Fonds PR0824 - Grace Hood Watts fonds

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Grace Hood Watts fonds

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    • 1926-[ca.1975] (Creation)

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    0.02 m of textual records. – 12 photographs. – 1 postcard

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    Biographical history

    Grace Hood was born in England on October 15, 1889 and was educated in England and Scotland. Her father, William Hood, and the family immigrated to Canada in 1907, and homesteaded near Dunstable, Alberta.

    After five years, the family moved to Edmonton. Grace Hood Watts was part of the Women's Musical Club Chorus from 1928 to 1932. During the Second World War, she joined the Alberta Women's Service Corps. She worked for a time at the Douglas Printing Company, and retired from the Great Western Garment Company in 1950 after over thirty-five years.

    She married Frederick Watts in 1912, and together they had one child, Violet. Grace Hood Watts died March 27, 1978.

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    The fonds includes brief biographies of prominent figures including Peter Lougheed, Governor-General Jules Léger, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Cora Casselman and Alex Talyor; poetry and other writing; souvenir programs and other material regarding Edmonton Exhibition Association’s Grand Historical Pageant, 1926, and Arabian Nights, 1929; photographs of William Hawrelak and his funeral, Grace Hood Watts, and early Edmonton; and published information about Ethelbert Lincoln Hill and a ceremony honouring members of the “C” company of the Alberta Women’s Service Corps.

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    Grace Hood Watts deposited records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1974 and 1975 (PR1974.425, PR1975.249) and her daughter, Mrs. V.B. Douglas, in 1980 (PR1980.041, PR1980.075).


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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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        A taped interview with Grace Watts, along with other related textual records including a handwritten autobiography, poems, and articles on Canadian political figures, can be found in Accession GR1974.061.

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        Included in accession PR1980.041 is a biography prepared by Grace Watts’ daughter, Mrs. V.B. Douglas, which belongs to the daughter’s fonds. Some of the photographs can be located in the A file under the numbers, A.5522 and A.9349-A.9351.

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