Fonds PR2856 - G. Harrison Villett fonds

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G. Harrison Villett fonds

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    • 1913-1918, 1925 (Creation)

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    57 photographs. -- 0.01 m of textual records.

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    George Harrison Villett was born in 1890 in Prince Edward Island. After coming to Edmonton to work in a bank, he left to become a Lieutenant and pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in 1914. While serving with the Corps, he flew biplanes over France and England for the purpose of aerial mapping.

    When he returned from the First World War, he attended St. Stephen's College in Edmonton. After graduating, he worked in the ministry of the United Church in Taber, Iron Springs, and Pincher Creek, Alberta. In 1930, he moved back to Edmonton to serve as the minister of McDougall United Church in Edmonton. He remained the minister of the Church until 1935. He left Edmonton to serve at the Canadian Memorial United Church in Vancouver, BC, for twelve years before becoming the principal of United Church Alberta College North in Edmonton, a position he held from 1947 until his death.

    G. Harrison Villett married Evelyn McLean (1896-1997) in Millet in 1923, and they had four children: George (1924-2007), Walter (1926-1926), Aubrey, and Sylvan (1930-2017).

    He died in Edmonton in 1959.

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    The fonds consists of photographs G. Harrison Villett took and collected featuring images of World War I in France and England including aerial photographs taken for the purposes of mapping, photos of soldiers in trenches, photos of exploding shells, photos of biplanes, and photos of biplane accidents.

    The fonds also include a ticket for a 1913 Dominion Royal Mail Steamers ticket for travel for one adult from Quebec to Edmonton with notes on the back and a photograph of people in front of McDougall United Church, with a label noting it as the McDougall Methodist congregation in 1925, prior to Union.

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    The fonds was donated in several donations by descendants of Harrison Villett.


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        The material is in English.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the accession file PR2004.0125 at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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        Includes the following accessions: PR2004.0125, PR2014.2159.

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