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James A. Hornby, February 1895
James A. Hornby, February 1895

James Abel Hornby fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Hornby family and personal papers. -- [ca. 1850s]-1975
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1885-1960s


Series 1 Hornby family and personal papers. -- [ca. 1850s]-1975
M-6706 Hornby family. -- [ca. 1850s-1950s]. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- Consists of letters, family history, and programs.
M-6670 Hornby family. -- 1895-1959. -- 2 cm of textual records. -- Consists of correspondence, stationery and programs.
M-6842 Hornby family. -- 1895-1975. -- 40 cm of textual records. -- Consists of programs, school papers, yearbooks, and newspaper clippings..
M-5955 Hornby family. -- 1916 and n.d. -- 6 items. -- Consists of temperance pledge card, election campaing card, etc.
M-537-1 Election campaign pamphlets. -- 1909, 1916. -- For Hornby as alderman (1909) and as mayor (1916).
M-537-16 Election campaign cards and pamphlet. -- 1909, 1916. -- For Hornby as alderman (1909) and mayor (1916).

Correspondence. -- 1895-1939. -- Includes the following:

Letter to the editor re garbage disposal in Calgary (n.d.)
Business letter from Patrick J. Nolan (1895)
Letter from Canadian Fairbanks re proper position of levers (1906)
Letter of introduction to Hornby, written by James "Cappy" Smart (1908)
Invitation to the Calgary Industrial Exhibition (1911)
Letter from the Alberta Temperance and Moral Reform League er pro-German author (1915)
Letter re property destruction in Calgary by troop (1916)
Protest from Beddington MD re location of bridge (1918)
Summons to Court for motor car infraction (1922)
Cattle brand renewal (1927)
Notice of Calgary Exhibition and Stampede annual meeting (1939)

M-537-3 Calgary City Council. -- 1908-1909. -- Consists of minutes of Council meetings; handwritten copy of Bylaw 499 to define duties of City Engineer; and report on possible paving materials for Calgary roads (bitulithic, creosote wood block, asphalt).

Appointments. -- 1905-1932. -- Consists of Hornby's appointments as:

Member of Court of Revision on Assessment (1905)
General Superintendent of Works for the City of Calgary (1906)
Vice-President of the Calgary Vacant Lots Garden Club (1918)
Commissioner of Oaths (1920, 1922, 1928)
Member of the Board of Valuation and Revision (1932)

M-537-5 City of Calgary property assessments and taxes paid by James Hornby. -- 1902-1936
M-537-6 House insurance and fire insurance policies. -- 1896-1905

Hornby's building contracts and property sales. -- 1897, 1903, 1919. -- For the following:

City of Calgary for construction of the steel Elbow River bridge (1897)
George Templeton's house on McIntyre Avenue, designed by W.M. Dodd (1903)
Hornby's sale of land to Leslie Morten (1919)


Account book for contracting business. -- 1898-1899. -- Includes the following accounts:

J.G. Templeton
Dominion Cartage
Lougheed and Bennett
T.A. Hatfield
Church of the Redeemer
Honourable [James] Lougheed
Worden Brothers
T. McClelland
R. Bennett
Joseph Irvin
Alfred Giddings
Joseph Bean
Thomas Clousten

M-537-9 Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Townsite sales. -- 1898-1903. -- Consists of bills of sale to Hornby for Calgary lots.
M-537-10 Calgary General Hospital subscription fund. -- 1905, 1907
M-537-11 Invitations, calling cards, business cards, etc. -- 1909-1918. -- Includes a hand-painted invitation to the 3rd annual ball of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (1909).
M-537-12 Western Canada College - Report cards for a Hornby child, and bill for fees. -- 1912-1914. -- Also includes a graduation program from Crescent Heights Collegiate College (1915).
M-537-13 License to operate radio receiving equipment. -- 1931
M-537-14 List of electors for Calgary East for Dominion election. -- 1938
M-537-15 Correspondence. -- 1902-1914. -- Re 2nd annual exhibition of the Calgary Horticultural Society (1909), civic committess, Macleod wooden pipe lawsuit, valuation of buildings, and local improvements. Includes invitation to the first Calgary Stampede (1912).
M-537-17 "A Visit to My Old Home" by Alice Hornby (article). -- 1916
M-537-18 Garbutt Business College programs, typing speeds, etc. -- 1920-1930. -- Miss Hornby attended the College.

Booklets and souvenir programs. -- 1908-1932. -- Includes the followingL

Royal Visit program
Laying of Calgary General Hospital cornerstone (1908)
Confederaton Jubilee souvenir (1927)
Holy Cross Hospital commencement excercises (1929)
Crescent Height school play, "Her Step Husband" (1932).


Calendars, souvenir booklets, etc. -- 1893-1916. -- Consists of the following:

Ernest Nister's Art Calendar (1893)
Dominion Exhbition postcard (1908)
Souvenir of the Big Stampede (1912)
Elbert Hubbard lecture at Paget Hall (1913)
The Automobile Year Book (1916) ["Automobile" skates]

M-537-21 Oil records. -- 1914, 1942. -- Consists of Trenton Oil share certificate (1914), and notice of Franco Oils annual meeting (1942).
M-537-22 Scrapbook. -- 1913-1944. -- Annotated inside the front cover: "Scrap-book of Alice Hornby. Started November 21st, 1913". -- Consists of obituaries for James Hornby and Annie Hornby, and articles about Calgary personalities, royal visits, and art shows. Includes poetry, cartoons, sketches of fashiions, and material related to Fred Birney, Alexander Carr, Duke of Connaught, Joseph McPherson, Sandy Carr, Robert Pearson, Lord Strathcona (death in 1914), and the Women's Hospital Aid Society.
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1885-1960s. -- 179 photographs

Some of these photographs have been scanned. View now.
PA-820 Catharine Stinson and Banff views. -- 1914-1918. -- 5 photographs
PA-1665 Hornby family, friends, victory parade, Liversidge Printing Company, etc. -- 1885-[1960s]. -- 71 photographs
PA-2525 Hornby, McRae and Lebo families and Stampede views. -- 1911-1959. -- 46 photographs
PB-621 Pete Smith Motors and Crescent Heights High School graduation class. -- 1926-1927. -- 2 photographs
PB-636 Ladies Aid from North Hill Presbyterian Church and pupils at Victoria School. -- 1916 and 1918. -- 2 photographs
NA-610-1 Hornby family home. -- 1899. -- 1 photograph
NA-1222-1 Airdrie street scene. -- [ca. 1914-1917]. -- 1 photograph
NA-2831 Various views. -- 1892-1918 and n.d. -- 34 photographs. -- Consists of views of the Hornby family; Calgary groups; Calgary street scenes including stores and buildings; William Sergeant (shoemaker); and laying of cornerstone for new city hall (1908). Some of these were copied from the original prints in PA-1665 and PB-636 above.
NA-4554 Hornby and McRae families; John Diefenbaker. -- [before 1892]-[ca. 1960s]. -- 17 photographs. -- Some are copies of PB-621.
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