The fonds consists of personal papers and business records of some members of the McCauley family, including Matthew McCauley, his children Alexander James Henry McCauley and Julia Alberta McCauley Norquay, and his grandson William Alexander McCauley. There are also records of Matthew’s brothers Samuel and Alexander.
The records include family trees and a family history narrative of the McCauley family 1824 to 1965. There are also records from the businesses run by Matthew, Samuel and Alexander.
The photographs include the children of Matthew and Matilda McCauley, as well as photographs showing some of the construction and hauling work done by Samuel McCauley and his crew.
The fonds is arranged in five series: Series 1: Matthew McCauley Family Series 2: Alexander J.H. McCauley Family Series 3: Julia Alberta McCauley Norquay Family Series 4: Samuel McCauley Family Series 5: Alexander McCauley Family
The series consists of family and business records of Matthew McCauley and his family. The family records include biographies on Matthew McCauley and his family. There are also family history narratives, family tree sheets, and some photocopies of photographs.
The business records are for Matthew McCauley’s butcher shop and cartage businesses. The ledgers list the daily transactions or general accounts of the businesses, which include the names of many (now well known) Edmonton families and the costs of the material, product or service provided (ex: hay, meat, livery, hauling and cartage).
The photographs include the first train across the North Saskatchewan River, Matthew’s children, and the First Presbyterian Church Choir.
The series consists of records of Alexander J.H. McCauley, predominantly musical programmes, many of which list him as the pianist or accompanist. The other programmes where he is not listed, it is presumed these were concerts or performances that Alexander attended.
The series also includes a musical biography of Alexander’s son, William A. McCauley.
The series consists of narratives and records on the history of the Julia McCauley Norquay family, including a poem written by Marjorie van de Sande. There are also records and photographs of the Elizabeth Norquay and Bernard Aylen family.
The series consists of family and business records for Samuel McCauley and his family.
The family papers include a family tree page and family history narratives.
The business records include booklets with the costs and amount of construction material used for various projects and clients, and photographs of some of the construction and hauling work done by Samuel McCauley and his crew.