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Jennie Ottewell Smith fonds

  • CA EDM MS-225
  • Archief
  • 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

Belmont School District No. 23 fonds

  • CA EDM MS-227
  • Archief
  • 1889 - 1890

The fonds consists of hand written pages of the school newspaper, 'The Star', vol. 1, nos. 1 and 2 and vol. 2, no. 1.

Belmont School District No. 23

Nicholas D. Beck fonds

  • CA EDM MS-231
  • Archief
  • 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.

John William Clutton fonds

  • CA EDM MS-24
  • Archief
  • 1894

This fonds consists of an original letter written in 1894 by John William Clutton to a friend in England, who had shipped a potato-tilling plough to Mr. Clutton. The letter recounts pioneer life and farming in the Beaumont area. It includes references to ‘Gough’, a young man whom Clutton had recruited from England for help and Sandy Lake.
There are also 2 typed transcripts of the original letter.

Clutton, John William

Reed's China and Gift Shop fonds

  • CA EDM MS-243
  • Archief
  • 1905 - 1955

The fonds consists records and photographs created or accumulated by the Reed or Clarke families of Reed’s Fine China and Gifts.
The photographs include interiors and exteriors of Reed’s stores as well as photos of William Reed, Russell Clarke and some members of their families and staff.
Item List:

  • a blank sales bill with the original store name “Reed’s Tea & Bazaar Store, Phone 1783, 102-104-106-108 Jasper Ave West”
  • Ledger - Monthly cash book November 1905-December 1908 (with initial note: ‘Edmonton, November 25th, 1905, W.H. Reed this day commences business’).
  • Article: “A Store at the Gateway of Tomorrow: All About a Well Known Western Gift Store”, Gift Buyer, Vol. 5, No. 2, April 1943 (photocopy).
  • Article: “How We Brought China and Glass to Alberta in 1905”, Gift Buyer, Vol. 17, No. 11, November 1955 (photocopy).
    The records include references to Russell Francis Clarke, William Henry Reed, Reed's Fair and Reed's Tea and Bazaar

Reed's China and Gift Shop

William P. Wagner fonds

  • CA EDM MS-244
  • Archief
  • 1902-[ca.1964]

The fonds consists of textual records and photographs created and collected by the donor. The photographs include street scenes of Jasper Avenue [ca. 1914, 1969], William’s teaching and educational administration career [ca. 1930, 1964], Vera Smith [ca. 1900, 1960] and the students of Queen’s Avenue School, 1909 (it is likely William is in the photo).
File List:
File 1: W.P. Wagner autobiography, includes accounts of childhood, early teaching career, military service and educational administrative career; written for William Wagner’s retirement. [ca. 1899-1964], (photocopy);
File 2: Commemorative Booklet for the Inauguration of the Province of Alberta, September 2, 1905. Includes 'Telegram from His Majesty King Edward VII; Address of His Excellency Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada; Address of the Right Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada; and Telegram from the Right Hon Alfred Lyttelton, Secretary of State for the Colonies. Note: booklet is annotated 'Dorothea Wagner, Edmonton, Alta, 1905' (nb: Dorothea is William’s sister).
File 3: Certificates for Vera Smith. Include High School Certificates for Vera Eloise Smith, Provincial Examinations sat at Liverpool Station, Nova Scotia, 1902, 1904, 1905 and Certification for Teacher’s Professional Qualification, Nova Scotia, 1911.

Wagner, William P.

Mary Capling Hyde fonds

  • CA EDM MS-253
  • Archief
  • 1900 - 1945

The fonds consists of 64 daybooks (diaries) created by Mary Capling Hyde from June 1900 to March 1945. The entries tell the daily activities of the family members, friends and events in the neighbourhood, including the move from Ontario to Edmonton. Occasionally other family members, likely her children, write an entry (noted by the different handwriting).

