Humberstone Mine

This bibliography is designed to situate the records used in the City of Edmonton Archives Humberstone Mine Virtual Exhibit in their larger context. It shows where these disparate records come from, grouping them by creator rather than by subject.

Wherever possible, links to catalogue entries in our online catalogue have been included. We also have some further catalogue information in our reference room.

For an explanation of terms and acronyms, see our Virtual Exhibit Glossary.



RG Fonds (City of Edmonton records)

Fonds Number Record Number Title
RG-8   City of Edmonton. City Clerk's fonds
  Class 6, File 2 1895 invoice to Town of Edmonton from William Humberstone
  A96-59: Agreement 17, 1900 Memorandum of Agreement between William Humberstone of Edmonton, Coal Miner and Town of Edmonton
RG-102   Town of Beverly Fonds
  Series 1, Ledger 1 Council Minutes, 1913-1914
  Series 1, File 103 Order #6546 of the Board of Public Utility Commissioners, 1932

Photographs (with no associated fonds)

Record Number Title
EB39-3 Payday at Humberstone Mine
EB-39-5 Loading Shutes
EB-39-6 Shaft Bottom 1917
EB-39-7 Pick Mining
EB-39-9 Sullivan Puncher Machine Mining
EB-39-12 Coal Passing Over Shaker Screen
EB-39-15 Kitchen at Farm
EB-39-16 Fred Humberstone in Farmhouse
EB-39-18 Humberstone Mine as it Appeared in 1903
EB-39-19 Humberstone Mine in 1903, teams loaded on ice
EB-39-20 Sign Board 6th and Jasper
EB-39-28 Mr. Humberstone at 81 Years of Age
EB-39-29 Main Entry to Mine Before Rope Haulage was Installed
EB-39-31 A Fall of Coal
EB-39-34 Shaft Bottom as it appeared in 1915
EB-39-36 Main Drift in Mine
EB-39-37 View of Mine Camp
EB-39-38 Pillar Work
EB-39-39 Beata and William Humberstone
EB-39-40 The Coal Seam
EB-39-41 Front of Sales Office, 1917
EB-39-44 Winter Conditions
EB-39-53 Can This Fan Ventilate?
EB-39-54 Interior of Sales Office 1917
EB-39-56 Mrs. Beata Humberstone and Fred Humberstone in First Office
EB-39-58 Beata Humberstone on Farm
EB-39-63 William H with Ox and Cart
EB-39-76 Plant in 1910
EB-39-86 First Railway Train on the Property
EB-39-92 First Car of Humberstone Coal Loaded at Mine
EB-39-101 A Disastrous Fire and Flood Occurred in 1915
EB-39-113 Humberstone Farm House
EB-39-117 Mr. Humberstone Operating Binder
EB-39-128 Mrs. Humberstone Bids You Good Morning
EB-39-141 First Camp Cook at Mine
EB-39-148 Officers and Day Shift of Employees at Humberstone Mine, February 1917

Photographs (from City of Edmonton Artifact Centre)

Record Number Title
1960-46-2 Miner's Lamp
1968-87-45 Cloth Miner's Hat
1973-53-25 Miner's Lamp


Record Number Title
EAM-85 Plan of Edmonton, 1883
EAM-233 Humberstone Mine, 1919


"Humberstone Mines Rescue Team" Edmonton Journal, July 27, 1923

The following sources were used in the research for this exhibit:

Clippings Files

Districts – Beverly
Fred Humberstone
Humberstone Coal Company
William Humberstone

Government Reports

Atlas: Coal-mine Workings of the Edmonton Area by Richard Spence Taylor. Spence Taylor and Associates Limited, 1971.
Report on the Mining Conditions under the City of Edmonton, Alta. by J. H. A. Church. September 23, 1926.


Alberta’s Coal Industry, 1919 by Alberta Coal Mining Industry Commission. Alberta Records Publication Board, Historical Society of Alberta, 1978.
Built on Coal: A History of Beverly, Edmonton’s Working Class Town by Lawrence Herzog. Beverly Community Development Society, 2000.
The Fuel Problem of Canada by Martin Nordegg. The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, 1930.