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John Kenneth Macdonald & Therese Fraser Holland

The series consists of records pertaining to John Kenneth & Therese Fraser Macdonald. They include programmes of early Edmonton theatre productions, correspondence, news clippings and photographs. All of the programmes include John Kenneth Macdonald in the cast.

File List
File 1: Personal papers

  • New Year's card (from Mother), Christmas 1887,
  • playbill 'Confusion', Opera House, May 6-7, ?,
  • programme 'The Edmonton Komikal Koons', Robertson's Hall, May 26, 1896,
  • playbill 'Betsy', La Cigale Comedy Company, n.d.,
  • playbill 'My Friend From India', [Edmonton Amateur Dramatic Club], Ross Hall, Strathcona, [July 12, 1900]
  • play reviews for 'My Friend In India', Alberta Sun, July 9, [sic, 10?] 1900, Edmonton Post, [July 11, 1900], Strathcona Plaindealer, July 13, 1900
  • playbill 'The Wedding March', Robertson Hall, n.d. (John Kenneth Macdonald in cast),
  • List of barristers in Alberta admitted prior to 1905, n.d. (includes John Kenneth Macdonald),
  • newspaper article, 'Through The Yellowhead To The End of Steel and Beyond' by John Kenneth Macdonald, Edmonton Bulletin, Aug. 26, 1911, pp. 9-10. (o/s folder in map cabinet)
  • marriage announcement, Therese Fraser Holland and John Kenneth Macdonald, 1 Jan 1912,
  • retirement as Deputy Attorney General, ca. 1907,
  • typescript story, 'Tige' by J.K.M., n.d.,

Macdonald, Holland Family

General Theatre

The series consists of various programmes, newsletters and news clippings pertaining to theatre in Edmonton, collected by various members of the Macdonald and Clifton families.
However as several members of the Macdonald and Clifton families were involved in theatre, it is not specifically clear who collected what material, hence attributed to the family in general.

Macdonald, Clifton Family

Clubs/Entertainment Venues

This series consists of records of some of the clubs described above, but predominantly Club 70, The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose (ISCWR) and The Roost Nightclub. There are early administrative records for Club 70, as well as newsletters and photographs. ISCWR records include Coronation programs and information from the first coronation in 1976, and then further programs and records from courts held from 1985 to 2009. There are numerous event and promotion files for The Roost Nightclub, including monthly event calendars, broadsheets and flyers, news clippings and event posters. Included with the records were Roost Nightclub plaques and trophies.

Clubs / Entertainment Venues

Donald Walter Macdonald

The series consists of writings by Donald Walter Macdonald.

File List
File 1: Personal papers

  • poem, 'Bugaboo, Bogey and I' by Donald Mack, n.d.,
  • newspaper article, 'A Tale of Two Lawyers' by Donald Mack, Edmonton Journal, May 10, 1929, p. 4 (o/s folder in map cabinet).

Macdonald, Donald Walter

Annie York Secord

The series consists of daily journals, 1906-1918, 1937-1950, scrapbooks and recipe clipping books, 1945-1962 (one recipe book added to after her death), correspondence and other documents relating to her life, interests and activities.

Secord, Annie Ada York

Richard York Secord

The series consists of agendas, minutes, correspondence and supporting documentation relating to Richard York Secord’s service on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, 1959-1968, the Edmonton Archives and Landmarks Committee/Edmonton Historical Board, 1964-1972, the Alberta Heritage Sites Board, 1973-1976, and the Fort Edmonton Foundation, 1970-1975.

There is also personal and business correspondence, including correspondence relating to the Secord family history, as well as research material, correspondence and manuscripts relating to the Richard Henry Secord biography and Richard York Secord memoirs.

Secord, Richard York

Faith Clifton

The series consists of records pertaining to Faith Howay Clifton.

File List
File 1: Theatre (1943-1948, n.d.):
~ newsletters 'Role Call', Apr. 1944 (vol. 7, no. 4), Nov. 1, 1944 (vol. 8, no. 1), Dec. 1944 (vol. 8, no. 2 - 2 copies), May 1945 (vo.l 8, no. 4), includes articles by or about Faith Clifton,
~ programme, 'Arsenic and Old Lace', Edmonton Little Theatre, Apr. 28-30, 1943 (assistant director and costumes),
~ programme, 'The Skin of Our Teeth', Edmonton Little Theatre, Mar. 9-10, 1945 (R.B. Clifton as Professor, back page annotated by Faith Clifton, “I sold all this ruddy advertizing”[sic]),
~ programme, news clipping, 'Life With Father', Nov. 15-17, 1948 (director).

File 2: News clippings (1945-1959, n.d.):
~ Edmonton Little/Community Theatre,
~ drama festivals,
~ Canadian National Institute for the Blind,
~ Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire,
~ Alberta Progressive Conservative Association,
~ Circle 8 Theatre,
~ Edmonton Allied Arts Council,
~ obituary, published Edmonton Journal, 23 Apr 1959

Clifton, Faith Howay

Mickey Macdonald

The series consists of records predominantly reflecting Mickey’s acting career, including programmes, correspondence, news clippings and photographs. There are also records pertaining to family and Mickey’s foray into creative writing.

Macdonald, Marguerite Irene Clifton

Alan Macdonald

The series consists of records pertaining to Alan’s military and legal careers, with a lesser extent to his acting and community involvement activities. The records include programmes, correspondence, writings by Alan, news clippings and photographs.

Macdonald, Alan Fraser

Theatre for Children

The photographs in this series depict theatrical productions put on by the Recreation Department and the Junior League of Edmonton. The program was called Theatre for Children, and most productions took place at Victoria Composite High School, though a few were also held at the Jubilee Auditorium. In the 1960s the program expanded to include The Playground Players, which offered outdoor theatrical productions in the community. This series includes photographs of most of the productions undertaken from 1954 until 1966, when the Junior League handed the program over to the Junior Arts Council. The series also includes photographs of dance workshops for children and a concert held at Borden Park.

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