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P.L. Travers and Mary Poppins

This series consists of materials collected by Dr. Margaret Mackey and donated to the University of Alberta Libraries. It contains materials in multiple media formats that relate to P.L. Travers and her children's book series Mary Poppins. It features books of the stories of Mary Poppins in multiple editions and versions, writings on the author P.L. Travers, and DVDs of the Disney motion picture adaptation of Mary Poppins and the dramatised story of P.L. Travers, Saving Mr. Banks.

Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials

This series consists of materials collected by Dr. Margaret Mackey and donated to the University of Alberta Libraries. It contains materials in multiple media formats that relate to Philip Pullman and his book series His Dark Materials. Contained within are both fiction and non-fiction books, materials relating to the Hollywood movie adaptation of The Golden Compass, audio video adaptations, and materials relating to the stage play adaptation of His Dark Materials. This series contains the following subseries: Books (1995-2013), Video (2007-2008), and Audio Recordings (1999-2013).

Associate Vice-President’s (AVP) Office (Research).

Series 3 is a small series of textual records documenting Byron Kratochvil’s association with the office of Vice-President (Research) in his roles as Associate Vice-President from 1995-1998, and as senior advisor to the Vice-President (Research) from 1998-2001.

The records in this series consist of Kratochvil’s personal meeting notes and correspondence, and are arranged chronologically within each file..

The series title is based on the content of the records.

Writing.

The records in this series are in excellent physical condition, and are primarily textual. They consist of Mel Hurtig’s book draft files, and include a published version of the book and post-publication review clippings.

Draft chapter files for four of Mel Hurtig’s books make up this series, including: The Betrayal of Canada, At Twilight in the Country, The Vanishing Country, and Rushing to Armageddon. The draft chapters are often a combination of hand-writing and typescript, and are annotated with inked corrections. A final published version of the book (usually in both soft and hard cover) forms part of the series, as well as post-publication publicity and promotion documents.

File titles were derived from original file titles.

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP)

The records in this series related to J. Peter Meekison’s position as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, one of the largest Royal Commissions established by the Federal Government. The records consists of meeting documents, inquiry submissions, briefing books and reports and are in excellent physical condition.

This record series is broad and encompasses many aspects of a Royal Commission of Inquiry. The series is further organized into eight sub-series, documenting meeting minutes and records; the writing and editing of final RCAP reports; policy team files; public hearings and copies of written submissions to the Commission; reports; Commission administrative records; and background information and reference documents. The series contents provide a wealth of information about both the work and process involved in undertaking a Royal Commission Inquiry, as well as providing a rich resource of information and research results on the history and culture of Canada’s aboriginal people.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Meekison, J. Peter

Feature Length Films.

Series consists of a variety of film elements from eight feature length works Wheeler created during her filmmaking career. Series includes textual records documenting the administration, production, and promotion of Wheeler's films. Material is arranged by chronological order of production.

AV Recordings.

The audio-visual records consist of video-tapes, compact discs, and tape recordings. They are quite recent, and their quality is good.

The audio-visual records relate to the previous six series but are described in a separate series to accommodate their unique format. The majority of the items are VHS videotapes, often consisting of tapes of television talk programs on which Mel Hurtig appeared. Interview topics include free trade discussions, National Party policies, publishing topics, and Hurtig’s books. There are recordings of conference speeches and Hurtig lectures and speeches. A very few personal items are included but most of the audio-visual items in the series relate to issues Hurtig was involved with

Titles based on content of recording.

Entries, Galleys, and Computer Disks.

The Canadian Encyclopedia fonds is being described in three phases. The final phase will involve the listing and description of the Encyclopedia entries and computer disks, which will form the bulk both of this series and of the entire fonds. A part of the series 8 records was arranged and described in phase two, including special entries and the first proofed galley transmissions. Where possible, original order was retained; the special entries are arranged according to specific classification and the proofed transmissions numerically in editorial field, and proofers' copies.

The series, to the end of phase two, is arranged in three sub-series: Anonymous and Staff entries; Zapped and Revised entries; and First Proofed Transmissions. The anonymous and staff entries are arranged alphabetically by entry title. Series 8.2 consists of the deleted ('zapped') and revised entries, and includes entry files which have been zapped, resurrected, shortened, edited, revised, marked as overdue, and corrected by contributor. The third sub-series is arranged by the original title of 'First Transmissions, Proofed', and includes proofed galley entries in the five editorial areas: Arts, Humanities, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Biography. A final grouping within this sub-series is the 9700's Proofers transmissions which is arranged in numerical order.
The series title is based on the content of the records.

Draft Publications

Series consists of drafts and off-prints of articles by Arnold. There are also several versions of Arnold's unpublished comprehensive bibliography about Mongo Beti (1953-1993) as well as correspondence with publishers about this book. An abbreviated version of the bibliography was published as an appendix (pp. 425-444) to Stephen H. Arnold, ed. Critical Perspectives on Mongo Beti. (Boulder [Colo.]: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998)

Newsletter

The Assiniboia Cooperative produced their own newsletter which they titled The Cooper. The paper is sometimes annotated, and the issues vary in the quality of their condition.

This series is comprised of issues of the Cooperative’s newsletter, 1980-1985. It was an internal document, but included some advertising, and notices of community events. Each house in the Cooperative received issues for their residents to read, and it served as a means of advertising the Cooperative to any outside persons who picked up a copy of the newsletter.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Correspondence

Series consists of both in-coming and out-going letters. Correspondence related to a specific project or organization will be found in the respective series (e.g. Guinness Literary Contest, Draft Publications).

Finance and Planning records.

Series consists of subscriptions, fundraising documents, receipts, building plans and other records related to the financial and administrative operations of Theatre 3. The renewal forms subscriber lists and sales reports are unbound forms with handwritten subscription information and margin notes. The building plan is a bound document of over 200 pages documenting all aspects of theatre construction planning.

Correspondence.

Series consists of typed correspondence, handwritten letters and photocopied sections of manuscript concerning the University of Saskatchewan's Institute for Northern Studies publication of Soper's manuscript "Canadian Arctic Recollections, 1978-1981."

The series title is based on the contents of the records.

Miscellaneous.

Series consists of records created in production, promotion, and administration of Anne Wheeler's various films.

Personal Files

This series consists of the personal files of Dr. Margaret Mackey that were donated to the University of Alberta Libraries. It contains newspaper articles, various editorials on subjects relating to literature (specifically children's literature), catalogues, correspondences, teaching materials, information on business, mainly relating to publishers Pearson P.L.C., reference searches, receipts and inter-library loan requests, reviews, materials relating to conferences and the University of Alberta, and two file folders that contain pieces relating to the aforementioned series. This series also contains three miscellaneous items that do not fit in any of the sub-series. These are an instructional manual for a Barbie Doll, an Easter themed envelope, and a plastic bag from The Welsh Lovespoon Store. This series contains the following subseries: News (1995-2001), Editorials and Other Writings (1991-1998), Catalogues (1993-1996), Correspondences (1995-2007), Teaching Materials and Assignments (1977-1995), Publisher Information and General Business (1994-2001), Reference Searches (1981-1995), Receipts and Inter-Library Loans (1994-1996), Conference and University of Alberta Files (1995-1996), Reviews (1987-2007), File Collections (1985-2001).

Programs.

The series consists of 39 original programmes describing the various Theatre 3 productions put on over its history. The programmes are unbound and not in chronological order.

Teaching and Administration

Series consists of administrative, teaching records Peacock created as teacher and director at the University of Alberta.

Peacock, Gordon

Executive Files.

