Fonds F0239 - John C.F. Bown fonds

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John C.F. Bown fonds


  • 1865-1946, predominant 1865-1932 (Creation)

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6.5 m of textual records. -- 522 photographs

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John Campbell Ferrie Bown, 1856-1932, was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1856. He attended the University of Toronto, studied law in Brantford and Toronto, and was admitted to the Bar in 1882. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Winnipeg and worked in the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) legal department. In 1885 he moved to Calgary and practiced law until 1891, when he moved to Edmonton. He married Phoebe Miller in 1889 and they had two children, Emily Rachel Beatrice (Stewart), 1890-?, and Walter John, ca. 1892-1977. John practiced criminal law and was a member of several of Edmonton's pioneer legal firms. In 1907 he was appointed solicitor for the City of Edmonton and created a K.C. He served as a bencher of the Law Society of Alberta and was president of the society from 1928-1933. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. In 1930 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta. For further information see John C. F. Bown : The Life and Work of an Early Alberta Lawyer / Brian N. Lester. -- unpublished essay, University of Calgary, 1986; and Louis Knafla's entry, "John Campbell Ferrie Bown", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography at


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Purchased from Walter J. Bown, 1956-1961.

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  • The fonds consists of general correspondence, invoices and receipts; account books (1891-1896); legal and business correspondence (1865-1930); appeal books (1893-1932); and Masonic Lodge bylaws, regulations and correspondence (1898-1930). Also includes Bown's extensive collection of vintage First Nations and pioneer photographs from the Ernest Brown Studio in Edmonton.
  • RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS AND MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST: Alberta Gold Dredging Syndicate, Alberta Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Delia Anderson, Dr. Andrew B. Baird, John A. Brown, Calgary and Edmonton Railway Co., Canada Radiator Co., Canadian Mutual Loan and Investment Co., Canadian Northern Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), Canadian West Land Co., Chinese, Isaac Cowie, Cuthbertson and Co., Herbert James Dawson, Fernand de Journel, Driard Hotel (Wetaskiwin), Edmonton and Saskatchewan Land Co., Edmonton Exhibition Association, Edmonton Sawmill Co., Edmonton Street Railway Co., Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Malcolm Forbes Groat, Walter S. Groat, Frank Hamilton, Bertha Hetu, Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), James Duncan Hyndman, Joseph Kelly, J.K. Kennedy, Klondike gold rush, William F. Langworthy, Law Society of Alberta, Liberal-Conservative Party, liquor traffic, Mays Coal Co., Charles de Wolfe McDonald, Metis (scrip), murder, Northwestern Utilities Ltd., Edward H. O'Brien, M. Evanson O'Brien, Antonio Prince, prostitution, Queen's Hotel (Edmonton), Revillon freres, 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion), Harry Havelock Robertson, Scottish Ontario and Manitoba Land Co., Richard Secord, Strathcona, John Walter Ltd., and Wetaskiwin (land).

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The material is in English.

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Friday, June 17, 2016




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