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Frederic B. Robertson Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-207
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1885] - [ca. 1935]

The fonds consists predominantly of photographs covering three generations and five of the six branches of the W. Scott Robertson family. The photographs include Frederic’s parents (Robert and Isabel Robertson), siblings, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins.

There are also many unidentified photographs but it is likely these belonged to Frederic’s mother-in-law, Cassie Bain Foley, as ‘C.B.’ is written on the back of the photos.

The textual records consist of one birthday card from Alice J. Wright (Frederic’s maternal grandmother) to Bob, likely Robert Robertson (Frederic’s father) (n.d.) and a calendar card from Isabel Wright Robertson (Frederic’s mother) to ‘Dolly’ (1939).

Frederic B. Robertson Family

Annie Robertson Harrison fonds

  • CA EDM MS-601
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1910], [ca. 1962]

The fonds consists of a manuscript “Memoirs of Anna Laura” written by Annie Robertson Harrison recounting her life in Edmonton at the end of the 19th century and one photograph of Annie.

The memoir mentions Annie’s family – parents (W. Scott and Harriet Robertson), siblings (Harry, Nell, Carrie, Fred, Robert, Grace), husband (Dr. John Darely Harrison), as well as her children and grandchildren. It also covers family activities and buildings including her father’s Cooking Lake residence, Spruce Lodge, and her father’s opera house, Robertson Hall, including the night the hall burned down.

It also includes references to various events and people: the 1885 Rebellion, 1897 Klondike Gold Rush, construction of the CPR and EY&P railroads, Strathcona, Fort Edmonton, Long Lake, St. Albert, Herschel Island, Athabasca Landing, Eggies Halfway House, Louis Daniels, Grasshopper, Mrs. Grey, Mary Bobsleigh, Kenny McLeod, Colonel Jamieson, Dr. and Mrs. McKay, Casey family, and Muchias,

The memoir describes a number of "firsts" in Edmonton, such as the first: public school (McKay Avenue School), sheriff, women's hockey team, theatrical hall, and piano. There are also references to many original settler families, such as, the Olivers, Walters, Macauleys, Griesbachs, Mckays and McDougalls.

There is also a photocopy of a newspaper article about Annie Robertson Harrison and her memoir, "'It Was Wonderful To Be Young In Edmonton'... As Mrs. Harrison Recalls Settlement 72 Years Ago", by Ruth Bowen, Edmonton Journal, September 1, 1955.

Harrison, Annie Laurie Robertson

Edmonton Radial Railway Society fonds

  • CA EDM MS-399
  • Fonds
  • 1944 - 1995

The fonds consists of records both collected and created by the ERRS.

The collected records include ‘cancelled notices’ likely from the office of the Superintendant of the Edmonton Radial Railway. These notices cover a variety of topics and issues, including behavior of drivers, changes to routes and services, driving instructions, repairs to trolley cars and employee events. These records reflect the daily operations of the Edmonton Radial Railway.

The records created by the ERRS include proposals for buildings at Fort Edmonton Park, correspondence, and the group’s newsletter ‘The Trip Sheet’.

The photograph was used for an Edmonton Historical Board award given to the ERRS in 1990.

Edmonton Radial Railway Society

Edmonton Eskimos Football Club fonds

  • CA EDM MS-396
  • Fonds
  • 1921 - 2007

This fonds includes records dealing with the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club, including game programs, media guides and fact books, bound hardcover team scrapbooks with media clippings dating from 1880-2007, ephemera including material relating to Peggy Miller (a CJCA promotion manager and an advocate for the Eskimos) as well as Canadian Football League publications such as rules manuals, statistics books, records manuals, and media guides for various Canadian teams.
The audio-visual material includes a video of highlights from Eskimos' 1954-55-56 Grey Cups and four films of the 1973, 1974, and 1981 Grey Cups and 1978 Schenley Awards. The photographs include various players, teams and games from 1892 to 1985.
The fonds is arranged as follows:

