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W.F. Nelson's business letterhead
W.F. Nelson's business letterhead
M-9011-38

W.F. Nelson fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1Personal files. -- 1893-1922
Series 2 Alberta Loan and Investment Company files. -- 1908-1916, predominent 1914-1916
Series 3W.F. Nelson and Company papers. -- 1911-1920
Series 4Unprocessed material. -- [ca. 1911-1920]

Inventory

Series 1 Personal files. -- 1893-1922. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of miscellaneous personal papers relating to William Frederick Nelson's professional life. Nelson started his career in Richmond, Quebec, in charge of freight for the Grand Trunk Railway from 1891 to 1902. In 1902, he and his family moved to Rutland, Vermont where he worked as Station Agent for the Rutland Railroad Co. The family moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1911 when William was appointed Manager for the local branch of the Alberta Loan and Investment Company. After the company failed, ca. 1918, William opened an insurance and real estate office in Lethbridge called W.F. Nelson & Co. He died suddenly of a heart attach in 1919 at the age of 54.
M-9011-1 Miscellaneous personal papers relating to Nelson's time in Richmond, Quebec. -- [ca. 1890s]
M-9011-2 Miscellaneous personal papers relating to Nelson's time in Rutland, Vermont. -- 1902-1911
M-9011-3 Miscellaneous personal papers relating to Nelson's time in Lethbridge, Alberta. -- 1911-1919
M-9011-4 Miscellaneous personal papers relating to Nelson's employment with the Alberta Loan and Investment Company. -- 1911-1918
M-9011-5 Personal bank books. -- 1901-1915
M-9011-6 Personal agreements. -- 1909-1916. -- Relating to land purchases and sales, house leases, etc.
M-9011-7 Miscellaneous papers relating to the windup of W.F. Nelson's personal and business affairs after his death on December 2, 1919. -- 1893-1922, predominent 1920-1922. -- Includes his insurance policy, 1893-1920.
Series 2 Alberta Loan and Investment Company files. -- 1908-1920, predominent 1914-1916. --68.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of two series of files created by W.F. Nelson when he was employed as general manager of the Lethbridge branch of the Alberta Loan and Investment Company, 1911-1916. Both series were arranged alphabetically, the earlier one using green capitol letters of the alphabet; the later one using red. The series also includes financial ledgers and miscellaneous papers relating to the ALIC.
  Green alphabetical series
M-9011-8 D correspondence. -- 1914
M-9011-9 H correspondence. -- 1914
M-9011-10 K correspondence. -- 1914
M-9011-11 L correspondence. -- 1914
M-9011-12 M correspondence. -- 1914
M-9011-13 N correspondence. -- 1914
M-9011-14 S correspondence. -- 1914
M-9011-15 T correspondence. -- 1913-1914
M-9011-16 U-V correspondence. -- 1914
M-9011-17 W correspondence. -- 1914
  Red alphabetical series
M-9011-18 A correspondence. -- 1914-1916
M-9011-19 B correspondence. -- 1915-1916
M-9011-20 C correspondence. -- 1915-1916
M-9011-21 D correspondence. -- 1915
M-9011-22 E correspondence. -- 1915
M-9011-23 F correspondence. -- 1914-1915
M-9011-24 G correspondence. -- 1915
M-9011-25 H correspondence. -- 1914-1916
M-9011-26 I-J correspondence. -- 1915
M-9011-27 L correspondence. -- 1915
M-9011-28 M correspondence. -- 1915
M-9011-29 N correspondence. -- 1915-1916
M-9011-30 O-P-Q correspondence. -- 1915
M-9011-31 R correspondence. -- 1915
M-9011-32 S correspondence. -- 1914-1916
M-9011-33 T correspondence. -- 1915-1916
M-9011-34 U-V-W correspondence. -- 1915-1916
  Miscellaneous correspondence
M-9011-35 Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. -- 1914
M-9011-36 Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. -- 1915
  Financial
M-9011-37 Alberta Loan and Investment Company account books with clients. -- 1908-1916
M-9011-100 General ledger. -- 1912-1913
M-9011-101 General ledger. -- 1914-1915
M-9011-102 General ledger. -- 1915
M-9011-103 General ledger. -- 1915-1916
M-9011-104 General ledger. -- 1915-1916
M-9011-105 General ledger. -- 1915-1920
M-9011-106 General ledger. -- 1917
M-9011-107 Canadian Birkbeck Investment and Savings Company ledger. -- 1908-1916
M-9011-108 Canadian Birkbeck Investment and Savings Company ledger. -- 1910-1913
M-9011-109 Canadian Birkbeck Investment and Savings Company ledger. -- 1914-1920
M-9011-110 Mercantile Fire Insurance Company ledger. -- 1916
