Fonds 342 David Leonard fonds


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1933-2006. — 21 photographs.

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Biographical Sketch

David Leonard was born in Fairview in 1945 and raised in Sexsmith. His father and mother, Bill and Grace Leonard, came to the Peace country from Iowa in the early 1930s and resided in Hines Creek, Webster, and Whitelaw. After serving in the Second World War, Bill took land under the Veteran’s Land Act and chose two quarters at Teepee Creek, east of Sexsmith. The couple made their home in Sexsmith and raised three children: Donna(Menzies), Ann(Leighton), and David. David was an active student, joining air cadets and playing baseball. He served as a community reporter for the Grande Prairie Herald Tribune. In 1964, he attended the University of Alberta and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in 1968, and a Masters of Arts degree in 1969. After two years as an archivist at the Provincial Archives, David moved to England to begin PhD studies in Modern Irish History, receiving his doctorate in 1975. After returning to Canada, he worked as Assistant Archivist at the City of Edmonton, Territorial Archivist of the Northwest Territories and in 1981 became Head of Government Records at the Provincial Archives in Edmonton. In 1992, he published the first of several histories of the Peace country, “The Lure of the Peace”, and in 1995, “Delayed Frontier: the Peace Country to 1909”. In 1996, David transferred to the Alberta Historic Sites Service, assuming the role of Project Historian for Northern Alberta. In 2006 he published “The Last Great West: the Agricultural Settlement of the Peace Country to 1914.”

Custodial History

These photographs were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by David Leonard in 2009.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of 21 photographs of David Leonard’s early life and career.



The Leonard Family, 1955
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
The Leonard family: Ann, Donna, Grace, Bill, David in front.
Location: 0342.01.01
David Leonard, 1955
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
David Leonard in baseball uniform – ready to bat.
Location: 0342.01.02
David Leonard, 1957
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
David Leonard standing outside during winter.
Location: 0342.01.03
David Leonard of the Rainiers, 1960
1 photograph; b & w; 4 x 6
David Leonard poses beside a car in his baseball uniform.
Location: 0342.01.04
Rodeo at Waterhole, 1933 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
Four men on horses including Bill Leonard (2nd from the right) amongst a group of horsemen at the Waterhole Rodeo.
Location: 0342.01.05
Jack Neys’ Airplane, 1937 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3
Jack Neys airplane, “Peace River Airways”, sits in a field with Sexsmith in the background. A group of onlookers stand around it.
Location: 0342.01.06
Sexsmith, 1948 c.
1 photograph/postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
Postcard photograph of Sexsmith showing the main street and east side of town.
Location: 0342.01.07
Sexsmith – aerial, 1960 c.
1 photograph/postcard; b & w; 3 x 5
Postcard photograph of Sexsmith taken from the air and looking west.
Location: 0342.01.08
Sexsmith United Church, 1960 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3
Sexsmith United Church, taken from across the street.
Location: 0342.01.09
Sexsmith High School Students, 1951-52
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 6
Sexsmith High School with the students standing in a group in front of the windows. Students’ signatures are written on the back, including Ann Leonard.
Location: 0342.01.10
Sexsmith Rainiers, 1964
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Sexsmith Rainiers Baseball Team: Top Row: L-R Tommy Hamilton, coach, Wayne Lock, Bob Zaichkowsky, Chuck Stojan, Ray Gilkyson, Greg Rycroft, Allan Moe, Willy Jackson, Harry Gathercole, manager. Bottom Row: L-R Jim Bellamy, Mel Wold, Leonard Zaichkowsky, Jerry Pitman, David Leonard. The team photo was taken by Mrs. Gathercole at Fairview, Aug. 1964.
Location: 0342.01.11
David Leonard, U. of A. Graduate, 1968
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
David Leonard’s graduation portrait from the University of Alberta.
Location: 0342.01.12
Grace Leonard and Violet Rycroft, 1970
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 3
Grace Leonard (R) and Violet Rycroft, inside the Sexsmith Drugstore.
Location: 0342.01.13
David Leonard and Prince Charles, 1979
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
David Leonard and Prince Charles at the Northern Heritage Center in Yellowknife, NWT.
Location: 0342.01.14
David Leonard Conducting a Walking Tour in Edmonton, 1989
1 photograph; b & w; 5 x 7
David Leonard conducting a walking tour in Edmonton.
Location: 0342.01.15
David Leonard and Pierre Trudeau, 1980
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
David Leonard (right) with Pierre Trudeau and Marilyn Yorga, inside the archives of the North West Territories, 1980.
Location: 0342.01.16
Leonard Residence at Whitelaw, 1990
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
David Leonard standing in front of the house that was the Leonard residence in Whitlaw between 1937-1946.
Location: 0342.01.17
Heritage Farm Home, 1990
1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10
The farm home of the Swensons, 1927-1947, William and Grace Leonard, 1947-1948, and Walter and Minnie Pazskowski and Walter Jr. , 1948-1960. It is located east of Sexsmith, first quarter section on the north side of the road.
Location: 0342.01.18
David Leonard, 1992
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
David Leonard at his office desk at the Provincial Archives, Edmonton.
Location: 0342.01.19
David Leonard and Victoria Lemieux, 1992
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
David Leonard, Chief Archivist at the Provincial Museum and Victoria Lemieux, Information Officer for the City of Edmonton, co-authors of “Lure of the Peace”.
Location: 0342.01.20
David Leonard, 2006
1 photograph; colour; 4 x 6
David Leonard
Location: 0342.01.21
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