Fonds PR1447 - Clarence Comrie fonds

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Clarence Comrie fonds

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    • 1912-1995 (Creation)

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    0.10 m textual records. -- 905 photographs. – 76 copy negatives. – 35 negatives.

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    Biographical history

    Robert D. Clarence Comrie began working for Northern Alberta Railways (NAR) in 1927 and retired in 1972. He began a second career working as a salesman for Canada Permanent Trust until his retirement in 1986.

    He married Margaret Chamberlain (1907-1999) in Edmonton in 1932, and together they had six children: Ronald (d. 1933), Gary, Gerald, Dave, Joyce (Dawson) (d. 2003), and Shirley (Uchman).

    He died in Edmonton in 2006.

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    Scope and content

    Fonds consists of photographs depicting mainly railroad locomotives, cars, stations, employees and derailments in Lac La Biche, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Waterways and Hythe, Alberta, but also includes a ceremony for returning First World War soldiers, buildings, sled-dogs, a hotel, floods, buffalo, tar sands, a Hudson’s Bay Company steamer on the Athabasca River, bridges, and construction of a water tower. Fonds also includes a newspaper clipping entitled The Muskeg Special, correspondence, information and photographs used for publishing the book Ribbons of Steel.

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    Mr. C. Comrie deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in two separate accessions, one each in 1975 and 1976.


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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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        File list is available.

        Associated materials

        C. Comrie also deposited Northern Alberta Railways (NAR) administrative records in accession PR1990.0379


        Further accruals are not expected.

        General note

        Reference prints of photographs from this fonds can be found in A File under location numbers A.10,293-A.10,296 and A.18,513-A.18,533. Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the 1976 Henderson's Edmonton City Directory and from the records.

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        Includes accessions PR1975.0514, PR1976.0317, and PR2012.0543.

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