Fonds PR0945 - Alexander Kelsey fonds

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Alexander Kelsey fonds

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    • Copied 1974-1975 (Creation)

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    25 negatives. – 2 postcards. – 0.01 m of textual records

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    Biographical history

    Alexander Kelsey was born in Australia in 1875 and immigrated to Alberta, taking up a homestead at Clover Bar circa (ca.) 1895. He married Myra Bailey (1877-1970) on July 22, 1914 in Edmonton, Alberta, and they had at least two children: Norman and Myra.

    Alexander Kelsey also farmed at Lacombe, Alberta and was superintendent of an oil company near Athabasca Landing that dissolved in 1914. Kelsey was interested in the Athabasca Tar Sands and prospected and worked at sawmills in that area from 1921-1923. He moved to a farm at Vermilion, Alberta some time after that, and in 1928 moved again to Turner Valley, Alberta to work as a fireman/boilerman until his retirement in 1943.

    He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1945. He died in Vancouver in 1970.

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    Fonds consists of copied photographs which date from 1912-1923, predominantly 1912-1914, that depict various people, buildings, and views in Athabasca Landing, House River, Vermilion, and Edmonton, Alberta, including boats, railway cars, sawmills, oil field equipment, machinery and workers, log cabins, the Vermilion Baptist church, road and building construction, and Kelsey family members. Fonds also includes two postcards and a copied newspaper clipping about a type of crude oil engine.

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    Miss Myra Kelsey, a daughter of Alexander Kelsey, deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in two separate accessions, one each in 1974 and 1975.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Some photographs from this fonds can be found in A File under location numbers A.2349-A.2354, A.,2469, and A.10,488-A.10,489. Information for the biographical sketch was provided by Myra Kelsey.

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        Includes accessions PR1974.0326 and PR1975.0322.

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