22 episodes

From the Vaults: Audio from Edmonton’s Past is a bi-weekly podcast that explores the early history of Edmonton through digitized audio recordings preserved in the City of Edmonton Archives. These recordings were made by the people who helped shape Edmonton and who bore witness to the community’s growth throughout the early twentieth century. Wearing headphones to listen is highly recommended!

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From the Vaults: Audio from Edmonton’s Past is a bi-weekly podcast that explores the early history of Edmonton through digitized audio recordings preserved in the City of Edmonton Archives. These recordings were made by the people who helped shape Edmonton and who bore witness to the community’s growth throughout the early twentieth century. Wearing headphones to listen is highly recommended!

    An Interview with Violet May

    An Interview with Violet May

    On today's episode, we join David Leonard and Violet A. May in their October 13th interview in 1978. May discusses her early life in Edmonton and her marriage to Wilfred May, who was best known for his career in aviation.

    This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on August 28th, 2020.

    These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time.  Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.

    • 25 min
    An Interview with Grace McEachern

    An Interview with Grace McEachern

    Join David Leonard and Grace McEachern in their October 9, 1978 interview. McEachern discusses her time on her family's farm as well as her experience working as a teacher in the Edmonton area. McEachern's perspective is particularly interesting as she was the first teacher in the Oliver area, which was the first school in the Ellerslie district. 

    This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on August 28th, 2020.

    Additional Sources:
    MS-37 - Grace Martin McEachern fonds
    https://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/grace-martin-mceachern-fonds

    These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time.  Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.

    • 29 min
    An Interview with Hubert Hollingworth

    An Interview with Hubert Hollingworth

    On today's episode, we go back to October 31st, 1978 to join David Leonard and Hubert Hollingworth. Hollingworth discusses his career as a photographer, as well as the growth of the City during the 30's to 50's. Although many other interviewees have discussed the growth of Edmonton, Hollingworth was in the rare position to actually capture images of it on film, the majority of which are available online on the City of Edmonton Archives catalog.

    This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on August 28th, 2020.

    Cover Image: EA-160-1448, City of Edmonton Archives
    https://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/hubert-a-hollingworth-3

    Additional Sources:
    MS-59 - Hubert A. Hollingworth fonds
    https://cityarchives.edmonton.ca/hubert-a-hollingworth-fonds

    These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time.  Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.

    • 35 min
    An Interview with Eva McKitrick

    An Interview with Eva McKitrick

    On this episode, join David Leonard on October 25th, 1978 for his interview of Eva McKitrick. McKitrick, a long-time resident of Edmonton, discusses her time as a teacher and her role as a member of the Edmonton Historical Board. 

    Eva McKitrick is very soft-spoken in this interview. We have tried to amplify it as best we can, but headphones are highly recommended as the audio signal dips in and out. 

    Cover Image: Eva McKitrick 1978 Edmonton Historical Board Award, RG-21, Series 2.3.

    This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on August 28th, 2020. 

    These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time.  Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.

    • 55 min
    An Interview with George Cooper

    An Interview with George Cooper

    On today's episode, David Leonard interviews George Cooper on December 16th, 1977. A former employee of the Edmonton Journal, Cooper discusses his time working as a journalist. 

    This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on October 14th, 2020.

    These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time.  Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.

    • 33 min
    An Interview with Edgar E.C. Tall

    An Interview with Edgar E.C. Tall

    Today's episode consists of David Leonard's conversation with Edgar E.C. Tall from December 14th, 1977. Tall discusses his career as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) as well as his eventual relocation to Edmonton.

    The recording is quite faint in segments due to the recording equipment utilized in the interview. 

    This interview was originally recorded on a 5 inch open reel tape and was digitized by an archivist on October 14th, 2020.

    These interviews were recorded in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Both social attitudes and language standards have changed since that time.  Some opinions expressed and language used may be offensive to listeners today.

    • 51 min

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