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Telegram re Sidney's war injuries, 1917
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Brook family fonds

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Table of Contents

Series 1 Sidney’s diaries and notebooks. — 1883-1954
Series 2 Courtship, marriage and move to Alberta. — 1903-1910
Series 3 Scanned Document First World War letters from Sidney serving overseas to Isabelle. — 1916-1918
Series 4 Scanned Document First World War letters from Isabelle on the home front to Sidney. — 1916-1918
Series 5 First World War letters from Brook relatives. — 1907-1943, predominant 1916-1918
Series 6 First World War letters to Sidney from friends and fellow soldiers. — 1916-1917
Series 7 Letters from Isabelle’s siblings, relatives and friends. — 1908-1952
Series 8 Letters to Sidney and Isabelle from their children. — 1932-1947
Series 9

Isabelle’s writings, scrapbook and miscellany. — 1945-1965

Inventory

Series 1

Sidney’s diaries and notebooks. — 1883-1954. — 15 cm of textual records. — The series consists of small volumes in which Sidney recorded daily events, notes to himself, and occasionally accounts. The first volume was written when he was 12 and the last when he was 83. The entries are very brief and he did not write every day.

M-9076-1 Diaries and notebooks. — 1883, 1885, 1886, 1891. — 4 volumes
M-9076-2 Diaries and notebooks. — 1909-1910. — 2 volumes
M-9076-3 Diaries and notebooks. — 1917-1919. — 5 volumes
M-9076-4 Diaries and notebooks. — 1922, 1924-1929. — 7 volumes
M-9076-5 Diaries and notebooks. — 1930-1934, 1936-1940. — 7 volumes
M-9076-6 Diaries and notebooks. — 1940-1949. — 11 volumes
M-9076-7 Diaries and notebooks. — 1950-1954. — 6 volumes
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Series 2

Courtship, marriage and move to Alberta. — 1903-1910. — 4 cm of textual records. — The series consists of a diary kept by Isabelle  prior to her marriage to  Sidney Brook; letters that she wrote to him during their engagement; and letters between the couple while Sidney was in  Alberta establishing their new homestead near Craigmyle.  Note: Christena Isabelle McFadden was called Tena by most of her family, but went by the name Isabelle after she married Sidney.

M-9076-8 Isabelle’s notebook / diary. — 1903-1907. — Consists of a small volume in which the last entry (October 30, 1907) reads: “Married - it’s all over now”.
M-9076-9 Letters from Tena [Isabelle] to Sidney during their courtship. — 1906-1907. — 10 letters. — Consists of letters describing her job teaching in a one-room school in Manitoba.
M-9076-10 Letters from Sidney to Isabelle. — October 24-29, 1909. — 3 letters. — Consists of letters about Calgary and searching for a homestead.
M-9076-11 Letters from Sidney to Isabelle. — June 15-August 10, 1910. — 10 letters. — Consists of letters about establishing the new homestead at Lillico [Craigmyle].
M-9076-12 Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — October 23, 1909-November 12, 1910. — Consists of letters written from Manitoba before she joins Sidney in Alberta in late 1910.
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Series 3

First World War letters from Sidney serving overseas to Isabelle. — 1916-1918. — 6 cm of textual records. — Sidney joined the 113th Battalion CEF on May 18, 1916, and served in England and France during the war. — The series consists of letters written by Sidney from Sarcee Army Camp in Calgary where he trained, during the trip to England, from East Sandling Camp in England, from the front in France, from Nevill Park Hospital in England after he was wounded, and from Witley Camp where he served until the end of the war.

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Letters from Sidney to Isabelle. — June 28- September 17, 1916. — 21 letters and 2 telegrams. — Consists of letters written from Sarcee Army Camp in Calgary, describing his training and his call to active service.

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Letters from Sidney to Isabelle. — September 19-24, 1916. — 5 letters. — Consists of letters written “On Active Service” during trip to England.

