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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.

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.

The Vocal Minority Music Society / Edmonton Vocal Minority

The Vocal Minority Music Society (VMS) formed ca. 1983, was, according to member Herbert Tay, the first mixed gay choir in Canada, and the second gay choir to be formed, following the Vancouver Men’s Chorus. The choir’s mandate was to provide a cultural organization to bring together singers, musicians, and interested individuals, both gay and gay-supportive. Their printed goals state they wanted to foster interaction between lesbian women and gay men, as well as between the gay community and the rest of society. The choir met weekly, and new members were on a one-month trial period. The choir was particularly active from 1983 through 1985, taking part in Canadian Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) choruses and performances. However, by 1986 their numbers were dwindling and with interest waning, the Board of Directors for the Vocal Minority Music Society announced its dissolution in May 1987. In 1993, a new LGBQT choir, Edmonton Vocal Minority (EVM), was started by David Hicks who was active at that time with the Gay and Lesbian Community Centre of Edmonton. The name of the newly-reestablished choir was a nod to its predecessor, and EVM continues to perform in several self-produced concerts each year, and actively participates in the Canadian GALA choruses Festivals. The choir remains committed “to playing a vital role in preserving and celebrating the rich culture and history of the Queer community, while at the same time championing equality and embracing the diversity of all people regardless of sexual orientation”. (EVM webpage:

This series consists of records primarily created by The Vocal Minority Music Society, and includes administrative records as well as records around their activities and associations. There is a collection of published music and a file of photographs related to both the VMS and EVM. Included with the papers are EVM programs and GALA Festival information along with one EVM newsletter.

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)

Hubert Alan Hollingworth

  • CA EDM MS-59
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1978

The fonds consists of materials collected or created by Hubert A. Hollingworth and dating between 1914 and 1974.

The textual records date between 1914 and 1974, and include photography booklets and catalogues, various souvenir programs, a post card album, high school newsletters, maps, and newspaper clippings relating to Edmonton's history, a memorial of Frank Hollingworth and his work with early radio.

The photograph records are divided into two series: Photographs and Glass Slide Negatives.

Hollingworth, Hubert Alan

Edmonton Bulletin fonds;Staff photographer series

  • CA EDM edm-1
  • Fonds
  • 1947-1951

The fonds consists of materials created by the Edmonton Bulletin between 1947 and 1951. The fonds consists of photos of Edmonton including personalities; accidents; events; clubs and societies; buildings including churches, schools and hospitals; commerce; industry; transportation; and military (April 1947-January 1951). Includes Bland's photo registers (April 1947-March 1950).

Edmonton Bulletin

Richard Y. Secord fonds

  • CA EDM edm-101
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1980

The fonds consists of materials created or collected by Richard York of Edmonton and dating from 1884 to 1980. The fonds consists of correspondence, personal documents and other materials. The majority of correspondence in this fonds relates to Mr. Secord's involvement in various historically related organizations. The other information deals to a lesser extent with personal and family matters.

Secord, Richard Y.

Murray Davis collection

  • CA EDM edm-1039
  • Collection
  • 1948-1987

The collection consists of materials collected by Murray Davis of Edmonton between 1948 and 1997. The fonds contains programs and magazines pertaining to the cultural life of Edmonton and Canada. Programs of such groups as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Opera Association, the Citadel Theatre, and the Alberta Ballet are included. There is also a collection of Canadian cultural magazines such as Encore, Update, Celebrity News, and Arts West. In addition, there are programs and brochures of special social, cultural, and sporting events in Edmonton.

Davis, Murray

Beatrice Carmichael fonds

  • CA EDM edm-1042
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1967

The fonds consists of materials created or collected by Beatrice Carmichael of Edmonton between 1928 and 1967. The fonds includes programs, brochures and correspondence from the Edmonton Civic Opera Society and the Women's Musical Club.

Carmichael, Beatrice

Marie Dorsey collection

  • CA EDM edm-1100
  • Collection
  • 1963-1971

The fonds consists of materials collected by Marie Dorsey of Edmonton and dating from 1963 to 1971. The fonds consists of a Campex catalogue, 1964; Edmonton Stamp Club Directory, 1971; Biographical pamphlet on H.P. Brown, secretary of the Edmonton Film Society; Edmonton Film Society program, 1966; Historical report on the Edmonton Transit System.

Dorsey, Marie

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