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Reed's China and Gift Shop fonds

  • CA EDM MS-243
  • Fonds
  • 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

Debentures

This series contains records relating to the generation of funds by the City of Edmonton, including debentures, treasury bills, and bond coupons.

Edmonton Chamber of Commerce fonds

  • CA EDM MS-1037
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1921

The fonds consists of photographs from the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce's in-house collection. Many of the photographs are by the Byron-May Company, who were commissioned by the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce to create brochures promoting Edmonton as an up and coming city.

The photographs are of early Edmonton and include buildings, street scenes, city and farm scenes, animals, agriculture, people and events.

Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Samuel McCauley Family

The series consists of family and business records for Samuel McCauley and his family.

The family papers include a family tree page and family history narratives.

The business records include booklets with the costs and amount of construction material used for various projects and clients, and photographs of some of the construction and hauling work done by Samuel McCauley and his crew.

Samuel McCauley Family

Alexander McCauley Family

The series consists of the records of Alexander McCauley’s construction and moving business including booklets with the costs and amount of construction material used for various projects and clients. There are also cancelled cheques, most signed by Alex McCauley, but then signed by Alex’s wife, Elizabeth, in the last few months of the business as Alex was ill for a few months before his death in 1908.

Alexander McCauley Family

James H. Botz fonds

  • CA EDM MS-1200
  • Fonds
  • 1911

The fonds consists of photographs of Edmonton taken by James Botz, including various buildings, river valley scenes, coal mines and possibly James H. Botz with friends or other Botz family members.

Botz, James H.

Latta Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-60
  • Fonds
  • 1905 - 2001

The fonds consists of a business document from D.G. Latta Ltd., biographical information on David G. Latta and reminiscences by Alexander Latta Jr. and a commemorative medal.
The photographs include the Latta family, home and businesses, as well as Alex Decoteau (Emily Decoteau Latta’s brother) and some Edmonton street scenes and events.

File List:
File 1: invoice pad, D. G. Latta Limited, n.d.
File 2: Biographical information on David G. Latta, by Jessie Darryl Latta Sturrock, 1951, 1968.
File 3: Biographical information on David G. Latta, by Alexander Latta Jr.; includes descriptive note on vicinity of Latta home at Jasper Ave and 92 St, 1977, n.d.
File 4: Writings by Alex Latta, Jr., includes reminiscence “Curly”, of a river bank shack dweller in Edmonton in the 1930s and poem “An Irish Tragedy”, n.d.
File 5: Commemorative medal from the Alex Decouteau Educational Run, 2001.

Latta Family

William Lyle fonds

  • CA EDM MS-35
  • Fonds
  • 1926 - 1939

The fonds consists of business licenses issued to William Lyle by the City of Edmonton, 1926, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, and 1939.

Lyle, William

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

City of Edmonton. License Department fonds

  • CA EDM RG-26
  • Fonds
  • 1905 - 1928

Fonds consists of records kept regarding the different types of licenses granted by the City in the early 1900s. It also includes examples of licenses purchased from the City.

The fonds consists of the following files:

  • File 1: Ledger of Licenses Granted (1909-1911)
  • File 2: Ledger of Dog Tags Issued (1905-1909)
  • File 3: Ledger of Dog Tags Issued (1909-1911)
  • File 4: Ledger containing Business Licenses Issued (1908-1911) and Dog Tags Issued (1908-1922)
  • File 5: License issued to Mah Jim to keep a restaurant at 264 Namayo Avenue known as “The Frisco Restaurant” (1909)
  • File 6: Dog tag #2451, issued to Mrs. L. Doherty for a black spaniel (1918)
  • File 7: Dray license #160 for a two horse vehicle (1928)

City of Edmonton License Department

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