  • Series 1 – Canadian Football League
  • Series 2 – Ephemera
  • Series 3 – Media Guides
  • Series 4 – Program Guides
  • Series 5 – Publications, Newspapers and Scrapbooks
  • Series 6 – Audio-Visual
  • Series 7 – Objects

Edmonton Eskimos Football Club

Edmonton Art Club fonds

  • CA EDM MS-726
  • Fonds
  • 1921-1995

This fonds consists of the records of the Edmonton Art Club, including administrative material (meeting minutes, correspondence, membership books, and financial statements), pamphlets and notices from their annual exhibitions, and scrapbooks.

Edmonton Art Club

William A. Griesbach fonds

  • CA EDM MS-209
  • Fonds
  • 1891 - 1974

The fonds consists of William Griesbach’s political, military, and personal papers, as well as numerous books from his personal library.

Political papers consist of reports, correspondence, contracts, and financial documents concerning the City of Edmonton and the City of Strathcona between 1892 and 1935. There is also a 1912 Edmonton Subdivision map (EAM-178).

Military papers include correspondence, clippings, programs, pamphlets and other materials related to Major-General Griesbach's military career, created between 1919 and ca.1943.

Personal papers include correspondence, financial documents, theatre programmes and other materials relating to Griesbach's personal activities and interests. It includes correspondence on the memorial window in the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Edmonton.

The books reflect the various aspects of Griesbach’s life, career, and interests covering military, political, diplomatic, economic, and historical topics. It should be noted that the books published after Griesbach’s death in 1945 were added by the Western Command HQ Library.

Griesbach, William A.

McDougall & Secord Limited fonds

  • CA EDM MS-594
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1952

This fonds consists of correspondence, ledgers and account books, and land scrip registers from the firm of McDougall & Secord reflecting their business operations as fur traders, general merchants, and land speculators.

Some of the records demonstrate the potential impact of the Metis scrip system created by the Canadian government. The government issued scrip documents to the Metis people living in the West ostensibly to assist with their transition to an agrarian lifestyle but really to effect an exchange for their Indigenous land rights. The scrip was redeemable for either land or money. However, the system was complex, possibly misunderstood or underappreciated by the Metis who did not wish to transition away from their traditional lifestyle, and the government’s tolerance of entrepreneurs acquiring the scrip (essentially rights to land ownership) in turn from the Metis is in itself controversial as potentially an extension of the Government's policy to extinguish Indigenous title to the land.

It is notable that the degree to which land sale documentation was completed is noticeably different depending if the other party in the sale was Indigenous or non-Indigenous.

McDougall & Secord Limited

Frank Oliver fonds

  • CA EDM MS-172
  • Fonds
  • 1880 - 1966

The fonds consists of materials created by Frank Oliver including published and unpublished speeches and newspapers, correspondence, and typescripts of various newspaper articles relating to Frank Oliver.

Oliver, Frank

APEGGA Women's Club fonds

  • CA EDM MS-125
  • Fonds
  • 1949-2009, predominant 1954-2009

This fonds consists of correspondence and reports relating to the organization of the club, records of officers of the club including the President (1988-2009), First Vice-President/Vice-president (1987-2009), Second Vice-president (1954-1999), Treasurer (1963-2009), Recording Secretary/Secretary (1959-2009), Corresponding Secretary/Newsletter Chairperson (1979-2009), Membership Chairperson (1958-2009), Groups Chairperson (1966-1996), Social Convenor (1975-2009). It also includes records of the Ladies' Afternoon Bridge Club Convenor (1982-2008), Mixed Bridge Club Convenor (1972, 1980-1992), Photography Convenor (1977-1999) and The Painter Group Convenor (n.d.).

There are also photographs of executive members and events and a PowerPoint presentation of Club's history, 2009.

APEGGA Women's Club

City of Edmonton. Community and Family Services Department fonds

  • CA EDM RG-24
  • Fonds
  • 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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