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Brook family fonds

1883-1965, predominant 1916-1918

Physical Description:
83.5 cm of textual records

Sidney Brook, 1871-1957, was born in Brighton, England. He came to Canada in 1891 and settled for several years near Morden, Manitoba. In 1907 he married Christena Isabelle McFadden, 1886-1966, of Manitou, Manitoba. They had seven children, Gordon S., 1908-?, Arnott, 1910-1917, Lorne V., [ca. 1912]- , Glen L., [ca. 1914 or 1915]- , Alice May (Carmichael), 1916- , Mabel (Lewis), 1920- , and Roy Eustace, 1924- . The Brooks moved to Alberta in 1910 and farmed at Craigmyle. Sidney served during the First World War and was wounded in France. The Brooks retired from farming in 1939 and moved into Craigmyle, where Sidney worked as the Alberta Treasury Branch agent for 15 years. In 1963 Isabelle moved into Calgary. For further information see "An Honored Place": Gender, Work, and the Brook Family on the Western Canadian Home Front During the First World War / Michelle L. Brandsma. - MA thesis: University of Saskatchewan, 2017.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Sidney's diaries and notebooks (1883-1954); correspondence between Isabelle and Sidney during their courtship and early married life (1906-1910); extensive correspondence between Sidney (serving overseas) and Isabelle (on the home front) during the First World War (1916-1918); letters to Sidney from his Brighton siblings, whom he re-meets during the war (1916-1918); letters from Isabelle's family in Manitoba (1908-1952); letters to Sidney and Isabelle from their children (1932-1947), in particular from Alice and Mabel who trained as nurses at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (1938-1941); and Isabelle's scrapbook of articles and memorabilia about Craigmyle (1935-1965).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Irene Brook, 2005

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)

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