Series consists of 4 subseries: organizational files, correspondence, membership lists, and financial documentation. Series 1.2 (Correspondence) includes an envelope of correspondence, artwork and photography from Boris Zavgorodny, a Russian science fiction enthusiast and artist who corresponded with the ESFCAS during the 1980s.

L.M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables

This series consists of materials collected by Dr. Margaret Mackey and donated to the University of Alberta Libraries. It contains materials in multiple media formats that relate to L.M. Montgomery and her early 20th century book series, Anne of Green Gables. Contained within are books about L.M. Montgomery and her works, as well as various versions and editions of those works and related series. It also contains video adaptations and computer software adaptations of Anne of Green Gables, and various collectible and ephemeral materials. This series contains the following subseries: Books (1990-2013), Videos and Computer Software (1994-2000), Collectibles, and Ephemera (2000-2009).

Cooperative Movement

The records in this series document the larger cooperative movement of which Assiniboia Cooperative was a part. The records are textual, and in good physical condition.

ACHC’s relationship with local, provincial and national Cooperative Housing Associations is documented in this series. Their membership in the Cooperative Housing Foundation of Canada, for example, is represented with annual general meeting minutes and conference documents. As well, this series contains records of lobbying activity undertaken by the Cooperative Movement generally.

The series title is based on the content of the records, and file titles are based on an original organization provided by Walt Fryers, an original charter member and Edmonton Technocracy contact person for the University Archives.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Documentaries.

Series consists of records created in production, promotion, and administration of Anne Wheeler's documentary films.

Managing Director's Files.

Mel Hurtig hired Frank O. McGuire for this position. As Managing Director of the Canadian Encyclopedia project, Mr. McGuire was responsible for overall administration of the encyclopedia project, as well as computer liaison, budgeting and related matters. The records in this series are primarily textual in format, and in excellent physical shape. Much of the series consists of correspondence, although there are also meeting minutes, reports and administrative forms. Mr. McGuire maintained his files in a primarily alphabetic subject or chronological order and this order is retained.

Mel Hurtig's files were originally kept in binders, and organized and numbered by topic. Original order was restored in this series as almost all of the files were originally assigned a letter corresponding to a specific Canadian Encyclopedia subject area. There were 32 different topics assigned the files, ranging from the organization and development of the project to specific production concerns. There is information related to fundraising for the proposed encyclopedia, as well as correspondence files, financial records, publicity clippings, procedures and style manual, reports, and technical areas concerning design and specifications concerns, project insurance, and sales and distribution of the encyclopedia.
The series title is based on the contents of the records.

Research Material.

Includes clippings, correspondence, reports, and speeches relating to the oil sands; collections by Cominco Ltd., James Richardson Donald, Harold W. Rea, K.F. MacLennan, and J. Ray Alberta.

President's Files.

Mel Hurtig, President and owner of Hurtig Publishers, was the individual responsible for dreaming up the idea of producing a Canadian Encyclopedia, and the mover and shaker behind getting funding and support for the project. As a well-respected member of Canada's publishing industry, he was able to attract attention and draw support from across the country for his encyclopedia project. The files in this series are from Mel Hurtig's personal project binders, and provide a complete over-view of the encyclopedia project. The records, detailed and varied, suggest at the planning and organization required to move such a large project through the planning, implementing, and production stages. The files are in excellent physical condition.

Mel Hurtig's files were originally kept in binders, and organized and numbered by topic. Original order was restored in this series as almost all of the files were originally assigned a letter corresponding to a specific Canadian Encyclopedia subject area. There were 32 different topics assigned the files, ranging from the organization and development of the project to specific production concerns. There is information related to fundraising for the proposed encyclopedia, as well as correspondence files, financial records, publicity clippings, procedures and style manual, reports, and technical areas concerning design and specifications concerns, project insurance, and sales and distribution of the encyclopedia.

The series title is based on the contents of the records.

Council of Canadians (COC).

Mel Hurtig’s Council of Canadians (COC) records are quite extensive, reflecting his close ties with the organization, and the fact that the Council’s existence is on-going. While most of the material is textual, there are some COC posters and artwork listed at the end of this series. The material is in good physical condition.

Mel Hurtig founded the Council of Canadians and served as Board Chairman, and his correspondence files are thick with incoming and outgoing letters. As well, he maintained files of COC Board meeting documents for the years he was actively involved on the Board. The COC files Hurtig maintained have been further described as Communications and Promotion; Chapter records; Financial; and Policy/Issues. The bulk of the records are in the category of Policy and Issues, which includes speeches, research and information files, major research topic files, and news clippings. The major issue confronted by the COC was Canada’s proposed Free Trade Agreement with the United States. The COC campaigned widely against the signing of any such agreement, and the records are filled with the Organization’s background research, policy statements, speeches, and writings on the topic. The COC also partnered with groups like the Pro-Canada Network to oppose Free Trade initiatives, and this ‘joining of forces’ is reflected in the records. A final sub-series includes COC posters and artwork, often over-sized, and used for a variety of purposes.

File titles were derived from original file titles.

Slides

Series consists of contact sheets, slides, negatives, colour and black and white photo prints arranged chronologically by production.

Production Photos and Slides.

Series consists of slides and photos documenting 45 discrete plays and a small group of miscellaneous photos from various productions. The series is in roughly chronological order with inconsistencies preserved to reflect active accumulation and use.

Photographs

Series consists of contact sheets, slides, negatives, colour and black and white photo prints arranged chronologically by production.

Prompt Scripts.

Series consists of scripts actors used when rehearsing productions. The prompt scripts are from nine productions in chronological order according to year of production. The scripts are unbound photocopies. Many prompt scripts include margin notes, script editing, and other production comments concerning the set and overall stage management. Intermixed with many of the prompts are pages of handwritten comments concerning all aspects of the production.

Executive Committee Records

The textual records in this series contain files specifically maintained by members of the Cooperative’s Executive, also referred to, in earlier years, as the Board of Directors. The records are in good physical condition.

Executive members’ files contained in this series include those of the Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and General Manager (also referred to in some years as the Coordinator). The files consist of various reports, manuals, and printed forms and information. The Executive minutes are maintained in Series 3 along with the General minutes, and financial records comprise Series 4.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Clippings and Press Releases.

Series consists of newspaper clippings attached to letter-sized paper, photocopies of newspaper items concerning Theatre 3, and press releases regarding approaching productions. Records are organized by season and within seasons chronologically by production. The predominant source for newspaper clippings is the Edmonton Journal but sources also include The Rag Times (a local independent press) and The Gateway (University of Alberta student newspaper).

Membership Records

The membership records include lists and addresses of members; signed membership agreements; letters of notice when members are leaving the Cooperative; financial records related to membership, and printed information.

This is a smaller series, and the records are primarily concerned with the years from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. The membership financial documents have information on names of members, houses they lived in, and rents and various other payments made. Signed membership agreements (1977-1985) represent the formal agreement signed between a new house member and the Cooperative, and are arranged alphabetically by the member’s surname. Other records include the notices correspondence and some membership committee documents.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Professional Activities: Research/Publishing.

The records in this series are those that were received jointly from Byron Kratochvil and W. E. Harris in 1981, documenting the writing and publishing of their chemistry texts. The text books were among the first books printed via the University of Alberta’s Computer Department. The files contain various working drafts of the texts, documenting the many addendums, additions, and corrections made before their final versions were published. There are computer runs, and related research files and illustrative material used in the writing of the books. Many of the files are oversized and stored in over-sized boxes. The records are in good physical condition.

The records in this series document the writing and publishing of W. E. Harris’s and Byron Kratochvil’s chemistry text books, including: “Teaching Introductory Analytical Chemistry”; “Chemical Separations and Measurements, Background and Procedures for Analysis”; and An Introduction to Chemical Analysis”. The bulk of the records, by far, document the writing of the third text: “An Introduction to Chemical Analysis”. Included in the series are draft chapters for correction and review for all the texts, along with chapter consolidations and suggested art work and illustrative material, and for the ‘Introduction’ text, review copies, page printer outputs and line printer outputs.

