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Collection C0182 - William Baddeley collection

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William Baddeley collection


  • 1858-[ca. 1945] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

16 cm of textual records. -- 10 posters

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Name of creator

Biographical history

William Statham Baddeley, 1890?-1968, was born in England and emigrated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1909. He worked in the carnival show business in western Canada, eventually establishing the Baddeley Bros. 3 Ring Wild Animal Circus in 1939. He also produced a travelling “ghost town” wild west show. Around 1961 he retired to Calgary, Alberta, where he was associated with the Glenbow Foundation and Heritage Park. He married Elizabeth Melroy, d. 1966, and was survived by one son, Leveson George “Leve” Baddeley, 1921?-1995. Leve worked with his father’s carnival ventures, and later worked for the Glenbow Foundation, Allied Arts Centre, Riveredge Foundation, Turbo Resources, and Trans Canada Car Wash.


Archival history

Most of the material seems to have been salvaged by William Baddeley from ghost towns in British Columbia.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of William Baddeley, 1962-1967, and transferred from the Riveredge Foundation, 1979.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of James G. Bain’s notebook and papers concerning his work with the British Columbia Provincial Police and gold mining ventures in Quesnel Forks, B.C. (1892-1899); correspondence, receipt books, and insurance policy of the Sandon Miners’ Union, affiliated with the Western Federation of Miners (1901-1915); journal and payroll sheets of mining operations in Sandon; waybills, share certificates, and mining lease agreement from Quesnel Forks; personal correspondence of James P. Delahunty of Barkerville, B.C.; will of James Francis Ford of 150 Mile House, B.C.; diaries of C. Walverson, western USA; time book of the Whit Grouse Co. (timber company of Quesnel Forks?, 1874); Elizabeth Ann Palmer’s food ration book from the Second World War, Waldo, B.C.; letterbook of the Provincial Police constable, Arrowhead, B.C. (1908-1916); facsimile of the signatures on the Treaty of 1831 which established the independence of Belgium; posters for the Baddeley Bros. 3 Ring Wild Animal Circus; and fragments of circus posters.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but most of the posters and a few photos of Bill Baddeley have been digitized.

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William Baddeley’s collection of artifacts is held in the Glenbow Cultural History collection.

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Title based on contents of records.


Link added to Archives Photographs on July 4, 2017.

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