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PE000999 - Diary of John Maddock Given to James McGill

Leather bound book detailing the unique account of Manitoba farm life from May 25, 1893 - Oct/Nov. 1896 for a visiting English farm laborer, John Maddock. Is a duplicated typescript with an endnote dating the typescript to 1964.  Final page contains the signature of a D. Maddock. Contains 70 leaves printed only on one side. Details John Maddock’s emigration from Ashton, Lancashire to Verden, (Virden), Manitoba.

PE000984 - Letter from Wilf Greaves

A two (2) page letter written by Wilf Greaves - an amateur Canadian light middleweight and professional light middle/middle/light heavyweight boxer in the 1950’s and 60’s. Letter is written to a ‘Dan,’ who appears to be an old friend, while Wilf was in Pittsburgh.

Greaves, Wilf

PE000001 - "50 Plus Proverbs We Learned" Manuscript by Margaret Harder.

"50 Plus Proverbs We Learned" self-published monograph by Margaret Harder with illustrations by Malyssa & Cora Wiens. The monograph contains 52 pages of memoir on growing up in Manitoba. Inserted with the work are:

  • four (4) pages of B&W photographs of family and life in rural Manitoba (some annotated), affixed to paper (with photocopies);
  • loose B&W photograph of author’s father in Russian ‘Forstei’ uniform;
  • photocopies of other photographs, not annotated;
  • Manitoba Dept. of Education Grade 12 report on final examinations (with photocopy) 1947;
  • photocopy of Manitoba Dept. of Education Interim First-Class Teacher’s Certificate, Grade B, 1949;
  • Manitoba Bible College report cards, signed by Esther Horch 1954-1955;
  • Manitoba Dept. of Education Interim Collegiate Certificate (with photocopy) 1965;
  • Winnipeg School Division No. 1 hiring agreement (with photocopy) 1965.

PE000941 - Note of thanks written to an unknown addressee

A note written to an unknown addressee. It states: "Speaking of food I would like to thank the mother’s [sic] for the goodies we have after each Sunday evening meeting, I understand you get very little help from those who should be doing this. Thanks Moms. The Norwood and Centerial young peoples groups are united on a trial basis, and it has worked out very well, you will hear more of us next year." 

PE000535 - Letter from Freddie Kaehli No.5

Four page letter from Freddie Kaehli explaining the meaning of his rank (Cfn.), describing how he spent his Christmas, and noting that since he joined the army he has “met with every religion.” 2 Cdn. Adv. Base w/s.

Kaehli, Freddie

PE000563 - Birthday card from Jean Breadner

Birthday card from Jean Breadner. Colourful paper card with flowers, a ribbon, three notepads and a pencil on the cover. The cover reads “On Your Twenty-First Birthday Sis: Best Wishes for Today and Always”. Inside is a poem and a short note.s.l.

Breadner, Jean

Irma Breadner Wartime Letters

All of the letters in this collection are addressed to Irma Breadner, employee of Don Stanton's General Store of Westlock, Alberta, from her friends and family. The letters span the years 1941 through 1948, but the bulk were sent in the years 1944 and 1945. Together the letters offer an intimate view of Wartime as it was experienced by Central Albertans. Breadner's correspondents include servicemen and women working overseas, her sister, Jean, building airplanes in Ontario, and many Albertan women getting their educations or helping their families with the harvest against the backdrop of the final years of the Second World War. The collection also includes cards, postcards, pay stubs and a church program.

Education & Academia

Report cards, certificates, exams, essays, and a wide variety of items to do with the educational and academic experiences of Prairie Province residents.

Government & Political Process

An assembly of material reflecting the breadth of government and political engagement across the Prairies, including election campaign materials, political party convention reports, and civic development activities. Two series within this broader category include ephemeral publications produced by government, and a collection of scrapbooks covering the history of the Social Credit party within Alberta.


Photographs and images within the Prairie Ephemera Collection are organized into five (5) series based on dates of creation: No date, pre-1900, 1900-1919, 1920-1967, and post-1968. Where possible, an estimated date of creation is given.

Old Sleuth Weekly

Subseries consists of 98 issues from Old Sleuth Weekly.

Publisher: Arthur Westbrook

Date of First Issue (No. 1): Apr. 17, 1908 Date of Last Issue (No. 203): May 17, 1912

First in Collection (No. 1): Apr. 17, 1908 Last in Collection (No. 172): 1911

Old Sleuth Weekly follows a varied publication schedule: bi-monthly and weekly. The format is 8 x 11 inches with 32 pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Pictorial covers are coloured. All novels are signed by Old Sleuth; they consist primarily of detective stories reprinted from the OS Library, with some new stories.

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