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Burness and Nicol Family Fonds

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Date Range
1875-1979
Material Type
Mixed Media
Accession No.
20011107000
Physical Description
41 photographs approximately 17 cm of manuscript material
Scope and Content
Photographs, expense records and personal papers of James Nicol, James Burness Senior, Catherine Burness (nee Nicol) and James Nicol Burness. They include expense accounts, Mr. Nicol's diaries, family birth and marriage certificates and other items.
Material Type
Mixed Media
Date Range
1875-1979
Physical Description
41 photographs approximately 17 cm of manuscript material
Physical Condition
Excellent
History / Biographical
James (Jim) Nicol Burness Junior was born in the Van Haarlem Hospital at Lethbridge on 11 May 1918. His parents were James Burness Senior and Catherine (Katie) Burness [nee Nicol]. His maternal grandparents were James Nicol and Helen Nicol [nee Henderson]. James Burness Senior was an employee of the Canadian Western Natural Gas Company (CWNGC). The family lived at the Coste measuring station six miles from Burdett, Alberta where Mr. Burness Sr. measured and reported gas pressure and flow on the Bow Island – Calgary pipeline. The reports were made to the CWNGC office in Calgary every hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When demand for gas was high, the employees walked into the coulee to turn on more wells. When James Jr. was eight years old, the family moved to the main station three miles from Burdett. In 1932 Mr. Burness Sr. was transferred to Brooks, Alberta as the company’s representative in the town. From about 1934 until his retirement in 1937, Mr. Burness Sr. worked in Foremost, Alberta. He died in 1961. On 10 July 1916 James Burness Senior married Catherine (Katie) Nicol in Lethbridge. Mrs. Burness was born in the Falkland Islands, but returned to Scotland with the rest of her family after her mother died on 13 September 1889. Mrs. Burness was raised by her uncle John and his family, and worked as a teacher’s aid in Scotland until coming to Canada in 1906. On 14 April 1914 Catherine arrived at Burdett, Alberta to care for her father Jim Nicol, who had been injured when thrown from a horse the previous year. When her father was well again, Catherine moved to Lethbridge and worked as a housekeeper until she married James Burness Sr. Mrs. Burness lived in CWNGC camps until 1935, when she moved onto her father’s homestead after his death. Later a second house was acquired, this one in the Village of Burdett. Mrs. Burness was a noted gardener and supporter of the United Church. She also was active in the Victory Loan campaigns during World War 2. James Nicol Burness went to school until Grade 11, then spent five years working on the farm that had been his grandfather’s - James Nicol. At age 22 Mr. Burness had a revelation that influenced the rest of his life. He resolved to devote his life to God and humanity. During World War 2 Jim Burness served as a stretcher bearer in the Canadian Army, mainly in North Africa and Italy. After the war, in 1949, Jim Burness married Ann Josephine Yanota of Blairmore. Ann Burness died on 15 August 2006 and is buried in Mountain View Cemtery in Lethbridge. Also after the war, Jim Burness took a carpentry course and worked in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary and Banff during the following 10 years. From 1955 to 1979 he worked at the Lethbridge Post Office as a mail sorter. Following that, Mr. Burness worked as a Commissionaire for two more years until retiring. James N. Burness died on 16 February 2005 and is buried in Mountain View Cemtery in Lethbridge. James Nicol was born in western Scotland in 1855, the oldest of seven children. He worked with cattle and sheep in Scotland before moving with his wife Helen (nee Henderson) to the Falkland Islands in 1879 to work for the Falkland Islands Company as a shepherd and herder. When James' wife Helen died in 1889, the Nicol family moved back to Scotland. In 1890 James Nicol left his children with family members in Scotland and emigrated to Miles City, Montana. Mr. Nicol had a ranch along the Tongue River southwest of Miles City. In 1901 Mr. Nicol moved to Bassano in what was then the Northwest Territories. In 1910 he moved to Burdett, where he established his own ranch. Mr. Nicol died in 1935. Sources: Biographical notes prepared by the donor, in file 20011107062 Burdett Prairie Trails (Lethbridge, 1981), pages 144-146
Language
English
Custodial History
The donor acquired most of the items in this fonds from his mother, Mrs. Catherine Burness.
Scope and Content
Photographs, expense records and personal papers of James Nicol, James Burness Senior, Catherine Burness (nee Nicol) and James Nicol Burness. They include expense accounts, Mr. Nicol's diaries, family birth and marriage certificates and other items.
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Date Range
1879-1960
Material Type
Manuscript
Accession No.