Upon receiving the news of her husband’s death, Mary went to the daily entry for 26 Sep 1916, crossed out her previous entry of “Matt somewhere in France” and replaced it with “Matt no more”. Mary wrote “Matt no more” in every entry for the rest of her life.
At a later point, Mary re-read some of her diaries and added extra notes on the overall feelings of the family at the time. These notes are mostly in the earlier diaries and are usually written on the side of the original entry. Some diaries also have a brief synopsis or note at the beginning of the daybook.

As Mary was very ill and in hospital the last week of her life, other members of the family wrote the diary entries (noted by the different handwriting). The last entry, following Mary’s death, is a tribute to Mary and her diary, likely written by her daughter Alice.
The photograph is a group portrait of the Hyde family, Matthew, Mary, Alice, David and Robbie, taken shortly before Matthew Hyde went off to war.

Hyde, Mary Capling

Henry G. Ward fonds

  • CA EDM MS-26
  • Archief
  • 1971 - 1974

The fonds consists of an interview by Henry with his uncle Samuel Archibald Dickson and a set of ‘Edmonton First’ broadcast spots (transcripts) by John E. Barron, Sunwapta Broadcasting, for CFRN radio, to which Henry Ward contributed ideas.
The photographs include the home where Marshall McLuhan grew up in Edmonton AB and of Samuel Archibald Dickson.
File List:
File 1. Interview with Samuel Archibald Dickson
File 2. Edmonton First Broadcasts – transcripts, CFRN Radio (photocopy)

Ward, Henry G.

Dr. David Leonard fonds

  • CA EDM MS-266
  • Archief
  • 1976-[ca. 1979]

The fonds (or collection) consists of David Leonard’s research, notes and final manuscript of the book on Richard Secord, ‘A Builder of the Northwest: The Life and Times of Richard Secord’ (1981).
The photographs include a photo of the members of the 1886 N.W.T. Legislature and a portrait photograph of David Leonard that was used for an Edmonton Historical Board Award in 1989.
The vinyl LP is ‘Edmonton’s Klondike Days Exposition – The Official Souvenir Album’, includes “The Klondike Saga – In Song & Story”, Pickwick Records of Canada.
File List:
File 1: Correspondence, re: research for book on Richard Secord.
File 2: Research (includes photocopies), notes, drafts and final manuscript for book on Richard Secord, Chapter 2 – An Edmonton Pioneer 1881-1887, [ca.1979].
File 3: Research (includes photocopies), notes, drafts and final manuscript for book on Richard Secord, Chapter 3 – Beginning In The Fur Trade, [ca.1979].
File 4: Research (includes photocopies), notes, drafts and final manuscript for book on Richard Secord, Chapter 4 – A Foothold In The North, [ca.1979].
File 5: Research (includes photocopies), notes, drafts and final manuscript for book on Richard Secord, Chapter 5 – Edmonton’s Premier Fur Dealer, [ca.1979].
File 6: Research (includes photocopies), notes, drafts and final manuscript for book on Richard Secord, Chapter 6 – McDougall & Secord, [ca.1979].
File 7: Research (includes photocopies), notes, drafts and final manuscript for book on Richard Secord, Chapter 7 – Beginning In Politics 1899-1903, [ca.1979].
File 8: Research (includes photocopies), notes, drafts and final manuscript for book on Richard Secord, Chapter 8 – An Edmonton MLA, [ca.1979].
File 9: Research (includes photocopies), notes, drafts and final manuscript for book on Richard Secord, Chapter 9 – A Federal Contestant, [ca.1979].
File 10: Vinyl LP - ‘Edmonton’s Klondike Days Exposition – The Official Souvenir Album’, includes “The Klondike Saga – In Song & Story”, Pickwick Records of Canada, [ca. 1971].

Leonard, David

James McCrie Douglas fonds

  • CA EDM MS-27
  • Archief
  • 1911

The fonds consists of momentoes relating to events held during the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. These include invitations, programmes, passes and cards, and most are inscribed with J.M. Douglas’s name.
The photographs include personal photos of J.M. Douglas, including a photo of his father in front of the J.M. Douglas house in Strathcona.

Douglas, James McCrie

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