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J.H.W.S. Kemmis, rancher, 1895
J.H.W.S. Kemmis, rancher, 1895
NA-945-7

J.H.W.S. Kemmis fonds

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Series 1 Correspondence and personal papers. -- 1884-1952
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1895-1940s

Inventory

Series 1 Family correspondence and personal papers. -- 1881-1952
M-973-1Family correspondence. -- 1884. -- From sisters in Ireland.
M-973-2Family correspondence. -- 1886. -- From sister Helen.
M-973-3Family correspondence. -- 1887. -- From sister Helen.
M-973-4Family correspondence. -- 1888. -- From friends and family in Ireland.
M-973-5Correspondence. -- 1884-1890. -- From school friends.
M-973-6Family correspondence. -- 1890. -- From sister Maude.
M-973-7Correspondence. -- 1896. -- Between Cecil Elton and his mother.
M-973-8Family correspondence. -- 1896. -- J. O. Kemmis to Maude Elton Kemmis.
M-8596 Family correspondence and personal papers. -- 1881-1897. -- Consists of letters from Maude to John (1896-1897); letter to Maude from her grandfather (1883); John's bills and receipts (1896-1897); and John's "evidence of age" (1881).
M-973-9Family correspondence. -- 1900. -- With Irish relatives.
M-973-10F. W. G. Haultain. -- 1900. -- Correspondence and speech re provincial status.
M-973-11Family correspondence. -- 1902. -- From wife Maude in Fort Steele and Cowley.
M-973-12Family correspondence. -- 1902. -- From sister Helen.
M-973-13 Correspondence. -- 1903-1904. -- Re establishment of North West Territories on a provincial basis (printed). Includes material related to Frederick W.G. Haultain.
M-973-14Family correspondence. -- 1905. -- From wife and daughter re birth of second daughter and birthday.
M-973-15Family correspondence. -- 1906. -- From sister Helen.
M-973-16Family correspondence. -- 1907. -- From sisters.
M-973-17Family correspondence. -- ca. 1907-1908. -- From wife and family vacationing in Victoria.
M-973-18 Family correspondence. -- n.d. -- From relatives.
M-973-19Correspondence. -- 1920. -- Re cattle shipment and bank overdraft.
M-973-20Family correspondence. -- 1921. -- Re relatives in Ireland, wife's vacation.
M-973-21Correspondence. -- 1922. -- Re bank loan, legal affairs.
M-973-22United Grain Growers. -- 1926-1927. -- Correspondence re meetings and resolutions.
M-973-23 Correspondence. -- 1926. -- Re sales of life insurance, stocks, family matters.
M-973-24 Correspondence. -- 1926-1927. -- Re lease of land.
M-973-25 Correspondence. -- 1926-1927. -- Re crops on Kemmis land near Cowley. Includes Cowley map.
M-973-26 Kenneth M. Johnson. -- 1927. -- Correspondence re employment.
M-973-27 Correspondence. -- 1928. -- Re loan, car, subscription.
M-973-28 Correspondence. -- 1928-1952. -- Re confinement of a friend, illnesses, history of J.H.W.S. Kemmis. Includes material related to Cecil Elton.
M-6295 Annotated brand book. -- 1889-1891. -- 1 volume.
M-973-29 Brand extracts. -- 1898. -- John Kemmis brands registered in 1888 and 1891.
M-973-30 Land agreements. -- 1906-22. -- Re takeover of portions of land.
M-973-oversize Kemmis ranch account book. -- 1908-1916. -- 1 volume.
M-973-31 House construction contract. -- 1911.
M-973-32 Colts. -- 1914. -- Lists of animals and estimates.
M-973-33 Ethnic origin of Albertans. -- 1914. -- Statistics.
M-973-34 Henry Franz v. P. C. and L. N. Hansen. -- 1916-1919. -- Legal papers.
M-973-35 Tax notices. -- 1922-1923.
M-973-36 Life insurance salesman course. -- 1925. -- Lessons and examinations.
M-973-37Oil company notices. -- 1927-1928. -- United Oils and Illinois-Alberta Oils.
M-973-38 Southern Alberta Pioneers' and Old Timers' Association. -- Constitution and bylaws.
M-973-39 Prosperity League of Canada. -- n.d. -- Pamphlets re improvement of the Canadian financial system.
M-973-40"The Bathroom Door". -- n.d. -- Script of play by Gertrude Gennings.
M-973-41List of farm goods. -- n.d.
M-973-42Photograph card. -- n.d.
M-973-43 Clippings. -- n.d. -- Re debate on provincial police, division of opposition, poetry, smoking. Includes material related to Robert Eldo Campbell.
M-973-44Will. -- 1939. -- Cecil William Stuart Elton.
M-972 Kemmis family miscellany. -- 1905-1950. -- Consists of Calgary Herald pioneer certificates for J.H.W.S. Kemmis and Maude Kemmis; masonic meeting attendance list, Pincher Creek (1905); and Mrs; E. Mellor's article, "The Foothils of Alberta" (1905).
Series2Masonic correspondence and papers. -- 1900-1942
M-973-45Masonic correspondence. -- 1901. -- Re London lodge circle.
M-973-46 Masonic correspondence. -- 1901-1928. -- Re subscriptions, inspections, meetings, appointments, anniversary, aid to other lodges. Includes material related to Frederick S. Selwood.
M-973-47Masonic correspondence. -- 1912. -- Re retirement from Lethbridge lodge.
M-973-48Masonic correspondence. -- 1921. -- Re address, new chapters.
M-973-49Masonic correspondence. -- 1905-1921. -- Re constitution, benevolent fund, progress of lodge.
M-973-50S. G. Taylor manuscript. -- n.d.. -- "Early History of Masonry in Alberta prior to the formation of Grand Lodge, 1882-1900".
M-973-51 Masonic programs. -- 1902-1928. -- Events in Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Calgary, Winnipeg.
M-973-52Christmas cards. -- 1917-1919. -- From Masonic friends.
M-973-53Masonic notebooks. -- 1920. -- Re trips and ceremonies.
M-973-54Sample Masonic stationery. -- n.d. -- J. H. W. S. Kemmis, Grand Master.
M-973-55Death notice. -- 1942. -- J. H. W. S. Kemmis.
M-973-56Masonic periodicals. -- 1900-1901, 1904. -- Western Mason, volume 1, numbers 1-9, 11, 12; Masonic Square, volume 1, number ?
Series 3 Photographs. -- 1880s-1945

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PA-466Portrait of J. H. W. S. Kemmis. -- n.d. -- 1 photograph.
PA-1073 Two views of the Alberta Legislature, and portrait of Pincher Creek rancher, Frank A. Mead. -- [ca. 1911-1921]. -- 3 photographs.
PA-1605Views of Pine Lake, Foothills Ranch, Anna V. Kemmis, Canon Cripps, and J. H. W. S. Kemmis. -- 1924-[ca. 1945]. -- 6 photographs.
PA-3446View of Maude Kemmis and other woman. -- [ca. 1896-1897]. -- 2 photographs.
NA-945 Views on Kemmis and neighbouring ranches. -- [ca. 1895-1934]. -- 22 photographs.
NA-1853 First steam outfit in Pincher Creek. -- [ca. 1899-1900]. -- 1 photograph.
NA-1755 Early views of Pincher Creek. -- [ca. 1880s]. -- 2 photographs.
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