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Edna Kells fonds

[ca. 1928-1935]

Physical Description:
2 cm of textual records

Edna Kells, 1880-1947, was a journalist and women's editor at the Edmonton Journal from 1910 to 1933. She wrote numerous articles for the newspaper and various magazines on early Alberta pioneers. Sometime between 1928 and 1935 she wrote a local history manuscript based on interviews conducted in southern Alberta. She also published Elizabeth McDougall, Pioneer / Toronto : United Church Publishing House, 1934. She retired to Victoria ca. 1937.

Custodial History:
The manuscript was acquired by the Fort Macleod Museum which transferred it to Glenbow in 1960.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of typescript of manuscript of reminiscences of southern Alberta pioneers from Fort Macleod, Pincher Creek, High River and Lethbridge. Pioneers include Thomas Clarke, A.E. Cox, Bertha Crooks, Mr. Dayman, Mrs. de Veber, Mrs. Richard Duthie, A.L. Fairbairn, Walter Fairhorn, Alex Fleming, Hamlin Garland, Clyde Gilmour, Justice W.C. Ives, Mrs. J.P.J. Jephson, Norman MacLeod, Mrs. Jack Murphy (later Mrs. Bunt), Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Newman, G.D. Plunkett, Senator Riley, Caroline Sanders, Abilgail Sexsmith, Mrs. Steadman, Mrs. Alex Thompson, R.A. Wallace, George Webb, Mrs. Alfred Wilson and R.N. Wilson. Topics discussed include remittance men, stopping places, polo, Dominion Day, balls and dances, social life, travelling, Christmas, theatricals, floods, blizzards, wind, prairie fires, loneliness, Charcoal (Blood), houses and furniture, churches cowboys, round-ups, education and schools, branding, round-ups, early settlement, pioneers and homesteading.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Fort Macleod Museum, 1960.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
Also available on microfilm.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Other Edna Kells records are at the City of Edmonton Archives.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4026, Microfilm-Kells

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