Fonds 476 Clem and Muriel Collins fonds

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1916-2008. — 32 cm of textual records. — 103 photographs.


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Biographical Sketch

Clem Collin’s father, Alfred Collins, had come to Canada before WW1 and after arriving in Montreal and taking the train to Edmonton, he walked to the early settlement of Spirit River. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1915, and during the war married Emily Hiam from London. He brought his bride and their daughter, Betty, back after the war. Clem Collins was born in Spirit River Nov. 16, 1920. The family moved to Westlock when Clem was three and he grew up there, dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force when WWII began. After the war he went to University of British Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. During a summer job doing a project for the Department of Health, he met Muriel Peets who was assistant manager in an Eaton’s store in Edmonton.

Muriel Peets was born to Harry and Thelma Peets who were married in 1917 in Killam, Alberta. Her grandparents were Edward and Florence Peets. Thelma passed away March 4, 1976, age 77 in Penticton. Harry died Jan 19, 1949, age 59 at Penticton. Muriel grew up in Penticton and after she moved away from home corresponded with her young nieces and nephews.

When Clem graduated in 1950, Clem moved to Edmonton where he and Muriel were married. In 1951, when Clem joined a firm of accountants in Grande Prairie, he promised Muriel their stay in Grande Prairie would only be for three years. But, in 1961, the couple had a home built on a corner lot on the outskirts of town (100 St and 88 Ave.) and they lived there for the rest of their lives. They had no children of their own but two of Muriel’s nephews lived with them in their growing up years. Clem’s accounting business grew and he and partner, J.H. Bennion were joined by Marcel Joberty and by the late 1970s their staff numbered over fifty. Clem became very involved in community organizations, including the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce (1975-76 as President of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce), Grande Prairie Regional College, the Progressive Conservative Assoc., Grande Prairie Museum, and the Boy Scouts. Muriel was equally involved, serving in the arts and cultural organizations such as the Grande Prairie Music Festival. She served on Grande Prairie City Council, and Grande Prairie Regional College Board of Govenors, and was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi. Both Clem and Muriel were supporters of the QEII Foundation, the Grande Prairie Museum and both supported the creation of the Grande Prairie Library’s Writing Contest. Muriel died in 2004 and Clem died in 2008.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Mike Frey, executor for the Clem and Muriel Collins estate.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of a series of Clem Collins’ personal and professional records, Muriel Collins personal and community involvement records, including 103 photographs documenting their personal and community life.

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Table of Contents

Series 476.01Clem Collins
Series 476.02Muriel Collins
Series 476.03Clem and Muriel Collins
Series 476.01Clem Collins. — 1920-2004. — 7.5 cm of textual records. — 33 photographs.The series consists of Clem’s personal papers, records of his professional life and photographs.
SubSeries 476.01.01Personal Papers and Photographs. — 1920-2004. — 1 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of records of Clem Collins’ personal and professional life – his birth certificate, Canadian Air Force service record, an address book, a 1947-1949 field book recording tics, fleas and rodents in various areas, his graduation from the University of British Columbia including his paper on the vanilla bean, and records related to his profession as a chartered accountant in Grande Prairie, his connection with CFS Beaverlodge, correspondence, newsclippings and a resume (1983). Also included is a copy of his father’s attestation papers from WW1, and a photocopy of a photograph of his father, Alfred Collins, with other soldiers.
 
