Fonds MS-1261 - Jim Yee fonds

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Jim Yee fonds

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CA EDM MS-1261

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  • [195-] - 2023 (Creation)

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20 cm of textual records and other materials

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(1944, February 11 - current)

Biographical history

James “Jim” Yee [囯伩] was born on February 11, 1944 to Joe Mun “George” Yee [桂倫 or 桂侕] and Yuen Yee (nee Lim) [悅园]. Jim was raised in Black Diamond, Alberta on his father’s market garden along with his siblings; Norman Yee [囯中], Dorothy Yee [美玲], Rose Yee, Tom Yee [囯楽], John Yee [囯明], and Darlene Yee. Jim was the second oldest among his siblings.

Jim was a member of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and took part in a training camp in Millarville, before it moved to Black Diamond. In 1962 Jim served as a Canadian Army Transport Operator in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. In 1963, Jim moved to Edmonton from Black Diamond and attended a vocational school.

Jim married Jenny “Gin” Wong on August 10, 1969. Together they had two children, Tim (born October 25, 1971) and Sueanne (born June 6, 1974). Throughout his life and career as a mechanic, Jim worked for various companies and organizations including Grosser Parts (1967-1967), Crosstown (1967-1971) Kingsway Toyota (1971-1979), and the City of Edmonton (1979-1999). Jim also received a range of certifications and certificates and was a landlord for an apartment building in Edmonton.

In 1971, Jim, along with his brother Tom and with financial support from his parents, bought 40 acres of land. On the acreage Jim and Tom built a duplex with a basement suite for their parents. The acreage was built by Jim and his siblings. In 1973 Jim and his family moved to the acreage. In 1990 Tom sold his part of the acreage to Jim. In 2001 Jim's brother John’s old house was moved onto the acreage and Jim, Jenny and their daughter Sueanne moved into the house.

Jim is a Christian and involved with the Edmonton Chinese Christian Church (ECCC) and was baptized in 1995. Following his retirement in 1999, Jim traveled. In 2006 Jim took part in the Redress of the Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Act in Ottawa, Jim's father George was a payee. In the mid to late 2000s Jim and Jenny divorced. Jim continues to travel and enjoy his retirement.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of the records pertaining to the life and career of James "Jim" Yee [囯伩]. The records include photographs of his family, friends, home, and travels from childhood to retirement. Photographs also include his attendance at the Redress of the Chinese Head Tax in Ottawa in 2006 and his involvement in the Edmonton Chinese Christian Church. The fonds incudes textual records of Jim's career as a mechanic and landlord including certificates, licenses, correspondence, reference letters and customer surveys. Jim worked for a range of companies in Edmonton including Crosstown, Kingsway Toyota and the City of Edmonton. The fonds also includes genealogical research, a pin, a patch and a painting by S. Chen of Jim and George Yee.

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Immediate source of acquisition

The fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by James Yee in 2023 and 2024.

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The records were arranged by the Archivist according to record type.

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  • Chinese
  • English

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    Some files are restricted. See Reference Archivist.

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    Copyright may apply.
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    Finding aid available online.

    Associated materials

    Joe Mun "George" Yee's head tax certificate at the Royal Alberta Museum.

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    Further accruals are not expected.

    General note

    Accession numbers: A2023-57, A2023-66, A2024-3

    Conservation

    Photographs removed from albums and frames.

    Physical description

    Includes: 1060 photographs, 2 objects, 1 painting, 1 poster, and 1 sign

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    Photographs removed from scrapbooks and albums. Access copies that demonstrate the original layout of the records within the scrapbook and photo albums have been created. Access copies are included in box with the photographs.

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