Fonds paa-8247 - Mary Imrie and Jean Wallbridge fonds

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Mary Imrie and Jean Wallbridge fonds

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PAA paa-8247

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  • 1936-1987 (Creation)
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    Imrie, Mary

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0.52 m of textual records and other material

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Jean Louise Emberly Wallbridge was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1912 to James and Mabel Wallbridge, who had arrived from Belleville, Ontario in 1902. Jean was educated privately in Edmonton, Victoria, British Columbia, Switzerland and England. She graduated from Victoria Composite High School in Edmonton, and enrolled in the architecture program at the University of Alberta, headed by Cecil Burgess. She graduated in 1939, received a Bachelor of Arts in 1940, and registered with the Alberta Association of Architects in February 6, 1941. She worked with Rule, Wynn and Rule, an architectural firm of a classmate, and then during the Second World War with the Town Planning Commission in St. John, New Brunswick. She returned to Edmonton in 1946 and was employed as a draughtsman in the Department of the City Architect and Inspector of Buildings. In 1950 she entered a partnership with fellow architect Mary Imrie. Mary Louise Imrie was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 29, 1918 to Beth and John Imrie. The family moved to Edmonton in 1921, when John became the managing director of the <em>Edmonton Journal</em>. Mary was educated in Edmonton, finishing high school in 1936. She enrolled in the architecture program at the University of Alberta in 1938, and continued at the University of Toronto in 1940 when the University of Alberta program was cancelled. During the summers of 1941 and 1942, she was employed by Rule, Wynn and Rule in Edmonton. She completed her degree in 1944, and worked with architect Harold Smith in Toronto and then in the office of Charles B.K. Van Norman in Vancouver, British Columbia. She returned to Edmonton in the fall of 1944, and registered with the Alberta Association of Architects on December 7, 1944. She worked again for Rule, Wynn and Rule, and beginning in 1946 in the office of the City Architect and Inspector of Buildings. While in the office of the City Architect and Inspector of Buildings, both Jean and Mary were given three months leave to study postwar reconstruction and community planning in Europe. Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1969. In 1950, Mary and Jean opened their own architectural firm, Wallbridge & Imrie, in downtown Edmonton. Mary and Jean designed and built their own house, called Six Acres, west of Edmonton, where they lived as a lesbian couple. Work was completed in 1957, and this became their home and office. Jean Wallbridge died September 30, 1979. Mary resigned from the Alberta Association of Architects October 2, 1979. She died April 11, 1988.

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Norma Killeen, for the Mary Imrie Estate, (PR1988.0290) deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1988. Tom Cameron (PR1999.0772) deposited records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1999. These records were found at Six Acres, Mary Imrie and Jean Wallbridge's former home, which had been bequeathed by Mary Imrie to the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Government of Alberta.

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The fonds consists of the personal records of Mary Imrie and Jean Wallbridge, and includes correspondence, certificates, financial records, notes, Imrie genealogical information, films, and information on pre-fabricated cabins and solar energy. The fonds includes one series: travel records, which includes travel diaries, photographs, films, itineraries, correspondence, article manuscripts and pamphlets about the various trip taken by Mary and Jean, to Europe, South America, Mexico, Asia, Africa, Alaska, the Northwest Territories, the Maritimes, and Russia.

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Includes ca. 2400 photographs, ca. 1600 negatives, 45 glass slides, and 43 cinefilms.

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As Jean Wallbridge and Mary Imrie, from 1957 until 1979, worked as architects out of their home, there is overlap between some of their business records and their personal records, in particular in the correspondence and financial 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.

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Also see the Wallbridge and Imrie, Architects fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the Erna Dominey fonds. Other records pertaining to Jean Wallbridge are located in the Jean Louise Wallbridge fonds at the University of Alberta Archives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Information for the biographical sketch is from the records, from <em>Edmonton: The Life of a City</em>, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.2334 E24 1995 PAA, and from the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library Mary Imrie Information File. Included in accession PR1988.0290 are records belonging to the Wallbridge & Imrie, Architects fonds, the Laubental & Imrie Holdings Limited fonds and the John Imrie fonds.<br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1988.0290, PR1999.0772<br><br>

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