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No.: PR0112
TITLE: Gladys Reeves fonds
CREATOR: Reeves, Gladys
DATE RANGE: 1860-1969
EXTENT: 4.02 m of textual records and other material
Also includes ca. 800 photographs, ca. 350 negatives, 4 medical x-rays, 12 maps and reproduced maps, 20 paintings, 1 blueprint and several books, calendars and magazines.
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Gladys Reeves was born June 1890 in Somerset, England and was the youngest daughter of William Paris Reeves and Clara Ellen Gold. In 1904, William Reeves moved with his family to Edmonton, Alberta. In July 1905 Gladys Reeves began work as a receptionist and later as an apprentice for historic photographer Ernest Brown. In 1920, she established her own photographic studio called The Art League. At the time she was one of the first women west of Winnipeg to own and operate her own studio. Nine years later in 1929, fire destroyed the studio and everything in it, including many of Ernest Brown’s historical negatives that were being stored for him while he worked in Vegreville. Following the fire, Gladys Reeves re-established her business in a studio over the Empress Theatre, with the help of Ernest Brown. The studio remained open until 1950, and after it closed Gladys Reeves helped Ernest Brown with his historical records. Both Reeves and Brown retained a close working and personal relationship until his death in 1951.In addition to her work in commercial photography and portraiture, Gladys Reeves took an interest in education. She and Ernest Brown developed a program using Brown’s collection of historical photographs. The photos were divided into 31 series of “teaching pictures” and these photos were accompanied by a short lesson and questions. Others were cut into small cards and sold in subject groups to schoolchildren. These teaching pictures were available at Reeves’ studio and at Brown’s Pioneer Days Museum.Gladys Reeves was also active in the Edmonton community. An avid gardener, she won a medal in 1907 for the best garden in Edmonton. She was a member of the Edmonton Horticultural Society and served on their board for over twenty years before becoming the society’s first woman president in 1928. Gladys Reeves was also instrumental in forming the Edmonton Tree Planting Committee, which was responsible for planting over 5,000 trees in boulevards throughout Edmonton in 1923. She was also a charter member of the Soroptimist Society, was the first secretary of the Friendship Club and was an Honorary Life member of the Old Timers Association. Between 1905 and 1913, she sang in a choir and took part in many early operas and in the first Alberta Musical Festivals. Gladys Reeves died in Edmonton on April 26, 1974 at the age of 83.
CUSTODIAL HISTORY:The records of the Gladys Reeves fonds were deposited at the Provincial Archives of Alberta over the course of several years. Early accessions (1965-1970) were deposited at the Provincial Archives of Alberta by Gladys Reeves. Records deposited at the archives in 1974 were bequeathed by Gladys Reeves to the Provincial Archivist at the time, Mr. Alan Ridge, who in turn deposited these records with the archives. The most recent accession came to the archives in April 1997 and was deposited by Peter and Herta Enns, who had purchased the records in 1986 at an estate sale for Gladys Reeves conducted by Charles Cripps.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: Fonds consists of material relating to Gladys Reeves personal life as well as material relating to her life as a photographer including, published and unpublished articles and speeches written by Gladys Reeves, personal and business correspondence, minutes and bylaws from various societies and associations, receipt books and ledgers, financial records, office diaries, personal and business photographs, the Reeves’ family bible, several unframed oil paintings, newspaper clippings, magazines, maps, pamphlets, calendars and photo cards created by Gladys Reeves and Ernest Brown to be sold as teaching aids to schools. Also included in this fonds are some of Ernest Brown’s personal and business records, including personal diaries, correspondence, articles and essays written by Brown and political writings. The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Personal records; Business records; Reeves family records; Ernest Brown records; Miscellaneous essays, publications; and Photographs. Within some of these broad series designations are sub-series.
PHYSICAL CONDITION: See Condition Survey
RELATED RECORDS: The records of Ernest Brown are held at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
GENERAL NOTE: Several photographs contain images of nude men or women.
RELATED FILES: Display FileList
RELATED ITEMS: A14076 (Gladys Reeves)
A7245 (Alexander McKenzie)
A7397 (Tree Planting Society, Edmonton, Alberta)
A7398 (Tree Planting Society, Edmonton, Alberta)
A7399 (Tree Planting Society, Edmonton, Alberta)
A7400 (Tree Planting Society, Edmonton, Alberta)
A7401 (Sons of England Fair, St. Albert and Edmonton, Alberta)
A7402 (Sons of England Fair, St. Albert and Edmonton, Alberta)
A7403 (Sons of England Fair, St. Albert and Edmonton, Alberta)
A7404 (Fire Department, Edmonton)
A7405 (Fire Department, Edmonton)
A7406 (Cricket Team, Edmonton)
A7407 (Gathering of the Clans, Edmonton)
A7408 (View of Calgary)
A7409 (View of Calgary)
A7410 ("City of Edmonton" Paddle Steamer)
A7411 (Woman Reaping)
A7412 (Special Constables, Dawson City, Yukon Territory)
A7413 ("Edmonton Golf Club")
A7414 (View of Edmonton, Alberta)
A7415 (View of Edmonton, Alberta)
A7416 (Playing Hockey)
A7417 (The Northland Printery)
A7418 (Royal Mail Wagon, near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory)
A7419 (Royal North-west Mounted Police)
A7420 (Priest at Prayer)
A7421 (Skagway, Alaska)
A7422 (White Pass Hotel Sign, [Whitehorse, Yukon Territory])
A7423 (Northwest Mounted Police Station, Five Fingers, Yukon Territory)
A7424 (North-west Mounted Police Canteen)
A7425 (Chilkoot Pass, Alaska)
PR1974.0173.0284 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0597 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0599 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0600 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0602 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0603 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves as Britannia)
PR1974.0173.0606 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0607 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0608 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0609 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0610 (Portrait of Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0614 (Gladys and W.P. Reeves in a garden)
PR1974.0173.0636 (Alice and Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0637 (Alice and Gladys Reeves)
PR1974.0173.0704 (Ernest Brown)
PR1974.0173.0705 ("Silent Partners" [Ernest Brown in his office])

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