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Marie Dorsey fonds
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[ca. 1940] (Creation)
- Dorsey, Marie Dezall
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2 cm of textual records and other material
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Francis Marie Dezall (‘Marie’) was born in Agassi, B.C. on December 28, 1915. Her parents were pioneer homesteaders in Raven, Alberta. Marie went to Edmonton for nurses training, graduating with the Gold Medal for Proficiency from the Misericordia Hospital. Marie married Frederick Jack Dorsey and they had 3 children, Jaclyn, Michael and Candas. They moved to eastern Canada but returned to Edmonton in 1952. Fred Dorsey worked for the Edmonton Transit system. Fred Dorsey died September 17, 1997.
Marie had a lifelong interest in collecting stamps, first day covers and history of early post offices and served as the director of the Edmonton stamp club. She volunteered with the City of Edmonton Archives 1969-1974, working on special research projects including gathering information for development of Fort Edmonton.
She then joined Alberta Historic Sites department, developing a report on historic sites on the North Saskatchewan river. In 1975 she was appointed Alberta’s first Geographical Names Officer where she created a widely respected program which emphasized the need for sound, solid historical research. This work prepared the foundation for the four-volume edition of ‘Place Names of Alberta’. Later, she was advisor to the Alberta Historic Sites Board.
Marie retired in 1980 and then became a member on the Alberta Historic Sites Board. Marie received many honours for her work, including the Friends of the Alberta Museums Society award in 1993, the Friends of Geographic Names Society “Name Dropper” Award in 1996, the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographic Names Leading Toponymist Award in 1997, Edmonton Historical Board award in 1998 and the HSA Annual Award in 2003.
Marie Dezall Dorsey died 23 May 2015.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of material created or collected by Marie Dorsey and reflect her various interests.
The photographs include images of the Provincial Courthouse just prior to demolition (1972), art details on the Quesnel Bridge (1970), Rocky R. Jewellry store (1968), interiors of grocery store in Agassi B.C. (1908), round barn in Henderson (1972), New Edmonton Hotel ([ca. 1940]), street scene of 100 St. and 102 Ave during snowstorm [ca. 1925] and the portrait of Marie Dorsey used for EHB award (1998).
The fonds also includes a map of Edmonton featuring Jasper Place and Beverly [194?] (EAM-379).
File 1: Canadian National Philatelic Exhibition CANPEX ’64 Catalogue (1964), Edmonton Stamp Club Directory (1971);
File 2: memorial tribute booklet by Edmonton Film Society ‘H.P. Brown, 1886-1965’ (1966) – includes list of EFS Presidents 1936-1966; programme “The Edmonton Film Society – Main Series” (28 March 1966);
File 3: Edmonton Transit System - Condensed History of Events (1908-1966), author unknown, includes list of Superintendents 1909-1951;
File 4: artwork – 2 sketches by Marie Dorsey – 1 multi sketch of trains [ca. 1970], 1 colour sketch of grain elevators (1995).
Immediate source of acquisition
This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Marie Dorsey in 11 donations made between 1970 and 2001.
The material was arranged according to the filing system of the creator.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-98.
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Photographs have been described at the item level; some are available on the online database, with the remainder available in the Reference Room.
Further accruals are expected.
Accession numbers: A70-19, A71-8, A72-69, A73-33, A73-77, A74-4, A74-32, A75-80, A76-131, A98-114, A2001-75
Formerly known as Mrs. F.J. Dorsey fonds.
Includes 41 photographs, 2 sketches and 1 map.
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