Corporal Alfred Collins, 1916 c.
1 photograph copy; b & w; 8 x 10
Corporal Alfred Collins, far right, with fellow sevicemen during WWI.
Location: 0476.01.01.01
Clem Collins’ Childhood Years, 1930-1937
2 photograph copies; b & w; 5 x 7
Photographs of a home with children playing in the front in the snow, and of the Westlock Cub group (1937) with Clem possibly one of the leaders in the back row.
Location: 0476.01.01.02-.03
The King & Queen Visit Winnipeg, 1939
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
England’s King and Queen visit Canada and are seen riding in an open car down Portage Avenue in Winnipeg June 2, 1939.
Location: 0476.01.01.04
The King & Queen Visit Edmonton, 1939
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
One of the advertisements for the Royal visit of King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth, 1939. This one appeared near White Ave. and 104 St.
Location: 0476.01.01.05
Clem’s Graduation from University of British Columbia, 1950
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4
Clem Collins graduates with a bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. He is seen here with a fellow graduate.
Location: 0476.01.01.06
Clem’s Graduation from University of British Columbia, 1950
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Clem Collins’ graduation photo from the University of British Columbia, in 1950, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Location: 0476.01.01.07
Clem’s University of British Columbia Days, 1950
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 4
Clem Collins photo during his University of British Columbia days when he lived on 208 Conklin Ave.
Location: 0476.01.01.08
Canadian Forces Station Beaverlodge Homecoming, 1987
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Canadian Forces Station Beaverlodge homecoming celebration in 1987. The group seated nearest around a dining table include Mr. and Mrs. Bob Elliott, and Muriel and Clem Collins.
Location: 0476.01.01.09
Royal Canadian Air Force United Kingdom Base Accounts Unit, 1943
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 30
Clem Collins was part of the Royal Canadian Air Force United Kingdom Base Accounts Unit in 1943-44
Location: 0476.01.01.10
Royal Canadian Air Force United Kingdom Base Accounts Unit, 1944
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 30
Clem Collins was part of the Royal Canadian Air Force United Kingdom Base Accounts Unit in 1943-44. Signatures on the back of the 1944 photograph: Anne Cherniawsky, Vegreville, AB; H.S Williams, Toronto, ON; Conie Coppen, Port Dalhousie, ON; E Daly, North Bay, ON; W.G. Richardson, Selkirk, MB; Marjorie Earley, Toronto, ON; ? Back, Toronto, ON; George Calderwood, St. Catherines, ON; Via Barton, Cornwall, ON; Betty Iveson, Carleton Place, ON; Johnny Eisler, Toronto, ON; Douglas Walmsley, Burlington, ON; Max Leibewitch, Hamilton, ON; J. Chaput, Montreal, PQ; Grace E. Johnson, Surrey, England; Frank Magel, Verdun, PQ; Mat Srahau, London & Canada; Anne O’Brien, Fort Frances, ON; C. James, Niagara Falls; Russ Davis, 87 Summerhill Ave. Toronto, ON; Della Baxter, Cranbrook, BC; Jean Petherick, Cornwall, England; Edna Courtney, London, England; Jean Keating, Port Hope, ON; A.J. Sinclair, Carelton Place, ON; Phyllis Agnew, Cardigan P.E. I.; G. Marlow, Vineland, ON; D. Robinson, Newcastle on Tyne, England; B. Sanders, Camrose AB; Elaine Errington; Joseph “Joe”, Sydney, N.S.
Location: 0476.01.01.11
Clem and Friends Showing Off Cars, 1949 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Clem Collins on the left with four friends (likely while in university in Vancouver) in front of their cars.
Location: 0476.01.01.12
P. Kelly’s Camp C.N.P. Lumber Co., n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
P. Kelly’s Camp C.N.P. Lumber Co. Gallaway. The photo shows men lined up with their horses, a camp house in the background
Location: 0476.01.01.13
P. Kelly’s Camp C.N.P. Lumber Co., n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
P. Kelly’s Camp C.N.P. Lumber Co. Gallaway. The photo shows a large group of men posing for a photo outside their camp building in the winter.
Location: 0476.01.01.14
P. Kelly’s Camp C.N.P. Lumber Co., n.d.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
P. Kelly’s Camp C.N.P. Lumber Co. Gallaway. The photo shows three men and their teams of horses. On the back of the photo, “This is a picture you got when you was out in the camp.”
Location: 0476.01.01.15
 
The Wolf Cub’s Handbook, 1954
Book
The Wolf Cub’s Handbook contains the laws and duties of Cubs, and description of their proficiency badges.
Location: 0476.01.01.09
SubSeries 476.01.02Chamber of Commerce/ CKUA. — 1965-1988. — 1 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of records of Clem’s involvement in the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce, as the president of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce, 1975-76, his involvement in the Trade Mission to Euope in 1975 and a poster “Clem Collins on Free Trade”.
 
Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce, 1965
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce executive in 1965. Back row included Ed Haberman far left. Front row L-R: Bill Bowes, ?, Clem Collins, Paul Evaskevich, ?
Location: 0476.01.02.01
Collins Becomes Chamber of Commerce President, 1966
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce elects Clem Collins their president in 1966. Mayor George Repka on the left seen here with Clem Collins.
Location: 0476.01.02.02
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Event, 1966
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 4
Clem and Muriel Collins attend “Klondike Nite” at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce event in Edmonton, Oct 4, 1966.
Location: 0476.01.02.03
Opening of the Alberta Resources Railway, 1969
4 photographs; colour; 3 x 3
Photos show passenger cars that carried a delegation of people over the Alberta Resources Railway route from Grande Prairie south to Grande Cache and Hinton in celebration of its opening.
Location: 0476.01.02.04-.07
Muriel Collins Receiving a Corsage, 1972 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Muriel Collins receives a corsage at the Alberta Cham,ber of Commerce meeting
Location: 0476.01.02.08
Alberta Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, 1972
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 8
Clem Collins and Premier Lougheed stand in from of CKYL microphones at the annual Alberta Chamber of Commerce meeting in 1972.
Location: 0476.01.02.09
Politicians Tour Alberta Resources Railway, 1977
3 photographs; colour; 3 x 3
Politicians including Dr .Winston Backus, MLA for Grande Prairie are given a tour of the Alberta Resources Railway.
Location: 0476.01.02.10-12
Alberta Chamber of Commerce Representatives, 1975-1976
1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10
Representatives of Alberta’s Chambers of Commerce include its president in 1975-76, Clem Collins, front row second from the left.
Location: 0476.01.02.13
Muriel Collins at 53rd Annual Meeting of Canadian Chamber of Commerce, 1982
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 5
Muriel Collins at 53rd Annual Meeting of Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Ottawa.
Location: 0476.01.02.14
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Series 476.02Muriel Collins. — 1917-1988. — 8.5 cm of textual records. — 18 photographs.Muriel Peets was born to Harry and Thelma Peets who were married in 1917 in Killam, Alberta. Her grandparents were Edward and Florence Peets. Thelma passed away March 4, 1976, age 77 in Penticton. Harry died Jan 19, 1949, age 59 at Penticton. Muriel grew up in Penticton and after she moved away from home corresponded with her young nieces and nephews. Clem and Muriel had two nephews live with them for several years in the 1950s. Muriel was very involved with community organizations including arts & cultural groups. She served as a Grande Prairie City councillor, and as a member of the Board of Governors for the Grande Prairie Regional College. She belonged to the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and she took great pride in her home and her gardens.The series consists of Muriel’s personal papers and photographs, her sorority Beta Sigma Phi records, records of her involvement as Grande Prairie City Councillor especially the Civic/Cultural Center Committee, and her song and speech writings.
SubSeries 476.02.01Personal Papers and Photographs. — 1917-2004. — 1 cm of textual records.The sub-series contains correspondence between family, especially her nieces Sigrid-Ann and Sylvia RoseThors and her nephew, Lance; a biography of WilliamT. Peets, letters Muriel wrote to her mother from trips overseas, photographs of Muriel and some of her family, her grade 8 art composition, a list of the events and organizations she was involved in and a memorial card.
 
