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Re: Slavery in Canada
In Response To: Re: Slavery in Canada ()


Interesting you mention Athabasca. I did an online search this morning of the Archives Network of Alberta ( using the keyword "blacks" and one of the items it returned was the AMBER VALLEY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, which is held only at the Athabasca Archives. As I'm sure you know, Amber Valley, formerly known as Pine Creek, was settled in 1911 by several hundred Oklahoma blacks. The records of this community association might be worth their weight in gold.

The bad thing is that the Athabasca Archives are only open eight hours per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays, from noon - 4:00pm), and since I have an early flight out Tuesday morning, I doubt I'll be able to visit. This has certainly piqued my interest and I see I'm gonna have to plan a serious research trip to the Alberta area.

I also found some interesting topics for research at the Glenbow Archives involving a variety of topics, including the Canadian Pacifi Railway Land Settlement and Development fonds. The Glenbown Archives, located in Calgary, are open Tues - Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm. I'm connecting through Calgary, so maybe I can change my flight to extend the connect time, giving me a chance to rent a car and jet over to the archives. Yeah, like THAT'L really work. There's never enough time for research, is there?

... sigh.

At any rate, take a look at that website, the search engine seems pretty decent and since ALL of the local archives databases are tied in together, it makes it easy to find stuff.

All the best to you.

- Lisa B. Lee
Oakland, CA

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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