What’s the difference between a library and an archive? Why might you want to go into one versus the other? In this episode, Chris talks about some heartbreaking and complicated diary entries he read in the City of Edmonton Archives, what it’s like getting into libraries and archives right now with Omicron, and why it matters that it’s so tough.
This is a sample of Richard Henry Secord’s daily journal, describing taking his future wife Annie for a drive in January 1891 (by horse, presumably!).
In these entries from Annie York Secord’s own diary in 1916, she describes spending time with their son Richard on his Christmas break home from boarding school.
In these entries, Annie describes attending a tea fundraiser organized by the Imperial Order of Daughters of Empire, and seeing the film Birth of a Nation. She describes it as “very fine.”
Peel’s Prairie Provinces has a wide selection of postcards capturing Western Canadian history, including this undated shot of York boats with sails in Manitoba.
If you want to access University of Alberta library materials right now on the main north campus in Edmonton, you need to place a hold and ask a librarian to have it ready for you here at the Cameron Library branch.
With virtually all university activity online right now, the campus is a ghost town.