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Letters from Sidney to Isabelle. — October 9-November 12, 1916. — 8 letters. — Consists of letters written from East Sandling Camp, Kent, England.

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Letters from Sidney to Isabelle. — November 16, 1916-May 29, 1917. — 27 letters and greeting cards. — Consists of letters written while fighting in France, until he was wounded.

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Letters from Sidney to Isabelle. — June 11-November 23, 1917. — 23 letters. — Consists of letters written from Nevill Park Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, England during his recovery, and from his brother’s home in Brighton where he continued to recuperate.

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Letters from Sidney to Isabelle. — December 2, 1917-April 4, 1918. — 10 letters. — Consists of letters written from Witley Camp, where he was in charge of the men’s Mess Room, and on the trip home to Canada.

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Sidney Brook’s discharge papers. — June 17, 1918

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Series 4

First World War letters from Isabelle on the home front to Sidney. — 1916-1918. — 6 cm of textual records. — The series consists of letters written by Isabelle, who stayed in Craigmyle while Sidney served overseas.  The letters describe running the farm and household, and caring for their young children.  When Sidney left the oldest of their four sons was not quite eight, and during his absence a daughter was born and one son died.

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Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — July 2-August 22, 1916. — 17 letters. — Consists of letters written from their farm, Glen Brook.

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Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — September12-October 30, 1916. — 12 letters. — The final letter describes the birth of their daughter Alice.

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Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — November 6-December 27, 1916. — 13 letters. — Includes Christmas gift tags.

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Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — January 5-February 27, 1917. — 15 letters. — Includes letters written by their sons Glen and Arnott.

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Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — March 2-April 26, 1917. — 14 letters

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Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — May 1-July 31, 1917. — 19 letters

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Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — August 1-October 29, 1917. — 14 letters. — Includes letters about the death of their son Arnott., possibly of diphtheria.

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Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — November 4- December 28, 1917. — 11 letters.

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Letters from Isabelle to Sidney. — January 25-March 21, 1918. — 4 letters

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Series 5

First World War letters from Brook relatives. — 1907-1943, predominant 1916-1918. — 5.5 cm of textual records. — The series consists of letters from Sidney’s siblings and nieces living in England.  Sidney visited and corresponded with his family, whom he had not seen for 26 years, while convalescing from his war injuries.  The letters describe the home front in England.  Includes two pre-war letters to Sidney from his mother.

