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Letter from Jessie to Paul, November 4, 1917.
Letter from Jessie to Paul
November 4, 1917
M-8523-5

Paul and Jessie Brecken fonds

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Inventory

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  Paul's and Jessie's certificates
M-129-1Paul Brecken's certificates. -- 1919-1953. -- 5 items. -- Consists of certificate of war service (1919), Kiwanis Vice-President certificates (1943, 1944), Alberta Teachers' Association life membership (1952), and Queen's Coronation Medal certificate (1953).
M-129-2Jessie's Queen's Coronation Medal certificate. -- 1953. -- 1 item
M-129-3Drawing of "Royal Commission Quebec Bridge Enquiry". -- 1908
M-129-osPaul Brecken's certificates and passport. -- 1909-1910 and nd. -- 3 items. -- Consists of his Bsc degree from the University of Toronto (1909); certificate awarding Honorary Lieutenant (nd); and passport (1910).
  Jessie Copeland - Havergal Ladies' College records
M-8523-1Jessie Copeland's literature notebook, Havergal Ladies' College. -- 1902-1903
M-8523-2Jessie Copeland's scripture notebook, Havergal Ladies' College. -- 1902-1903
  Jessie Brecken's First World War records
M-8523-3 Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- August 30-September 14, 1917. -- Numbered 6,8,9,10, and four with no numbers. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-4 Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- September 16-October 12, 1917. -- Numbered 11-20. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-5 Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- October 17-November 20, 1917. -- Numbered 21-30. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-6Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- November 21-December 29, 1917. -- Numbered 31-41. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-7Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- January 2-February 7, 1918. -- Numbered 1-6, 8-10. -- Includes a letter from "Mater" Copeland, January 6, 1918. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-8Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- February 9-March 16, 1918. -- Numbered 11-20. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-9Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- March 23-May 4, 1918. -- Numbered 21-30. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-10 Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- May 12-June 9, 1918. -- Numbered 32-33, 37-39. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-11 Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- July 3-July 23, 1918. -- Numbered 44, 46, 48, 50. -- Includes a letter from "Your brother Egerton R.M. Brecken in China, July 26,1918. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-12 Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- August 3-August 30, 1918. -- Numbered 54, 57, 59 and no number. -- Includes a letter from "Mother", August 23, 1918. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-13 Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- September 11-September 29, 1918. -- Numbered 62-67. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-14 Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- October 20-November 16, 1918. -- Numbered 73-76, 79-80. Scanned Document View now.
M-8523-15 Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- November 20-December 26, 1918. -- Numbered 81, 83-84, 88-90. Scanned Document View transcripts.
M-8523-16Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- January 1-February 15, 1919. -- Numbered 1-10. -- Included letters from "Mother", January 2 and February 22, 1919.
M-8523-17Letters from Jessie to Paul. -- February 19-March 23, 1919. -- Numbered 11-13, 19, and a postcard with no number. -- Includes a letter from H.E. Ridout, March 19, 1919.
M-8523-18Harrods box lid. -- [ca. 1918-1919]. -- Consists of the lid of the box in which Paul kept all the letters written to him during the war.
M-8523-19Souvenir postcards. -- [ca. 1918-1919]. -- Consists of sets of postcards Paul collected while in France, Belgium and Germany.
M-8523-20Miscellaneous WWI records. -- 1918-1919 and nd. -- 9 items. -- Consists of a nominal roll of YMCA men for demobilization, April 14, 1919; program for Toronto Broadview Boys' Reunion, Bonn, Germany, December 29, 1918; invitation to the 19th Canadian Battalion smoker, Fosses, Belgium, February 28, 1919; program for the 19th Canadian Battalion field day, Fosses, Belgium, March 13, 1919; map of "Probable Enemy Dispositions", Amiens 17, France, nd; account with F.H. Deacon, Toronto, September 30, 1918; "Life Problems of Men" brochure, nd; officer's formation badges, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, nd; and an empty envelope.
  Miscellaneous letter
M-8523-21Letter from Jessie Brecken to her nephew, Barry Nickerson. -- 1958
 

Photographs

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PA-1865 World War I photos and early Brecken family photos. -- [ca. 1870s, 1917-1919]. -- 8 photoprints. -- 6 photonegatives. -- 2 ambrotypes. -- Consists of WWI views of Paul Brecken in uniform, YMCA quarters, a Nativity scene; and early views of unidentified Brecken family members .
PC-135-1 University of Toronto, YMCA Executive . -- 1907-1908. -- Consists of a framed photograph, including Paul Brecken, president.
PC-135-2 Frances Nicawa, Cree Indian. -- nd. -- Consists of a framed, hand- tinted photograph.
PD-138 Brecken family album. -- [ca. teens and twenties]. -- 173 photoprints. -- Consists of views of the Calgary home, Paul and Jessie Brecken, the building of Calgary's Centre Street Bridge, "Tyke" the dog, Braemar Lodge, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Banff, Alpine Club of Canada facilities and activities, family members, and army camps. -- Sixteen of these photographs have been copied in NA 3506.
NA-3506-(1-16)Brecken family. -- [ca. teens and twenties]. -- 16 photonegatives. -- Consists of views of Paul Brecken, Calgary, 158th Battalion, and Alpine Club activities. These are copies of photographs in the family album (PD 138) described above.
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