20011107042
Physical Description
approximately 12 cm of manuscript material
Scope and Content
20011107042 Christmas card 20011107043 Christmas card from Joy and Jim. 1916 20011107044 Two letters to Mrs. Catherine (Katie) Burness from her father James Nicol. 1932 and 1933 20011107045 James Nicol's expenses book. 1904-1910 20011107046 Diaries of James Nicol that cover the years of settling in…
Material Type
Manuscript
Date Range
1879-1960
Physical Description
approximately 12 cm of manuscript material
Physical Condition
Good
Language
English
Scope and Content
20011107042 Christmas card 20011107043 Christmas card from Joy and Jim. 1916 20011107044 Two letters to Mrs. Catherine (Katie) Burness from her father James Nicol. 1932 and 1933 20011107045 James Nicol's expenses book. 1904-1910 20011107046 Diaries of James Nicol that cover the years of settling in the Falklands Islands, return to Scotland after his wife's death, emigration to Montana and subsequent move to Canada, first to Bassano and later to Burdett. 1879-1910 20011107047 Personal papers of James and Helen Nicol. They include certificates of birth for Mr. Nicol and his wife, his employement contract with the Falkland Islands Company, correspondence with the doctor during Mrs.Nicol's final illness, 'In Memoriam' card for Helen Nicol, letters of recommendation for Mr. Nicol. 1879-1889 20011107048 Expenses accounts of James Nicol. 1900-1922 20011107049 Expenses accounts of James Nicol. 1910-1912 20011107050 Expenses accounts of James Nicol. 1913-1934 20011107051 Two diaries possibly written by James Nicol. 1950 and 1960
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20011107042
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Date Range
1875-1979
Material Type
Manuscript
Accession No.
20011107052
Physical Description
approximately 5 cm of manuscript material
Scope and Content
20011107052 Marriage certificate of James Burness and Catherine Nicol. 10 July 1916 20011107053 Birth certificate of James Burness, as well as his employment records from Canadian Western Natural Gas Company. 1875-1940 20011107054 Membership list of Bow Island Lodge No. 64, Ancient Free and Accepte…
Material Type
Manuscript
Date Range
1875-1979
Physical Description
approximately 5 cm of manuscript material
Physical Condition
Very Good
Language
English
Scope and Content
20011107052 Marriage certificate of James Burness and Catherine Nicol. 10 July 1916 20011107053 Birth certificate of James Burness, as well as his employment records from Canadian Western Natural Gas Company. 1875-1940 20011107054 Membership list of Bow Island Lodge No. 64, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, including James Burness 20011107055 National Registration Certificate and Ration Book 5, issued to Catherine N. Burness. 1940 20011107056 Private Radio Receiving Licence issued to Katherine [sic] Burness. 1 April 1937 20011107057 Receipts 19 and 20 from Louie Shong Groceries and Dry Goods, for Catherine Burness. April 1936 20011107058 Letter from James Nicol Burness to his mother Catherine. 20 November 1941 20011107059 Page 10 of a casualty list that includes James Nicol Burness.[1941-1945] 20011107060 Canadian Army Identity Certificate issued to James Nicol Burness. 24 February 1945 20011107061 Certificate recognizing 25 years in the Public Service of Canada, presented to James N. Burness. 1979 20011107062 Biographical notes: James Burness, Catherine Burness (nee Nicol), James Nicol Burness, James Nicol. no date
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Pioneer Researchers Association Fonds

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Date Range
[1887-1995]
Material Type
Mixed Media
Accession No.
20001076000
Physical Description
approximately 70 cm
Scope and Content
The fonds consisting of a wide variety of material all documenting the history of Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta. Included are 35mm slides, oral history interviews on audio cassette tapes, photographs, manuscripts and other items.
Material Type
Mixed Media
Date Range
[1887-1995]
Physical Description
approximately 70 cm
Physical Condition
Good
History / Biographical
The Pioneer Researchers Association (PRA) was formed in 1977. Members of the PRA included George Watson, Audrey Baines (now Audrey Swedish) and Sheila Petherbridge. The PRA operated from a room in the Sir Alexander Galt Museum - now the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives - and solicited donations of historical materials which they then catalogued and preserved. The PRA also conducted an extensive oral history program, as volunteers interviewed over 100 people in Lethbridge and southern Alberta about their lives as early residents of the city and the region. Mrs. Audrey Swedish, the district's volunteer archivist, continued to organize and add to the files after the material was passed to Lethbridge School District No. 51.
Language
English
Custodial History
The Pioneer Researchers Association ultimately donated the material they collected to Lethbridge School District No. 51, where it was stored in the Board offices until being donated to the Galt Museum and Archives.
