Fonds RBSC-ARC-1294 - Mabel E. Jordon fonds

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Mabel E. Jordon fonds

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  • [ca. 1883]-1972 (Creation)

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32 cm of textual records and other materials.

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Mabel Ellen was born in 1909 in Hartest, Suffolk, England. In 1922, she immigrated to Canada where she later married Benjamin Jordon. The couple moved to Calgary in 1930. Around 1937, they bought a summer cabin in the East Kootenay area. Mabel E. Jordon was an active member of the East Kootenay Historical Association and the British Columbia Historical Association. She was president of the British Columbia Historical Association for three years and her last term ended in May 170. During her tenure, the British Columbia Historical News was created to replace the British Columbia Historical Quarterly, which had ceased publication. She was also instrumental in saving the petroglyphs in Cranbrook as well as directing the restoration of Nootka. She published an article in the British Columbia Historical Quarterly, "Kootenay Reclamation and Colonization Scheme and William Adolph Baillie-Grohman," as well as articles in local newspapers such as The Cranbrook Courier and the Nelson Daily News. A great deal of her adult life was spent investigating, reporting, and researching topics of historical interest in the East Kootenay area and more generally, British Columbia. In connection with those interests, she travelled to England in 1959 and again in 1968. She died in Calgary in 1993, eighteen years after the death of her husband.

Custodial history

When Mabel E. Jordon died in 1993, her sons acquired the materials in the estate. One of her sons sold this entire collection to a dealer, Stephen C. Lunsford. Special Collections at the University of British Columbia purchased these materials in November 1997. The collection has remained in the custody of Special Collections since that time.

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The collection consists of typescripts, handwritten notes, clippings, correspondence, maps, receipts, postcards, pamphlets, and photographs created or accumulated by Mabel E. Jordon between 1955 and 1972 during the research and publication of her article, "Kootenay Reclamation and Colonization Scheme and William Adolph Baillie-Grohman" (ca. 1883-1972); photocopies of the typescript "Old Days on the Pacific Coast," by W.A. Baillie-Grohman and correspondence regarding its publication (1910-1971); correspondence and photographs regarding Sir Sandford Fleming (1959); typescript of the Presidential Address to the British Columbia Historical Society and photocopies of the typescript "British Columbia," written by Florence Baillie-Grohman (1968); typescript of the article, "What Might Have Been Our Fate," written by Vice Admiral H.T. Baillie-Grohman and correspondence regarding its publication (1967); correspondence and newspaper clippings pertaining to the article, "First Steamboat on Kootenay Waters" (1954-1968); photographs of the Baillie-Grohman family and the East Kootenay area (ca. 1904-1968); photograph and typescripts of articles pertaining to commemorative plaques in the Kootenay area (1957-1958); photocopy of the introduction, "The End of Old Man Fowler," written by W.A. Baillie-Grohman.

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Inventory available. PDF document attached.

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For associated graphic materials pertaining to British Columbia, see the Benjamin and Mabel Jordon fonds in the Glenbow Archives in Alberta, Canada.

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32 cm of textual records
363 photographs
2 maps

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Finding aid created by Debbie Landi in March 1999 and converted from PDF to AtoM by Ashlynn Prasad in April 2020.

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