Fonds PR2888 - Clayton Willson fonds

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Clayton Willson fonds

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    • [ca. 1900] - 1929 (Creation)

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    10 photographs. -- 5 negatives. -- 1 map.

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    Biographical history

    Clayton Willson was born in 1886 in Kitchener, Ontario. In 1889 he moved with his family to Michigan, USA.

    In 1898 the family settled at Chigwell, near Lacombe, Alberta. As a teenager Clayton worked on Kootenay Lake in British Columbia. He then trained as a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) engineer and continued in that career until his retirement in 1949.

    He married Nellie Goodwin (1893-1979) of Canmore in Edmonton in 1913, and they had two children: Clayton Alexander (1914-1988) and Lillian (Scott) (1917-1999).

    He died in Edmonton in 1964.

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    The fonds documents Clayton Willson's career with CPR and consists of images of a CPR train and CPR boats at Arrow Lake, BC (1900), Clayton Willson on a CPR steamer (1908); Clayton Willson and other men in a CPR engine yard in Canmore, Alberta (1912); Clayton Willson inside the cab of the North Passenger Train #2532 behind the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) building in Calgary (1912), Alberta; Clayton Wilson in the cab of the North Passenger Train #2532 in front of the Palliser Hotel in Calgary (1929), and a map illustrating the stops and side trails along the track from Calgary to Field, BC [1910].

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    In 1969, Clayton A. Willson, who worked as a security guard at the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta, donated his father's records.


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        The material is in English.

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

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        Associated materials

        Please see the Canadian National Railways fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta for more information on Canadian National Railways.

        Please see the Clayton Willson fonds at the Glenbow Museum and Archives.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the fonds and from the Glenbow Museum and Archives' Clayton Willson fonds description. The images can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A1343 through A1347.

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        Includes accession PR1969.0138.

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