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Photographs

Series consists of approximately 2,100 photographs taken by Hubert Hollingworth, documenting life in Edmonton during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. These include portraits, street scenes, buildings, and events.

Administrative Records

This series contains financial records, correspondence and memoranda relating to the work of the department, as well as resources used by its employees. The series includes a bookkeeping ledger used to track aggregate credits and debits between 1956 and 1974.

Administrative Records

The records in this series relate primarily to the functions of the Analytical Services, Computer Systems, Computer Operations branches.

The Analytical Services Branch, under Director Trevor Peach, was originally intended to provide the City with a staff of competent Work Study Technicians through a period of training and then reassignment to their departments. The concept developed to that of a permanent staff of qualified management Analysts with the capability for a broader approach to problem solving with the realization that Work Study was just one part of the problem solving approach. Their concept of service expanded to include work systems design and special assistance in office systems, forms design, organization, economic feasibility, financial studies and the provision of resource people for expediting the work of committees, and task forces.

The Computer Systems Branch, under Director George Mueske, was established to develop the various uses which could be made of a computer. It provided services that varied from providing courses in project control and critical path to actual systems design programming and implementation for specific projects. The branch had no authority to initiate new applications or to revise ones currently in use without the expressed wish of the department concerned.

The Computer Operations Branch, under Director Joe Davis, was responsible for data input, data control and twenty-four hour a day operation of the computer and auxiliary equipment.

Series consists of reports, correspondence, and speeches relating to the various functions performed by the Analytical Services, Computer Systems, Computer Operations branches of the Management Services Department.

Harry Ainlay

Harry Ainlay was born in Brussels, Ontario in 1887. After earning a teacher’s certificate, he came to Alberta in 1907, spending time around Stavely before moving to Edmonton in 1912. After several years in real estate, Harry Ainlay returned to teaching in 1920, working at Queen Alexandra High School, Garneau High School, and Strathcona High School.

Harry Ainlay first ran for office as an Alderman in 1930, but was defeated. He was first elected as an Alderman in 1931 for a two year term. He was re-elected in 1933, but lost in the 1935 election. He ran for mayor in 1935, 1936, and 1937, but was defeated each time. He returned to municipal politics, and won a seat as an Alderman in 1941 and again in 1943. Halfway through his term as Alderman he stepped down and ran for Mayor in the 1945 election. He won, and served as Mayor until 1949.

Apart from municipal politics, Harry Ainlay ran a number of unsuccessful Provincial campaigns in both Alberta and British Columbia, under the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. He was also involved in the Yellowhead Route Association in the 1940s and 1950s.

Due to health concerns, Harry Ainlay left Edmonton and moved to British Columbia. He passed away in Haney, British Columbia in 1970.

The series consists of permits issued by the Mayor’s Office, speeches, greetings, proclamations, and correspondence.

File 1 – Licenses: Permits issued from the Mayor’s Office (December 1945 - May 1949)
File 2 – Speeches: Speeches, greetings, proclamations (November 1945 - February 1947)
File 3 – Speeches: Speeches, greetings, proclamations (March - September 1947)
File 4 – Speeches: Speeches, greetings, proclamations (October 1947 – April 1948)
File 5 – Correspondence: greetings, letters of gratitude, correspondence (January – July 1948)

Gay Alliance Towards Equity (GATE)

The Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE) formed ca. 1971-1972, originated as a University of Alberta student and faculty group lobbying to change laws discriminating against homosexuals. They were established as part of a wave of like groups across the continent responding to moves by the Canadian and American government to decriminalize homosexuality. Early GATE organizers were Michael Roberts, Bob Emery, Bill Booth, Tom Hutchinson, and M.A. Mumert. Incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta in August, 1977, GATE’s first constitution was approved in 1978. GATE offices moved from the campus area to a downtown location in the late 1970’s, distancing the organization both physically and philosophically from a purely university activist organization into one more representative of the general gay community in Edmonton. The emphasis was now on social service to the gay community, including operating as a drop-in centre; hosting a Speakers’ Bureau; offering a phone-in line for information as well as a peer-counseling program; establishing a library; and planning social outings. Additionally, GATE continued to advocate for civil rights for gays and lesbians and served as a communications hub for members of Edmonton’s gay community. They also took part in national issues and organizations and some reorganization of the Executive was required by the mid-1980’s to facilitate the growth of the organization and the increase in types of activities. GATE’s activities were supported by funds generated by social events, contributions and an annual membership fee. However, due to financial mis-management and poor record keeping, GATE lost its Societies Act registration in 1986. A reapplication was made in 1987, but a new name had to be created as a condition for regaining their status. This was accomplished, and on November 4, 1987 GATE’s name was incorporated as the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton (GLCCE). (See Series 4.)

This series consists of GATE’s administrative records including their bylaws and constitution; financial statements; meeting minutes; and correspondence. In addition, there are copies of the GATE newsletter, two grant applications, and records related to GATE’s counselling program, and their social activities.

City Clerks and Administrative Records

This series consists of records related to the City Clerk’s Office. The City Clerk’s Office is the one most directly concerned with providing service to the Mayor and City Council and until 1972 the City Commissioners. They collect (and in most cases create) Councils’ minutes, correspondence and action files. This office is responsible for preparing materials for councilors’ and the Mayor’s scrutiny before it goes to the Council chambers for debate and voting. Included in these are materials relating to bylaws and regulations for the City of Edmonton, elections preparations and results, census papers and reports, as well as records created by the City’s commissioners, departments and committees such as correspondence, reports, policies, recommendations and action requests. The administrative records of the City’s government include a number of services which are shared between other departments through a centralized office within the Commissioners’ and later the City Manager’s office. This series contains the following sub-series:

– 1.1 Bylaws and Licenses
– 1.2 Elections and Census
– 1.3 Shared Management Services
– 1.4 Mayor / Council Inquiries & Correspondence
– 1.5 Departmental Reports / Policies
– 1.6 Personnel / City Employees
– 1.7 Advisory and Standing Committees

Administration

The series consists of meeting minutes, agreements, financial records, personnel records, correspondence, and other material generated through the business conducted at the Municipal Airport.

