Archive Finding Aids

Here are detailed file-by-file descriptions of the contents of specific fonds and/or links to scanned documents.

Arthur with baby Roy, Calgary, [ca. 1921]
Arthur with baby Roy, Calgary, [ca. 1921]

Arthur J. Turner fonds

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Table of Contents

indicates that the series includes scanned documents.

Series 1 Scanned Document Textual records. -- 1892-1973
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1908-1943


Series 1 Textual records. -- 1892-1973. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of Arthur's diaries, correspondence, war papers, memberships and memoirs; Florence's certificates and papers re United Church activities; and newspaper clippings about the family. Includes some documents related to friend Walter Smith.

Arthur Turner's diaries and notebooks. -- [ca. 1900]-1919. -- Consists of:

Notebook kept as a boy in England, annotated in the front "Arthur Turner, Brick house, Bran End, Stebbing, Essex" (ca. 1900)

Membership for Fulham Water Imps (1905).

Diary regarding his homesteading experiences near Munson. -- 1910-1911. -- Consists of a small diary kept by Arthur Turner, a bachelor who homesteaded in the Munson and Morrin area of Alberta. The diary begins with the words "Left Calgary for Homestead", and the entries describe his farming and carpentry activities. His accounts are at the back of the volume. Scanned Document View now.

Diary kept while serving overseas during the First World War. -- 1917-1919. -- Consists of a diary kept by Arthur Turner of Calgary, Alberta, who served with the 50th Battalion CEF in France during the First World War. The diary entries record his life at the front and in the trenches, the Battle of Passchendaele, Armistice and demobilization. Parts of the diary have been blacked out by censors. Scanned Document View now.

Diary about his return from the war, and commencement of work as a carpenter in Calgary. -- 1919. -- Consists of a diary kept by Arthur Turner of Calgary, Alberta, in which he recorded his return from overseas at the end of the First World War, and the beginnings of his career as a carpenter in Calgary. The entries also record his gardening and leisure activities. Scanned Document View now.

Notebook (undated) of "Legion Names".

M-1255-2 Arthur Turner's correspondence. -- 1909-1913, 1942-1947, and 1961. -- Consists primarily of letters from his family in England and his brother Fred.
M-1255-3 War records. -- 1915-1918. -- Consists of postcards to Florrie from Arthur while traveling across Canada with his regiment (1915); locks of hair sent to Arthur by Florrie; telegram re birth of a son (1916); correspondence between Arthur and his brother Fred (who was killed in action on May 2, 1916); letters to Arthur from Private G.B. Buckland and Private H.L. Nelson re Fred's death (1916); Arthur's first letter and embroidered postcards sent to Florrie from France (1917); telegram re death of baby at home (1918); and blank field postcards in English and German.
M-1255-4 Land documents. -- 1912-1913. -- Consists of homestead patents for NW-1-31-3=20-W4, near Morrin, Alberta.
M-1255-5 Carpenters papers. -- 1909-1911, 1942 and n.d. -- Consists of union memberships, price lists, letterhead, etc.
M-1255-6 Lodges and associations. -- 1921-1959. -- Consists of programs, invitations, etc. for the Masonic Lodge (Bow River and Crescent chapters), Canadian Mounted Rifles Association, 50/14 Association, etc.
M-1255-7 Social Credit papers. -- 1937 and 1970. -- Consists of a letter from William Aberhart acknowledging support (1937); and campaign literature for Dr. A.G. Dawrant, candidate for Calgary North (1970).
M-1255-8 Arthur Turner's memoirs. -- [1962]. -- Consists of memoirs of his activities in Northern Ontario (1905-1908); homesteading near Morrin and Munson (1908-1914); serving with Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) (1914-1917); and serving with the 50th Battalion (Infantry) (1917-1919).
M-1255-9 Florence Turner's United Church activities. -- 1949-1971. -- Consists of papers related to her work with the Women's Missionary Society and United Church Women, including speeches, prayers, sermonetted, and newspaper clippings.
M-1255-10 Florence Turner's certificates. -- 1962-1971. -- Consists of life membership in United Church Women (1962); certificates received on 50th wedding anniversary (1965); and Meals on Wheels volunteer certificate (1971).
M-1255-11 Florence Turner's miscellany. -- 1959, 1965 and n.d. -- Consists of "Blooming Prairie" commemorative ribbon from Morrin (1959); letter re death of grandmother (1965); greeting cards from son Roy; words to songs
M-1255-12 Newspaper clippings about the Turners. -- 1913-1973
M-1255-13 Walter Smith papers. -- 1892, 1906 . 1933. -- Walter Smith was originally from the same part of England as Arthur Turner (Stebbing, Essex), and he too lived at Morrin and Calgary.. -- Consists of his discarge papers from the King's Own Borderers (1892); in memoriam card for young son who died in 1906, and copy of birth certificate, issued in 1933, showing he was born in 1856.
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1908-1943. -- 70 photographs. - The series consists of views of homesteading in the Munson and Morrin area; their friends and neighbours; and military views of Arthur.

Most of these photographs have been scanned. View now.
PA-1639 Blacksmith shop, 12th Canadian Mounted Rifles, and Major B. Downey. -- 1910-1915 and n.d. -- 3 photographs
PA-3803 Homesteading, Calgary businesses, Northern Ontario Railway. -- 1908-1913. -- 19 photographs. -- Includes views of Walter Smith.
PB-419 Circuit view of Calgary. -- [ca. 1914]. -- 1 photograph
PB-501 Military views, mainstreets of Winnipeg and Lethbridge, Regina Legislative Building. -- 1912-1914 and n.d. -- 6 photographs
NA-2897 Homesteading at Munson, Calgary views. -- [ca. 1910-1943]. -- 15 photographs. -- Includes a circuit view of Calgary (ca. 1914), and Arthur in uniform during the First World War.
NC-79 Homesteading at Munson, home in Calgary, baby Roy. -- [ca. 1909-1922]. -- 26 photographs . -- Includes views of Arthur and Florence, the Thomas Pierce and Griffith Parry families of the Munson and Morrin area, and Henry Barrett's farm at Beddington.
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