- CA EDM MS-1071-EA-600-955
- 19+48 April 1
Part of Edmonton Bulletin fonds
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Part of Edmonton Bulletin fonds
The fonds consists of material created through Merrett’s work in compiling local histories of Edmonton. These include research and writings on the Edmonton City Market, the horticultural scene in Edmonton and the Cross Cancer Institute.
The majority of the records deal with research for a book on the Edmonton City Market (A History of the Edmonton City Market, 1900-200: Urban Values and Urban Culture) and political activism relating to a two-year fight to retain a City Market in the downtown. Research undertaken on Edmonton’s gardening history and publications based upon that research is also present. These records include transcripts of interviews conducted by Merrett with vendors and others associated with the Edmonton City Market, and a record of a two-year political process during which the Edmonton City Market building on 97th Street was closed and replaced by an outdoor market on 104th Street. The interviews, most of which are rendered in the voices of the interviewees, cover a variety of subjects relating to life in Edmonton from the 1930s through the 1960s and 1970s. The record of the 2002-2004 period in the City Market’s history includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, a photocopy of a petition presented to City Council, and meeting minutes. There are also photographs of some of the interviewees.
The records of the horticultural scene in Edmonton include Merrett's research on Edmonton's gardening history and articles written by Merrett for the Edmonton Horticultural Society's (EHS) newsletter, The Gardener's Gate. There is also a copy of Merrett's published work on gardening in Edmonton - Why We Grow Here: Essays on Edmonton's Gardening History.
The fonds also includes two publications from Merrett’s work with the Cross Cancer Institute. These items represent the commissioning of Merrett to write a history of the medical centre, as well as a history of the volunteer program there over the first 50 years of its existence.
Merrett, Kathryn Chase
The fonds consists of photographs of people, nature, weather, buildings, street scenes and events in Edmonton, as well as some self-portraits and still lifes. Of special interest are sequential photographs of storms and weather events, as well as building demolition and construction, notably the Molson’s Brewery building on 104 Avenue.
The fonds consists of hand painted cards with street scenes of Edmonton painted by Reg and sent to friends and family at Christmas. It also includes the notes sent with the card outlining details of the scenes and Reg’s memories of Edmonton.
Cards and accompanying notes include:
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:
Gay and Lesbian Archives of Edmonton
This fonds consists of material collected and created by Reg Appleyard, Doug Matheson, Rev. Harry Meadows, Matheson and Company, and the staff of Meadowcroft Seniors’ Residence through their function of running the Meadowcroft corporations and providing quality affordable housing in Edmonton between 1969 and 2010. It contains legal documents, correspondence, reports, committee minutes, pamphlets, photos, plans, audiovisual material and a book, ‘The Meadow’s Story’ (922.77 ROB).
The fonds been arranged into five sous-fonds and various series. The sous-fonds are as follows (with overall dates):
Sous-fonds 1 – Meadowcroft Housing Corporation
Series 1 – Administration (1971-1977)
Series 2 – Financial Statements (1974-2009)
Series 3 – Letterhead (n.d.)
Series 4 – Correspondence (1969- 2001)
Series 5 – Meadowcroft Seniors’ Residence Management and Staff (1972-2004)
Series 6 – Meadowcroft Seniors’ Residence Renovations (1978-2001)
Series 7 – Meadowcroft Seniors’ Residence Mechanical Systems (1980-2007)
Series 8 – Events (1973-2002)
Series 9 – Meadowcroft Tenants’ Association (1973-2005)
Series 10 – Douglas Tower ([ca. 1996])
Series 11 – Matheson and Company (1976-1987)
Sous-fonds 2 – Meadowcroft Holdings
Series 1 – Administration (1974-2007)
Series 2 – Financial Statements (1975-2009)
Series 3 – 11115, 11141 and 11145 – 84 Avenue (1976)
Series 4 – Sherbrooke Townhouses (2008-2009)
Series 5 – Matheson and Company (1974-1985)
Sous-fonds 3 – Meadowcroft Housing Society of Edmonton
Series 1 – Administration (1977)
Series 2 – Financial Statements (1977-2009)
Series 3 – Correspondence relating to Brentwood Homes (1976-1979)
Series 4 – Brentwood Homes Land Acquistion (1976-1977)
Series 5 – Brentwood Homes Renovations (1977-1980)
Series 6 – Appraisal of Brentwood Homes (1980)
Series 7 – Brentwood Homes Phase II (1978-1983)
Series 8 – Mortgage Renewal (1988)
Series 9 – Loans to Other Organizations (2003-2008)
Series 10 – Matheson and Company (1977-1989)
Sous-fonds 4 – Other Material
Series 1 – History (2010)
Series 2 – Conferences on Gerontology (1976-1996)
Series 3 – Research material relating to Seniors (1976-2000)
Sous-fonds 5 – Personal Correspondence
Series 1 – Doug Matheson (1984)
Meadowcroft Housing Corporation
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:
Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers' Association
This fonds consists of minutes, membership lists, financial ledgers, regalia, certificates, and photographs produced by Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges throughout Edmonton geographic area and history.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
The fonds consists of photographs of various flowers and floral arrangements, a long-time passion of Ethel Dorin. Some capture scenes of Walter Dorin working at Pike Seeds, the Dorin family home and acreage, and Grace Lutheran Church.
Dorin, Ethel M.
The fonds consists of correspondence, brochures, scrapbooks, photographs, video cassettes, publications and news clippings, and memorabilia relating to the Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club and its alumnae reunion organization, the Edmonton Grads Club.
Edmonton Grads Club