Scope and Content
The fonds consisting of a wide variety of material all documenting the history of Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta. Included are 35mm slides, oral history interviews on audio cassette tapes, photographs, manuscripts and other items.
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20001076000
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Pioneer Researchers Association Fonds: Manuscript and Print Files

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Date Range
[1887-1985]
Material Type
Manuscript
Accession No.
20001076001
Physical Description
45.5 cm
Scope and Content
20001076001 General information pertaining to the Province of Alberta, including correspondence regarding the naming of the Great Horned Owl the official bird of the province, and invitation and program for the Western Premiers' Conference in Lethbridge. 1977 and 1980 20001076002 Promotional bookle…
Material Type
Manuscript
Date Range
[1887-1985]
Physical Description
45.5 cm
Physical Condition
Good
Language
English
Scope and Content
20001076001 General information pertaining to the Province of Alberta, including correspondence regarding the naming of the Great Horned Owl the official bird of the province, and invitation and program for the Western Premiers' Conference in Lethbridge. 1977 and 1980 20001076002 Promotional booklet, "Claresholm" where the wheatland ... meets the range". [197-] 20001076003 "Coaldale 1905 Alberta Golden Jubilee 1955". 20001076004 "Mennonite Brethern Church of Coaldale, Alberta 1926-1976". 20001076005 "Once Upon a Mission: St. Joseph's Parish, Coalhurst". [1977] 20001076006 "Centennial Project of the Town of Milk River ... Under Eight Flags". 2 copies.1967 20001076007 Promotional envelope for Stirling, Alberta distributed by A. Erikson, dealer in thoroughbred cattle. [190-] 20001076008 History of the Lethbridge Public Library, and items relating to the opening of the new library building at 810 5 Avenue South.1974 and 1979 20001076009 Program, "Lethbridge Lodge No. 2, I.O.O.F. Golden Jubilee ...". The program includes a list of historical highlights. 10 May 1939 20001076010 Christmas and New Year card of the South Alberta Regiment CASF. 1940-1941 20001076011 Alberta Railway & Irrigation Company Special Rules for all colliery employees. The rules provide job titles and responsibilities for below-ground and above-ground workers, both management and non-management. 17 July 1906 20001076012 Information relating to the University of Lethbridge, including design proposal for the Physical Education and Recreation building, various convocations, and a campus directory. 1970-1978 20001076013 William Asbury Buchanan's convocation address to the University of Alberta. 17 May 1949 20001076014 Items pertaining to the Nikka Yuko Centennial Garden. Most of the items deal with the official opening of the garden, and there is a general information pamphlet as well. [196-] 20001076015 "Floodplain Study Oldman River Through Lethbridge". Alberta Environment, River Engineering Branch. November 1978 20001076016 'Official Programme City of Lethbridge, Alberta Golden Jubilee ...'. Also, and envelope with four blank invitations to the Golden Jubilee Exhibition. 22-24 July 1935 20001076017 Items pertaining to the City of Lethbridge Diamond Jubilee. 1966 20001076018 Program and invitation to the awards banquet, 50th Anniversary Lethbridge Kiwanis Music Festival. 24-29 March 1980 20001076019 Subscription list of financial donors to the Lethbridge Boys' and Girls' Calf Club. 1925 20001076020 Two copies of a pamphlet, "Southern Alberta NEEDS a Junior College" and one booklet, "Community College Plan for Lethbridge, Alberta" by Dr. S.V. Martorana. no date and 1951 20001076021 Programs for The Herald Newsboys' Banquet", ".. Twentieth Anniversary of the Daily Herald" and "... Thirtieth Anniversary of the Daily Herald". 1920, 1927, 1937 20001076022 Subscription list of financial donors and dedication remarks, memorial to George Washington (Daddy) Houk. no date 20001076023 Municipal Chapter Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) History 1914-1960. 20001076024 Items pertaining to the History of the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives, including correspondence and the first municipal bylaw. 1964-1977 20001076025 Program for the 50th Anniversary of Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph in Galt Gardens, Lethbridge. 11 November 1968 20001076026 House rules and operating policies of the Lethbridge Flying Club. no date 20001076027 "The Romance of the Land' by Irene McCaughtery. 1978 20001076028 "Limping Through", the memoirs of Robert Nimmons as compiled by Dora Trew. 1970 20001076029 "Summer Fever and Other Verses" by Norman F. Priestly. December 1945 20001076030 Program for the Alberta Achievement Awards ceremony at which Andrew Joseph (Andy) Staysko was presented an award. 2 November 1974 20001076031 Biographical note about Gerald Tailfeathers taken from The Lethbridge Herald. [197-] 20001076032 Biographical essay about George Watson, written by Alex Johnston. 2 August 1988 20001076033 Biographical article about Allen J. Watson, copied from The Lethbridge Herald. 