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Alex Barr fonds

  • CA EDM MS-19
  • Fonds
  • 1894, 1939

The fonds consists of a list of banks in Edmonton from September 1891 to December 1938, including the names of managers and terms of office (Edmonton Clearing House 1939) and a programme from the First Annual Dinner of the Old Timers’ Association, 1894 (which would later become the Northern Alberta Pioneer & Old Timers’ Association).

Barr, Alex

G.D. Clark fonds

  • CA EDM MS-23
  • Fonds
  • [19--]

The fonds consists of a handwritten account by G.D. Clark on the first fireworks display in Edmonton, held 1 July 1893 at the racetrack on the Hudson’s Bay Reserve lands. It includes references to Tommy Lauder and Bill Ibbotson.

Clark, G.D.

James B. Little fonds

  • CA EDM MS-787
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1895]

The fonds consists of photographs of J.B. Little’s brickyard including family members and employees.

Little, James B.

William Hamilton Architect Ltd. fonds

  • CA EDM MS-740
  • Fonds
  • 1983, 1985

This fonds contains documents relating to the dismantling and demolition of the Alberta Hotel, which occupied the northeast corner of Jasper Avenue and 98th Street from 1903 to 1984. The fonds also contains a reconstruction document. Because part of the reconstruction documentation consisted of three binders of photographs, those binders have been photocopied for the fonds. The photocopied binders are cross referenced to the EA collection. The fonds also contains a set of architectural drawings.
File List:
File 1: Proposal to dismantle hotel, 1983.
File 2: Tender documents for dismantling, 1983.
File 3: Specifications for dismantling, 1983.
File 4: Reconstruction document, 1985.
File 5: Dismantling photos (copies), 1983, 1984.
File 6: Dismantling photos (copies), 1984.
File 7: Notes, 1983, 1984.
File 8: Architectural Drawings & Floor Plans, [1985]. (o/s)

William Hamilton Architect Ltd.

John A.L. McDougall Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-36
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890] - 1926

The fonds consists of business and family records of John A.L. McDougall. The business records cover their land, lumber and coal business activities including sales made by the company, court actions regarding unpaid debts and lands they owned in the other parts of Alberta, specifically Keephills and Telfordville.

The family records include correspondence between family members (copied from the photographic postcards), medals and a souvenir pamphlet from the inauguration of Alberta, 1905.

The photographs include family members, friends, buildings and events in Edmonton, as well as lumber activities.

John A.L. McDougall Family

Alberta Hotel Association fonds

  • CA EDM MS-91
  • Fonds
  • 1975

The fonds consists of a historical account of the Alberta Hotel Association and a pamphlet relating to the Association's 1975 Scholarship winners.

Alberta Hotel Association

Humberstone Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-1201
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900]-1917

The fonds consists of a photograph album created by the William and Beata Humberstone. The photographs include the Humberstone mine, farm, family and friends. There is also a one-page family tree in the back of the album.

Humberstone Family

Edmonton Bulletin fonds

  • CA EDM MS-1071
  • Fonds
  • 1911, 1947-1951

The fonds consists of photos taken by Eric Bland for the Edmonton Bulletin in the last five years of the Bulletin’s existence (April 1947-January 1951) (EA-600). The photos include Edmonton personalities, accidents, events, clubs and societies, buildings (including churches, schools and hospitals), commerce, industry, transportation and military.
The fonds also includes images used in the publication 'Edmonton Bulletin Special Edition 1911' (EB-26). This publication gave a history of Edmonton to that point. The photographs include people, houses, buildings businesses, street scenes, bridges and transportation.

Edmonton Bulletin

Adolf Minchau fonds

  • CA EDM MS-336
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1938

The fonds consists of materials created by Adolph Minchau between 1920 and 1938. The fonds consists of correspondence and periodicals related to the blacksmith shop of Minchau. It includes a 1926 ledger and insurance documents for the shop. There are also clippings from Dun's Bulletin relating to machinery.

Minchau, Adolf

James Oakland Valleau fonds

  • CA EDM MS-379
  • Fonds
  • [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

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