- 1887-1907 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
37.5 cm of textual records. -- 3 photographs
Name of creator
Thomas E. Riley, 1842-1909, was born in Derbyshire, England and came to Canada in 1862. He resided in Montreal, Quebec before coming to Calgary, Alberta in 1887. He was first engaged in the mercantile business before becoming a rancher. He and his sons owned land in the districts now known as Hillhurst and Hounsfield Heights in Calgary. Twice he was a candidate for the North-West Territories Legislature. He was married to Georgina Janes Hounsfield, 1843-1907, and they had ten children, Ezra, Thomas, Frank, Louise (Holmes), Arthur, Alfred, Harold, Maria (Halstead), Edmunde, and Emily (Edmonds).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gifts of Margaret Halstead Beresford and George Edmonds, 1972.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of diaries pertaining to ranching and family business; miscellaneous personal papers; and photos of the Riley family and their farm.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
The original diaries are restricted due to fragile conditions. Please use reference photocopies or the online version for research purposes.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Digital content is available
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Title based on contents of records.