Fonds paa-6647 - Barford family fonds

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Barford family fonds

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PAA paa-6647

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0.19 of textual records. - 56 photographs. - 82 negatives

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Vernon W. Barford was born September 10, 1876 in Berkshire, England and came to Edmonton, Alberta on January 15, 1900. He was married to Agnes Lynch who had come from Winnipeg in 1902 to run a kindergarten in Edmonton. Together they had four children; Thomas, James, John (Jack), and Marjorie. Vernon Barford was a piano teacher, music arranger, composer, and the organist and choirmaster of the All Saints' Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton. He was predeceased by his wife in 1955, and died himself on April 22, 1963. John C. (Jack) Barford, son of Vernon and Agnes, was born on December 22, 1908 in Edmonton. In 1928 he went to Fort McMurray, Alberta as an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company where he remained for three years until joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), for whom he worked until 1952. In 1970 he became a deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada. Marjorie Barker is the godmother of John C. (Jack) Barford. She was a schoolteacher in Edmonton ca.1893. Kenneth Alexander (K.A) Blatchford, father-in-law of John C. (Jack) Barford, was born in Minnesoda, Manitoba, March 5, 1882, to Peter and Margaret (nee Murchison) Blatchford. He came to Edmonton in the 1890s and later became Mayor of Edmonton from 1924-1926. He married Grace Lauder Walker on December 19, 1904, and together they had two sons and one daughter. After losing an election in November 1932, Mr. Blatchford suffered a nervous breakdown and took his own life. His body was found in the North Saskatchewan River on April 22, 1933.

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Mr. John C. (Jack) Barford made five separate deposits of records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta over the years. PR1970.214 and PR1970.347 were both deposited in 1970, PR1971.245 was deposited in 1971, PR80.236 was deposited in 1980, and PR1988.232 was deposited in 1988.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, souvenir and music programmes, newspaper clippings, birth and marriage certificates, reports, receipts, postcards, invitations, elections publications, a teachers guide, a scrapbook and a series of [radio or recording] scripts. The fonds has been divided into the following series: Vernon W. Barford (1926-1948); John C. (Jack) Barford (1903-1950); Marjorie Barker (ca.1893-1913); and K.A. Blatchford (1862-1933).

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Some records in accession PR1970.347 are very fragile and brittle.

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The records in accession PR1970.214 have been arranged according to the creator of the records.

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  • The material is in English.

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Access Conditions: None. Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act. Photographs from accession PR1970.214 that are used for publication should also be credited to Vernon Barford. Photographs from accession PR1970.347 that are used for publication should also be credited to John C. (Jack) Barford.

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Other records relating to Vernon W. Barford in the Provincial Archives of Alberta holdings can be found in the oral history collection under accession PR1967.182, and in the Patricia Holmgren collection under accession number PR1997.12. Accession number PR1988.232 in the Barford family fonds contains a photograph by Ernest Brown. Other records related to Ernest Brown can be found in the Ernest Brown fonds. Records relating to Vernon W. Barford can also be found in the Vernon Barford fonds at the City of Edmonton Archives

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Further accruals are not expected.

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Some photographs from accession PR1970.214 have been moved to the A collection (A.11, 476-485). In accession PR1970.347, copy negatives have been made from photographs 5, 14, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 41. Also, copy prints have been made of negatives 23, 206, and 216 from the same accession. An oral history by Mrs. Grace Barford can be found in accession PR1967.256. Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the records and from the City of Edmonton website, located at <A HREF=""target=NEW></A><br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1970.214, PR1970.347, PR1971.245, PR1980.236, PR1988.232<br><br>

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