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Social Studies

Social Studies curriculum materials - within the Alberta School Curriculum Historical Bibliography 1885-1985 (Secondary Resources) Collection. The Secondary Social Studies curriculum materials in the bibliography are divided into chronological divisions: 1885-1936, 1937-1945, 1946-1955, 1956-1970, 1971-1979, 1980-1985 and are indicated the general notes.

Centennial Records

  • Fonds 121-1
  • Series
  • 2007-2008

Series consists of records acquired by Museums and Collections during the University of Alberta's celebration of the institution's centenntial.

Museums and Collections Services

Committees

Series consists of records from the various committees the University of Alberta has struck to coordinate policy and procedures concerning the scheduling, recordkeeping, addissions, awards, convocation, and matriculation at the University. The distributed administrated responsibilities of these functions resulted in a variety of administrative offices paricipating in these commitees. Related offices include include G.F.C, the Secretariate, the Senate, Deans, and various Faculties.

Office of the Registrar and Student Awards

Policy and Procedure

Series consists of records documenting the Office of the Registrar's participation in the formulation of policies and procedures for the administration of the academic career of University of Alberta students from admission to convocation.

Office of the Registrar and Student Awards

Awards

The University Senate began to administer student awards in the first year of the school’s existence. The Senate reported in its second meeting in July 1908, that competition for the Scholarship Matriculation examination suffered from few matriculated students eligible to sit the exam. As a result, only one student, Mr. Charles F. Reilly of Calgary, wrote the exam and “accordingly” won the scholarship. The Senate requested the donors of the $100 scholarship continue to offer the award. The donors, A.W. Dougall, and University President Alexander Cameron Rutherford, agreed (Senate Minutes, vol. 0, p.38, U.A.A.). The Board of Governors first formally addressed administration of student awards on December 13th, 1918 when it passed a motion to appropriate $200 "from the University Fund for scholarship purposes." (BofG Minutes, vol. 0/17, p. 252, U.A.A.). The Registrar's Office was originally charged with administering bursaries and awards. In 1959-60 the Registrar ceased to be directly responsible for the administration of scholarships and bursaries. In that year the responsibility was transferred to the newly established Office of the Administration of Student Awards. Responsibility, as it concerns all students other than graduate students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, for making rules and regulations respecting academic awards shall be delegated by General Faculties Council to the Executive Committee. (G.F.C. 02 DEC 1966). Responsibility for the administration of awards has been delegated to the Office of Student Awards in the Office of the Registrar. The series consists of documentation of student awards administered by the Office of the Registrar.

Office of the Registrar and Student Awards

Examinations and Timetabling

The Post-Secondary Learning Act (PSLA) Section 26(l)(j) declares, subject to the authority of the board, a general faculties council is responsible for the academic affairs of the university and has the authority to determine the date for the beginning and end of lectures in the university and also the beginning and end of each university term. The GFC Executive Committee has delegated authority from General Faculties Council to approve the Academic Schedule. The Office of the Registrar and Student Awards recommends on the Academic Schedule to the GFC Executive Committee. The Exams and Timetabling Division in the Office of the Registrar drafts the Academic Schedule for distributed approval by the President, Vice-Presidents and senior administrators, Deans, Assistant and Associate Deans, Directors and other stakeholders. The final draft of the Academic Schedule will be sent to the GFC Executive Committee. After the Academic Schedule has been approved, it will be published in the University Calendar. Section 26(1) of the PSLA empowers GFC to provide for the preparation and publication of the university calendar. Technical matters relating to the printing and publication of the Calendar are delegated to the Registrar (GFC May 31, 1976). The Exams and Timetabling Division in the Office of the Registrar is responsible for delegated Calendar responsibilities. The Registrar's Office first assumed this functional responsibility in 1968-69. Other responsibilities of the Examinations and Timetabling Division of the Office of the Registrar include registration, special events scheduing, special exam scheduling, and classroom maintenance and control.

The records of this series consist of predominantly textual material generated in the above activities. The records are in chronological order as transfered from the Examinations and Timetabling Division of Registrar's Office.

Office of the Registrar and Student Awards

Convocation

The Postsecondary Learning Act of Alberta gives General Faculties Council (GFC) responsibility, subject to the authority of the Board of Governors, over “academic affairs” (section 26(1)) and to “provide for the granting and conferring of degrees, other than honorary degrees” (Section 26(1)(f). The Postsecondary Learning Act lists, among the duties of the Chancellor, “to preside over all degree-conferring ceremonies of the university and confer the degrees” (Section 9(1)).

