Fonds MS-120 - Kenneth McDonald fonds

Blackfoot Brave and Pony, on Canadian Pacific Railway

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Kenneth McDonald fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Graphic material - photograph

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.

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  • [ca. 1890], [ca. 1969] (Creation)
    McDonald, Kenneth

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Physical description

0.5 cm of textual records. - 2 photographs

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Kenneth McDonald was born in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland in 1828 and came to Rupert’s Land as a Hudson’s Bay Company employee ca. 1847. He married Emma Rowland (daughter of William Rowland, an employee of the Hudson’s Bay Company, and Betsey Ballendine) on Feb. 10, 1854. They settled in the Fort Edmonton district in 1860 and he claimed River Lot 20 after the transfer of Rupert’s Land to Canada in 1870. They had seven children, William, Alex, Caroline, Betsy, Flora, Eliza and Catherine.
Kenneth McDonald died on 6 Aug 1906.
Kenneth McDonald’s farm home was moved to Fort Edmonton Park in 1967 and preserved.

Custodial history

It is not known how the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association acquired a copy of the land grant document. The photographs and envelope were found in the Kenneth McDonald House during restoration at Fort Edmonton Park.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of a photocopy of land grant to Kenneth McDonald for 160 acres of River Lot 20, Edmonton Settlement, Jan.21, 1886, Homestead No. 34509 and one envelope addressed to Mrs. Duncan McLelland c/o Henareth [Kenneth?] McDonald. The photographs include William McDonald and family, and a photograph postcard of a Blackfoot man with a pony and teepee.

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Immediate source of acquisition

This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by an unknown donor via the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers Association, likely in the late 1960s and John Day at Fort Edmonton Park in 1975.


The material was arranged according to the filing system of the creator.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-263.

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  • English

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Location of originals

It is not known where the original land grant document is located.

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There are no restrictions on access.

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Copyright may apply.
Reproduction restrictions may apply.

Finding aids

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.

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

Accession Numbers: unknown, A75-129

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Conservation Note: Photographs are degrading

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Conservation Note: Photographs are degrading

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City of Edmonton Archives

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Physical storage

  • Box: MS Room
  • Map cabinet: MS Room
  • Box: Library