Politics.

The records in this series are in excellent physical condition, and are primarily textual. They consist of Mel Hurtig’s personally maintained files, including correspondence and research records. Included also are a few National Party posters and a set of charts and graphs used in N.P. talks about Canada’s economy. Related audio-visual material is listed separately at the end of the finding aid.

This record series, although relatively small, provides a fascinating glimpse into the political career of Mel Hurtig, and the dramatic rise (and fall) of a Federal National Party – the National Party of Canada. There are a few files of records related to Mel Hurtig’s association with the Liberal Party of Canada, and his run for office in the 1972 Federal Election, but the bulk of the records relate to the National Party of Canada. Mel Hurtig, as a founder and first leader of the National Party of Canada, was at the center of the National Party’s establishment, and a driving force in organizing candidates from across the country to run in the 1993 Federal Election. Soon after the election, the Party experienced a great amount of internal struggle and stress, leading to the eventual demise of the party; again clearly reflected in this series of records.

File titles were derived from original file titles.

Editor-in-Chief's Files.

The Editor-in-Chief's records comprise the largest series in the six series described in this inventory. James Marsh was hired for this position, and he assumed responsibility for the encyclopedia editorial staff, as well as for editorial policies, stylistic uniformity, cartography, illustrations, indexing and related editorial concerns. The series is primarily textual in format, and provides an in-depth view of the editorial policy practiced by the staff of the Canadian Encyclopedia. The Editor-in-Chief was the overseer of daily operations, and the communicating link between the President and Vice-President of the Company and the editorial staff. Mr. Marsh was often the individual assigned to deal with media and public relation events, and corresponded with the public, as well as the consultants and expert readers. The records are in good physical shape.

The Editor-in-Chief's files have been arranged into the following four sub-series: Editor-in-Chief's files; Editing files; Cartography files; and Illustrations and Photographs administrative files. Mr. Marsh assumed responsibility for final editing decisions, as well as for the administration of cartographic and illustrative inserts for the Canadian Encyclopedia. The largest of these sub-series is 3.1: Editor-in-Chief's files. Included here are general correspondence and memoranda files, editorial staff meetings and reports, Marsh's free-lance editorial and personal publishing files, and his assistant's (Micaela Gates) files. The editing files also contain information related to design and printing, promotion, style and format, and reference material for editors.
The series title is based on the contents of the records.

Production Files.

The Production Files Series is the largest series in the Canadian Encyclopedia fonds. It encompasses the records of the Encyclopedia contributors and consultants, as well as subject and article information files, and the article lists and outlines. The material is textual in format and in very good physical shape. The contributor and consultant files are both arranged in their original order, which is alphabetical by sir-name. A separate listing is maintained of those individuals who refused participation in the Encyclopedia.

These files are arranged in alphabetical order by sir-name, and a smaller number according to the subject area they were asked to contribute to. Consultant and contributor affiliation and verification forms are maintained separately in alphabetic name order. The subject and article information files are arranged by editorial area (Arts, Humanities, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences) while the article lists are arranged alphabetically by subject area. As much as possible, original file order was maintained.

Series 7 is comprised of a large proportion of the Canadian Encyclopedia records. It has been arranged in the following four sub-series:

  • 7.1 Contributor Files
  • 7.2 Consultant Files
  • 7.3 Editors' Subject and Article Information Files
  • 7.4 Article Lists and Topic Breakdowns.

The Contributor files form the bulk of this series, and have been further described in seven sub-series arrangements:

  • 7.1.1 Contributor lists
  • 7.1.2 Individual Contributor Contract files
  • 7.1.3 Contributor Affiliation and Name Confirmation files
  • 7.1.4 Contributors: Potential and by Subject Area
  • 7.1.5 Contributor: Correspondence and General Information
  • 7.1.6 Contributor Refusals
  • 7.1.7 Contributor Refusals by Subject Area.

The Consultant files (7.2), while less extensive than the contributor files, have also been arranged in similar sub-series:

  • 7.2.1 Consultant Lists
  • 7.2.2. Individual Consultant files
  • 7.2.3. Consultants by Topic
  • 7.2.4. Consultant Affiliation Forms and Verification Queries.

The third sub-series of Editors' Subject and Article Information files is arranged by editorial area including Arts, Humanities, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Biography. The final sub-series consists of the Article Lists and Topic Breakdown files. The scope of this series is both broad and encompassing; separate files were maintained for every Encyclopedia contributor and consultant, with some individuals having several files depending on whether they were contributing or consulting about more than one article or topic. Individual files were also maintained for every individual approached by the Encyclopedia staff to contribute to the project, but for various reasons refused to participate.

The names of all of these individuals, contributors, consultants, and those listed as 'refusals' reads like a "Who's Who" of Canadian writers and thinkers. The subject and article information files along with the final article lists and topic breakdowns provide a view of the process involved in narrowing the selection of subjects able to be covered in the Encyclopedia series.

The series title is based on the content of the records.

Committee for an Independent Canada (CIC).

The records are very complete, and have been subdivided into several sub-series to reflect the structure of the organization. Mel Hurtig was an early Chairman of the CIC, and there are files of flimsies that were sent to and from this office. As well, there is correspondence retained in alphabetical order by correspondent name or subject. Other sub-series include Operational files which includes executive board meeting documents; Communications, Project files, Local Chapter files; and a fairly extensive set of Issues files, The Issues files consist of CIC briefs and presentations, papers and talks prepared by Hurtig, information files, more in-depth research files and news clippings.

The records in this series provide an excellent overview of the CIC organization. The sheer breadth of the records suggests how very involved Mel Hurtig was with the Organization. His CIC Chairperson correspondence files document both the structure of the CIC, and the challenges faced in maintaining interest in and facilitating communication within a nationally-based association. The board meeting records are comprehensive, as are the CIC project files. The records related to local chapters are fairly sketchy, often just containing a newsletter sent to Mel in his role as Chairperson. The bulk of the records are in the Issues sub-series, and they provide the researcher with a wealth of information on what fuelled the Committee for an Independent Canada.

File titles were derived from original file titles.

Financial Records

The textual records in this series document the broader financial management of the Cooperative, and include audited statements, bank statements, budget-related documents and ledgers and financial journals (many located in an oversize box). The records are arranged in chronological order within each sub-series and are in good physical condition.

Finances were very important to the Cooperative, and records were kept for membership shares and levies; mortgage payments, maintenance costs, and the myriad of expenses involved in operating several houses within a Cooperative structure. This is the largest series, and the records provide a good overview of the financial structure of the Assiniboia Community Housing Cooperative.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Property Management Records

The textual records in this series document the various aspects involved with maintaining the Co-op houses, both rented and owned, by the membership and executive, particularly the General Manager. The records are arranged in chronological order within each sub-series and are in good physical condition.

This is a larger series and has been arranged in the following sub-series: Utilities; Taxes; Insurance; Rentals/City of Edmonton; Leases and Liaisons with the University of Alberta; House Maintenance; House Inventories; and Specific House records. There is detailed information about the insurance coverage the Cooperative had with the Co-operative Insurance Service (CIS), and information related to various programs (CHIP, RRAP, etc.) used to make improvements to Co-op properties. An interesting set of papers relates to the Co-op’s relationship with the University and issues around future development plans for North Garneau. Members of the Co-op sat as representatives on the North Garneau Management Committee, and lobbied for saving the University’s North Garneau houses from the bulldozer. The specific house records are interesting for what they reveal about life in a Co-op house; included in these files might be shopping lists, member advertisements, duty schedules, and maintenance records of activity.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Minutes: Board and General

The administration and running of the Cooperative was dependent upon a voluntary executive and involved membership, and meetings were the forum for all matters of concern to be discussed and decisions made. The general meetings were held semi-annually, and board meetings monthly and the resulting minutes are arranged in chronological order. The records are in good physical condition.

