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Gateway Camera Club of Edmonton fonds

  • CA EDM MS-81
  • Fonds
  • 1976

This fonds consists of the slide presentation “An Edmonton Story” created by members of the Gateway Camera Club. In this project the club members were attempting to tell the story of Edmonton’s history and growth through photography. The textual records include instructions, presentation outline, slide index with names of providers, script (2 copies), tray lists of the slide presentation. There is also a recorded narration (audiotape) to accompany the slides.
File List:
File 1. An Edmonton Story – notes, general outline, slide tray indexes, slide index (listing photographers).
File 2. An Edmonton Story – script (2 copies) (for slides and narration on audio reel, see ET-11 and EAV-3).

Gateway Camera Club of Edmonton

Gay and Lesbian Archives of Edmonton fonds (GALA)

  • CA EDM MS-595
  • Fonds
  • 1969 - 2010

The Gay and Lesbian Archives captures many aspects of Edmonton’s gay and lesbian population, ca. 1970 to the mid-2000s and the growth of organizations and groups to facilitate and serve them. The primary organizations represented in the fonds, and described as the first four series of the fonds are: the Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE), Gay and Lesbian Awareness (GALA), the AIDS Network of Edmonton Society, and the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE). Within each of these organizations, are administrative records including bylaws, constitution, meeting minutes and documents, financial statements, and correspondence, as well as any type of activity or committee records maintained by the said organization.

There is inter-relatedness to many of these organizations, and the boundaries between their activities and mandate can be hard to distinguish from one another. Series 5, as an example, is the Edmonton Pride Festival Society records, which had origins with both GALA and GLCCE but outgrew both organizations to form its own society in 1999, and is concerned with numerous on-going annual pride events organized for Edmonton. Other series in the fonds that have origins in earlier organizations include Series 9: Civil/Human Rights; Series 12: Organizations; and Series 13: Resources and References. Responsibilities for collecting in these series shifted as organizations and their committees closed and reopened under new names and structures, and so the decision was made to organize the records within separate series to better describe them and capture this evolution.

The remaining series in the fonds represents a way to organize the records to reflect what has already been donated, but also allow for expansion as further accruals are received.

Smaller series in the fonds include series 6, the University of Alberta Gay organizations; series 7: Sporting Associations; and Series 10, Youth Related Organizations and Resources. While relatively small yet in extent, there is the potential for growth within each of these series as new University-related groups, sporting organizations, and youth-focused associations relating to Edmonton’s GLBQT population form. Gay cultural and social organizations were also established in Edmonton, and two of the series in the fonds relate directly to these: Series 8 is records of the Vocal Minority Music Society which later became Edmonton Vocal Minority, and Series 11 contains records from some of the clubs and entertainment venues that operated in Edmonton. The connection between series is again obvious, as for example, the gay entertainment clubs often hosted events and activities as fundraisers for the Aids Network of Edmonton. Continued expansion in these series is also likely.

A final series was created to capture those files created by Michael Phair, a well-known Edmontonian and activist for the gay community of Edmonton. His name is connected with many of the groups represented in this fonds, and he was a prime mover behind the gathering and preserving of the Gay and Lesbian archive.

Series are as follows:

  • Series 1 – Gay Alliance Toward Equity (GATE)
  • Series 2 – Gay and Lesbian Awareness (GALA)
  • Series 3 – AIDS Network / HIV Edmonton
  • Series 4 – Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE) / Pride Centre of Edmonton
  • Series 5 – Edmonton Pride Festival Society / Pride Events
  • Series 6 – University of Alberta Gay Organizations
  • Series 7 – Sporting Associations
  • Series 8 – The Vocal Minority Music Society / Edmonton Vocal Minority
  • Series 9 – Civil / Human Rights
  • Series 10 – Youth Related Organizations / Resources
  • Series 11 – Clubs / Entertainment Venues
  • Series 12 – Organizations
  • Series 13 – Resources and References
  • Series 14 – Michael Phair records

Gay and Lesbian Archives of Edmonton

George Weber fonds

  • CA EDM MS-95
  • Fonds
  • 1910, 1958-1992

The fonds consists of artworks created by George Weber, including ink and watercolour drawings and serigraph prints of Edmonton buildings and scenes. Some of the drawings are preliminary sketches for the prints. Also included are other uses of his artwork, including stationery, greeting cards and a published reproduction.
The photographs are of Edmonton buildings and of an early novelty postcard series, “Edmonton in a nutshell”. There is also a portrait photograph of George Weber.

Weber, George

Gladys Hanson fonds

  • CA EDM MS-124
  • Fonds
  • 1893 - 1960

This fonds consists of song books and sheet music, ranging from 1893 to 1960. It also includes stationery eraser guides marked “John Underwood & Co.” and three Klondike coins.

The photographs include her father William M. Jones at the Rat Creek incinerator, including an interior of the incinerator.

Hanson, Gladys Lillian Jones

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

J. Gordon Sinclair fonds

  • CA EDM MS-16
  • Fonds
  • 1930, 1946

The fonds consists of a copy of "Sixty Years Young - The Story of McKay Avenue School", compiled by Mr. Sinclair. The manuscript relates the development of the Edmonton School District No. 7, McKay Avenue School, and the general area. One newspaper clipping is also included. The oil painting by J. Gordon Sinclair, titled "Gold Washing", depicts three miners working a grizzley on the river (gold mining).

Sinclair, J. Gordon

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

John M. Wetherill fonds

  • CA EDM MS-193
  • Fonds
  • 1956, 1996-2006

The fonds consists of pamphlets and textual material that John had collected on public art. The photographs cover places of worship, public art, bridges, public buildings, shopping centres, streetscapes and the demolition of several buildings in Edmonton and area.

Wetherill, John M.

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

Marie Dorsey fonds

  • CA EDM MS-146
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1940]

The fonds consists of material created or collected by Marie Dorsey and reflect her various interests.

The photographs include images of the Provincial Courthouse just prior to demolition (1972), art details on the Quesnel Bridge (1970), Rocky R. Jewellry store (1968), interiors of grocery store in Agassi B.C. (1908), round barn in Henderson (1972), New Edmonton Hotel ([ca. 1940]), street scene of 100 St. and 102 Ave during snowstorm [ca. 1925] and the portrait of Marie Dorsey used for EHB award (1998).
The fonds also includes a map of Edmonton featuring Jasper Place and Beverly [194?] (EAM-379).

File List:
File 1: Canadian National Philatelic Exhibition CANPEX ’64 Catalogue (1964), Edmonton Stamp Club Directory (1971);
File 2: memorial tribute booklet by Edmonton Film Society ‘H.P. Brown, 1886-1965’ (1966) – includes list of EFS Presidents 1936-1966; programme “The Edmonton Film Society – Main Series” (28 March 1966);
File 3: Edmonton Transit System - Condensed History of Events (1908-1966), author unknown, includes list of Superintendents 1909-1951;
File 4: artwork – 2 sketches by Marie Dorsey – 1 multi sketch of trains [ca. 1970], 1 colour sketch of grain elevators (1995).

Dorsey, Marie Dezall

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