Series 3 W.F. Nelson and Company papers. -- 1911-1920. -- 69 cm of textual records. - The series consists of a series of numbered files, a series of alphabetical files, financial files and ledgers, and miscellaneous correspondence arranged by date. Around 1915, the Alberta Loan and Investment Company began to experience severe financial difficulties. A liquidation order was issued in 1916 but the wind-up process was not complete until 1918. Around 1916, W.F. Nelson appears to have taken over the company's active files and formed his own loan, insurance and real estate business in the Alberta Loan Block, Lethbridge called W.F. Nelson and Company. He died suddenly on December 2, 1919. His widow, Sarah Cromwell Bryan Nelson, took over operations and spent the next two years wrapping up the business.
  Organizational files
M-9011-38 W.F. Nelson and Company letterhead and forms. -- [ca. 1916-1919]
M-9011-39 Alphabetical key to accounts. -- [ca. 1918-1919]
M-9011-40 Record of names listed by community. -- [ca. 1918-1919]
M-9011-41 Record of properties and insurers listed by owner's name. -- [ca. 1918-1919]
  Numbered files
M-9011-42 #14. -- Fire Association of Philidelphia. -- 1920
M-9011-43 #16. -- L'Union Fire Insurance Co. Ltd. -- 1920
M-9011-44 #17. -- London and Lancashire Fire Insurance Co. -- 1920
M-9011-45 #18. -- Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. -- 1920
M-9011-46 #19-A. -- Minnesota Underwriters' Agency. -- 1920
M-9011-47 #21-A. -- Drake-Ballard Co. -- 1920
M-9011-48 #24. -- Standard Trust Co. -- 1920
M-9011-49 #32-A. -- Palmer, W.J. -- 1919-1920
M-9011-50 #34. -- Short, James. -- 1918-1920
M-9011-51 #36. -- Excelsior Life Insurance Co. -- 1919-1920
M-9011-52 #37. -- Bryan Block. -- 1919-1920
M-9011-53 #40. -- Alberta Block. -- 1920
M-9011-54 #42. -- Blow, T.H. -- 1916-1920
M-9011-55 #43. -- Dominion Building #1. -- 1920
M-9011-56 #45. -- Dominion Building #1. -- 1920
M-9011-57 #46. -- Alberta Loan Block. -- 1920
M-9011-58 #46-A. -- Barnes/Gue/Ross/Pioer property, Foremost. -- 1911-1919
M-9011-59 #47. -- Bryan and Short. -- 1920
M-9011-60 #48. -- Short and Lafferty. -- 1919-1920
M-9011-61 #49. -- Dominon Building #2. -- 1915-1920
M-9011-62 #50-A. -- Freeman, J.W. -- 1916-1920
M-9011-63 #70. -- Bates farm, Acme. -- 1917-1920
M-9011-64 #78. -- Red Deer Agency: John Malcolm, agent. -- 1918-1919
M-9011-65 #115. -- Hodges, George M. -- 1918-1921
M-9011-66 #245. -- Nilson, G. -- 1919
M-9011-67 #246. -- Chapman, Aaron B. -- 1919
M-9011-68 #268. -- Guthrie, J.S. -- 1919
M-9011-69 #277. -- Connor, M.J. -- 1919-1920
M-9011-70 #288. -- Acme Agency: Poffenroth. -- 1919
  Alphabetical files
M-9011-71 Big Bend Land Co. -- 1917-1919
M-9011-72 Billow, W.F. -- 1919
M-9011-73 Canadian Mortgage Investment Co. -- 1916
M-9011-74 Canadian Mortgage Investment Co. -- 1917
M-9011-75 Canadian Mortgage Investment Co. -- 1918
M-9011-76 Canadian Mortgage Investment Co. -- 1919-1920
M-9011-77 Canadian Mortgage Investment Co. -- 1920
M-9011-78 Clack, W. and M. -- 1916-1921
M-9011-79 Hopkins, J.F. -- 1919
M-9011-80 Krouse, August. -- 1919
M-9011-81 Madren, H.P. -- 1919
M-9011-82 McCann, Mrs. Catherine. -- 1919
M-9011-83 McRobert, W. J. -- 1919
M-9011-84 Robertson Ranch. -- 1918. -- 7 photographs
M-9011-85 Tees and Persse of Alberta Ltd. -- 1917-1919
M-9011-86 Tracht, E.H. -- 1920
M-9011-87 Walker, M.B. -- 1919
  Miscellaneous files
M-9011-88 Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. -- 1915
M-9011-89 Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. -- 1916
M-9011-90 Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. -- 1917
M-9011-91 Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. -- 1918
M-9011-92 Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. -- 1919
M-9011-93 Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. -- 1920
M-9011-94 Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. -- 1921
  Financial
M-9011-111 General ledger. -- 1918-1919
M-9011-112 Ledger: Rent accounts. -- 1914-1920
M-9011-95 Miscellaneous loan applications. -- 1919
M-9011-96 Accounts: #1-40. -- 1918-1919
M-9011-97 Accounts: #40-275. -- 1918-1919
M-9011-98 Accounts. -- 1920
M-9011-99 Commissions in trust. -- 1920
Series 4 Unprocessed material. -- [ca. 1911-1920]. -- 37.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of folded and unsorted loan applications, insurance policies, lease agreements, etc.
M-8514 Unprocessed material consisting of loan applications, insurance policies, lease agreements, etc. - [ca. 1911-1920]
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