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Civil / Human Rights

The Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE) formed ca. 1971-1972 was an early advocate for civil and human rights for Edmonton’s gay community, presenting briefs on behalf of the community to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. GATE joined in June 1975 the Canadian National Gay Rights Coalition (NGRC) to ensure a stronger voice in speaking on behalf of rights for gays, and in 1979 hosted a provincial conference on the theme of “devising strategies for the gay civil rights movement in Alberta”. ALGR (Alberta Lesbian and Gay Rights Association) was formed in Edmonton in 1981, and joined efforts with other Alberta groups to petition for inclusion of sexual orientation in provincial and Canadian human rights protection legislation. By the mid-1980’s, the GALA Civil Rights Committee was struck as an offshoot of the broader Gay and Lesbian Awareness Society, to continue advocating and working towards having the phrase “sexual orientation” included in the Individual Rights Protection Act of Alberta, the Canadian Human Rights Code, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. To accomplish this, the committee sponsored educational forums, letter-writing campaigns, and presented briefs to government committees. Its broader goal was to generally work for equality rights for lesbians and gay men at the federal, provincial and civic levels and to increase public awareness and understanding of gay and lesbian issues. The firing in 1991 of Delwin Vriend from his position as a lab instructor at King’s College in Edmonton because of his sexual orientation led to GALA’s Civil Rights Committee forming the Delwin Vriend Defence fund. Advocacy for the rights of Edmonton’s queer community is ongoing, and a timeline of significant Edmonton Queer History events can be found on a timeline compiled by the Edmonton Queer History Project: (ttps:// events)

This series consists of records described with the following sub-series: GALA Civil Rights Committee; Alberta Human Rights Commission; Canadian Human Rights Commission; Civil Rights Case Files; Human Rights Policies; Issues; Political Party Positions; and Provincial/Canadian Legislation. Information is included on numerous issues around achieving equitable rights for Edmonton’s (and more broadly Alberta’s) gay community, and the series is extensive in the range of gay and lesbian civil and human rights detailed. The textual material includes correspondence, meeting documents, newsletters, briefs and prepared submissions and presentations, and many news clippings and published article references.

Smith's Ambulance Service

  • CA EDM MS-103
  • Fonds
  • 1976

The fonds consists of a history of Smith's Ambulance Service, a biography of the founder of Smith’s Ambulance Service, Sherman Maxwell Smith, and several photocopied newspaper clippings relating to the company. The photographs include images of ambulances from the 1930s to the 1970s and various staff.

Smith's Ambulance Service

Edmonton Schools Patriotic Day Service

  • CA EDM MS-105
  • Fonds
  • 1927

The fonds consists of a brochure (2 copies) for the "Patriotic Day Service" for Edmonton schools, Thursday June 30, 1927 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation.

Edmonton School's Patriotic Day Service

Kenneth McDonald

  • CA EDM MS-120
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1886

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 from Henareth McDonald to Miss Duncan McLelland. The photographs include Emma (Rowland) McDonald and two children, William McDonald and family, and member of Blackfoot with tipi and horse.

McDonald, Kenneth

Ernest Scudamore George

  • CA EDM MS-121
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1962

The fonds consists of photocopied transcripts of letters and articles written by Ernest Scudamore George and the certificate of membership of E.S. George to the Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old-Timers Association, Dec. 31, 1926. It also includes a photocopied transcript of an article by Barbara Mary George, Ernest George’s mother. The photograph is a portrait of Ernest George, ca. 1962.

George, Ernest Scudamore

Harold Osborne Ross

  • CA EDM MS-123
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1960

This fonds consists of an architectural drawing for the Ross house in Windsor Park, 1913, at 8404 - 118 Street and showing north, west and east elevations, and basement, 1st floor and 2nd floor plans, and photographs taken or collected by Harold Ross. Also includes photographs taken after Harold Ross' death.

Ross, Harold Osborne

Gladys Hanson

  • CA EDM MS-124
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1960

This fonds consists of song books and sheet music, ranging from 1893 to 1960. It also includes stationery eraser guides marked “John Underwood & Co.” and three Klondike coins.

The photographs include her father William M. Jones at the Rat Creek incinerator, including an interior of the incinerator.

Hansen, Gladys Lillian (Jones)

APEGGA Women's Club

  • CA EDM MS-125
  • Fonds
  • 1949-2003, predominantly 1954-2009

This fonds consists of correspondence and reports relating to the organization of the club, records of officers of the club including the President (1988-2009), First Vice-President/Vice-president (1987-2009), Second Vice-president (1954-1999), Treasurer (1963-2009), Recording Secretary/Secretary (1959-2009), Corresponding Secretary/Newsletter Chairperson (1979-2009), Membership Chairperson (1958-2009), Groups Chairperson (1966-1996), Social Convenor (1975-2009). It also includes records of the Ladies' Afternoon Bridge Club Convenor (1982-2008), Mixed Bridge Club Convenor (1972, 1980-1992), Photography Convenor (1977-1999) and The Painter Group Convenor (n.d.).

There are photographs of executive members and events and a PowerPoint presentation of Club's history, 2009.

APEGGA Women’s Club

Sophie Bell

  • CA EDM MS-126
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1910-1928

This fonds consists of booklets and programmes related to events, businesses and promotions in Edmonton.

The photographs are of Edmonton and area, including buildings, automobiles, the Edmonton Public Library board and staff, the Edmonton News Boys Band, Mayor Joseph A. Clarke, and the High Level Bridge under construction, ca. 1910 -1927.

File 1. Rules and Regulations – Street Railway Department, City of Edmonton, 1912.
File 2. Promotional Pamphlet: Edmonton’s Creed, 1913. (2 copies, index)
File 3. Programme: “A Personal Message from The Commercial Grads” from an Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Team sponsored tournament, 1928.
File 4. Publication: Edmonton, Capital City of Alberta – Manufacturing and Distributing Centre. City of Edmonton. [ca. 1952]
File 5. Pamphlet: “Facts – Not Fiction – Read It’, Great Northern Oil and Asphalt Company. n.d.

Bell, Sophie

Barbara Stewart

  • CA EDM MS-128
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1970-1980

The fonds consists of reports, news clippings, map and correspondence relating the MacKinnon Ravine roadway proposal; membership lists, agendas and minutes and other records of the Urban Reform Group Edmonton (URGE).

Stewart, Barbara

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