Archive Finding Aids

Here are detailed file-by-file descriptions of the contents of specific fonds and/or links to scanned documents.

Roy Beavers at counter of Club Cafe
Roy Beavers at counter of Club Cafe

Beavers family fonds

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Table of Contents

indicates that the series includes scanned documents or photographs.

Series 1 Scanned Document Family diaries, correspondence and personal papers. -- 1902-1957
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1855-1940s


Series 1

Family diaries, correspondence and personal papers. -- 1902-1957. -- 50 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of Lina's diaries, school report cards and exams for the Beavers boys, letters from relatives, marriage certificate, autograph book, Club Cafe menus, and miscellaneous programs and greeting cards.


Lina's diaries. -- 1910-1912. -- 3 volumes. -- Consists of entries about personal events and activities, including the move of Lina and her husband Roy from the USA to Calgary in October 1911. She describes the tasks of moving and setting up house, her housekeeping and social life, Roy's establishment of the Club Cafe, their amusements together (theatre, card playing, walks), and the significance of the number eleven to the couple. The diaries are written in "Physician's Daily Memorandum" books, featuring descriptions of medical conditions and treatments at the top of each page.

Scanned Document View first diary now.
Scanned Document View second diary now.

M-70-2 Lina's diaries. -- 1936-1944. -- 6 volumes. -- Consists of entries about the weather, daily appointments, her activities, and social events.
M-7079 Letters from Lina's family in the USA. -- 1912-1913. -- Consists of extensive correspondence from her grandmother, mother, sister, cousins and relatives, mostly from White Hall, Illinois.
M-70-3 Certificates, etc. -- 1912-1916 and n.d.. -- Consists of an invoice from Burns and Mavor, solicitors, for registering Albert's birth and procuring a birth certificate (1912); Gordon's cradle roll certificate for Grace Presbyterian Sunday School (1916); and Albert's "Canadian Standard Efficiency Training" badge applications for various sports and activities (n.d.).
M-70-4 Roy and Lina's marriage certificate. -- 1909. -- Between Mr. Roy H. Beavers and Miss Evelyn Gertrude Shirley in White Hall, Illinois.
M-70-5 Lina's autograph book and wedding book. -- 1902-1909
M-70-6 Alberta Department of Education school exams. -- 1927-1931. -- For "High School and University Matriculation Examinations". Many have Gordon Beavers' signatures on them.
M-70-7 Calgary School Board report cards and school diplomas. -- 1918-1933. -- For Jack Beavers, Albert Beavers, and Gordon Beavers.
M-70-8 Eighth Alberta Boys' Parliament journal [Tuxis]. -- 1927. -- Held at Calgary City Hall, December 28-30, 1927.
M-70-9 American Woman's Club of Calgary. -- [ca. 1912]. -- Proposed constitution. Lina was a founding member.
M-70-10 Programs, greeting cards, menus, etc. -- 1910-1957. -- Consists of Christmas cards, menus (including Club Cafe menus), calendars, programs for social and cultural events the famly attended, postcards, and tickets. Includes architectural drawing for a house designed by Jack Beavers.

Scanned Document View Christmas menu, Club Cafe, 1913.
View advertising card for A. L. Hess, photographer.

M-3327 Valentines. -- n.d. -- 2 items. -- One is an ornate, expanding card.

Menus, certificate and calendars. -- 1913-1931 and n.d. -- Consists of these oversize items:

Menu for Roy Beavers' Chuck House. -- n.d.
Menu for Thanksgiving dinner at the Club Cafe. -- 1914
Roy Beavers' Grand Lodge of Alberta certificate [Masons]. -- 1917
Calendar. -- 1913. -- For Dominion Cooperative and Realty Company
Calendar. -- 1917. -- For The Variety Store, Calgary
Calendar. -- 1918. -- For The Neilson Furniture Company, Calgary
Calendar. -- 1920. -- For Macdonald-Cooper Ltd., Calgary
Calendar. -- 1924. -- For Riverside Construction and Millwork, Calgary
Calendar. -- 1929. -- For H.A. Benjamin Ltd., Calgary
Calendar. -- 1931. -- For Mahood's Drug Store, Calgary

Series 2 Photographs. -- 1855-1940s. -- 38 photographs. -- The series consists of views of the Beavers and Shirley families.

Some of these photographs have been scanned. View now.

PA-1582 Beavers and Shirley family portraits. -- 1855-1940s. -- 17 photographs
PB-418 Shooting expedition, Al Azhar group and Bronks Rugby Club. -- 1920s-1930s. -- 3 photographs
PC-113 Portrait of Lina Beavers. -- November 11, 1909. -- 1 photograph. -- Copied as NA-2731-1.
PE-63 Panorama of 2nd annual excursion of Western Canadians to California. -- January 10, 1912. -- 1 photograph
NA-2768-(1-22) Club Cafe, Rotary Club, school exams, etc.. -- [ca. 1910-1939]. -- 22 photographs
NA-2731-1 Mrs. Roy Beavers. -- [ca. 1909]. -- 1 photograph

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