An order has been imposed on the material. The arrangement includes four sub-series, which are as follows:

  • Sub-series 1.1 – Reports, minutes, general orders and record keeping
  • Sub-series 1.2 – Finance
  • Sub-series 1.3 – Buildings
  • Sub-series 1.4 – Human Resources (Restricted)

Youth Related Organizations / Resources

The history around Edmonton’s Gay youth related organizations and resources is not easily separated from the broader Gay and Lesbian organizations established for the entire Edmonton queer community, regardless of age. However, in recent years there is growing attention paid to the role of gay-straight alliances in schools, and creating safe spaces for LGBQT youth to express their sexuality. Historically in Edmonton, an organization for Gay and Lesbian Youth (GALYG) was offered as a program of McMan Youth Service and GATE (Gay Alliance Toward Equality); with the group producing their first newsletter in January 1988. The Pink Triangle Youth Group of Edmonton was formed ca. 1993 and operated out of the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre (GLCCE) of Edmonton. It offered space for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 to gather for social interaction, education, and information sharing. Operating from November 1994 through September 1995 was a committee titled the Edmonton Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth working committee, which reported to the GLCCE Board of Directors. A program titled Youth Understanding Youth was established at the Centre ca. 2003, and once the GLCCE became the Pride Centre, similar meeting spaces and programs for youth continued to operate (under names including: Queer HangOut; Queer Youth CampOut; YouthSpace; and Pride Youth).

This is a small series, but one that may well expand as further accruals are received. The records consist of documents related to GATE’s Gay and Lesbian Youth Group; the Pink Triangle Youth Group of Edmonton; and other GLCCE youth initiatives. The bulk of the series consists of printed resources and reference materials related to counselling gay and lesbian youth; related youth studies and reports; and some correspondence. Included with the papers are three pink triangle t-shirts created for Pride ’92 week.

Clubs / Entertainment Venues

Gay clubs and bars operated openly in Edmonton from 1969 onwards. The first club established (ca. 1969) was called Club 70 and was located at 10242-106 street. It ceased operating in 1977, and at this same location was briefly the Cha Cha Palace (late 1970’s), Boots and Saddle Nightclub (ca. 1978-2010), and finally The Junction Bar and Eatery (2010-2012). Boots and Saddle also operated Boots: the Blue Room, Simply Boots, and the Garage Burger Bar (1997-2010). Flashback Nite Club opened first in 1976 at 11639 Jasper Avenue, and then relocated to 103rd Avenue and 104 street, closing ca. 1991. The Roost Club opened in September 1977, initially open for men only, but expanded to include women in the following year. Buddy’s Nite Club opened on 124 street in ca. 1994, remaining there for 15 years, and operated its final six years on Jasper Avenue, closing in 2015. Other LGQBT bars in Edmonton included Prism, for queer women, closing in 2010; Woody’s Pub on Jasper Avenue; Secrets Bar and Grill on 107th street; and Play Nightclub downtown. Another organization important as a social and entertainment outlet for Edmonton’s gay community was The New Royalist Social Society of Northern Alberta: The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose, established in Edmonton in 1976 as part of an international Imperial Sovereign Court system. As well as providing entertainment for the gay community, the Imperial Court expanded its role to raise funds for gay and gay positive charities, and established a scholarship fund and the Star of Hope fund. Many of the gay bars and clubs hosted fundraising events or partnered with other organizations to raise monies for local community initiatives. [Some information provided by Rob Browatzke of The Junction.]

This series consists of records of some of the clubs described above, but predominantly Club 70; the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose (ISCWR); and The Roost Nightclub. There are early administrative records for Club 70, as well as newsletters and photographs. ISCWR records include Coronation programs and information from the first coronation in 1976, and then further programs and records from courts held from 1985 to 2009. There are numerous event and promotion files for The Roost Nightclub, including monthly event calendars, broadsheets and flyers, news clippings and event posters. There are hundreds of photographs, as yet uncatalogued, primarily pertaining to events and functions held at the clubs. Included with the records were Roost Nightclub plaques and trophies.

Organizations

Many organizations have and do exist in Edmonton that have served or worked with the city’s LGBTQ community. Some organizations are national and international in their scope and membership, while others are local or provincial. Many of these organizations produced information pamphlets, newsletters and brochures, which were made available for interested persons to access at places like the GATE office, and later the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre and the Edmonton Pride Centre office. The range of interests and foci represented by these organizations is vast, from the very specific to the broad (for example the Northern Titans Bowling Tournament to organized religious bodies such as the United Church of Canada). There are numerous files of information gathered from AIDS organizations across Canada and internationally, as well as files relating to other varied organizations, both extant and extinct.

This series consists of the records of an array of organizations, and have been arranged in the following broad geographical sub-series: Organizations – Alberta; Alberta – Edmonton; Alberta - Calgary; British Columbia; Manitoba; Maritimes; Ontario; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Australia; Europe; and the U.S.A. Within these geographical headings, the files are arranged alphabetically by file title (this often being the title of the specific organization represented). The records consist primarily of published brochures or newsletters; and an assortment of printed information including news clippings, articles, news releases, and general correspondence. While some files have a lot of information, others are skimpy in their content. However, the range of organizations represented in this series, and the span of years captured, provides valuable insight into the rich diversity of the LGBTQ community during this time period.

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