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Ethel Mowat fonds

  • CA DMA CR-100
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1981

The fonds consists of records and photographs that document the activities of Ethel's parents, children and husband, and collections of photographs, taped and transcribed interviews, historical notes, and records accumulated in her function as member of various organizations, author of a memoir "From Dawn to the Twilight Years", and local historian. The fonds contains miscellaneous records of the I.O.D.E. and the Delta Museum and Archives, and photographs of members of the I.O.D.E. and Dugout committee. The fonds holds a collection of Mowat family photographs used in Ethel's memoir; a collection of records and photographs, largely belonging to the McKee family, found at the McKee House prior to its renovation as a Senior Citizen's Centre; and a collection of taped and transcribed interviews with Ethel and Sid Mowat, and others conducted by Ethel with local residents, including Bob Trim and Rosetta Saga.

Mowat, Ethel

Edgar Dunning collection

  • CA DMA MSS DE970-6-169;MSS DE981-34;MSS DE981-77;MSS DE981-81;MSS DE1984-160;MSS DE1985-044;MSS DE1987-006;MSS DE1989-034;MSS DE1987-006
  • Fonds
  • 1902-1982

The collection consists of a wide variety of material relating to Delta. It includes leaflets, tickets, memberships cards, raffle tickets, voters' lists, photographs, programs, and booklets. The photographs depict Delta people and places. Also included are records of the Delta Community Band, some records of the Ladner Optimist and the Delta Centennial Committee.

Ken Young photograph collection : [ca. 1880]-1947

  • CA DMA CR-102
  • Fonds
  • [Copied 1980]

The collection consists of copy prints and negatives created and assembled by Ken Young as a research project which he did as a student at the University of British Columbia. The collection consists of copies of original photographs taken of the Delta area of British Columbia between 1880 and 1950, including buildings and street scenes in Ladner, Port Guichon, Westham Island, and Annieville, as well as some scenes of Victoria. The collection includes photographs of family homes, barns, businesses, ferries and boats, as well as formal portraits, social scenes, and photographs of people at work fishing, farming, and in the milk and fish canneries. Also included are family trees, correspondence, and clippings.

Nelson family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-55
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1958

Consists of photographs of Ladner scenes such as the old municipal hall (now the Delta Museum and Archives), farm threshing scenes, cenotaph, ferry, Tsawwassen and Vancouver scenes. Includes an army photograph with David Nelson in it and a map of coast of British Columbia. Textual materials include a poem, monthly time book, receipt and a CPR marconigram.

Nelson (family)

Smith Wright fonds

  • CA DMA CR-61
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1910-ca. 1930

The fonds consists of photographs taken or acquired by Smith Wright, a farmer in Delta, mainly between 1900 and 1920. Many of the images document the farming operations of Smith and his brother William in the area south of 28th Avenue and west of 56th Street in west Delta. The images include May Day parades and celebrations, Lord Byng's visit to Delta in 1922, and scenes having to do with Smith Wright's activities in the community with his family. These include photographs of All Saints Anglican Church, school classes, beach scenes, and Ladner. The 230 prints and negatives consist of 107 unique images, because of overlap in loans made by the donor for copying.

Wright, Smith

Bates family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-2
  • Fonds
  • 1892-[197-]

The fonds consists largely of reference material, photographs, and memorabilia collected by Frances Bates as a result of her interest in Delta history and her participation in the founding of the Delta Museum. The fonds also contains records from the operation of the Bates' farm, and correspondence dealing with the expropriation of the farm by the provincial government for the Roberts Bank development. The fonds has been arranged in the following series: Frances Bates' history collection, Bates family farm records, and Photographs.

Bates (family)

Beatrice and William Cain fonds

  • CA DMA CR-70
  • Fonds
  • 1965-1980

The fonds consists of written and compiled histories about the people and institutions of Delta, particularly as they were in the 1970s when the Cains created their albums, scrapbook and informally published book on Delta. The scrapbook also contains information about the Cains' community activities.

Cain, Beatrice

John Dixon and Ruth Honeyman fonds

  • CA DMA CR-41
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1967

The fonds consists of single photographs and photograph albums, and letters, legal documents and ephemera created or collected by the Honeyman and Fisher families.

Honeyman, John Dixon

Freda Hayman fonds

  • CA DMA CR-36
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1972

The fonds consists of four series: research notes made about Delta's history by Freda Hayman while she was a docent at the Delta Museum and Archives; Delta Museum and Archives records such as minutes and agendas from meetings; personally collected papers such as William McKenzie's booklets, music books, etc.; and photographs of students, teachers, family and friends.

Hayman, Freda

Gay Trevitt collection

  • CA DMA CR-83
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1985

The collection consists primarily of 100 colour negatives and b&w copy prints (1988) of the color prints that were placed in the Delta Time Capsule. The collection also contains photographs of Dr. King's garden and house, photographs and resumes of contestants for the Miss Delta title in 1983, and miscellaneous local scenes.

Gladys Davis fonds

  • CA DMA CR-38
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1981

Photographs consist of a 1916 postcard of Boundary Bay School students with their teacher Miss E. Mackenzie, a May Day postcard, a 1917 postcard of Westham Island School students, students and teachers of King George School in the 1920's and 1930's, teachers and students of Delta Central School in the 1920's, a 1913 Baptist picnic in Ladner, and five photographs of Delta Choral Society productions. Textual records consist of programs for the 1933 Delta Choral Society production of The Mikado, the 1934 production of The Pirates of Penzance, the 1935 production of The Gondoliers, a 1959 invitation to the opening ceremony of Deas Island Tunnel, and a 1981 program for the centennial banquet of All Saints Anglican Church.

