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Anderson Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-18
  • Archief
  • 1905-1932

The fonds consists of a diary belonging to Robert’s second wife, Margaret ‘Greta’ McPherson (Grant) Anderson and papers relating to the birth registration of their son Malcolm Robert Anderson (b 19 Apr 1920). There is also a poem written by Robert Thompson Anderson, Our Capital Town, about the city of Edmonton and apparently read at annual events in the fire department.

The photographs include the Anderson home and family members, Edmonton street scenes and events, and the Edmonton Fire Department and Health Department.

The fonds also includes Robert’s published works, The Old Timer and Other Poems (819 AND), Canadian Born and other Western Verse (819 AND 1913 c.3) and Troopers in France (819 AND 1932).

File List:
File 1. Schoolwork dairy of Margaret ‘Greta’ McPherson Grant, 29 Aug 1905 to 24 Oct. 1905,
File 2. Birth records for Malcolm Robert Anderson – includes birth tag (name, weight, date, doctor’s name) 19 Apr 1920; abstract of birth with covering letter and receipt, 21 Apr 1920; notice of registration and birth certificate 11 May 1920; doctor’s receipt 13 May 1920,
File 3. Poem – Our Capital Town, by Robert Thompson Anderson, n.d.

Anderson Family

John M. Wetherill fonds

  • CA EDM MS-193
  • Archief
  • 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.

Marjorie W. Buckley fonds

  • CA EDM MS-20
  • Archief
  • 1967

The fonds consists of records from the development of the play “This Hour Has Ten Decades”, written, produced and performed at Jasper Place Composite High School, including scripts, correspondence and promotional material.
The photographs are of the play and include the cast and crew.

Buckley, Marjorie W.

Burrill, Field Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-340
  • Archief
  • 1885 - 1942

The fonds consists of sheet music belonging to various members of the Burrill and Field famiilies, but mostly Emerson L. Burrill and his wife, Myrtle I. Field Burrill.

Most pieces are annotated with initials or signatures: E.L. Burrill, E.L.B., Myrtle Field, M.I Field, or M.I. Burrill. A few pieces, annotated Ethel L. Field, are assumed to belong to Myrtle's sister, Ethel Louella Field.

Other pieces have no initials, signatures or annotations. It is possible, perhaps likely, that these pieces belonged to Violet S. Field.

The music is mostly sacred and spiritual, but also includes popular and patriotic works.

Note: the annotation on some Burrill pieces appears as if it could be E.S. Burrill. However it is suspected to be a short-hand fancy script for E.L. Burrill. The handwriting is identical and there are no other Burrill family members with the initials 'E.S.'.

Burrill, Field Family

James Oakland Valleau fonds

  • CA EDM MS-379
  • Archief
  • [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

Mary Hanratty fonds

  • CA EDM MS-380
  • Archief
  • 1803 - 1941

The fonds consists of sheet music collected and used by Mary Hanratty. The music is a variety of sacred and popular songs.

Hanratty, Mary Gladys Young

Secord Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-46
  • Archief
  • 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

Chuck Bolton Jr. fonds

  • CA EDM MS-485
  • Archief
  • [ca. 1973]

The fonds consists of photocopies of sheet music, of three songs written by Chuck Bolton Jr.: 'Asia', 'The Lonesome Waltz', and 'High River Waltz'.

Bolton Jr., Chuck

Wankel, Dornan Family fonds

  • CA EDM MS-515
  • Archief
  • 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

Ella May Walker fonds

  • CA EDM MS-52
  • Archief
  • 1887-1952, predominant 1943-1952

The fonds consists of correspondence and interviews relating to the research for her historical novel, 'Fortress North'. It also includes a manuscript for the book and her ink and watercolour illustrations for each chapter, a series of historical paintings of Edmonton and area, records relating to her work for the City of Edmonton Archives and Landmarks Committee, and miscellaneous correspondence, sketches, and notes.
The photographs include various Edmonton scenes, the Walker family and friends as well as photographs of her paintings and woodcut prints of images used for her book.
The artwork includes her original paintings and two sculptures.

Walker, Ella May Jacoby

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