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Administration Files

Series contains documents pertaining to administrative activities of Edmonton Public Schools departments, schools, trustees, and committees.

Superintendent of Schools

Personnel Files

Series contained teacher personnel files that were arranged by surname and by the original file number as assigned by the creator. Dates reflect the retirement or resignation date of the teachers.

Human Resources

Administration Files

Series contains documents pertaining to the administrative activities of Edmonton Public Schools departments, schools, Trustees, and committees. Series contains inactive files that were closed in June 1971 and sent to the vault for storage. Files are arranged numerically by the original file number assigned by creator.

Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent's Monthly Reports

Series contains reports given by the Edmonton Public Schools Superintendent to the Board of Trustees pertaining to the administration of Edmonton Public Schools. These reports present information, enquiries and recommendations. This series also contains reports and information presented to the Superintendent by committees, school officials and outside agencies. The subject matter in the reports varies, but most information relates to expenditures and budget. The Superintendents responsible for the reports are James McCaig (1906-1913), W.L. Richardson (Acting Nov-Dec 1913), W.G. Carpenter (1914-1923), George A. McKee (1924-1940) and Ross S. Sheppard (1940-1955).

Superintendent of Schools

Principal's Monthly Report : Edmonton Public Schools

Series completed by principals. Cards organized chronologically and alphabetically by school. Each card records Month, Year, School, Teacher, Grade, No. of Teaching Days, Aggregate Days' Attendance, Percentage and Lates. Pre 1962, on verso Substitute, Day Taught, For Whom, Cause, Days Absent, No. of Fire Drills in Month and Avg Time and Principal. Post Sep 1962, on verso Avg Enrolment, Avg No. of Pupils per Class, No. of Register Room Teachers, No. of Other Full-Time Teachers, No. of Part-Time Teachers, No. of Fire Drills in Month, Avg Time in Seconds and Principal.

Beverly School Monthly Report

Each card in series records Month, Year, Teacher, No. of Teaching Days, Aggregate Days Attendance, No. of Pupils Enrolled, Average Attendance, Percentage and Lates. Cards in series are arranged chronologically and, after May 1950, alphabetically by school. Schools named: Beacon Heights, Beverly Heights, Central, Lawton Junior High, R. J. Scott and Abbott.

The Royal Family

The British Royal Family: King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret Rose (left) and Elizabeth (right). From a painting by A.B. Connor.

Administration Files

Series contains correspondence pertaining to administrative activities of Edmonton Public Schools as well as trustees' acceptance and resignation letters.


Inspectors' Reports

Series contains documents generated by Department of Education Inspectors. Pre-1905, Inspectors are from the Government of the North-West Territories and post-1905 from the Alberta Provincial Government. Documents record the Inspectors' evaluation of schools, classrooms, school grounds, equipment, pupils and teachers within Edmonton School District No. 7.

Alberta Education


Item contains documents pertaining to administrative activities of North Edmonton School District No. 2305. Most documents are correspondence relating to the building and outfitting of the North Edmonton school.

North Edmonton School District No. 2305

Formation of North Edmonton School District No. 2305 and Debenture Proceedings

Item contains correspondence and two pages from Poll Book. The first page from Poll Book lists candidates nominated for position of Trustee and date and hours of polls. The second page from Poll Book is the vote on the formation of the proposed North Edmonton School District. It includes date and times of poll and name of voters and if they are for or against the district. Item also contains information from the Alberta Department of Education about instructions regarding the formation of school districts, school groups and buildings, treasurer's bond, and debenture proceedings.

North Edmonton School District No. 2305

Report Card, 1930-31

Item is a report card from Queen's Avenue School for October 1930 in the 1930-31 school year. It is the report card of Joyce Barnes, grade 2, room 4. The teacher is Thyra Hull. Item is accompanied by corresponding envelope (84.12.1ii) and a complimentary student ticket (84.12.1iii) to the Edmonton Exhibition for July 14, 1930 the previous school year.

Assessment and Tax Roll

Item pertains to those paying property taxes to West Edmonton School District No. 2320. For each ratepayer it lists name of ratepayer, post office address, description of property, number of lots, amount and date of payment.

Village Assessment Roll

Item pertains to those paying property taxes to West Edmonton School District No. 2320. For each ratepayer, it lists Land Assessed (block and lot), Name of Person Assessed, Post Office Address, Amount Paid and Date of Payment.

Assessment Roll of the West Edmonton School District No. 2320

Item pertains to those paying property taxes to West Edmonton School District No. 2320. For each ratepayer, it lists Name of Ratepayer, Post Office Address, Description of Real Property, Value of Real Property, Date of Mailing of Assessment Notice and Secretary's Initials. Item includes oath and signature of Assessor, Johnathan Davidson.