1 June 1951 20001076034 Biographical essay about James McMaster Wishart, by Karen McMurren. no date 20001076035 Alberta Gun Club Souvenir Menu. 29 December 1904 20001076036 Proclamation of the National Flag of Canada by Queen Elizabeth II. 28 January 1965 20001076037 Hyssop family memoirs. no date 20001076038 Biographical sketch of William Harmon Fairfield, prepared for the Glenbow Foundation Project by W.L. Jacobson. 1960 20001076039 Galt School of Nursing yearbooks, "Night and Day". 1950, 1952, 1953 20001076040 Galt School of Nursing yearbooks, "Night and Day". 1955, 1956, 1957 20001076041 Galt School of Nursing yearbooks, "Night and Day". 1959, 1960 20001076042 Galt School of Nursing yearbooks, "Night and Day". 1962, 1964-65 20001076043 History of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. 1977 20001076044 Biographical essay about Charles Alexander Magrath. no date 20001076045 Autobiographical note, Mrs. Agnes Davidson. May 1969 20001076046 Hamilton Junior High School's Pioneer Cemetery Project, by Anne Carver. no date 20001076047 Article, Lethbridge Experimental Farm Golden Anniversary. 1956 20001076048 William Harmon Fairfield family: copies of correspondence between family members. 1879-1959 20001076049 Speech made on the occasion of the burning of the loan document for the organ at Knox Presbyterian Church in Lethbridge, by Mrs. Ida Fairfield. no date 20001076050 Biographical note: Walter Stuart Galbraith and Matilda Susannah Galbraith, with information supplied by their daughter Miss Jean Galbraith. no date 20001076051 Biographical note: Christian (Chris) Gibson and Linda Gibson. no date 20001076052 Copy of a Lethbridge Herald obituary for William Alfred Hamilton. 9 May 1963 20001076053 Program for the official opening of the 6 Avenue Bridge, now the Whoop Up Drive Bridge. 2 copies. 7 February 1975 20001076054 Service of Restoration and Dedication of a Church Yard. The service is for the re-dedication of the St. Patrick's / Pioneer Cemetery in north Lethbridge. 25 June 1961 20001076055 Canadian Pacific Railway Timetable. 29 April - 27 October 1962 20001076056 Essay about the history of Westminster Methodist Church on the corner of 5 Avenue and 13 Street North in Lethbridge. no date 20001076057 Program for the Charter Meeting of the Canadian Club of Lethbridge. 5 June 1980 20001076058 General information about the Royal Canadian Legion. no date 20001076059 Program for Polish Soldiers Day sponsored by the Polish Combatants Association Branch 19, Lethbridge. 1966 20001076060 Information pertaining to the City of Lethbridge: two copies of "A Short History of Lethbridge, Alberta", copy of the street names bylaw, information pamphlet about the plan for an arts and cultural centre to be built with the Yates bequest, a correspondence and a map relating to the general municipal plan. 1910-1964 20001076061 Information relating to the Lethbridge Centennial celebrations. 1985 20001076062 Copy of the City of Lethbridge - School Boards Joint Use Agreement for facilities. 26 September 1978 20001076063 Program for the official opening of the Genevieve E. Yates Memorial Centre. 1 May 1966 20001076064 Program: Raising of Canada's Flag at Lethbridge City Hall. 15 February 1965 20001076065 Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce publication, "Lethbridge: come grow with us". [198-] 20001076066 "Lethbridge South-Alberta", a souvenir edition published by The Lethbridge News. [between 1900 and 1906] 20001076067 "Rattler's in the South: Lethbridge Municipal Railway 1912-1947" by Peter Freigang 20001076068 "Lethbridge Municipal Railway 1911- 1947: 10 Cars 10 Miles", by Peter Freigang 20001076069 Booklet, "St. Basil's Church Silver Anniversary". 1975 20001076070 "First Baptist Church Story 1901-1976". 20001076071 "A History of the Presbyterian Church in Lethbridge", published by the congregation of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. 1967 20001076072 Lois June Duff's application for a gasoline ration. 15 March 1942 20001076073 Flight schedule and return ticket issued to Mrs. Baines, Lethbridge Air Service. 1966 20001076074 Copy of the booklet "West Lethbridge: A New Concept of Living" published by the City of Lethbridge. [197-] 20001076075 "Sisters of St. Martha Golden Anniversary 1929-1979". The booklet is a history of St. Michael's Hospital in Lethbridge. 2 copies. 20001076076 "Royal Canadian Mounted Police" An Historical Outline of the Force", published by RCMP Headquarters, Ottawa. 1967 20001076077 Royal Canadian Mounted Police centennial: booklets, programs and brochures. 1974 20001076078 "A Proposal to Establish the Alberta Police Academy at the Lethbridge Junior College", prepared by the Lethbridge City Police. October 1965 20001076079 Pioneer Pemmican Club: programs, membership lists and other items. 1960-1985 20001076080 Talk by George Watson the the history of Lethbridge. no date 20001076081 Program: Dedication of the Miners' Cairn in Indian Battle Park. 2 September 1963 20001076082 Program for the Civic Dinner held in honour of Lethbridge Old-Timers. 9 September 1955 20001076083 Program, First Air Crossing of the Canadian Rockies. 