Fonds F0149 - Barclay family fonds

Identity area

Reference code

ACU GBA F0149

Title

Barclay family fonds

Date(s)

  • [ca. 1880]-1996 (Creation)

Level of description

Fonds

Extent and medium

87 cm of textual records. -- 1087 photographs

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

George Brown Barclay, 1863-1940, an iron molder by trade, and a frustrated inventor, brought his family from Illinois, USA to Alberta in 1905 to homestead. They settled in the district of Meadowbrook, near Gull Lake, but having little success at farming moved to Calgary in 1913. George Barclay worked as a well-driller and Elsie Ellen Barclay, ?-1932, as a seamstress to support the family. Their two daughters, Mary Belle Barclay, 1901-2000, and Elsie Catherine Barclay, 1902-1985, became school teachers. They taught in Calgary and various rural schools throughout their long careers. Catherine taught French and was known for her work in the French section of the Banff School of Fine Arts. She was also very involved in drama and theatre in her early years. Mary made natural science one of her teaching specialties. The sisters co-founded the Canadian Youth Hostels Association in 1933, and set up the first official North American youth hostel at Bragg Creek. Mary received the Order of Canada. Their brother, George Franklin Barclay, 1903-?, was an accountant. He worked for the Department of National Revenue from 1930 until his retirement in 1968. For a more detailed family history see Mary Belle Barclay : Founder of Canadian Hostelling / Evelyn Edgeller. - Calgary : Detselig Enterprises, 1988.

Repository

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Mary Barclay, 1971-1989, and Canadian Hostelling Association, 2004.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

The fonds consists of correspondence, certificates, school report cards and diplomas, essays, speeches, newsclippings, awards, photographs, slides etc., primarily of Mary and Catherine. Also includes many hostelling photographs.

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Accruals

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Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access.

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Script of material

Language and script notes

The material is in English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material. https://glenbow.ucalgary.ca/finding-aid/barclay-family-fonds/

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

An interview with Mary is in the Junior League Women's Oral History Project at Glenbow (RCT-476).

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Notes area

Note

Title based on contents of records.

Note

There are copy negatives in NA 2468.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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