Fonds MG 7 - Parlby family fonds

Correspondence of Irene Parlby Correspondence of Irene Parlby Correspondence of Irene Parlby Correspondence of Walter Parlby Correspondence of Walter Parlby Correspondence of Walter Parlby Correspondence of Walter Parlby mg-7-1-2-12-p001.tif mg-7-1-2-12-p002.tif mg-7-1-2-12-p003.tif
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Parlby family fonds

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Parlby papers

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4.5 m of textual records. -- 24 photographs : b&w and col.

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Walter C. H. Parlby (1862-1952) was born in Devon, England to Rev. John Hall Parlby J.P. and Emma Radcliffe Parlby. Mary Irene Marryat Parlby (1868-1965) was born in London, England to Col. Ernest Marryat and Elizabeth Lynch. Walter Parlby came to Canada in 1890 to join his brother Edward, and Irene Marryat arrived in 1896. They met shortly thereafter, and married in February 1897. They settled at Dartmoor Ranch, east of Lacombe, Alberta, and had one son, Humphrey (1899-1976). Both Walter and Irene were active in the area, Irene in various farm and women's groups, and Walter with the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA). In 1921, Irene Parlby, captured the UFA nomination for the Lacombe riding and subsequently defeated Liberal W.F. Puffer in the provincial election. She held that seat until 1935. In 1930 she travelled to Geneva as one of the Canadian delegates at the League of Nations. In 1931, Humphrey married Beatrice (Bee) Buckley (1903-1989) of Gleichen, Alberta. They had three children Gerald, Geoffrey, and Susan. Humphrey began farming at Dartmoor, and Bee, who attended Normal School in Calgary and the University of Alberta, taught school in central Alberta. In 1987 Bee was made a member of the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame.

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Fonds consists of correspondence of Irene Parlby (1899-1966); Beatrice (Bee) Parlby (ca. 1920-1989); Walter Parlby (1872-1945); and Humphrey Parlby (1909-1965). Included are Bee Parlby's diaries (1930-1986); the journal's of Humphrey Parlby (1927-1932), as well as financial records for both Walter and Irene, and Humphrey and Bee Parlby. There is a significant amount of Farmers' Union of Alberta and Farm Women's Union of Alberta records (1940-1970); as well as material used by Bee Parlby in her various teaching positions (ca. 1945-1970); articles, talks, and speeches given by Irene Parlby (1930-1956), and assorted newspaper clippings (ca. 1899-1985). Included also is Irene Parlby's honorary Doctorate of Laws degree she received from the University of Alberta in 1935, and material regarding Bee Parlby's induction to the Alberta Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1987. Fonds consists of seven series: 1) Irene Parlby; 2) Beatrice (Bee) Parlby; 3) Humphrey Parlby; 4) Walter Parlby; 5) Farmers' Union of Alberta and Farm Women's Union of Alberta; 6) Other Organizations; and 7) Published Materials.

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Gift of Geoff Parlby, Gerry Parlby and Susan Hilton, 1995


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See also Irene and Walter Parlby fonds, Glenbow Archives (Calgary, Alta.);Parlby, Wilkins family fonds, Glenbow Archives (Calgary, Alta.);Irene Parlby fonds, National Archives of Canada (Ottawa, Ont.);Women of Unifarm fonds, Glenbow Archives (Calgary, Alta.);United Farmers of Alberta fonds, Glenbow Archives (Calgary, Alta.);Women's Club of Calgary fonds, Glenbow Archives (Calgary, Alta.);Copithorne family fonds, Glenbow Archives (Calgary, Alta.);Violet McNaughton fonds, Saskatchewan Archives Board (Saskatoon, Sask.)

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Record No. MG 7<br><br>

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