The responsibility of GFC to provide for the conferring of degrees has been delegated to the Office of the President. The President has established a Standing Committee on Convocation, the purpose of which is to deal with all matters pertaining to convocation ceremonies in accordance with established practice.

The Office of the Registrar and Student Awards, Academic Awards and Ceremonies Office, is responsible for organizing convocation ceremonies. Detailed administrative procedures for convocation will be stored in the official Convocation Procedures and Reference Manual, in the Academic Awards and Ceremonies office.

The convocation event requires the participation of a number of university offices. Faculties administer graduating requirements; the University of Alberta Senate's Honorary Degrees Committee chooses the honorees for honorary degrees and is composed of a broad representation from the community, including a mix of the President; representatives from the academic community including Deans and/or Professors; and representatives from the Support Staff, the Alumni Association, the Students' Union, the Graduate Students' Association and the general academic community. The Office of the Registrar is responsible to complete the list of graduates, provide information for graduates, produce graduation diplomas, coordinate the printing of graduation programs, compile convocation statistics, and ensure issuance of degree parchments. The Academic Awards and Ceremonies Office (A.W.C.O.) within the Registrar’s Office arranges and completes the required activities to produce the formal ceremonies. These activities are the predominant source for the records in this series. The records are substantially textual and in a loose chronological order based on the order in each accession.

Office of the Registrar and Student Awards

Admissions

The Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta gives General Faculties Council (GFC) responsibility, subject to the authority of the Board of Governors, over "academic affairs" (section 26(1)) and over "standards and policies respecting the admission of persons to the university as students" (section 26(1)(n)). Further, the Post-Secondary Learning Act gives the Board of Governors authority over "admission requirements" (sections 60(1)(c) and (d)). The Board has delegated its authority over admission requirements to GFC. The Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta gives Faculty Councils power to “provide for the admission of students to the faculty” (29(1)(c)). The admission requirements for any Faculty is approved by GFC and published in the current edition of the University Calendar.

The responsibility for admissions decisions is vested in the Faculty Admission Committees or in the Deans of the respective Faculties, as the councils of such Faculties will determine. The responsibility for admission decisions for Open Studies remains in the Office of the Registrar and Student Awards.

The Office of the Registrar, as Chair of the original Admissions Committee, served as the first principle administrative entity responsible for admissions. As the university student body and administrative structure grew, responsibility for admissions was distributed through various faculties, the Senate, and the General Faculties Council. Until 1969, when authority was transferred to the newly created Secretariat's Office, the Registrar served as Secretary of the General Faculties Council, the principle oversight body for admissions. The Registrar remains an ex-officio member of this council and continues to supply policy advice and execute admissions policy for the University. The principal admissions activities include: liaison (high school and college), access, information distribution, orientation, application processing, document evaluation, and transfer credit.

The records in this series reflect the distributed authority of the admissions functions. Predominantly textual, the records consists of committee meeting minutes, interdepartmental correspondence, correspondence with student applicants, deliberation on policy formulation including research, consultation with other schools, and advice to councilors and high schools concerning matriculation and admission requirements.

Office of the Registrar and Student Awards

Administration

Includes election results (1908, 1927-1929); retirement dinner for President W. H. Johns (sound tape recording, 1969); and correspondance.

Office of the Chancellor and Senate

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Administrative Records

Series consists of five correspondence files addressing a variety of administrative concerns. Much of the correspondence is written to or from Gordon Peacock, in his capacity as Associate Professor of Drama. The series also includes annual reports and interdepartmental memorandums. Correspondents also include significant theatre personalities including H.G. Glyde and Betty Mitchell. The series title is based on the content of the records.

University of Alberta Studio Theatre

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.

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.

Salaries and benefits: negotiations, boards, committees, benefits, funds, leaves and market supplements

Includes negotiations, market supplements, Anti- inflation Board; Faculty Handbook Committee; study and sabbatical leaves; professional training fund; fringe benefits (health, disability and life insurance; pension plan; allowances for professional and moving expenses, housing loans, course fee remissions).

Office of the Associate Vice-President (Academic Administration)

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