Davis, Gladys, 1915-

William and Margaret Tamboline family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-93
  • Fonds
  • [188-] - 1991

The fonds consists of articles, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous historical manuscripts about Tamboline family members and other people and events in the Ladner area. One series of clippings is organized in four scrapbooks. The fonds also includes photographs of family members and friends, and homes and activities of the Tamboline family.

Tamboline (family)

Margaret Arthur Berney fonds

  • CA DMA CR-13
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1886-1973

Fonds consists of photographs of Margaret Berney's family and friends, students from King George V High School, May Day events, picnics, farms, etc.

Berney, Margaret, 1909-

Delta Chapter, I.O.D.E. fonds

  • CA DMA CR-77
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1972

The fonds consists of a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings describing the activities of the IODE from 1950 to 1972.

Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. Delta Chapter

Holly Elementary School collection

  • CA DMA CR-29
  • Collection
  • 1978-1979

The collection consists of 39 copy negatives with 93 matching slides of Delta pioneers, schools and historical locations in Delta, and five cassette tapes of interviews with Delta pioneers conducted by grade five students of Holly Elementary School in Delta. The collection is the result of a centennial year project called "Those Were the Days" carried out by the students under the direction of their teacher Mr. G. Johnson. Photographs include copies of historical images as well as contemporary portraits and scenes. A project list of the images is available. People interviewed for the project were: Murray Davie, Tony and May Lagemaat, Jean Atkinson, Bertha Reynolds, John and Warrena Nottingham, Edith Bell, Mrs. Ellis Telfer, Mrs. Albert Weaver, Ed Vidulich and Dominic Bussanich.

Curtis family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-12
  • Fonds
  • [18--]-1991

The fonds consists mainly of two groups of records. One group was created as a result of Dr. E.J.Curtis' interest in the genealogy of the McKee family. The other is a compilation of material, some of which was arranged in 3 albums (see conservation note), that describes the activities and accomplishments of Edwin Johnson Curtis, his parents, and his children. The fonds includes photographs, correspondence, certificates, research notes, family trees, newspaper clippings and ephemera. The photographs contain many family portraits, scenes of early Ladner and Lowe Inlet, and depictions of family activities and holidays. Dr. Curtis corresponded with archives, genealogical organizations, and family members to obtain records and information about the family of his mother Isabella McKee, compiling this information in detailed handdrawn family trees. Original records include certificates of various family members' birth, death, marriage and accomplishments, and records of Dr. Curtis' war service, education, memberships, and professional competency and appointments.

Curtis (family)

Bell family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-4
  • Fonds
  • 1859-[ca. 1979]

The Bell family fonds is arranged in three sous-fonds: Edith Bell sous-fonds, Edward Bell sous-fonds, and Harry Bell sous-fonds. Edith Bell's records include diaries, scrapbooks and photographs of family and community events as well as records pertaining to her membership in various organizations including the Imperial Order Daughter of the Empire. Edward Bell's records consist of business papers, particularly land records and wills. Harry Bell's records are personal records related to the Bell family. Through photographs, cartographic material, and textual records, the records document not only the Bell family, but much of the community of Delta. Edith Bell's records provide insight into Delta social affairs and families, while Edward Bell's business records reveal economic and social change as it is documented in land transactions.

Bell (family)

Bertha Reynolds fonds

  • CA DMA CR-71
  • Fonds
  • 1882-[ca. 1977]

The fonds consists of photographs and records of Bertha Reynold's family and her activities as teacher, secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, and historian for the Delta Museum Society. The fonds contains Delta Pioneer Record Sheets for 93 families in Delta, B.C. They list the names of Delta families and their members. Information includes: dates of births, location of birth, date of marriages, location of marriage, date of burial, location of burial, grandchildren, and reminiscences. Also included are newspaper articles containing additional information on some of the families, and photographs of family and street scenes, mostly in Delta. The fonds also contains miscellaneous records of Ladner families and a notebook of newspaper clippings of the Delta Board of Trade (1934-36). Family activities on the farm are documented in photographs. The fonds also consists of six notebooks containing minutes, clippings and literature pertaining to the British and Foreign Bible Society from 1936-1977.

Reynolds, Bertha, 1903-

Delta Women's Institute fonds

  • CA DMA CR-107
  • Fonds
  • 1963-1971

The fonds consists of meeting agendas, member orientation booklets, correspondence, and reference material.

Delta Women's Institute

Atkey family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-3
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1914-1960

Fonds consists of photographs of scenes and people in and around the Ladner/Delta area (from ca. 1918-1923), students and teachers in the Delta Central School and Ladner Elementary School (ca. 1918-1923) and photographs of the Atkey family and friends. Fonds also includes one book, Webster's School and Office Dictionary (1914) and one pen and ink drawing by Ken Atkey.

Atkey (family)

John Landysheff fonds

  • CA DMA CR-104
  • Fonds
  • 1951-1979

The fonds consists of submisions and briefs, correspondence, minutes, landscape plans, and reference material generated by Mr. Landysheff's interest in promoting better community parks and recreation facilities for Delta. The fonds also includes Mr. Landysheff's original registers of meteorological observations taken at Pebble Hill, Tsawwassen, as well as publications from and correspondence with the Meteorological Branch. The fonds also includes memorabilia and writings by Mr. Landysheff on topics related to his work in the sugar beet industry, and to his interests in the history and welfare of his adopted country. The fonds has been arranged in four series: Weather observation materials; Community campaign and project materials; Writings; and Memorabilia.

Landysheff, John Joseph, b. 1893