Muriel Peets, 1945 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Professional photograph of Muriel Collins as a young woman.
Location: 0476.02.01.01a
Muriel Peets, 1945 c.
1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10
Professional photograph of Muriel Peets (color tinted) as a young woman.
Location: 0476.02.01.01b
Muriel & Clem with Mrs. Peets and Family, 1952 c.
2 photographs; colour; 3 x 3
Two photographs of Muriel and Clem Collins presumably with Muriel’s mother, Mrs. Peets and Muriel’s nieces and nephews.
Location: 0476.02.01.02-.03
Muriel Collins, 1958
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Muriel Collins with friends celebrating a special occasion
Location: 0476.02.01.06
Muriel Collins Nieces and Nephew, 1947
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 4
Muriel Collins’ nieces and nephew.
Location: 0476.02.01.07-.08
Jimmy and Peggy Mair, 1954
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Jimmy and Peggy Mair of Grande Prairie in the potato garden
Location: 0476.02.01.09
Muriel and Clem Collins Nieces and Nephew, 1955 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 4; 3 x 5
Clem and Muriel Collins’ nieces and nephew.
Location: 0476.02.01.10-.11
SubSeries 476.02.02Beta Sigma Phi. — 1974-1991. — 1 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of records of Muriel’s involvement with the sorority Beta Sigma Phi- Alpha Delta Chapter # 8155 from 1974-1991, including the “Book of Ritual”, a booklet containing history of the chapter, by-laws, and membership (1975-1976), programs from Founder’s Day anniversary banquets, (1974-1991), cards and letters from members, newsclippings and three photographs featuring “Girl of the Year ” and “Sorority Queens”.
 
Muriel with Beta Sigma Phi Valentine Queen, 1976
1 photograph; colour; 3 x 3
Muriel with Beta Sigma Phi valentine queen, Betty Sinclair.
Location: 0476.02.02.01
Bonnie Sterling Beta Sigma Phi Queen, 1977
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Bonnie Sterling, Beta Sigma Phi valentine queen in 1977.
Location: 0476.02.02.02
Bonnie Sterling Crowned Beta Sigma Phi Queen, 1977
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Bonnie Sterling, Beta Sigma Phi valentine queen in 1977 being crowned by Muriel Collins and Betty Sinclair.
Location: 0476.02.02.03
SubSeries 476.02.03G.P. City Councillor. — 1978-1979. — 8 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of Muriel’s nomination papers, newspaper coverage of the election, Council’s mandate statement (1978-79) and records of the Civic/Cultural Centre Planning Committee including minutes, master plan, feasibility study and preliminary report (1979).
 
Muriel Collins-City Councillor, 1978
1 photograph; b w; 8 x 10
Professional photograph of Muriel Collins for her bid for a seat on Grande Prairie City Council.
Location: 0476.02.03.01
SubSeries 476.02.04Songs and Speeches. — 1980-1990 c.. — 2 photographs.The sub-series consists of Muriel’s writings – songs, poems and speeches.
 
Muriel Collins Entertaining at Home, 1978
2 photographs; colour; 3 x 3
Muriel Collins entertaining at her home with fellow musicians.
Location: 0476.02.04.01-.02
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Series 476.03Clem and Muriel Collins. — 1950-2004. — 16 cm of textual records. — 52 photographs.The series consists of the Collins’ personal papers and photographs, records of their involvement in the arts, with Grande Prairie Regional College, with the Clem and Muriel Collins Writing Contest for the Grande Prairie Public Library and miscellaneous correspondence.
SubSeries 476.03.01Clem and Muriel Collins – Personal Papers, Photographs. — 1958-2007. — 1 cm of textual records. — 51 photographs.The sub-series consists of notes, drawings, correspondence, magazine clippings, a tax receipt (1960), pages from a guest book and 51 photographs of their homes, activities with friends, their celebrations and their travels.
 