The minutes are complete, with a full run of general and board meetings from 196[7] to January, 1988. The minutes retained for this fonds were those kept by the recording secretary, and some annotation occurs. Early minutes were hand-written, while post-1960s minutes were typed. Supplementary meeting documents are included as attachments to the minutes.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Property: Purchases/Expansion

The textual records in this series document primarily the activities of the Expansion Committee, charged with searching out potential properties for the Co-op, and placing bids on houses for purchase. The records are in good physical condition.

The records in this series focus on activity around the planned purchase of new houses for the Cooperative. Several files relate to specific house purchases, and include appraisal reports, legal correspondence, tax assessments, and agreements to purchase. There are also several files entitled: “Houses – Failed to Purchase”, with information on why some house purchases did not occur. Finally, there is information gathered by the committee on topics such as mortgages, the Edmonton real estate market, and house-for-sale advertisements.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Related Organizations

Series consists of brochures, programs, printed ephemera, newsletters, and a small amount of manuscript material from Circus-related organizations and events. Files are arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization or event.

Historic Records

‘Historic records’ is a very small series, but interesting for its documentation of the early stage of establishing the housing cooperative. The records include correspondence, memoirs, conference information and news clippings. The files in this series were all originally titled ‘History/Archival’ and the papers are in good physical condition.

Three of the six files in this series relate to the Students’ Union Co-operative Housing Committee, headed by Students’ Union executive member Glenn Sinclair. This committee sought to encourage student-owned housing co-operatives, and played an important role in the establishment of the Campus Co-operative in 1967. The two files entitled ‘members’ words’ consist of miscellaneous papers and reports around memoirs and short histories of the Co-op written by past members. These files were retained by the Board of the Cooperative for their own reference. Finally, there is a file of copied news clippings of articles written about the Co-op, or of interest to the membership.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Legal Records, Advice and Issues

The textual records in this series document a range of topics that were originally marked on the files as ‘legal advice/issues’. Included are correspondence, court documents, and legal papers around incorporation, reincorporation, etc. The records are arranged in chronological order and are in good physical condition.

The records in this series span a period of 20 years, and touch upon many areas with some connection to legal issues. There are the incorporation papers, the memorandum of association, bylaws and supplemental bylaws, and legal papers related to the 1981 name change. As well, there are files related to small claims court actions, member loans and grievances, and house document books containing master copies of various Cooperative policies and procedures.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

University of Alberta Records.

The records in this series are primarily textual in format, and in excellent physical condition. Much of the series consists of correspondence, although there are also meeting minutes, reports and lecture notes. The original file titles provided by L.H. Thomas are retained, and a basic chronological order is retained within each sub-series. Researchers interested in Dr. Thomas' lecture notes and related source material should also consult series 3 where more general research-related source material is listed.

The records in this series document L.H. Thomas' sixteen year career at the University of Alberta. They are arranged in three sub-series: Administrative; Teaching; and Professional Correspondence; and are further arranged within each sub-series.

The records provide a valuable overview of Professor Thomas' career at the University, documenting his administrative, teaching and research-related duties. The correspondence files extend to L.H. Thomas' post-retirement years, with letters written to colleagues still teaching at the University of Alberta, Department of History.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta Records.

The textual records in this series document the broader Department and Faculty records, and include minutes of Department meetings internal memoranda, Faculty newsletters, and committee documents. The records are arranged in chronological order within each sub-series and are in good physical condition.

The records in this series provide an overview of the Department of Chemistry and its place within the Faculty of Science. It includes documents created during Byron Kratochvil’s chairmanship of the Department, and includes also paperwork from committees he served on. The series, fairly small in extent, has been further organized into three sub-series: Department of Chemistry Correspondence and Meeting Minutes; Faculty of Science records; and Committee and Scientific Groups records. The largest sub-series is the Department records which include Departmental staff meeting minutes, internal memoranda and correspondence, reports and related meeting documents. This documentation is arranged in chronological order and is fairly complete for the years 1967 through 1989. The Faculty of Science records consists of Council meeting minutes and documents, reports, and newsletters. Finally, the Committee and Scientific Group records include the paperwork of a variety of University committees as well as records created by and for the Environmental Research and Studies Centre which undertook multi-disciplinary projects and involved communication between the University, government, industry and the public.

Business.

The records in this series consist of the records generated by Hurtig’s Publishing Company. There are 11 sub-series that specifically document the operational activities of the business, with the bulk of the records consisting of correspondence files. Within the correspondence sub-series is found correspondence with publishers, booksellers, contracted and potential authors, individuals (arranged alphabetically by name), and general business correspondence arranged in date order. In addition to the textual material is a series of books, all published by Hurtig’s Publishers, and listed in order of publication date.

The records in this series document the many operations of a publishing company, including office procedures, financial and employee records, legal records, correspondence files, promotional activities and publications. The most extensive records in this series are the correspondence files, as described above. On a daily basis, Hurtig and his staff deal with a large amount of correspondence inquiring about possible book ideas, hints on how to prepare writing for publication, and general inquiries about all aspects of the publishing business. Mel Hurtig receives many invitations to speak to groups, and a lot of these invitations are handled as part of the daily business correspondence. There are also publishing information packages and Company promotional records.

The series title is based on the content of the records.

David McKnight and Wynne Francis: Correspondence Files

The records in this series document correspondence files maintained by both Wynne Francis, and David McKnight, often with writers, scholars, bibliographers, editors, and publishers regarding the history of little magazines and presses. The correspondence is incoming with some outgoing copies, and is arranged in chronological order within each folder.

The first two sub-series consist of Wynne Francis’ files and are organized as her chronological files (1961-1990), and files arranged alphabetically by subject. The third and fourth sub-series are David McKnight’s correspondence files, also organized by his chronological files (1989-2003) and correspondence files arranged alphabetically by subject. Many notable writers and scholars are consulted in these files, including well-known poets, authors and publishers. The series documents the extensive research and connectedness both Francis and McKnight had with the broader Canadian literary community.

Title based on contents of series.

Professional Associations.

The records in this series consist of both textual records and photographs, and are related to the professional associations Byron Kratochvil was involved with. There is some imprint included in the files, and the records are in excellent physical condition.

This small series has been organized into files related to Byron Kratochvil’s editorship of the “Canadian Journal of Chemistry”; his participation in various seminars, workshops and conferences; and a hand full of photographs taken primarily of group participants at the above documented seminars and scientific meetings.

The series title is based on the content of the records.

Professional Activities.

The textual records in this series contain material related more generally to Peter Meekison’s professional career, which is relevant to both his research interests with the Department of Political Science at the University, and his constitutional work with the Government of Alberta. The material includes correspondence files, meeting minutes and documents, papers and some published material as well as small bound appointment diaries. The records are arranged either chronologically or alphabetically within each sub-series and are in good physical condition.

The records in this series provide an overview of the many professional activities J. Peter Meekison actively juggled in his academic and administrative career. There are six sub-series within the series, further documenting these activities. Included are correspondence files, organized into the chronological files maintained by Meekison while serving as Deputy-Minister and then Minister of the Department of Federal and Inter-Governmental Affairs; general correspondence files; and ‘people’ correspondence files maintained alphabetically by sir-name of the correspondent. Other sub-series include professional association and related committee and board work files; conference and workshop participation files; writing and publishing records; and personal appointment books. Finally, a series of reference/research files is maintained in this series, organized alphabetically by subject title, and used by Meekison in both his teaching and consultation work.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Professional Correspondence.

