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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

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.

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

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

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)

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-

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)

Edith Eleanor Pearson fonds

  • CA DMA CR-28
  • Fonds
  • 1902-1939, predominant 1902-1927

Fonds consists of black and white photographs, black and white copy prints, and negatives of the Pearson family at home in New Westminster and on holidays in British Columbia, Alberta, the United States (particularly California), and Europe. Includes many photographs of the Pearson family and friends engaged in leisure activities at their vacation home, "Edgewood", at Boundary Bay. The property was purchased by the Major and Pearson families in 1896. It is identified on the Corporation of Delta's Assessment Roll No. 160 as part of Lot 30, Group 2, consisting of two acres. The property was approximately where Meredith Place is now. The families that owned the neighbouring lots included the Corbould, Drew, Meredith, Major, and Kirkland families. Unidentified people in the Boundary Bay photographs may include members of these families. The majority of the photographs concern the activities of the Pearson, Major and Lee families. Edith's interest in photography appears to have begun around the time of her youngest son Geoffrey's birth in 1901, and the collection contains many photographs of him from infancy through adulthood. He married Shirley Foley and had a son, Ken. The two older boys, Thomas Roy (known as Roy) and Leslie, were born in 1888 and 1891, respectively. Roy appears to have been in the military during World War I, and later married Nora, a teacher. They had no children. The photographs show Roy and Nora at their home in Los Angeles and later in South Westminster, where they had a chicken farm. Leslie is also shown in uniform during the war. He married Ethel Watson in 1912, and they had a daughter Mary Isabel, who appears to have visited her Pearson grandparents frequently. Also prominent in the collection are Edith's niece and nephew, Dorothy and Ormsby Lee, the children of her sister Mildred Jane and John Andrew ("Jack") Lee, a New Westminster merchant. Dorothy traveled frequently with her aunt before her marriage to Sid Mallinson, with whom she had a daughter, Diana. Ormsby married Jessie Blair and had a son, John ("Jackie").

Pearson, Edith Eleanor

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.

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)

Fred Taylor fonds

  • CA DMA CR-35
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1914-1950

The fonds consists of photographs of the following: Ladner Elementary School students in 1915 and 1922, Ladner Baseball Team (oversize), Landner Lacross Team in 1935, Vernon (Ted) Taylor in his harness making shop, snow scene in Delta with Clement, Lambert and Myrtle Grant (McRae), the Hanford and Taylor families on a Sunday afternoon drive with horses and buggy in front of the Hanford home on Stanley Street in 1913, May Day, parade in front of Ladner Meat market, musicians in parade, crowd on the steps of what is now the Delta Museum and Archives building, and Australian Cadets. Also consists of program for the First Annual Banquet an Dance of the Delta Ex-High Club, a Farm Service News brochure and a small handwritten program for the graduating class of 1926 at King George V High School.

Taylor, Fred, 1910-

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

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-

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)

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

Kinette Club of Ladner-Tsawwassen fonds

  • CA DMA CR-49
  • Fonds
  • 1956-1992

The fonds consists of a scrapbook containing photographs, newsclippings, programs, president's reports, club budgets and ephemeral items pertaining to the charitable and social activities of the Kinette Club of Ladner-Tsawwassen. Social functions involving the Kinsmen Club of Ladner-Tsawwassen are also documented in this scrapbook. Fonds also includes a copy of the Club's constitution and two loose photographs.

Kinette Club of Ladner-Tsawwassen

Kinsmen Club of Ladner-Tsawwassen fonds

  • CA DMA CR-50
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1995

The fonds consists of minutes, programs, correspondence, club bulletins, photographs, histories, newsclippings and other textual material related to the community service activities and the administration of the Kinsmen Club of Ladner-Tsawwassen. Fonds includes records pertaining to the planning and construction of Kinsmen House, the Kinsmen Water Park and Mountain View Park playground as well as other records pertaining to other charitable activities. Fonds also includes records pertaining to the administration of the Club and its relationship with other Kinsmen bodies on a provincial and national basis. Included in the fonds are membership rosters of Kinsmen Clubs in British Columbia and the constitution and by-laws of the Association of Kinsmen Clubs. The fonds has been arranged into thirteen series: President's Correspondence; General Correspondence; President's Reports; Club Bulletins; Construction Projects; Minutes; Constitution and By-laws; Programs; Memberships; Publications; Speeches; Publicity; and Histories.

Kinsmen Club of Ladner-Tsawwassen

Leary family fonds

  • CA DMA CR-54
  • Fonds
  • 1897-[196-?]

Textual records consist of legal records belonging to A.R. Leary including land deeds, mortgage papers, and fire insurance policies. The fonds also includes British Columbia history and geography textbooks, newspaper clippings, a June 3, 1948 issue of the Ladner Optimist, school certificates, a short history of Vancouver, May Day raffle tickets, rules and regulations of the Grand Black Chapter of Ireland, programs, receipts, notebooks, correspondence, etc. It also contains genealogical notes on the Leary family compiled by Mabel MacNamara and Laura Miller. The fonds includes photographs of men during the gold rush, Knickerbocker's Barber Shop, schools and students, Ladner Ferry, World War I tanks, logging, canneries, ferries, etc. as well as photographs of various members of the Leary family.

Leary (family)

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)

Martha Taylor collection

  • CA DMA CR-56
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1915-1920]

The fonds consists of photographs of friends, family, farm scenes, cows, ferries, horses, parades, hunting scenes, an old motorcycle with children on it, etc. Most of the photographs are unidentified in terms of people and places.

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

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

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 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

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