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George Dibney (right) in CPR survey camp, 1906
George Dibney (right) in CPR survey camp, 1906

Dibney family fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Scanned Document George Dibney papers. -- 1905-1909
Series 2 Scanned Document Dora Dibney papers. -- 1939-1967


Series 1

George Dibney papers. -- 1905-1909


George Dibney's diary. -- 1906. -- 1 volume. - -Consists of the diary of George Dibney, a 17 year old English immigrant who worked on a CPR survey crew and sent support money home to his widowed step-mother in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The entries describe his travels and work with the CPR, death of father, social activities, and correspondence received and sent. Includes personal accounts (at the end of the volume) recording money spent on social activities, baths, food, tobacco, clothing, etc.

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M-321-4-b George Dibney's diaries and notebook. -- 1907-1908. -- 3 volumes

George Dibney's memorabilia. -- 1905-1907. -- Consists of memorabilia of George's memorabilia, including a poem written by his father, George Dibney Sr., when the family came to Canada in 1904; measurements for boots; photographs of his CPR survey crew; telegram on death of his father; a poem about the CPR called "The Wonder of the West", and a laundry form.

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PA-403-(2-9) Views of George and Canadian Pacific Railway survey crews. -- 1906-1909. -- 8 photographs

Series 2

Dora Dibney papers. -- 1907, 1939-1967

M-321-1 General correspondence. -- 1907, 1939-1946. -- Consists of letters written to Dora (1939-1946. Includes a 1907 letter to George Sr. about his life insurance policy.
M-321-2 Dr. John Antle's manuscript re the Columbia Coast Mission, British Columbia. -- n.d. -- 123 pages. -- Includes a 1950 letter written to Dora about the manuscript.
M-321-3 Leaflets about Columbia Coast Mission; and obituaries of Reverend John Antle (missionary and sailor). -- 1949 and n.d.
PA-403-(1, 10-11) Autographed portrait of Reverend John Antle; and views of cedar shakes being split for his mission. -- [ca. 1930s]. -- 3 photographs
M-321-5-b Dora 's memorabilia. -- 1913-1951. -- Consists of press passes, progams, cartoons, a Royal Visit button, etc., related to her work as a journalist for the Winnipeg Free Press and CFCN radio.
RAD-50-123 Radio broadcast of Dora Dibney as a radio interviewer for CFCN. -- 1949. -- 1 transcription disc. -- Note: This recording is in an obsolete format. Please consult with an Archivist re access.
M-321-6 Dora 's newspaper columns, Saskatoon Star Phoenix. -- May-June 1934
M-322-1 Dora's correspondence. -- 1948-1967
M-322-2 Dora's ration books, national registration card, and war bond certificate. -- 1940-1945
M-322-3 Christmas cards, postcards, etc. -- 1910-1963. -- Primarily Christmas cards from John and Olive Diefenbaker to Dora.
PA-403-(12-28) Picture postcards of Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Edmonton, Strathcona and Calgary. -- 1910 and n.d. -- 17 items. -- The 1910 postcards were sent to Dora by her brother George.

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M-322-4 Dora's notes and scripts for radio broadcasts re the Frank Slide. -- 1949-1950
M-322-5 Dora's newspaper clippings of articles she wrote, and about her journalistic career. -- 1935-1966
M-322-6 Poetry collected by Dora. -- 1933-1950. -- Consists of Okanagan Magic by Gladys James (ca. 1947, autographed); Trails I've Ridden by Catharine Bond Dick (1950, autographed); Out of the North with Drums and Other Poems by Janet Munro (1933, autographed); and Tales of the North Wind by Harold R. Robinson (written 1935-1944).
M-322-7 Manuscript for Dora's novel, "And Wisdom to Know". -- n.d.
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