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Kathryn Chase Merrett fonds

  • CA EDM MS-589
  • Fonds
  • 1993-2018

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

Alberta Highland Dancing Association, Edmonton Branch fonds

  • CA EDM CA EDM MS-78
  • Fonds
  • 1976

The fonds consists of one history of highland dancing with references to the Alberta Highland Dancing Association, prepared by Sandra Allnutt, the Branch’s publicity chairman, in 1976. The history contains information about the origins of Highland dancing, in addition to details specific to ten individual dances.

Alberta Highland Dancing Association, Edmonton Branch

Edmonton Scottish Society fonds

  • CA EDM MS-76
  • Fonds
  • 1976

The fonds consists of a written history of the Edmonton Scottish Society prepared by one of its members in 1976.

Edmonton Scottish Society

Retired Ukrainian Canadian Association fonds

  • CA EDM MS-82
  • Fonds
  • 1976

The fonds consists of a history (photocopy) of the Retired Ukrainian Canadian Association, including an application and certificate of incorporation. The records include references to Yar Chajkiwsky, William Horbay, Konstanto (Kost) Kantor, Dmytro Prokop, Fred Sharum and Harry Yakymechko.
There is also a photograph of the members of the association in 1975.

Retired Ukrainian Canadian Association

Edmonton Hungarian Cultural Society fonds

  • CA EDM MS-75
  • Fonds
  • 1976

The fonds consists of a history of the organization and outline of its activities prepared by the Society’s Executive Secretary, Dr. George Solt.

Edmonton Hungarian Cultural Society

Polish Cultural Society of Edmonton fonds

  • CA EDM MS-77
  • Fonds
  • 1974 - 1976

The fonds consists of materials related to the Society’s incorporation including a copy of the Society’s Certificate of Incorporation, the application for Incorporation, and a list of signatures appended to the Incorporation application. The fonds also includes a list of officers for 1974-1975, as well as a membership list for the year of 1975. Finally, the fonds also includes an announcement for the Society’s Copernicus Competition and a poster announcing the first public lecture of the Society.

Polish Cultural Society of Edmonton

Barbara Stewart fonds

  • CA EDM MS-128
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1970] - 1980

The fonds consists of reports, news clippings, correspondence relating to the MacKinnon Ravine roadway proposal and membership lists, agendas and minutes and other records of the Urban Reform Group Edmonton (URGE).

File List:

  • File 1: MacKinnon Ravine ([ca.1970]-1978). Includes: notes; mailing list; map of freeway proposals, ca. 1970; correspondence & news clippings; Report - West End Traffic Delay Time Study, [1974]; Report - Transportation Planning Branch, travel time standards, July 17, 1975; C.O.G. Transportation Subcommittee minutes November 25, 1975; January 12, February 2, 1976; Citizen participation report, September 28, 1977; Keillor Road news clipping and letter
  • File 2: MacKinnon Ravine and the 1977 Edmonton municipal election (1975-1980). . Includes news clippings, annotations re: MacKinnon Ravine on newspaper section, candidates stands on basic issues.
  • File 3: URGE records (1974-1978). Includes: executive mailing list, Alliance of neighbourhood groups mailing list; news clippings; agenda and minutes, 1978; letter, June 21, 1974; financial statement, Jan. - Nov. 1974; candidate list, 1974; notices & press releases.
  • File 4: URGE newsletters (1974-1977)

Stewart, Barbara

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

Merrill E. Wolfe fonds

  • CA EDM MS-118
  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 1975

The fonds consists of correspondence, meeting minutes and supporting documents, reports and legislation relating to the Steering Committee, Foundation of Cultural Heritage and the Edmonton Community Foundation, 1970-1971. The fonds also includes a portrait photograph of Merrill Wolfe, 1975, that was used for an Edmonton Historical Board award.

Wolfe, Merrill E.

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

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