M-9076-29 Letters from his mother. — [ca. 1907] and 1912. — Consists of two letters from his mother in Brighton, England, the first of which was possibly written just before his marriage in 1907.  His mother died in 1916, a few months before Sidney signed up for the war.
M-9076-30 Letters from Louisa M. “Loo-loo” Brook. — August 2-December 31, 1916. — 9 letters. — Louisa Markina Brook, 1866-1941, was Sidney’s sister. –Includes a letter about the death of their mother.
M-9076-31 Letters from Louisa M. Brook. — January 28, 1917-March 21, 1918. — 21 letters.
M-9076-32 Letters from Fred Brook. — November 19, 1916-June 17, 1917. — Fred Brook, 1867-?, was Sidney’s brother. — 4 letters
M-9076-33 Letters from Alice Denman. — August 7, 1916-May 21, 1918. — 28 letters. — Alice Brook Denman, 1869-1940, was Sidney’s sister.  She died when a landmine accidentally exploded.
M-9076-34 Letters from Walter Brook. — November 22, 1916-March 29, 1918. — 14 letters. — Walter Brook, 1873-1956, was Sidney’s brother. Includes a letter from Walter’s wife Edith.
M-9076-35 Letters from Nellie Brook. — November 19, 1911-March 28, 1918. — 11 letters. — Nellie Brook, 1875-1963, was Sidney’s sister.
M-9076-36 Letters from Annie Brook. — December 10, 1916-August 17, 1917. — 4 letters. — Annie, 1879-?, was Sidney’s sister.
M-9076-37 Letters from Dorothy and Marjorie Brook. — 1917-1918 and 1943. — 3 letters. — Dorothy, 1904-?, and Marjorie, 1899-1956, were Sidney’s nieces.
Series 6 First World War letters to Sidney from friends and fellow soldiers. — 1916-1917. — 1 cm of textual records. — The series consists of letters written to Sidney by soldiers from southern Alberta, and from fellow patients after he was wounded. [Glenbow has added copies of military attestation papers to many of the files, to help identify the individuals.]
M-9076-38 Letter from E. Robinson to Sidney. — October 8, 1916. — Consists of a letter from a Calgary friend about his visit to Isabelle at Craigmyle.
M-9076-39 Letters from David George Finlay to Sidney. — April 28-August 31, 1917. — 3 letters. — Finlay was a friend from Craigmyle who joined up in 1916. — Consists of letters written from Shorncliffe Camp and France.
M-9076-40 Letter from Jack M. Brouard to Sidney. — August 25, 1917. — Consists of a letter from a Pollockville friend who served in the same Battalion.
M-9076-41 Letter from William Chenery to Sidney. — June 27, 1917. — Consists of a letter from a Lethbridge friend in hospital.
M-9076-42 Letters from Charlie Ballard to Sidney. — May 14-August 16, 1917. — 4 letters. — Consists of letters from a fellow 16th Battalion member who had an amputation.
M-9076-43 Letters from Corporal Alott to Sidney. — 1917. — 2 letters. — Consists of letters from a soldier who was at the Tunbridge Wells hospital the same time as Sidney.
M-9076-44 Miscellaneous letters to Sidney. — 1917. — 2 letters. — Consists of a letter from Harry Cheesman’s widow and from Gladys Taylor of London.
Series 7 Letters from Isabelle’s siblings, relatives and friends. — 1908-1952. — 3 cm of textual records. — The series consists of letters written by Isabelle’s four sisters and brother (the McFaddens) from their hometown of Manitou, Manitoba.  Her family called her “Tena”, although after her marriage she called herself Isabelle.  Includes a few letters from aunts, cousins and friends.
M-9076-45 Letters from May McFadden Pybus to Isabelle. — 1908-1910. — 16 letters. — Consists of letters from her sister in Manitou, Manitoba, written shortly after Isabelle married Sidney.  Includes several letters addressed to their mother, Mrs. McFadden, who was staying with the Brooks.  The November 14 letter mentions Mrs. McClung the Sunday School teacher (either Nellie Mcclung or her mother-in-law).
M-9076-46 Letters from Bertha McFadden to Isabelle. — 1909-1938. — 8 letters. — Consists of letters from her sister in Manitou, Manitoba.
M-9076-47 Letters from Eva McFadden to Isabelle. — 1914, 1942. — 2 letters. — Consists of letters from her sister in Manitou, Manitoba.
M-9076-48 Letters from Ruth McFadden Allan to Isabelle. — 1909, 1937-1940. — 6 letters. — Consists of letters from her younger sister in Manitou, Manitoba.  The 1937-1940 letters are regarding their father’s estate, and include correspondence from lawyer James D. Berg.
M-9076-49 Letter from Jimmie McFadden to Isabelle. — 1917. — Consists of a letter from her brother Jimmie in Manitou, Manitoba.
M-9076-50 Letters from Bertha McFadden to Isabelle. — 1917, 1938, 1943. — 3 letters. — Consists of letters from her aunt. in Rivers, Manitoba.
