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Fonds F0180 - Belcourt family fonds

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Belcourt family fonds


  • 1878-1931, predominant 1901-1917 (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records. -- 30 photographs

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Biographical history

The Belcourt family were early residents of the important Metis settlement at St. Albert, Alberta. Louisa Belcourt, whose parents were John Rowland and Sophy Chastellaine, married George Fraser ca. 1904 and they had four children. She was married a second time to John Belcourt ca. 1908 and they had six children. In the 1980s, Walter and Albert Belcourt, sons of Louisa and John, were still living on the original river lot of their grandparents.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Walter Belcourt, 1982-1988.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of miscellaneous family records including correspondence (1900-1930), photographs, baptism certificate (1878), St. Albert assessment notice (1931), postcards, newsclippings, and Catholic religious material. Includes a handwritten recipe for dandelion wine, hand-cut paper stencils for beadwork, and a prayer book in Cree syllabics published by the Oblates in Edmonton (1929).

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English and Cree syllabics.

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No finding aid, but one of the photos has been digitized.

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Metis artifacts, including an accordian, beadwork templates, and tools for building log houses are held by Glenbow's Cultural History section.

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Title based on contents of records.


NA 4404-1 is a copy negative of PB 753.


M 6623 needs to be appraised.


Published material should be transferred to library.


Some photographs are in M 6623 file 3.


Link added to Archives Photographs on August 2, 2018.

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Thursday, August 02, 2018




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