Fonds ath-1902 - Melton family fonds

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Melton family fonds

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CA ATH ath-1902

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  • 1979-1993 (Creation)
    Melton (family)

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1 cm of textual records. -- 4 photographs

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The Melton family was one of the original settler families of Amber Valley, Alberta. Amber Valley is a small farming community about 15 km east of the Town of Athabasca.Originally known as Pine Creek, the area was named Amber Valley by school teacher Mrs. Cromwell in 1931. After 1905, when Oklahoma became a state, several thousand black residents reacted to the imposition of segregation by immigrating to Alberta between 1909 and 1911. Of these immigrants, about one hundred and sixty would settle in Amber Valley. Most of the new immigrants bought land and farmed and augmented their income by occasionally working in the nearby Town of Athabasca. In 1913, the Toles School was opened to serve the residents of Amber Valley and operated until 1958 when the school was closed and the students bussed to the community of Grassland. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Amber Valley baseball team was considered one of the best senior men's teams in Alberta. In 1993, the community, now thoroughly integrated, opened the Amber Valley Community Centre. Though many members of the Melton family moved away from Amber Valley, the family maintained a continued presence in the community.

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The fonds consists of materials collected or created by the Melton family of Amber Valley between 1979 and 1993. The fonds consists of three family photographs, copies of two newspaper articles, a history of the Melton family from Katie Melton's perspective, and a university essay written by Jimmy Robert Melton in 1993 entitled "Amber Valley: A Black Enclave in Northern Alberta, Canada."

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Donated to the Athabasca Archives by Violet (Melton) Powder in 1998. Mrs. Powder is Katie Melton's daughter.


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  • The material is in English.

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Record No. 98.45 (Photograph # 15984-15987)<br><br>

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