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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

Bryce Van Dusen fonds

  • CA EDM MS-853
  • Fonds
  • 1885-[ca. 1970], predominant 1895-1914, [ca. 1968]

This fonds consists of photographs of Edmonton and Alberta from the late 1800s and early 1900s from various well-known photographers, including Ernest Brown, C.W. Mathers, and others that were collected by the donor. The photographs include images of Legislators visiting towns in southwestern Alberta, as well as street scenes, businesses, and buildings in Edmonton.

The fonds also includes photographs taken by Bryce Van Dusen at his store, Acme Novelty Ltd., and during a tour of Churchill, Manitoba.

Van Dusen, Bryce

Bond Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-1
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1966

The fonds consists of textual and photographic records of Margaret Bond, the Bond-Adams Company and Victor P. Bond.

The records for Margaret Joy Bond include personal correspondence, postcards, a scrapbook and certificate (1948-1966).

The records for the Bond-Adams Company include business correspondence and accounts books dealing with clients, companies, and land deals including the record of sale of Tofield Industrial and University Plateau, land speculation in Victoria, B.C. and documents for Walters vs Bond Adams. There are also insurance forms, pamphlets and advertisements (1910-1915).

The records for Victor P. Bond consist of an accounts book relating to an unknown business of Victor P. Bond, order forms for suits and accounts journals for Victor P. Bond’s tailoring business (1920-1922,1947-1958).

The photographs include images of farming, coal mining in Toefield, construction, construction, firefighting equipment and the offices of the Bond-Adams Company (ca. 1910-1912).

Bond Family

Frederick J. Marshall fonds

  • CA EDM MS-180
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1965

The fonds consists of material created or collected by Frederick Marshall, including records on McDougall Church, Rev. Rundle’s Mission in Alberta, patient newsletters from the Royal Alexandria Hospital, some promotional material for Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, and handwritten reminiscences by Frederick Marshall.

The photographs include several photos of Indigenous men, women and children, including Chief Full Moon, Chief Duck and Chief Hector Crawler, and a photograph of George T. Montgomery, Mayor of Fort Saskatchewan.

The fonds also includes books and periodicals: St. Paul’s United Church Edmonton (287.9 PAU 1956), Canadian Born and Other Western Verse (819 AND 1913), Mission Among the Buffalo: The Labours of the Reverends George M. and John C. McDougall in the Canadian Northwest 1860-1876 (266.71 NIX) and Moccasin Telegraph: Magazine for HBC Fur Traders (1949 December, 1951 Winter, 1952 December).

Marshall, Frederick J.

Homes & Garden Real Estate Ltd. fonds

  • CA EDM MS-502
  • Fonds
  • 1960

The fonds consists of the publication, "About ... Homes and Gardens Magazine" (March/April 1960) which was created and published by the Homes & Garden Real Estate Ltd. of Jasper Place.

Homes & Garden Real Estate Ltd.

Nicholas D. Beck fonds

  • CA EDM MS-231
  • Fonds
  • 1893 - 1906

The fonds consists of personal papers of Nicholas Beck, including:

  • 8 pages of Beck's account with John Cameron General Wholesale and Retail, from 9 Feb 1893 to 1 Aug1894 (itemized list with the prices each item)
  • 2 pages of Beck's account with John Cameron General Wholesale and Retail for August & September 1894 (itemized list with the prices each item);
  • 2 cancelled cheques, Imperial Bank of Canada, 1906;
  • employment contract between the Town of Edmonton and Nicholas Beck, as Solicitor and Advocate for the Town of Edmonton, dated 28 Feb 1900.

Beck, Nicholas D.

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre fonds

  • CA EDM MS-267
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1940

The fonds consists of records sent from the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre to the City of Edmonton Archives.
The photographs include various buildings and street scenes in Strathcona (1910) and an aerial view of the University of Alberta area (1920).
File List:
File 1: promotional brochure – Strathcona, Alberta, Canada – The Railway, Industrial and Educational Centre of the Province, by Strathcona and District Board of Trade, 1910.
File 2: air mail envelope – The King Edward Hotel, Edmonton,
File 3: pamphlets – North West Tent & Awning Company Catalogue [ca. 1940], North West Tent & Awning Company Price List, 1940.
File 4: typed manuscript – History Of The Edmonton Airport, n.d. (photocopy), nb – no author identified

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

George Johnstone Kinnaird fonds

  • CA EDM MS-755
  • Fonds
  • 1875, 1900, [ca. 1920]

This fonds consists of textual records related to George Kinnaird’s employment with the Hudson’s Bay Company and a portrait photograph taken in his later years.
File List:
File 1: O/S copy of Indenture Agreement of George Kinnaird to the Governor and Company of Adventurers (early Hudson’s Bay Company), as an apprentice clerk, to proceed to Hudson’s Bay, for term of 3 years, to be paid thirty pounds the first year, forty pounds the second year and fifty pounds the third year, October 1875.
File 2: O/S signed Certificate of Appreciation from staff of Hudson’s Bay Company, Edmonton, to George Johnstone Kinnaird, February 28, 1900 at the time of his resignation.

Kinnaird, George Johnstone

John Milner fonds

  • CA EDM MS-783
  • Fonds
  • 1897 - 1904

The fonds consists of photographs of John Milner’s early mining career in Edmonton, the Milner mine, as well as photographs of the Milner family and friends.

Milner, John

Hook Signs Ltd. fonds

  • CA EDM MS-687
  • Fonds
  • 1912 - 1980

The fonds consists of records created by Hooks Signs Ltd. of Edmonton.
The textural records (1912-1949, predominantly 1912-1919) include 9 invoice books from 21 Oct 1912 to 31 Oct 1919 and 2 Sep 1947 to 31 Jan 1949, as well as Hook Signs labels, certificates, Licenses, administrative records, and materials for an anniversary book.
The photographs (1920-1980) include images of the billboards and signs created by Hook Signs. There are also various street scenes and intersections in Edmonton, with a blank billboard sign in the background. These were used to show advertising opportunities to potential clients.

Hook Signs Ltd

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