The Collins First Home, 1952
1 photograph; b & w; 2.5 x 4
Muriel and Clem Collins’ first home in Grande Prairie. “$20.00 per month and outside plumbing. Clem has planted sweet peas and they are growing like mad against the wall. Notice the great garden too.”
Location: 0476.03.01.01
The Collins Build a New Home, 1960-1962
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 3
Muriel and Clem Collins build a new home on 100 St. and 88 Ave. in Grande Prairie.
Location: 0476.03.01.02-.03
The Collins Complete a New Home, 1962-1995 c.
4 photographs; colour; 3 x 3; 5 x 7
Muriel and Clem Collins complete a new home on 100 St. and 88 Ave. in Grande Prairie. Over the years their home became a much loved place for relaxing and entertaining.
Location: 0476.03.01.04-.07
The Collins in Grande Prairie the 1950s-1960s, 1950-1960c.
5 photographs; colour; 3 x 3, 3 x 5
Muriel and Clem Collins in Grande Prairie in the 1950s-1960s.
Location: 0476.03.01.08-.12
The Collins in the 1970’s, 1970-1975c.
11 photograph; colour; 3 x 5
Muriel and Clem Collins in Grande Prairie in the 1970s including their 25th wedding celebration with many of their friends attending.
Location: 0476.03.01.13-.23
The Collins Vacationing, 1960c.-1981
5 photographs; colour; 3 x 3, 5 x 7
The Collins are shown on a road trip seen here likely with one of their parents and then on several cruises with friends.
Location: 0476.03.01.24-28
Interior and Gardens of Collins’ Home in Later Years, 1990c.
9 photographs; colour; 4 x 6
The Collins were very proud of their home and gardens and spent much time there.
Location: 0476.03.01.29-.37
Collins’ Fun Times in the 1990s, 1990c.
9 photographs; colour; 4 x 6, 5 x 7
The Collins were very active as this collection shows. Included is a 42nd anniversary photo of the two of them in 1992.
Location: 0476.03.01.38-46
Muriel and Clem in Their Final Years, 2000-2006
5 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
Muriel and Clem Collins in the final years. Muriel passed away in 2004 and Clem in 2007.
Location: 0476.03.01.47-.51
SubSeries 476.03.02Clem and Muriel Collins – Arts and Culture. — 1966-1996. — 2 cm of textual records. — 1 photographs.The sub-series consists of music and theatre programs, records of the Peace River Arts Conference (1983-1986), and the Grande Prairie Arts festival, 1983, and a photograph of the Grande Prairie Community Chorus and Orchestra.
 
Grande Prairie Community Chorus and Orchestra, 1966 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 11 x 19
Grande Prairie Community Chorus and Orchestra with conductor, Gerald Nelson.
Location: 0476.03.02.01
SubSeries 476.03.03Clem and Muriel Collins – Grande Prairie Regional College. — 1966-2006. — 8 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of records of the GPRC Preliminary Design presented by Douglas Cardinal, (1975), Completion of the Auditorium report by Bird Construction (1975), a copy of GPRC Goals (1985), records of the Grande Prairie Regional College Foundation when Clem Collins was President, (1989), records of GPRC’s 25th Anniversary Committee, evidence of Muriel’s role on the GPRC Board of Governors, of the Collins’ support of the Fine Arts Dept. through scholarships (2005-2006), and a copy of them receiving the GPCR “Award of Distinction” in 2004. Also included is a Gary Borstad collection of drawings, a porfolio of GPRC artists’ work (1973-1989), and a 1976 GPRC yearbook.
SubSeries 476.03.04Clem and Muriel Collins – Library Writing Contest. — 2004-2008. — 4 cm of textual records.The sub-series consists of short stories anthologies for Clem and Muriel Library Writing Contest for the years 2004-2008.
SubSeries 476.03.05Clem and Muriel Collins – Miscellaneous Correspondence & Donations. — 1970-2000c..The sub-series consists of records of donations made, formal invitations received, letters, and certificates of recognition.
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