The records in this series are textual and consist of Byron Kratochvil’s professional correspondence files, pre-dating his position at the University of Alberta and continuing post-retirement. The papers are organized chronologically within each file and within each sub-series. The records are in excellent physical condition.

This record series encompasses the correspondence Byron Kratochvil maintained with colleagues, graduate students, research institutes, and the subject matter is almost always related to his teaching, research, or arrangements for visiting speakers and professional association conferences. The first sub-series is ‘Letters of Recommendation’, and includes letters of support, reference, and recommendation written by Professor Kratochvil for colleagues and students to support their various job applications, research grant applications, awards, and appointments. The second sub-series involves General Correspondence and includes exchanges with colleagues, students, and relates to shared research interests, seminar arrangements, and scientific meetings. The final sub-series includes Correspondence with Individuals, and is often related to faculty promotion considerations and visiting speaker arrangements.

The series title is based on the content of the records.

Professional Activities: Consulting.

The records in this small series are in excellent physical condition, and consist of documents related to the consulting work Byron Kratochvil did as an analytical chemist. The contract work is sometimes associated with the university he is employed with, but often is a separate endeavor. The series is arranged chronologically by file.

This record series, consisting of only seven files, provides a record of the chemical analysis work Byron Kratochvil undertook. The most extensive records in this series revolve around his work for Syncrude and include files of correspondence, research reports, and information. There are also two files of information related to his study of Edmonton’s water supply and treatment plans.

The series title is based on the content of the records.

Coach House Press Project and Archive

David McKnight writes that he began collecting books published by the Coach House Press, a Toronto, Ontario literary small press in 1972. As he further explains: “Coach House emerged as one of the leading venues dedicated to publishing Canada’s nascent literary avant-garde.” In the summer of 1996, McKnight signed a contract with National Archives and Library of Canada to curate and prepare a three-dimensional exhibit for the Coach House Press. The exhibit used papers held by the National Library (literary manuscripts), and some loaned material.

This series includes the files related to planning and setting up the exhibition (New Wave Canada Exhibition) for the National Library and Archives, as well as general archives related to the history of the Coach House Press.

Title based on contents of series.

Senior Editors' Files.

Four senior editors were hired to organize the writing of The Canadian Encyclopedia, one for each of the main topic areas: Arts, Humanities, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. Editors were assigned an editor-researcher to assist with their section. The Senior Editors, in consultation with the Managing Director, Editor-in-Chief, and consultants, derived subject areas and article lists. The articles then had to be contracted out to contributors for writing, and received articles edited and reviewed by expert readers. The process involved many tasks and involved a great deal of correspondence and memoranda. The series is largely textual, and includes collected imprint and published material used as reference sources by the editors.

This series has been organized into four sub-series representing the broad topic areas headed by each senior editor. Series 4.1 is the Arts Editor's files (Diana Selsor/Palting; Rosemary Shipton); Series 4.2 is the Humanities Editor's files (James Ogilvy); Series 4.3 is the Science and Technology Editor's files (Adriana Davies) and Series 4.4 is the Social Sciences Editor's files (Patricia Finlay; Michel Boyer). While each editor had unique filing systems, the type of material collected by each editor is very similar although extent does vary. Each senior editor appeared to maintain binders of tabbed files of correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and policies and procedures. Files maintained by the editor-researchers are also found in this series. Files related more specifically to the editors' relationships with their contributors and consultants is found in Series 7.
The series title is based on the contents of the records.

Academic Pursuits.

Archival Description: The records in this series document J. Peter Meekison’s academic pursuits, including some of his own student notebooks while attending Duke University, and records associated with his career at the University of Alberta. The records are textual and in good physical condition.

Scope and Content: This is the smallest series in the fonds, and has been sub-divided into the following two sub-series: Student records and University of Alberta records. Within the University records, are early and later teaching documents, Vice-President (Academic) administrative files; projects and special program files, and reference files. Included also are University Committee files that Dr. Meekison administered or participated on.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Archival Description: The records in this series document J. Peter Meekison’s academic pursuits, including some of his own student notebooks while attending Duke University, and records associated with his career at the University of Alberta. The records are textual and in good physical condition.

Scope and Content: This is the smallest series in the fonds, and has been sub-divided into the following two sub-series: Student records and University of Alberta records. Within the University records, are early and later teaching documents, Vice-President (Academic) administrative files; projects and special program files, and reference files. Included also are University Committee files that Dr. Meekison administered or participated on.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Series 3 consists of J. Peter Meekison’s constitutional material, documenting his role as Minister of the Alberta Government Department of Federal and Inter-Governmental Affairs, and his subsequent work as a Constitutional Adviser for the Alberta Government. The records are textual, with one video tape recording, and are in excellent physical condition. The arrangement of the records is essentially chronological, with an original file plan followed for organizing a large section of the earlier records found in this series.

Series three consists of Peter Meekison’s Constitutional material and is further arranged within four sub-series. The first sub-series is arranged according to an original color-coded file scheme applied when the files were current. The color-coded files include briefing books, ‘process and position’ files, administrative arrangements, transcripts, reports and news articles, etc. related to various First Minister meetings, and committee meetings surrounding the constitutional reform discussions. Many of these files were created while Peter Meekison was Minister of Alberta Federal and Inter-Governmental Affairs and relate to the amending of the Constitution Act in 1982. A set of coded files is included in this series which addresses non-Constitutional issues his Ministry was dealing with. In his capacity as constitutional adviser to the provincial government post 1984, there is material related to the Senate Reform Task Force meetings, and the constitutional committee work leading to the Meech Lake Accord discussions and the 1992 Charlottetown Accord. Included in this series are numerous constitutional background material files which provide further insight into the constitutional process and debate, and numbered documents related to the 1992 Constitutional Accord.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

The textual records in this series contain material related more generally to Peter Meekison’s professional career, which is relevant to both his research interests with the Department of Political Science at the University, and his constitutional work with the Government of Alberta. The material includes correspondence files, meeting minutes and documents, papers and some published material as well as small bound appointment diaries. The records are arranged either chronologically or alphabetically within each sub-series and are in good physical condition.

The records in this series provide an overview of the many professional activities J. Peter Meekison actively juggled in his academic and administrative career. There are six sub-series within the series, further documenting these activities. Included are correspondence files, organized into the chronological files maintained by Meekison while serving as Deputy-Minister and then Minister of the Department of Federal and Inter-Governmental Affairs; general correspondence files; and ‘people’ correspondence files maintained alphabetically by sir-name of the correspondent. Other sub-series include professional association and related committee and board work files; conference and workshop participation files; writing and publishing records; and personal appointment books. Finally, a series of reference/research files is maintained in this series, organized alphabetically by subject title, and used by Meekison in both his teaching and consultation work.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

The records in this series related to J. Peter Meekison’s position as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, one of the largest Royal Commissions established by the Federal Government. The records consists of meeting documents, inquiry submissions, briefing books and reports and are in excellent physical condition.

This record series is broad and encompasses many aspects of a Royal Commission of Inquiry. The series is further organized into eight sub-series, documenting meeting minutes and records; the writing and editing of final RCAP reports; policy team files; public hearings and copies of written submissions to the Commission; reports; Commission administrative records; and background information and reference documents. The series contents provide a wealth of information about both the work and process involved in undertaking a Royal Commission Inquiry, as well as providing a rich resource of information and research results on the history and culture of Canada’s aboriginal people.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Meekison, J. Peter

Wynne Francis Collection: Magazine and Small Press Ephemera

The records in this series consist primarily of the research files maintained by Wynne Francis related to her collection of magazine and small press ephemera. The later dates with some of the file contents suggest that David McKnight likely added found material to the files. These files arrived boxed together in the alphabetical order that is maintained in the series, so even if a file seems to represent a later period than that which Wynne Francis was collecting in, the file remains with this series. Researchers interested in a specific title should also consult the file lists found in Series 1, David McKnight’s magazine and small press research files.