Collector's Roll : Village School District of West Edmonton No. 2320

Item pertains to those paying property taxes to West Edmonton School District No. 2320. For each ratepayer, it includes Name of Ratepayer, Post Office Address, Assessed Value of Real and Personal Property, Rate of Taxation on the Dollar, Amount of Taxes for Current Year, Arrears of Taxes Due, Total Taxes Due, Date of Mailing Tax Notice, Treasurer's Initials, Payment of Taxes (Date and Amount) and Remarks.

Statements of 1910

Item is a list of statements for 1910. The first statement is regarding permission for the West Edmonton School District No. 2320 to collect property taxes previously collected by the Turnip Lake School District No. 386 within the newly incorporated village of West Edmonton. West Edmonton School District No. 2320 was established on November 25, 1910. The remaining statements list the expenditures, liabilities and assets for the West Edmonton School District No. 2320 for the year 1910.

Receipt Book

Item is a receipt book with one receipt issued. Receipt dated March 10, 1913 for 1912 taxes. The remaining receipts are not used.

West Edmonton School District No. 2320

Director of Technical Education

Item is a file containing letters from individuals applying for the position of Director of Technical Education. Includes letter of successful applicant, W. L. Richardson. A more accurate description of the position is Principal of Edmonton Technical School. All letters are re-typed copies.

Superintendent of Plant

Item is two files containing letters of application for position of Superintendent of Plant. It includes the job advertisement in the form of a newspaper clipping and outline of the qualifications and duties of both Superintendent of Plant and Chief Caretaker. Letter of application from successful candidate, R. L. Haskell, included.

High School and University Matriculation Examination Board Meetings

Item contains reports of the Committee on Special Cases. These reports include discussion of whether or not individuals will be allowed to advance to the next grade, whether or not individuals should be granted matriculation, the transferability of credit from other school districts and whether or not individuals may write an exam. Discussion is also given in the reports to the admission of special cases to Normal School. The grade levels evident in the reports are grades VIII-XII. The item also includes a list of examination subjects, correspondence about examination applications, analysis of examination results and the minutes of the High School and University Matriculation Examination Board meetings. File maintained by Superintendent of Schools.

Expenditures of Canadian Schools

Item pertains to the collecting and analyzing of financial data from several school boards including: correspondence and completed questionnaires from various Canadian school boards, a chart showing the cost per capita for 1923 on the basis of school attendance for several Canadian cities as well as Los Angeles, Seattle and Spokane, a second chart comparing the education cost per capita for 1922 of several Canadian cities, a third chart comparing teacher salaries in different Canadian cities as well as Los Angeles, Seattle and Spokane, and a diagram comparing the cost of public schools across the Canadian provinces. This file was compiled by Sarah Wilson, Edmonton Public Schools Secretary-Treasurer (1921-1925).

Administration Files of Strathcona School District No. 216

Series reflects administrative activities of Strathcona School District No. 216. Although chiefly financial and staffing issues, opening of new schools, amalgamation with Edmonton School District No. 7, Inspector's Reports, correspondence with University of Alberta, Association of School Trustees of Alberta and Department of Education is also included. Of note is a letter from Lieutenant Governor Bulyea regarding the opening of Strathcona Collegiate Institute. Compiled by the Secretary-Treasurer, files are arranged chronologically. Correspondence of a related subject often glued together. The top document reflects the chronological date within the file but often much earlier documents are attached.

Strathcona School District No. 216

Strathcona School District No. 216 Contracts

Item is a group of contracts including By-Laws regarding the borrowing of money, sale of land contracts, contracts with contractors and architects. Item is not complete. Only the Duggan Street School and Strathcona Collegiate Institute are mentioned although the transfer of land from J. Alexander Cameron Rutherford is included.

Strathcona School District No. 216

Administration Files : Broadcast of Lessons

Item includes correspondence and lesson plans pertaining to the Grade VIII through XII lessons broadcast on the University of Alberta Radio Station, CKUA. Broadcasts were made when the schools were closed due to an epidemic. File was discontinued and removed from a larger series.

Administration Files : Contests and Competitions

Item is a file of correspondence regarding student poster and essay contests sponsored by service clubs, the Canadian Authors' Association and the radio station CJCA. The item contains information about a federal job competition and the Civil Service Examination. A pamphlet from the Province of Alberta outlining the competition to destroy crows and magpies is also included. File was discontinued and removed from a larger series.

Administration Files : Double Shifts

Item contains a letter from J. Percy Page, Principal of McDougall Commercial High School to G.A. McKee, Superintendent of Edmonton Public Schools, explaining how the double shift system within McDougall Commercial High School is organized. The remainder of the file is hand-written evaluations of the double shift system written by students and one teacher, Oliver McKee.

Administration Files : Dramatics

Item focuses on Dramatics in the Intermediate and High Schools. Included are supply costs, costs for erecting stages with written and sketched plans and correspondence from the Alberta Dramatic League. Intermediate and High Schools offering Dramatics in 1937 are listed with names of the Dramatics teachers. These are McKay Avenue, King Edward, Westmount, Strathcona, McCauley, Victoria, Eastwood, Spruce Avenue, Highlands, Riverdale, Normal Practice, Garneau and H.A. Gray.

