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James Abel Hornby fonds

1871-1945, predominant 1895-1939

Physical Description:
25 cm of textual records. -- 179 photographs

James Abel Hornby, 1861-1944, was born in Springfield, Ontario and came to Calgary, Alberta in 1892 to work as a construction foreman. He later entered business for himself and was responsible for the construction of many city projects including Calgary's first steel bridge over the Elbow River. In 1908 he became an insurance agent with E.A. Lilly Adjustment Agency. He served for 15 years as a city alderman and was affiliated throughout his life with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. In 1896 he married Annie Isabel MacRae, ?-1927, and they had ten children, John William, 1900-1901, Joy, Marian Eva (Campbell), 1903-?, Alice (Sipes), Isabel (Lovatt), Rosamond (Tebo), 1908-2001, Laura (Paterson), Esther (Kwiat), 1912-2001, James Malcolm, 1898-?, and Robert.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Hornby's correspondence, campaign literature, appointments, and building contracts and accounts; photographs of family, friends and Calgary; and various family correspondence, certificates, school records (Crescent Heights High School, Western Canada College, Garbutt Business College), poetry, invitations, programs and souvenir booklets.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Esther Kwiat, Rosamond Tebo and Alice Sipes, 1962-1984.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-537, M-5955, M-6670, M-6706, M-6842, PA-820, PA-1665, PA-2525, PB-621, PB-636, NA-610, NA-1222, NA-2831, NA-4554

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