The files are in alphabetical order by title of the magazine or small press; there was no distinction made between the two formats in the files that arrived with this series. The file contents include some original, but mostly photocopied magazine copies and excerpts; related articles and news clippings; subscription and ordering information; brochures; catalogues; and some correspondence. The file contents are maintained in chronological order.

Title based on contents of series

Francis, Wynne

Lewis Caroll and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

This series consists of materials collected by Dr. Margaret Mackey and donated to the University of Alberta Libraries. It contains books relating to Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass. It contains various versions and editions of those books, such as picture books, children's books, and abridged versions; books written by other authors set in the same world and relating to the story of Alice, non-fiction books discussing Lewis Carroll and his works, and a catalogue of various versions of the original Alice's Adventures in Wonderland story.

Associations, Committees and Boards.

This series consists of textual records and photographs. The photographs were removed from a sticky plastic sheet album, although original order and annotations were retained. The records are in good shape, and arranged in chronological order within sub-series designations. This series of records includes papers and photographs associated with the various committees, boards, and associations L.H. Thomas was involved with. The largest sub-series of records within this series is the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board on which L.H. Thomas sat as the Alberta representative for two terms (1968-1976). Smaller sub-series include: University of Alberta Committees, Archives-related committees and boards, historical associations, research foundations, funding organizations, and conferences.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Professional Activities: Teaching/Courses Records.

The records in this series document Byron Kratochvil’s teaching career in the field of analytical chemistry, primarily at the University of Alberta. The records have been arranged in four sub-series and a chronological order is maintained within each file. The records are in good physical condition

The records in this series document the many aspects involved in teaching a University course, and are arranged in the following five sub-series: Lecture Notes and Topic Reference Material; Courses; Experiments and Projects; Examinations; and Teaching Manuals, Laboratory Texts and Student Guides. There is a lot of information on the topics of Ion Exchange, Gas Chromatography, and Fluorescence as well as detailed information on the Quantitative Analysis Chemistry Course (Chemistry 312), and two courses in Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Chemistry 519 and Chemistry 615). The textbooks and manuals described in sub-series five were all used as teaching texts in the Department of Chemistry.

The series title is based on the content of the records.

Related Theatre Records.

The University of Alberta Alumni Studio A was registered as a Society on May 4th, 1956. Membership was open to any person who was an alumnus of the University of Alberta provided their membership was approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and two directors met monthly, while general meetings were planned annually. The head of the Studio Theatre was an ex-officio member of the board during his term of office. Studio Theatre provided rehearsal space, underwrote the expenses of the plays, and had a share of Alumni Studio's profits. The alumni who joined this organization were often Drama Department graduates who wished to remain involved with the University theatre scene. The Alumni Studio players staged productions during the Studio Theatre season, Alumni Players acting alongside current University of Alberta drama students in regular season productions. The Alumni Studio A Society appears to have functioned until the mid-1960's, and gradually dwindling out as Studio Theatre focused more on students in the drama program filling all the positions related to the production. While very brief, the Alumni Studio A records that follow provide a variety of information on the Society.

Torches Theatre opened in June of 1962 as an outdoor summer theatre. It was an idea of Gordon Peacock's, based on his experience of seeing Shakespeare staged in the open at Central Park in New York. Torches Theatre was situated in the south courtyard of Corbett Hall, which permitted access to the Studio Theatre switchboard for lights and power. The entrance to the courtyard was marked with two burning torches that prior to the performance were placed on either side of the stage; hence the name "Torches" Theatre. The outdoor stage was a raised platform, four feet high with steps up to it and levels above it for a second story. The audience, which could number over 200, sat on wooden chairs on the lawn; in case of rain, the theatre was moved indoors to the Studio Theatre stage. Productions played nightly and were usually staged from early July until mid-August. Productions staged in the first summer at Torches included Dark of the Moon, Under Milkwood, and Our Town.

Torches was a semi-professional theatre; a 1967 press release states that: "each acting fellow will be paid $75.00 per week for the performance period and $50.00 per week for the rehearsal periods." This press release advertises pay rates for positions in acting, production and box office. By 1967, the Torches productions were touring the province, performing in a number of communities in Alberta prior to their regular summer season.

The Torches records consist of eighteen production books dating from 1962 to 1969. They provide valuable information about the Torches summer productions, and are listed below.

The files are arranged chronologically by date of production.

Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit

This series consists of materials collected by Dr. Margaret Mackey and donated to the University of Alberta Libraries. It contains diverse representations and interpretations of Beatrix Potter's 1902 book The Tale of Peter Rabbit and its sequels. It contains fictional and non-fiction books in a variety of formats relating to Beatrix Potter and her character Peter Rabbit, a collection of ephemeral materials, video adaptations on DVD and VHS, electronic games and other computer software, audiobooks on cassette tape, and various collectibles. This series consists of the following subseries: Books (1955-2013), Video (1971-2008), Electronic Games and Software (1993-1995), Collectibles (1983-2012), Catalogues (1992-2000), Audio Recordings (1978-1995), Ephemera (1987-2011), and Personal Files (1971-2007).

Sketches/Artwork.

This is a small series, but represents another source of creative output from Wilfred Watson. Drawings, watercolors, pastel and crayon sketches, etc. cover the papers he writes on; even the stationery he uses for letters includes photocopies of his drawings as part of the letterhead. This series consists of 10 large sketchpads filled with drawings; some of the sketchpads are made of construction paper, while others have a heavier art paper composition. There are also files of loose drawings, and several files of drawings done on smaller pieces of colored cardboard. Reference is also made in this series to a box of drawings Watson completed to accompany his "Jenny Blake" poetry material.

The material in Series 2 is framed in drawings and artwork, including line drawings, crayon sketches, pastels, and watercolors. Wilfred Watson loved to draw; his notebooks are filled with drawings and watercolor paintings that illustrate the material he was working on or thoughts he wanted to visualize. Drawings and sketches are also a part of the notebooks in Series 1 and sometimes on the reverse of the writing drafts found in Series 2. Occasionally, drawings are included with the letters he sent to Sheila Watson and other correspondents. This series, however, is composed of the sketchbooks and files of drawings he maintained separately from his textual material. As Shirley Neuman writes in her description of the Watson archive: "the drawings are vigorous and spontaneous; they often use allegorical figures to make political comments."

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Reference Material.

The material in Series 6 represents some of the reference material Wilfred Watson retained. It includes newsclippings and articles about Marshall McLuhan, and a series of articles he clipped about contemporary theatre. There are newsletters and theatre programs, as well as collected articles, essays, papers and poems written by others. Included with this last grouping, are some student works including undergraduate essays, a Ph.D. thesis written by Stefan Haag (studying Wilfred Watson's writings), a M.A. thesis chapter, and poetry written by former students of Watson's. Material related to artist Jack Shadbolt's exhibits is included in this series, along with a copy of Sheila Watson's Antigone and a carbon copy of The Double Hook with manuscript emendations.