7 August 1966 20001076084 Subscription list, draft of the inscription, dedication program and dedication remarks, Dr. Frank Hamilton Mewburn cairn. 1953 20001076085 Land sale agreement, North Western Coal & Navigation Company to William Northgraves. 25 November 1887 20001076086 "The Canadian Forces in the Great War 1914-1919" published by the Government of Canada. 1947 20001076087 Copy of an article from The Lethbridge Herald, "Legend of the Medicine Rock at Lethbridge" by Mike Mountain Horse. Handwritten and typewritten copies. 1935 20001076088 Indian Battle of 1870: copy of an account from The Lethbridge News by Dr. George A. Kennedy, and two copies of a program for the unveiling of the plaque in Indian Battle Park. 30 April 1890 and 6 September 1974 20001076089 "Echoes from My Song Tree", poetry by Sara Evangeline Matheson Warren. no date 20001076090 "Rhymes of the Small Town and Poems of the Prairies" by A.S. Humphries, reprinted as a 'Homecoming '71 Souvenir'.
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20001076001
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Lethbridge House / Lethbridge Hotel

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Date Range
30 January 1886
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
20001076267
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Scope and Content
View of the first Lethbridge House / Lethbridge Hotel.
  1 image  
Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
30 January 1886
Description Level
Item
Creator
Fred L Russell
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Physical Condition
Excellent
History / Biographical
The Lethbridge House was built by William Henderson in 1885, on the corner of what is now 2 Avenue and 5 Street South. In summer 1899 Henderson and his new business partner, Frederick W. Downer, began construction of a new hotel on the same site. The first wing was completed in the fall of 1899, and the second and final part in 1900.
Scope and Content
View of the first Lethbridge House / Lethbridge Hotel.
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20001076267
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The Brodie and Stafford Hardware Store

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Date Range
1887 - 1897
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
20001076268
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Scope and Content
View of the Brodie and Stafford Hardware store in what is now the 600 block of 3 Avenue South in Lethbridge.
  1 image  
Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
1887 - 1897
Description Level
Item
Creator
Fred L Russell
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
View of the Brodie and Stafford Hardware store in what is now the 600 block of 3 Avenue South in Lethbridge.
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20001076268
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The River Valley At Lethbridge

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Date Range
[188-]
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
20001076273
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Scope and Content
View of the river valley at Lethbridge.Visible are several buildings, the Incline Railway and the Belly River in the background.
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
[188-]
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
View of the river valley at Lethbridge.Visible are several buildings, the Incline Railway and the Belly River in the background.
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20001076273
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The North West Mounted Police Barracks Square

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Date Range
[188-]
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
20001076277
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Scope and Content
View of the centre of Lethbridge looking northwest across the North West Mounted Police Barracks Square.
  1 image  
Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
[188-]
Description Level
Item
Creator
Fred L Russell
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
View of the centre of Lethbridge looking northwest across the North West Mounted Police Barracks Square.
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20001076277
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Senior School and Bible Class Notebook

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Date Range
1854 to 1955
Material Type
Manuscript
Accession No.
19752013420
Physical Description
3 items
Scope and Content
Senior School and Bible Class Notebook with the names and addresses of students.
Material Type
Manuscript
Date Range
1854 to 1955
Physical Description
3 items
Physical Condition
Good
Language
English
Custodial History
This item was originally the property of Joseph Gillespie and family, who was a resident of the house at 433A 12 Street South prior to the donor.
Scope and Content
Senior School and Bible Class Notebook with the names and addresses of students.
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19752013420
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