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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

Mill Creek Ravine Project fonds

  • CA EDM MS-348
  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 1977

The fonds consists of materials collected, researched and created by the Mill Creek Build A Park committee in their efforts, activities and projects to protect, preserve and advocate for the Mill Creek ravine. It includes their research sources, documents and historical notes about the ravine and partners in the projects. Their projects include: the Mill Creek Crusade; Endangered Homes Project; “Mill Crick” and “Everybody’s Mill Creek” story approaches to the social history of Mill Creek ravine; “The Mill Creek Story”, formerly a series of 5 binders with slide/audio presentation for the purpose of developing environmental education in Mill Creek schools; and “It Really Works!”, a model for social action in environmental education in the classroom.

S.T.O.P. - Save Tomorrow, Oppose Pollution

Rita Stewart fonds

  • CA EDM MS-1160
  • Fonds
  • 1921 - 1922

The fonds consists of photographs of Rita’s and Walter’s graduating classes. It includes the Graduating Class General Hospital 1922, which has a portrait photograph of Rita Efner, and the University of Alberta Pharmacy Class 1920-1921, which has a portrait photograph of W.R. Stewart.

Stewart, Rita Efner

William P. Wagner fonds

  • CA EDM MS-244
  • Fonds
  • 1902-[ca.1964]

The fonds consists of textual records and photographs created and collected by the donor. The photographs include street scenes of Jasper Avenue [ca. 1914, 1969], William’s teaching and educational administration career [ca. 1930, 1964], Vera Smith [ca. 1900, 1960] and the students of Queen’s Avenue School, 1909 (it is likely William is in the photo).
File List:
File 1: W.P. Wagner autobiography, includes accounts of childhood, early teaching career, military service and educational administrative career; written for William Wagner’s retirement. [ca. 1899-1964], (photocopy);
File 2: Commemorative Booklet for the Inauguration of the Province of Alberta, September 2, 1905. Includes 'Telegram from His Majesty King Edward VII; Address of His Excellency Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada; Address of the Right Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada; and Telegram from the Right Hon Alfred Lyttelton, Secretary of State for the Colonies. Note: booklet is annotated 'Dorothea Wagner, Edmonton, Alta, 1905' (nb: Dorothea is William’s sister).
File 3: Certificates for Vera Smith. Include High School Certificates for Vera Eloise Smith, Provincial Examinations sat at Liverpool Station, Nova Scotia, 1902, 1904, 1905 and Certification for Teacher’s Professional Qualification, Nova Scotia, 1911.

Wagner, William P.

Edmonton Bulletin fonds

  • CA EDM MS-1071
  • Fonds
  • 1911, 1947-1951

The fonds consists of photos taken by Eric Bland for the Edmonton Bulletin in the last five years of the Bulletin’s existence (April 1947-January 1951) (EA-600). The photos include Edmonton personalities, accidents, events, clubs and societies, buildings (including churches, schools and hospitals), commerce, industry, transportation and military.
The fonds also includes images used in the publication 'Edmonton Bulletin Special Edition 1911' (EB-26). This publication gave a history of Edmonton to that point. The photographs include people, houses, buildings businesses, street scenes, bridges and transportation.

Edmonton Bulletin

Jennie Ottewell Smith fonds

  • CA EDM MS-225
  • Fonds
  • 1920-[196-?]

The fonds consists of some records and biographical clippings of Richard Ottewell and the Ottewell family as well as correspondence and records of Jennie (Ottewell) Smith and her husband Bliss Simith.
There are also books in algebra, geometry, mechanics and mechanical drawing from the American School of Correspondence, likely used by Bliss Smith for correspondence courses as well as a garden seed and nursery catalogue:
The photographs are of Richard and Fanny Ottewell and their children, including Richard and Fanny Ottewell on their 50th wedding anniversary (1927), as well as the Clover Bar School.

Smith, Jennie Ottewell

Belmont School District No. 23 fonds

  • CA EDM MS-227
  • Fonds
  • 1889 - 1890

The fonds consists of hand written pages of the school newspaper, 'The Star', vol. 1, nos. 1 and 2 and vol. 2, no. 1.

Belmont School District No. 23

Grace Martin McEachern fonds

  • CA EDM MS-37
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1902, 1972

The fonds consists of programs and brochures relating to the opening of Grace Martin School, as well as a biographical sketch of Grace Martin McEachern.
The photographs include the Martin farm where Grace grew up, Strathcona teachers including David McEachern and the Strathcona fire brigade.

McEachern, Grace Martin

Robert H. Johnston fonds

  • CA EDM MS-815
  • Fonds
  • 1904, 1906

The collection consists of two group portrait photographs of students and teachers at the Edmonton High School. The school was located on 108th Avenue between 101 and 104 Streets and later became known as Victoria High School.
One photo is of the Executive of the High School Literary Society which was a school club interested in literature and debating and also published a newsletter, The High School Topics.
Robert H. Johnston is in both photographs.

Johnston, Robert H.

Anonymous Donors collection

  • CA EDM MS-763
  • Collection
  • 1919 - 1947

The collection consists of photographs of buildings, street scenes and people of Edmonton.

Anonymous

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