Fonds paa-6746 - F.R.F. McKitrick fonds

Portrait of F.R.F. McKitrick First Nations girls and a First Nations man from the Presbyterian Mission at Shoal Lake, Ontario Portrait of F.R.F. McKitrick First Nations children from the Presbyterian Mission at Shoal Lake , Ontario Portrait of F.R.F. McKitrick Two First Nations boys standing in front of the Presbyterian Mission house at Shoal Lake, Ontario Portrait of Samuel Henry McKitrick Chief Redsky standing in front of the Presbyterian Mission house at Shoal Lake Ontario Portrait of Samuel Henry McKitrick Five First Nations boys standing in front of the Presbyterian Mission house at Shoal Lake, Ontario
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F.R.F. McKitrick fonds

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0.39 m of textual records and other material

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F.R.F. (Franklin Robert Fowler) McKitrick was born on December 9, 1875 in Orangeville, Ontario. He attended Normal School in Ottawa in 1894, taught for a short time in the Orangeville district, and then traveled to Alberta to join his brother A.G. (Austin Gordon) McKitrick who was a missionary on the First Nations reservation at Saddle Lake. McKitrick taught school at Whitford, Ray, Partridge Hill, Excelsior, and Poplar Lake between 1896 and 1903, and in 1901 he and his father claimed a homestead near Excelsior. In 1906 McKitrick returned to Ontario for a year then returned to Alberta to begin teaching in Southern Alberta. In 1909 McKitrick began a series of reporting trips through the province, working as a traveling correspondent for the Lethbridge Herald newspaper from 1909-1910, and for the Edmonton Bulletin from 1910-1911. McKitrick was an amateur photographer and took numerous photographs during his reporting trips as well. McKitrick continued to work for the Bulletin until 1919 and then began farming on his homestead. He gave up his homestead in 1923 and returned to teaching, also working for W.A. Foreman and Company, a road contractor. In 1932 McKitrick took up a homestead at Bay Tree, Alberta where he remained until 1952 when he moved to Edmonton. He died at St. Joseph's Hospital on December 18, 1957.

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Mr. Purkis from Public Trustees deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1972 on behalf of the estate of William Saunders of Edmonton, Alberta. Mr. Saunders' relationship with F.R.F. McKitrick is unknown.

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Fonds consists of records association with F.R.R. McKitrick's time as a teacher, farmer, and newspaper correspondent and includes correspondence, homestead records, curriculum material for geography and history, school exams, financial records, brand records, promissory notes, bank books, resort brochures, newspaper clippings, notes, written and typed manuscripts, railroad timetables, poems, income tax forms, receipts, pamphlets, hand-drawn maps, and bankruptcy records. Fonds also includes photographs, negatives, and glass plate negatives depicting various people, buildings, and scenes in Alberta and Ontario including the McKitrick family, the Edmonton Commercial Grads, the logging industry, churches, parades, steamers and ferries, First Nations, railroad and road construction, bridge construction, farming, train wrecks, horses and other animals, exhibitions and fairs, and an oil field.

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Fonds also includes ca. 566 photographs, ca. 202 negatives, and 47 transparencies. ; Physical condition: Some of the records are torn and at least one glass plate negative is broken.

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The records have been arranged in chronological order.

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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.

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Other records regarding the McKitrick family can be found in the Austin Gordon McKitrick fonds located at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta, and in the Eva McKitrick collection located at the City of Edmonton Archives in Edmonton, Alberta, and the Eva A. McKitrick fonds located at the University of Alberta Archives in Edmonton, Alberta. Other records related to F.R.F. McKitrick and the McKitrick family can be found in accession PR1990.413 and in PR0549 Eva McKitrick fonds and PR0550 McKitrick family fonds.

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Some photographs from this fonds can be found in A file under location numbers A.7144-A.7208. This fonds was donated at the same time and in the same accession as PR0629 Sunnyside School District No. 305 fonds and PR0630 Excelsior School District No. 427 fonds. Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the records and from <em>A Cameo of the West: A Story of the Pioneers of the Present Namao School District No. 24</em> located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference library under location number 971.233 Sp32 PAA.<br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1972.226<br><br>

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