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Greater Vernon Museum and Archives collection

  • CA EDM MS-401
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1918] - 1939

The collection consists of records transferred from the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, as better fitting the mandate of the City of Edmonton Archives.

File list:

  1. Sheet music - The Boys of the Great Western Plains, words and music by Pte. W. Watson, 138th Batt., CEF, Edmonton; dedicated to the 49th Canadian CEF Edmonton Alberta Batt'n (Loyal Edmonton Regiment), [ca. 1918].

  2. Postcard - (of Field, BC and Mt. Stephen), addressed to Mrs. Mohr;
    Souvenir Programme - Souvenir to Commemorate the Fortieth Year of the Ministry of Rev. D.G. McQueen, 1927 - annotated with Mrs. Mohr, Vernon.

  3. Souvenir Programme - The Visit of Their Most Gracious Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the Province of Alberta, Edmonton, 1939.

Greater Vernon Museum and Archives

Edmonton Burns Club fonds

  • CA EDM MS-761
  • Fonds
  • 1921 - 2016

The fonds consists of records created and collected by the Edmonton Burns Club for their various events and activities.
The fonds has been arranged into 6 series:

  • Series 1 - Membership. This series consists of Edmonton Burns Club membership rosters and lists of Presidents. Also included are the Burns Club constitution as well as obituaries and funeral addresses for members of the Club.
  • Series 2 - Administration. This series consists of minutes and financial statements of the Club. The President's’ Books have also been included in the series.
  • Series 3 - Correspondence. This series consists of letters written in regards to the Club. The letter recipients have been named unless otherwise noted. Due to the nature of the scholarships awarded by the Burns Club, all material related to awards has been included here as well.
  • Series 4 - Events. All major Burns Club events have been listed in chronological order here for ease of access. Events held by other Burns Clubs have also been included.
  • Series 5 - Poetry, Music, and Reference Library. This series consists of the works collected and written by members of the Burns Club. The series includes poems, historical accounts, music sheets, articles, and books.
  • Series 6 - Media. Series 6 is comprised of scrapbooks, media, audio (reel to reel and cassette recordings), ephemera and photographs related to the Club and various events.

Edmonton Burns Club

Thomson, McRae Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-168
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1913, 1944, [ca. 1970]

The fonds consists of records pertaining to the Thomson and McCrae families.

File 1
Certificate – Letter of Appointment to Postmastership, Mr. George Thomson, 27 September 1907, at Strathcona.

File 2
Manuscript – John Joseph and Flora Anne McRae, a family history that includes details on their first six children – Alexander, Anne, Jeanette, Catherine, Mary Anne, and Annie. Unknown author, [ca. 1970].

The photographs include George Thomson and his drugstore.

McRae Family

Wankel, Dornan Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-515
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1996

The fonds consists of records pertaining to the Kellet, Wankel, and Dornan families, St. Anthony's Parish and School, Strathcona, and the Catholic community in Edmonton.

Included in the records are Mary's family scrapbooks and the scrapbook-cum-manuscript, 'The First Fifty Years', covering life in early Strathcona and Edmonton, 1860-1991, predominantly 1890-1955.

The fonds also includes photographs of family, friends, St. Anthony School groups, and neighbours from the Strathcona area, and an album of photographs from the play 'The Lass of Limerick Town' presented by St. Anthony's choir and youth group for the church's 50th anniversary in 1955.

Wankel, Dornan Family

Cyril Geoffrey Wates fonds

  • CA EDM MS-48
  • Fonds
  • 1916 - 1946

This fonds consists of publications, plays, and newspaper articles written by Cyril Wates, as well as assorted correspondence and records relating to the Edmonton chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada. The fonds also contains an article and correspondence of Helen Adela (Burns) Wates, as well as photographs of Helen Adela (Burns) Wates' family, ca. 1870-1880, Cyril Wates' telescope, 1942 and mountain climbing activities, ca. 1924-1938.

Wates, Cyril Geoffrey

Secord Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-46
  • Fonds
  • 1884 - 1986

The fonds consists predominantly of textual records of Richard Henry and Annie York Secord, and their son Richard York Secord, and to a lesser extent Margaret Calder Secord (wife of Richard York), Lena Secord McFayden and Isobel Secord (sisters of Richard York), and Richard Calhoun Secord (grandson of Richard York).

The photographs consist of family and friends, farming and business activities, events and street scenes of Edmonton.

The fonds has been arranged into seven series:
Series 1 - Richard Henry Secord
Series 2 - Annie York Secord
Series 3 - Richard York Secord
Series 4 - Margaret Calder Secord
Series 5 - Lena Secord McFadyen
Series 6 - Isobel Secord
Series 7 - Richard Calhoun Secord

Secord Family

Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers' Association (NAPOTA) fonds

  • CA EDM MS-56
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1885]-2009, predominant 1914-2009

The fonds consists of textual records, historical documents, photographs, paintings and maps gathered by NAPOTA in support of the association’s goal of preserving the history of Edmonton. The fonds also includes the records of the association including minutes, membership records, correspondence, financial documents and news clippings.
The fonds is arranged as follows:

  1. Minutes 1914-1989
  2. Correspondence files 1926, 1928-1929
    . a. Alphabetical file series
    . b. Correspondence files
  3. Topical files 1887-2009
    . a. Alphabetical file series
    . b. Correspondence files
  4. Membership records
  5. Newspapers and Clippings
  6. Financial records
  7. Certificates
  8. Ephemera
  9. Maps
  10. Books

Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers' Association

Hazel Rutherford McCuaig fonds

  • CA EDM MS-107
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1976

The fonds consists of materials created or collected by Hazel McCuaig. It includes correspondence, a scrapbook collection containing news clippings on members of the Northern Alberta Pioneers' and Old Timers' Association and other prominent people and places in Alberta's history, brochures and programs relating to historical groups and cultural events in Edmonton and Strathcona. The photographs include the Rutherford home, Edmonton and district buildings, events, family members and friends as well as a military panorama (EA-82, EA-10-353, EA-10-2251). There are also maps and books on Edmonton and one watercolour drawing of McKay Avenue School (EAA-92-1).

McCuaig, Hazel Rutherford

Macdonald, Clifton Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-690
  • Fonds
  • 1875 - 1996

The fonds consists predominantly of material relating to Mickey Macdonald's acting career, Alan Fraser Macdonald's legal and military career, and his involvement in community organizations, as well as their family life. The records include theatre programmes, correspondence, personal notes and writings, news clippings, and photographs.

To a lesser extent there are also records relating to other members of the extended Macdonald-Clifton families, particularly John Kenneth Macdonald and Therese Fraser Holland (Alan's parents), Henry Frances Holland and Selina Fraser (Alan's maternal grandparents), Faith Clifton (Mickey's mother), Bruce Fraser Macdonald (Alan's brother), Vernis McCuaig (Mickey's sister), and Brian Macdonald (Mickey and Alan's son).

The fonds has been arranged into series:
Series 1 – John Kenneth Macdonald & Therese Fraser Holland
Series 2 – Donald Walter Macdonald
Series 3 – Henry Francis Holland & Selina Fraser
Series 4 – Faith Clifton
Series 5 – Mickey Macdonald
Series 6 – Alan Macdonald
Series 7 – Bruce Fraser Macdonald
Series 8 – Vernis Clifton McCuaig
Series 9 – Brian Macdonald
Series 10 – General Theatre

Macdonald, Clifton Family

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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