Boys Band, Mayor Joseph A. Clarke, the High Level Bridge under construction, and the Bell family with their car.

File List:
File 1. Rules and Regulations – Street Railway Department, City of Edmonton, 1912.
File 2. Promotional Pamphlet: Edmonton’s Creed, 1913. (2 copies, index)
File 3. Programme: “A Personal Message from The Commercial Grads” from an Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Team sponsored tournament, 1928.
File 4. Publication: Edmonton, Capital City of Alberta – Manufacturing and Distributing Centre. City of Edmonton. [ca. 1950]
File 5. Pamphlet: “Facts – Not Fiction – Read It’, Great Northern Oil and Asphalt Company. n.d.

Bell, Sophie Nicholson

Charlotte Daws fonds

  • CA EDM MS-139
  • Fondo
  • 1928 - 1933

The fonds consists of records relating to Charlotte Daws’ track and field successes, including news clippings, programmes of track and field events (in some of which she competed), and a programme of the first British Empire Games, Hamilton, Ontario, Aug. 16-23, 1930.
The photographs include a portrait of Charlotte with trophies and medals, and photo of the Canadian Men’s Track & Field Team. Both photographs taken at the first British Empire Games, Hamilton, Ontario, Aug. 16-23, 1930. The objects include a British Empire Games pin, numerous track and field medals, and four commemorative Women's Amateur Athletic Association of Canada spoons.

Daws, Charlotte

Jennie Ottewell Smith fonds

  • CA EDM MS-225
  • Fondo
  • 1920-[196-?]

The fonds consists of some records and biographical clippings of Richard Ottewell and the Ottewell family as well as correspondence and records of Jennie (Ottewell) Smith and her husband Bliss Simith.
There are also books in algebra, geometry, mechanics and mechanical drawing from the American School of Correspondence, likely used by Bliss Smith for correspondence courses as well as a garden seed and nursery catalogue:
The photographs are of Richard and Fanny Ottewell and their children, including Richard and Fanny Ottewell on their 50th wedding anniversary (1927), as well as the Clover Bar School.

Smith, Jennie Ottewell

Wankel, Dornan Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-515
  • Fondo
  • 1910 - 1996

The fonds consists of records pertaining to the Kellet, Wankel, and Dornan families, St. Anthony's Parish and School, Strathcona, and the Catholic community in Edmonton.

Included in the records are Mary's family scrapbooks and the scrapbook-cum-manuscript, 'The First Fifty Years', covering life in early Strathcona and Edmonton, 1860-1991, predominantly 1890-1955.

The fonds also includes photographs of family, friends, St. Anthony School groups, and neighbours from the Strathcona area, and an album of photographs from the play 'The Lass of Limerick Town' presented by St. Anthony's choir and youth group for the church's 50th anniversary in 1955.

Wankel, Dornan Family

City of Edmonton. Community and Family Services Department fonds

  • CA EDM RG-24
  • Fondo
  • 1914 - 1997

Fonds reflects the evolution of the Community and Family Services Department and the responsibilities it was tasked with during its existence. The textual records consist of: annual reports, statistics, financial statements, correspondence, policy statements, newsletters, minutes, photographs, forms, mission statements, lists of citizens, and other material. The original record order as found in 2016 has been retained, though an intellectual arrangement has been provided in the finding aid.

Community and Family Services Department

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