Administration Files : Flag Salute

Item relates to the saluting of the flag in schools during WW II and immediately afterwards. In January 1940, the Board approved the ceremony of saluting and pledging to the flag. The file contains correspondence relating to the suspension of students who refused to salute the flag. Other correspondence is from the RCMP, the Deputy Attorney General, Office of the City Solicitor and the Coleman School District. A list of students who were suspended is included.

Administration Files : Goodwill Day

Item contains correspondence and information about Goodwill Day, observed on May 18. File contains messages written by Edmonton students in reply to Welsh broadcasts. Information on the Empire Youth Movement included. Within the file is correspondence between G.A. McKee, Superintendent of Schools, and Dennis Murphree of The Know Mississippi Better Train.

Administration Files : Hot Drinks in Schools

Item pertains to the supplying of hot drinks in schools. Included are cost estimates for gas ranges and utensils and a report on the sale of hot drinks at the Edmonton Technical High School for January 1933. Item also includes a requisition form from the Queen's Avenue Sight Saving Class for cocoa supplies.

Administration Files : Scholarships

Item contains information and correspondence about the following scholarships. The Booker T. Washington W.C.T.U trophy, the Hon. Frank Oliver Chapter I.O.D.E. Charles Keefer Memorial Bursary, The Municipal Chapter of Edmonton I.O.D.E. Scholarships, Queen's University Provincial Scholarships, Robert Tegler Matriculation Scholarships, Upper Canada College Scholarships and Bursaries, Governor-General's Medals for Gr. VIII, the Gyro Scholarship and the Dana College Scholarship Certificate.

Administration Files : Relief Fund

Item pertains to the distribution of the school fund for necessitous children (Relief Fund) by principals. Lists of amounts disbursed through the schools and receipts for clothing and dental work included. Funds were raised through concerts and contributions. Included is correspondence from Nelles Buchanan offering a donation and a letter from the Special Relief Department regarding the Dominion-Provincial Youth Training Programme.

Administration Files : Religious Instruction

Item pertains to religious instruction in schools and, specifically, Bible readings. The file includes the document Bible Readings in Edmonton Public Schools, Revised Copy. It also includes the Report of Committee Appointed to Select a List of Bible Readings. Item also contains inquiries from other school boards, parent concerns and evaluations by teachers. Included are letters from the Religious Tract Society and a copy of a report on the learning of the Ten Commandments in state schools in the British Empire.

Administration Files : Concerts

Item pertains to student concerts held at McDougall church. The proceeds of the concerts went toward the Department of Music, the Department of Physical Training and the Children's Fund to Deal with Emergencies (Relief Fund). Included are minutes from organizational meetings, receipts, breakdown of ticket sales, programs and financial statements. The file also contains a list of the recipients of the School Chorus Awards from the Alberta Provincial Museum Festival, 1947.

Administration Files : Straps

Item consists of correspondence between the Superintendent of Schools and principals regarding the removal of straps from the classrooms and the exchange of smaller straps for larger ones.

Administration Files : Vacation School

Item pertains to the Vacation School, a program at Victoria High School to prepare grade XI students for supplemental examinations. Examinations were conducted by the Department of Education and the University of Alberta. The Vacation School was aimed at students who failed their June examinations but others took the summer courses as well. File includes correspondence, planning information and reports from teachers.

Administration Files : Mental Tests

Item contains correspondence regarding intelligence tests. Included are letters of concern from parents, a copy of a letter from the Edmonton High School Teachers' Alliance and correspondence with C.B. Willis, Victoria High, regarding the comparison of student I.Q.'s within the city High Schools. Also included is a sample test.


Items are used in a children's game called dibstones. These "dibs" are made from clay.

The term is derived from an old children's game called "dib- stones." Dibstones, or dibs for short, has had many different incarnations over the years, some of which date back to the 17th century. In most versions it closely resembled the game of jacks, often involving tossing up small objects and catching them on the backs of the hands. Other forms of dib- stones were similar to what we generally consider to be the game of marbles.

We do know that, in whatever form it took, dibstones almost always centered on the manipulation of small objects, themselves called "dibstones" or "dibs." These dibs could be anything from pebbles to the small knucklebones of a sheep. It is likely that manipulating dibs in a particular way entitled a player to certain privileges according to the rules of the game.

Bausch and Lomb balopticon

Slide projector, for 4x3 3/4-inch glass slide. Model BC Balopticon. Black japenned tinplate, Lens focus 41/2 inch, focus knob on side of lens mount, lens diameter 7 cm. Leather bellows. Removable lid. Glass light bulb inside body. Power cord, with on/off switch, from underside of body. Air holes on body and lid. Wood slide carrier mounted behind bellows. Series No. 66385.

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