Moler Barber School

The Collections Management section is pleased to make the Moler Barber School fonds (PR3775) available to view in the Sandra Thomson Reading Room.

The records of the Moler Barber School are now available in the Moler Barber School fonds (PR3775). Records show the activities and functions of the Moler Barber School, including business, education, and regulatory material as well as give a glimpse into all aspects of running a trade school for more than a generation.

Martin Malek trained as a barber at Moler Barber College in Winnipeg and worked there before the start of the Second World War. In 1946 he moved to Edmonton to manage the Moler Barber School, working as the manager and instructor before becoming the owner in the early 1970s. He, managed, taught, and cut hair at the Moler Barber School in Edmonton for over 40 years.

These records show the local branch of a North American trade school company with origins back to 1893, highlighting a private trade school and business that trained hundreds, if not thousands, of Edmonton barbers over the course of the records. This information would be valuable to anyone researching aesthetics and barbering history, barber training, trends, regulation of barbers, and small business in Edmonton. Of particular interest are the examinations, student records, and class photographs which show the vast number of students trained by Martin Malek at the Moler Barber School in Edmonton.