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Seidelman family fonds
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Private Seidelman’s war letters and bereavement

This series contains letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his family from July 1916 until his death in October 1917. The letters were written when Private Seidelman was stationed in Camp Hughes, Manitoba; Seaford, Sussex, England; and “Somewhere in France”. The series also contains Private Seidelman’s death certificate and letters from the Canadian and British government to his family after his death. Published material includes a published obituary from the “Daily Province”, Vancouver, British Columbia and a Western Universities Battalion newsletter from Camp Hughes, Manitoba, published October 21, 1916.

Seidelman family life in Vancouver

This series contains letters to and from members of the Seidelman family, especially members in Winnipeg and Minneapolis; records relating to Harry Seidelman’s career; financial records; receipts; published articles concerning Seidelman family members; and schooling records. The series also includes letters to and from William Seidelman, Sr. from the 1889 and 1890s; some of the letters come from Seattle. The CD-R contains family records digitized by the family ca. 2007. Some of the originals of the digitized records on CD-R are part of the fonds.

Vancouver Welfare Federation records

This series contains records relating to the Vancouver Welfare Federation. Harry Seidelman was the Vancouver Welfare Federation representative in his company, United Milling and Grain Co. Ltd during 1932. The Vancouver Welfare Federation raised money to help those in need. Records include solicitation letters to employees of the United Milling and Grain Co. Ltd, list of pledges from those employees, newspaper clippings about the Vancouver Welfare Federation, reports and minutes from the Vancouver Welfare Federation, and letters from the Vancouver Welfare Federation to its representative at United Milling and Grain Co. Ltd.

Correspondence between Harry Seidelman and Arthur Laing, MP

This series contains correspondence between Harry Seidelman and Arthur Laing, MP, in Ottawa. Senator Laing and Harry Seidelman worked together as young men at Buckerfield’s Limited, a feed and farm supply store, and remained friends until Harry’s death in 1972. Records include letters to Harry Seidelman, copies of letters that Harry Seidelman sent, and invitations. The letters are generally about political issues.

Correspondence, Harry Seidelman and Arthur Laing

This file contains a copy of a letter that Harry Seidelman sent to Arthur Laing; Christmas card from Arthur Laing to Harry Seidelman; a program from Arthur Laing's birthday celebration; and two letters to Harry Seidelman from Arthur Laing.

Private Seidelman’s letters from July 1916

This file contains four letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his family during July 1916. The letters were written when Private Seidelman was stationed in Camp Hughes, Manitoba.Two letters were written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel while in training at Camp Hughes, Manitoba. One postcard was written by Private Seidelman to his brother William. One letter was written to his entire family.

United Milling and Grain Co Ltd records

This file contains records relating to United Milling and Grain Co Ltd, where Harry Seidelman worked and was later a partner. The records include Harry Seidelman's business card; business letters; copies of business agreements; and correspondence with clients regarding the closure of United Milling and Grain Co Ltd in 1964.

Private Seidelman’s letters from April 1917

This file contains five letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel in April 1917. Two of the letters are postcards provided to servicemen by the military. Private Seidelman was stationed "Somewhere in France" at the time. The letters were opened by censors.

Private Seidelman’s letters from May 1917

This file contains six letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel in May 1917. Two of the letters are postcards provided to servicemen by the military. Private Seidelman was stationed "Somewhere in France" at the time. Some of the letters were written when Private Seidelman was in the hospital for a wounded leg. The letters were opened by censors.

Sub-Senior Council of Jewish Women

This file contains a program for the Sub-Senior Council of Jewish Women Mothers' and Daughters' Luncheon for May 14, 1944; an undated report of an event; and a thank you letter from the Sub-Senior Council of Jewish Women to Harry Seidelman, dated April 28, 1947.

Private Seidelman’s letters from June 1917

This file contains seven letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel in June 1917. Three of the letters are postcards provided to servicemen by the military. Private Seidelman was stationed "Somewhere in France" at the time. Some of the letters were written while Private Seidelman was in the hospital for a wounded leg. The letters were opened by censors.

Private Seidelman’s letters from July 1917

This file contains nine letters and one post card from Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel, while stationed "Somewhere in France," plus three wrappers and inserts from chocolate war rations. There is also one telegram from the Director of Records to Mrs. Esther Seidelman, notifying the recipient of 911849 Pte. Seidelman's release from hospital. Private Seidelman was stationed "Somewhere in France" at the time. The letters were opened by censors.

Private Seidelman’s letters from August 1917

This file contains seven letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel in August 1917. One of the letters is a postcard provided to servicemen by the military. Private Seidelman was stationed "Somewhere in France". The letters were opened by censors.

Letter, outgoing, from Harry Seidelman to “Sweetheart”

This file contains a letter from Harry Seidelman, dated November 23, 1942, to "Sweetheart". Presumably the letter was intended for Harry Seidelman's wife, who, gathering from the content of the letter, took ill in Winnipeg and was admitted to hospital.

Private Seidelman’s letters from October 1917

This file contains five letters written by Private Edward Joseph Seidelman to his sister Rachel in October 1917. Private Seidelman was stationed "Somewhere in France". The letters were opened by censors. The last letter sent was a postcard to Rachel, dated October 18, 1917. Private Seidelman was killed in action on October 26, 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele.

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