The records in this series include a lot of published material such as newsclipppings, magazine articles, and offprints. There are also typescript materials including essays, poetry, and articles that others have sent to Wilfred Watson for his perusal. Often the material is in a reproduced form such as a photocopy or carbon, and many of the items are personally inscribed to Watson. The material is in excellent condition.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Related Theatre Records

The University of Alberta Alumni Studio A was registered as a Society on May 4th, 1956. Membership was open to any person who was an alumnus of the University of Alberta provided their membership was approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and two directors met monthly, while general meetings were planned annually. The head of the Studio Theatre was an ex-officio member of the board during his term of office. Studio Theatre provided rehearsal space, underwrote the expenses of the plays, and had a share of Alumni Studio's profits. The alumni who joined this organization were often Drama Department graduates who wished to remain involved with the University theatre scene. The Alumni Studio players staged productions during the Studio Theatre season, Alumni Players acting alongside current University of Alberta drama students in regular season productions. The Alumni Studio A Society appears to have functioned until the mid-1960's, and gradually dwindling out as Studio Theatre focused more on students in the drama program filling all the positions related to the production. While very brief, the Alumni Studio A records that follow provide a variety of information on the Society.

Torches Theatre opened in June of 1962 as an outdoor summer theatre. It was an idea of Gordon Peacock's, based on his experience of seeing Shakespeare staged in the open at Central Park in New York. Torches Theatre was situated in the south courtyard of Corbett Hall, which permitted access to the Studio Theatre switchboard for lights and power. The entrance to the courtyard was marked with two burning torches that prior to the performance were placed on either side of the stage; hence the name "Torches" Theatre. The outdoor stage was a raised platform, four feet high with steps up to it and levels above it for a second story. The audience, which could number over 200, sat on wooden chairs on the lawn; in case of rain, the theatre was moved indoors to the Studio Theatre stage. Productions played nightly and were usually staged from early July until mid-August. Productions staged in the first summer at Torches included Dark of the Moon, Under Milkwood, and Our Town.

Torches was a semi-professional theatre; a 1967 press release states that: "each acting fellow will be paid $75.00 per week for the performance period and $50.00 per week for the rehearsal periods." This press release advertises pay rates for positions in acting, production and box office. By 1967, the Torches productions were touring the province, performing in a number of communities in Alberta prior to their regular summer season.

The Torches records consist of eighteen production books dating from 1962 to 1969. They provide valuable information about the Torches summer productions, and are listed below.

The files are arranged chronologically by date of production.

University of Alberta Studio Theatre

Beti, Mongo – Criticism and interpretation

Series consists of articles by and about the Cameroon writer Mongo Beti. Professor Arnold obtained much of this material via Inter Library Loan and many of the articles are in French. Material in this series was compiled for his unpublished bibliography (see Series 7). An abbreviated version of the bibliography was published as an appendix (p. 425-444) to Stephen H. Arnold, ed. Critical Perspectives on Mongo Beti. (Boulder [Colo.]: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998)

Production Books

Production books, while closely related to the production files described in Series II, are maintained as a separate series. The production book at Studio Theatre was created for most productions and becomes a sort of 'scrapbook' of each show produced. While the books vary from one individual production to the next, they share common elements. The books are bound, and contain a wealth of information about a particular production. Included is the director's or prompt script, with detailed annotation outlining movement blocking, properties used, director's notes, etc. Early production books were often prepared in partial fulfillment of drama course requirements and include director's critiques of all elements of the show. The books usually include reports from the various crews: set construction, costumes, sound, light and properties. There are rehearsal schedules, cast-lists, publicity notices and reviews, as well as photographs, programs, telegrams, etc. Background is often provided on the play chosen, the playwright, and on other performances of the play. In the file list that follows, a description of the contents of individual production books is provided. The files are maintained in chronological order by date of production.

The series title is based on the content of the records.

Personal Papers.

The eclectic content of this series includes a variety of different formats. There is textual material, published items, posters, diplomas and certificates, and two medals. A lot of the items required oversize storage, but all is in excellent physical condition.

The material in Series 7 represents a small amount of material, but is not easily described in any other series. While the designation 'personal' could apply to the notebooks and correspondence, the term is used here to capture those items in the collection that are uniquely personal to Wilfred Watson. Included in this series are Watson's financial and income tax records which he retained for nearly 25 years, as well as specific citations and certificates he was awarded. It includes items such as a scrapbook he kept related to Studio Theatre productions, and programs from conferences he was involved with over the years. Included also is promotional material related to Wilfred Watson and his work. There are biographical entries intended for literary reference sources, as well as the posters and programs printed to promote his plays. Finally, there are his address files, rolodex cards, and small sheets of cardboard he kept to record snippets of information (names, addresses, book titles, etc.)

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Research/Reference Files: Little Magazines and Publications

This is the largest series, documenting the research and reference material related to the history of Canadian little magazines and publications. Included in the files are imprints, guides, dissertations and off-prints of individual magazine and press studies. There are catalogs from book dealers, and information about regional presses, including several files devoted to the literary arts scene in Quebec, as well as other regions of Canada. Material was listed in this series if it appeared to be largely maintained as a reference file, containing information relevant to David McKnight’s research interests.

Constitutional Material.

Series 3 consists of J. Peter Meekison’s constitutional material, documenting his role as Minister of the Alberta Government Department of Federal and Inter-Governmental Affairs, and his subsequent work as a Constitutional Adviser for the Alberta Government. The records are textual, with one video tape recording, and are in excellent physical condition. The arrangement of the records is essentially chronological, with an original file plan followed for organizing a large section of the earlier records found in this series.

Series three consists of Peter Meekison’s Constitutional material and is further arranged within four sub-series. The first sub-series is arranged according to an original color-coded file scheme applied when the files were current. The color-coded files include briefing books, ‘process and position’ files, administrative arrangements, transcripts, reports and news articles, etc. related to various First Minister meetings, and committee meetings surrounding the constitutional reform discussions. Many of these files were created while Peter Meekison was Minister of Alberta Federal and Inter-Governmental Affairs and relate to the amending of the Constitution Act in 1982. A set of coded files is included in this series which addresses non-Constitutional issues his Ministry was dealing with. In his capacity as constitutional adviser to the provincial government post 1984, there is material related to the Senate Reform Task Force meetings, and the constitutional committee work leading to the Meech Lake Accord discussions and the 1992 Charlottetown Accord. Included in this series are numerous constitutional background material files which provide further insight into the constitutional process and debate, and numbered documents related to the 1992 Constitutional Accord.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Design Records

The items in this series provide a sample of the set designs and plans and costume designs created for Studio Theatre productions. Only a small proportion of the Studio Theatre productions are represented in this series, although the representation is increased if the production books plans and designs are considered.
The items are arranged as:

  1. Costume designs
  2. Set designs
  3. Set plans
    The order is chronological by production date. The costume designs are hand drawn and coloured and usually identified by the name of the character. Set designs, like costume designs, are hand drawn and coloured. The set plans include details on set elevations, prop placement, and stage dimenions. Designs are fragile and composed on low grade paper. Many are over sized and stored seperately.

University of Alberta Studio Theatre

Education Materials

This series consists of materials collected by Dr. Margaret Mackey and donated to the University of Alberta Libraries. It features materials relating to education that primarily focus on the teaching of English and childhood development relating to reading. It also contains a variety of reports on education and libraries in North America and the United Kingdom. This series consists of the following subseries: Books (1950-2000), Reports (1979-1984), and Course Materials (1971-1995)

Production files

Series consists of records documenting the technical, operative, and administrative activities of Studio Theatre productions. Records include programs, news clippings, and promotion material. The more recent files contain more records including background production research notes, financial records, and correspondence. A production file was maintained for each production. Title based on content of the files. photographs and oversize items were removed from the files and stored separately; news clippings were photocopied on to acid neutral paper and the original clippings removed. The files are maintained in chronological order by date of production.

University of Alberta Studio Theatre

Public Relations and Promotion.