M-9076-51 Letters from Aunt Annie to Isabelle. — 1917-1917. — 3 letters. — Consists of letters from her aunt in Saskatoon, one of which is about her son Allen being wounded in the war.
M-9076-52 Letter from Annie D. McEwen to Isabelle. — 1952. — Consists of a letter from her cousin in Perth, Ontario.
M-9076-53 Letter from Jean to Isabelle. — 1912, 1917. — 2 letters. — Consists of letters from her friend.
Series 8 Letters to Sidney and Isabelle from their children. — 1932-1947. — 3 cm of textual records. — Sidney and Isabelle had seven children.  Gordon S. Brook, 1908-?, served in the Canadian Postal Corps in Canada and overseas during the Second World War.  He later lived in Calgary.  Arnott Brook, 1910-1917, died as a child, possibly of diphtheria.  Lorne V. Brook, [ca. 1912]-  , served in the Canadian Postal Corps in Ottawa during the Second World War.  He remained in the Craigmyle area.  Glen L. Brook, [ca. 1914 or 1915]-  , served with the Calgary Highlanders in Canada and overseas in a machine gun unit during the Second World War.  He later lived in Field, British Columbia.  His widow Irene donated the Brook papers to the Glenbow Archives.  Alice May Brook (later Mrs. Doug Carmichael), 1916- , took nursing training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, and later lived in that city.  Mabel Brook (later Mrs. George Lewis), 1920-  , also took nursing training at the Royal Alexandra.  She later lived in Calgary and Africa.  Roy Eustace Brook, 1924- , served with the RCAF during the Second World War, mostly overseas.  He later lived in Prince George, British Columbia. — The series consists primarily of letters from Alice and Mabel while they trained as nurses at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.  Includes a few childhood and Second World War letters from their sons.
M-9076-54 Letters from Gordon. — 1941, 1945. — 2 letters. — Consists of letters while serving with the Canadian Postal Corps in Ottawa, and while on active service in Germany.
M-9076-55 Letters from Lorne. — 1934, 1941. — 2 letters. — Includes one letter written while serving with the Canadian Postal Corps in Ottawa.
M-9076-56 Letters from Glen. — 1940. — 3 letters. — Consists of war letters written by Glen on the reverse of letters from other family members.
M-9076-57 Letters from Alice. — 1938-1939. — 15 letters. — Consists of letters written while training as a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
M-9076-58 Letters from Alice. — 1940. — 7 letters. — Consists of letters written while working as a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
M-9076-59 Letters from Alice. — 1941-1942, 1947. — 5 letters. — Includes a letter (August 1942) in which she announces her engagement to Doug Carmichael.
M-9076-60 Letters from Mabel. — 1940. — 8 letters. — Consists of letters written while training as a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.  Includes some undated poems.
M-9076-61 Letters from Mabel. — 1941. — 5 letters. — Consists of letters written while working at the Hudson’s Bay Company store in Calgary.
M-9076-62 Letters from Roy. — 1932, 1934. — 2 letters. — Consists of Mother’s Day letters to Isabelle from her youngest son.
Series 9 Isabelle’s writings, scrapbook and miscellany. — 1945-1965. — 40 cm of textual records. — The series consists of primarily of articles which Isabelle wrote for a local newspaper, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings related to Craigmyle residents.
M-9076-63 Miscellaneous letters between Sidney and Isabelle. — 1945, 1952. — 2 letters. — Consists of a letter to Isabelle from Sidney when she was in Edmonton for health matters (1945), and a letter to Sidney from Isabelle when she was in hospital (1952).
M-9076-64 Isabelle’s articles. — 1947-1954. — Consists of typescripts of articles probably written for the local newspaper.  Also consists of a copy of “Alberta Red Cross in Peace and War, 1914-1947” in which Isabelle wrote about the Craigmyle Red Cross.
M-9076-65 Miscellany. — 1905-1940 and nd. — Consists of a copy of the Manitou Sun (1905), a letter regarding the purchase of a lot in Craigmyle (1916), a blank Dominion of Canada National Registration card (1940), and blank stationery for the Municipal District of Lambdon and the Craigmyle branch of the Great War Veterans’ Association.
M-9076-66 “Literary Ramblings of C.I.B.”. — 1934-1965. — Consists of Christine Isabelle Brook’s scrapbook of writings, newspaper clippings, gift tags, and greeting cards.  Many of the clippings relate to Craigmyle residents.
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