Fonds 038 Sweet Adelines fonds


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Sweet Adelines fonds. — 1976 – 1988. — 35 cm of textual records. — 300 photographs.

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Agency History

In 1976, a Grande Prairie Chapter of the Sweet Adelines was initiated by Jean Duffy, who had been a member of a chapter in Edmonton but was now resident in Grande Prairie. By 1980, the group was a member of the International Sweet Adelines. To earn a chapter, the group had to have 20 members and prove, via singing competitions, that they had mastered the unique Barbershop style and sound. They had to show that they could organize events and portray the proper Sweet Adelines image and standards, as well as raise the funds to cover the costs of instructors, equipment, costumes and travel.

Over the 19 years for which they existed, the club provided entertainment for the community as a service or in fund-raising concerts, and participated in local events such as the County Parade and the Festival of Carols. They especially enjoyed singing in senior citizens’ lodges. As a chapter, they performed at regional competitions, attended other competitions in the States and Canada, and even sent some members to international conventions.

The group swelled to a total of 28 members, but dwindled in the early 90s. In 1994, with a membership of 12, funding and members became increasingly difficult to attract. The chapter dissolved in 1995.

Scope and Content

The fonds consist of Chapter Thirteen’s certificate of incorporation; minutes; history scrapbooks of both the prospective chapter from 1976 to 1979 and of Chapter 13 from 1980 to 1988 which include photographs of their events and singing competitions; and group portraits.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Photo Albums, scrapbooks and certificate are in oversize storage.

Table of Contents

Series 038.01 Executive Records
Series 038.02 History Books
Series 038.03 Group Portraits
Series 038.01 Executive Records. — 1980; 1992 – 1995. — 2 cm of textual records.

The series consists of the framed certificate of incorporation for the Grande Prairie Chapter of Sweet Adelines Inc., dated August 20, 1980 and listing 24 charter members; and the minutes of monthly meetings from the last three years of the chapter, along with detailed monthly financial reports.

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Series 038.02 History Books. — 1976 – 1988. — 37 cm of textual records.

The series consists of scrapbooks and photograph albums which contain photographs, programmes and memorabilia of events, conventions, and choral competitions. Also included are lists of local executive and committee members, newsclippings, ribbons and cards from members.

Sweet Adelines event snapshots, 1987-1988
495 photographs; ;
Scrapbook showing Sweet Adeline events in the 70s and 80s
Location: 0038.01-495
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Series 038.03 Group Portraits. — 1979 – 1992. — 10 photographs.

The series consists of  six 8 x 10  and one 8 x 14 colour group portraits of the Sweet Adelines in various costumes. There are second copies in b&w of three of the photographs.

Sweet Adelines Group Portrait, 1980
1 ; ;
Sweet Adelines 1980. Back row: L-R, Eileen Sweetnam, Gwen Newell, Winona Lancaster, Betty Belford, Betty Ludbrook, Coreen Evashkevich, Lois Farquharson, Betty Ryan. Center Row: Caren Lang, Evelyn Reimer, Elsie Lazoruk, Sela Watts, Don thompson, Pat Newberry, Clarice Paul, Brenda McKinnon. Front Row: Joyce Boyce, Linda Tarle, Bonnie Ribar, Charlotte Wood, Billie ford, Norma McNeil, Nim Piggot, Laferne Rodacker.
Location: 0038.03.02a
Sweet Adelines Group Portrait, 1982
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Sweet Adelines 1982 Region 26 Competition, Grande Prairie Chorus.
Location: 0038.03.36
Sweet Adelines Group Portraits, 1976-1988
5 photographs; ;
Formal portraits of the Sweet Adelines in costume.
Location: 0038.495-500
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