  1. Photographs: The photographic material is organized as a separate sub-series because of the nature of several deposits of photographic material made to the Archives over the years. Photographs of individual productions were donated, along with more general and undescribed photographic material. For purposes of conservation, any loose photographs placed in the production files were removed and described in this series under their production title. For the most part, the photographs are black and white copy prints, often accompanied with negatives and contact sheets.

The production photographs often consist of both posed publicity shots, as well as candid shots taken during the production. The photographs were used for publicity and advertising purposes and were handled often resulting in some frayed edges and dog-eared corners. Studio Theatre used the same photographers from one production to the next, and names of photographers are sometimes stamped on the back of the photographs.

Photographs have not been removed from the production books described in Series III. In these books, the photos have often been glued or taped into the books, along with printed descriptions. The file listing for Series III indicates which books contain photographs, how many, and whether a color or black and white format.

The divisions created within this sub- series reflect the provenance of separate donations, and include:

A. Eric Beaumont negatives - Eric Beaumont was a professional photographer who had an arrangement with Studio Theatre to photograph their productions and print copies for anyone wanting them.

B. Contact prints - donated to the Archives by Photo Services, who also had an arrangement with Studio Theatre to photograph and make available production prints.

C. Production photographs - Some were deposited as separate production photos, while others were separated from the production files. Included are two bound books of production photographs (the photos are glued in the books) from 1950-51 and 1951-52 Studio Theatre seasons.

  1. Posters: The posters, arranged chronologically by production, are listed and described individually; size and colours are indicated. When possible, more than one copy of a poster is retained. Small posters are sometimes folded and affixed to the production books.

  2. Sound Recordings: There are only four sound recordings, and two of these are CKUA broadcasts that relate directly to Studio Theatre. The tapes are described individually.>

  3. Scrapbooks: There is one scrapbook, containing a mixture of media, relating to the Department of Drama generally, Torches Theatre and Studio Theatre.

Memoirs.

Explanation of Bitumount Plant, 1949 (one sound disc recording); interviews of Elmer and Evelyn Adkins by James M. Parker.

Reports.

Mr. Adkins’ progress reports on the Alberta Oil Sands Project; consulting report on oil sands for Shell Oil Company.

Title based on content of series

Executive/Director Files

The files in this series contribute significantly to the documentation of the growth of choral music at the University and in the Province as a whole. The activities of the Mixed Chorus, particularly for its first thirty years of operation, are well represented in these series files. The Chorus programs and posters are interesting for both their content and esthetic qualities and contribute to outsiders' understanding of the operation of the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus. The files are maintained in their original chronological order.

The Executive/Director files were maintained annually, and contain correspondence, minutes, and tour planning documentation. The files are complete from about 1946 through the 1970s, while the files maintained in the 1980's are sketchier and more ephemeral in content. The files primarily contain chronologically maintained correspondence, with the letters sent to directors Richard Eaton, and James Whittle interfiled with the correspondence kept by various members of the UAMC executive. Sub-headings within this series umbrella, all small in extent, include membership, social activities, commemorative/historical records, and publicity/promotion records.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Correspondence.

The correspondence described in this series consists of letters, cards, and notes with occasional enclosures that include newsclippings, academic papers, poems, and drawings. Photographs enclosed with the letters were noted and removed to be stored separately for better conservation. The letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent and chronologically within each file. The correspondence is in excellent physical condition.

Wilfred and Sheila Watson were apart for two extended periods: during the public school term in 1951-1952 when Sheila Watson was teaching high school at Powell River, and Wilfred Watson was teaching in the English Department at the University of Alberta (Calgary), and again during the spring of 1956 to the spring of 1961 (with periods together over Christmas and in the summers), when Sheila Watson was studying for her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and Wilfred Watson was teaching at the University of Alberta (Edmonton). They wrote regularly, sometimes more often than once a day. Sheila Watson destroyed most of her letters to Wilfred Watson some years ago; some 350 remain and are in this series. There are over 950 letters from Wilfred Watson to Sheila Watson which survive and are in this series. They are always substantial in the details of daily teaching and living, but, more importantly, and most of the time, about the ongoing intellectual life and activities of both the correspondents. These are the years when Sheila Watson undertook important work on Wyndham Lewis, wrote most of her short stories, and made the final alterations to The Double Hook to meet the publication suggestions of McClelland and Stewart. They are years in which Wilfred Watson had become known for Friday's Child, and just completed his unpublished novel, Under the Rabbit's Paw, was engaging in the long labour to compolete his first, hihghly innovative and successful play, Cockcrow and the Gulls, was completing and seeing performed short works such as The Whatnot, was writing short stories and many poems, and was beginning work on The Trial of Corporal Adam. The letters provide a record, and a dazzingly written one, of all this activity as wall as the exchange of ideas between two people who both thought intensely, creatively, and playfully.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Academic Career.

Series consists of records documenting Peacock's student career at the University of Alberta. There are also some records from Peacock's graduate studies at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. The records are in chronological order.

Peacock, Gordon

Performance Files

The performance files consist of material that documents the Mixed Chorus performances, including printed programs, sound recordings, and photographs. The programs are complete from 1945 through 1990, and in good physical shape. The sound recordings, consisting of both tape and disc recordings, are arranged chronologically. The photographs, which include prints, negatives, and a few transparencies and contact sheets, are also arranged chronologically within the following sub-headings: formal group portraits; scrapbook photographs, loose photographs, and alumni photographs.

Because of archival storage concerns, photographs and oversize items were removed from the files and stored separately; sound recordings are also stored separately and the original clippings removed. The records are maintained in chronological order, documenting Chorus activities from the mid-1940's to 1990.

The series titles are based on the contents of the records.

Journals and Notebooks.

Series contains the many notebooks and journals that Wilfred Watson kept during his writing career. The earliest notebooks were usually 5 x 8 hardbound books, between 64 and 128 pages. By the early 1950s Watson was using 8 x 11 books, with the exception of a few books from Paris which were a smaller, paperbound format. All the books tend to be 64 to 80 sheets (128-160 pages). Each is filled, sometimes, particularly while working on Cockcrow, he keeps several at once. Beginning in 1980, Watson began buying 11 x 14 books of construction paper, usually 48 sheets for his notebook (the multicolored effect of several of them on a shelf was the effect sought for in the design of Mass on cowback). He also began keeping simultaneous notebooks in the white spaces and over the illustrations of calendars. All of the notebooks are filled with drawings, line, crayon, pastel, and watercolor, as well as with written text. There are approximately 345 notebooks, journals, and calendars and they make a complete record of Watson's work from 1945 to 1982, and a somewhat more fragmentary record for the last sixteen years.

Wilfred Watson's earliest notebooks are manuscript notebooks. Increasingly over the years, the notebooks combined reflections on reading and conversations with others, ideas of poems, plays, and short stories, and manuscript drafts. Certain themes recur in the notebooks, among them ongoing meditations about Shakespeare's plays and, especially from 1965 on, a continuing engagement with the ideas of Marshall McLuhan. Nearly all Watson's plays, poems, and short stories are first draftedin the notebooks, sometimes with many variations. For some work, such as Cockcrow and the Gulls, the notebooks provide a complete history of the genesis and development of the script. The notebooks also include hundreds of ideas for poems, scenario for plays etc., some developed, some not, as well as a great many unpublished poems and plays. They provide an indispensable research tool for scholars wishing to trace the thought and the process of composition of Watson's Oeuvre. "The notebooks and journals provide a record of the conception, writing and revisions of all Watson's major works and of a great deal of important unpublished work, as well as a major and creative response to the intellectual and political changes of the period from 1950 to 1980".

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Maps.

Maps of Alcan Highway, Canadian weather stations, Northwest Service Command.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

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