Title and statement of responsibility area
Joseph H. May fonds
General material designation
- Graphic material - photograph
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- Source of title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Level of description
CA EDM MS-1192
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
1905 - [ca.1916] (Creation)
- May, Joseph H.
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Name of creator
Joseph Henry May was born 27 Mar 1908 to Florence Byron and Gustave Henry May in Edmonton. His father and uncle, Percy Bryon, ran the Byron-May photography company in Edmonton from 1907 to 1917. Joseph’s father, Gustave May, became an important figure in Edmonton, not only for the photography business but was also elected alderman in 1912. World War I caused a decline in business and the Byron-May Company was closed. By 1920, the May family had moved to New Jersey, U.S.A.
Joseph May worked first as a cashier then went into the credit business. He married Henrietta Michon in the mid-1920s. They had two children, Dolores and Robert.
Joseph H. May died in 1983.
Mrs. J. Casey is Dolores May Casey, the daughter of Joseph & Henrietta May. The photograph album was passed down in the family from Gustave May to his son Joseph May, to his daughter Dolores.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of a Byron-May photo album with images taken over the time when the Byron and May families lived in Edmonton. The photographs were taken either by Percy Byron or attributed to Byron-May. The images include the May and Byron families and homes, as well as Edmonton buildings, sports events, agriculture, exhibitions, street and river valley scenes, and military.
Immediate source of acquisition
This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. May, via Mrs. J. Casey, in 1977.
The material was arranged according to the filing system of the creator. The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EB-23.
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There are no restrictions on access.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
See Scope and content above.
Photographs have been described at the item level; some are available on the online database, with the remainder available in the Reference Room.
No further accruals are expected.
Accession number: A77-140
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City of Edmonton Archives
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