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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.

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.

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 Staff Files.

This is a smaller series consisting of proofreading and verification files, translator files, and the Biography Editor's files. Galley entries were proofread, and facts in articles had to be verified to ensure accuracy. Publishing rights to The Canadian Encyclopedia were given to a Quebec publisher so the volumes could be translated into French. A Biography Editor, Mary Maude, was responsible for organizing the biography entries that were a part of every topic area. The Biography Editor worked closely with the Senior Editors to determine candidates for biographical entries in the Canadian Encyclopedia. The files are textual and in good shape.

The Production staff files have been arranged into the following three sub-series: Biography Editor's files; Proofreading and Verification files, and Translation files. The series is a small series, but important for revealing more of the staff structure necessary to such a large publishing project. There is a lot of correspondence, memoranda, contracts, entries with verification notes, and edited biographical entries.
The series title is based on the content of the records.

T. A. Patrick Letters & Correspondence

An archive of 52 interesting and significant letters by Thomas “Alf” Patrick and his wife Marion (1889-1904). Almost all letters come with their original stamped mailing envelopes (49 envelopes in total). 44 letters are by Thomas and 8 by Marion.
Most of the letters are handwritten and signed, ranging from a single page up to five pages, often closely written. 3 are typed and signed.
In the case of letters by Thomas Patrick, many of the letters to his wife are almost in diary form recording events as they happened [often mailed from Regina]. Some letters are written when Patrick was physically sitting in the Legislative Chambers waiting for events to unfold there. These are usually on embossed North West Territory Legislative stationery.
Three themes run through the archive:

  • Significant political matters and events surrounding the period when Patrick served in the North West Territories Legislature
  • Historical events on the Prairies
  • Issues relating to a lack of infrastructure and a changing societal and political landscape due to heavy immigration into the
  • Life on the Prairies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • The close personal relationship and related family matters between two early pioneers in Saskatchewan
    Topics covered include: medical, legislative matters, Indians and half-breeds, railway events, life in Saltcoats and Regina, Saskatchewan, land investments, illnesses on the prairies, people (Clifford Sifton and Frederick Haultain) and related topics, immigration, Mennonites, Hungarians, Doukhobors, infrastructure, visiting patients, and much more.

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

John Gregory Records.

John Gregory is a charter member of Technocracy, Inc., joining in 1936. He donated his papers, which form Series 3 of the Technocracy fonds, to the University Archives in March 2007. Mr. Gregory’s career was with the Alberta Research Council, serving as Head, Industrial and Engineering Services, and his papers reflect his interest in hydrology and engineering as it relates to Technocracy doctrine. There are interesting early Technocracy publications and original correspondence with Howard Scott. The material is in good physical shape..

The records in Series 3 have been sub-divided into two sub-series: Textual Material and Published Material. As in the other two series, the published documents form the bulk of the series. Within the publications sub-series are articles written about Technocracy and subjects of interest to Technocrats including a 1951 article by M. Hubbert King entitled “Energy From Fossil Fuels”. There are also official Technocracy, Inc. pamphlets and booklets, dating from 1934 to 2004, and article reprints from various Technocracy publications. Several runs of Technocracy periodicals are included in the series, and of particular note is a bound volume of Northern Technocrat issues (June 1937-August 1939) which were published monthly by the Edmonton Technocracy Section (R.D. 11353). The textual records include Gregory’s correspondence files with CHQ, and contain letters written between John Gregory and Howard Scott, discussing at length concepts of continental hydrology and waterways in North America. Seven long playing 331/3 rpm albums form part of the series, along with two volumes of the Technocracy Study Course.

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).

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.

Farm Organization Records.

The bulk of the earliest Tomlinson records are found in this series; some of the records were collected for their historical significance by Tomlinson and were created by individuals he knew and respected (e.g. Raymond Garneau, L.E. Pharis, E.R. Fay, etc). There is a sizeable amount of original material in the series, including meeting minutes, convention papers, and correspondence. The records in this series are somewhat frail physically, and must be handled carefully.

The farm organization records have been arranged by specific organization title, including the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Alberta Farmers' Union, Farmers' Union of Alberta, and the National Farmers' Union. There are also several farm publications and clipping files. This series contains a wealth of information about early (1940's, 1950's) agrarian organization and protest movements in Western Canada, and provide evidence surrounding the establishment of these organizations, and their relationship with one another. Of particular interest is the documentation of the movement to merge some of these organizations, thus increasing the farmers' political lobbying power.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Union/Labour Movements.

The records are arranged in six sub-series (listed below) and are in chronological order within each sub-series. News clippings have been photocopied for conservation purposes, and most of the papers in this series are in excellent physical condition. The files contain a mixture of original textual documents as well as a selection of imprint and published items. Included are two excellent photographs of the American Dairy Lunch (Edmonton) employees' strike of 1948.

The labour and union movement records are arranged in the following sub-series: Edmonton and District Labour Council, Alberta Federation of Labour, Canadian Labour Congress, Canadian Federation of Labour, specific unions (particularly Union Local 47 and Union Local 579), and labour/union issues. The records span a lengthy period of time, with the predominant dates being from the 1960's to 1980's. Doug Tomlinson was active in local unions, and his records document the sometimes turbulent history union and labour movements underwent in Alberta. He has records of many provincial labour protests, and an impressive collection of background reference material.

The series title is based on the contents of records.


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.


This series is composed of ephemeral items such as clippings, greetings cards, etc relating to members of the Frontiersmen operating out of, or relating to, Home Command, located in the United Kingdom.


This series is composed of photographic items relating to members of the Frontiersmen operating out of, or relating to, Home Command, located in the United Kingdom.


This series is composed of periodicals, journals, and magazines published either by or relating to the Legion of Frontiersmen with relation to Home Command, located in the United Kingdom.

Research Files

Alphabetically-arranged files on a range of topics pertaining to the Legion of Frontiersmen. Includes correspondence, historical summaries, photocopies of photographs and documents

Deadwood Dick Library

Series consists of 65 issues from the Deadwood Dick Library. A copy of issue #36 is held in this Dime Novel Collection; issues 1-64 are shelved separately in Bruce Peel Special Collections.

Publisher: M.J. Ivers, Arthur Westbrook

Date of First Issue/First in Collection (No. 1): Mar. 15, 1899
Date of Last Issue/Last in Collection (No. 64): May 30, 1900

Deadwood Dick is a weekly publication. The format is 5 x 8 inches, with 32 pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Pictorial covers are coloured. Stories are authored by Edward L. Wheeler. Consists primarily of frontier, western and detective stories. Deadwood Dick, an outlaw, is considered the quintessential dime novel hero. These stories were later reprinted several times due to popularity.

Beadle's Pocket Novels

Series consists of one Beadle's Pocket Novel.

Publisher: Beadle and Adams

Date of First Issue (No. 1): July 7, 1874
Date of Last Issue (No. 272): November 25, 1884

In collection (No. 191): October 18, 1881

The format is 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, with 100 pages. Novels cost 10 cents. Front wrapper has series name, title of novel, and a coloured illustration, surrounded by a plain tinted background--either blue, green, orange, or gray. All the books are reprints of various Beadle publications.

Fort Chipewyan Photographs and HBC Journal

The photographic archive comes from Louise Rourke’s working papers used to illustrate her book “Land of the Frozen Tide,” published in London, 1928. Photographs are mounted on paper, many with typed captions. Some are mocked up with borders and decoration, or are marked up to silhouette individuals. Various notations in ink and pencil appear on most items. Most photographs are of Fort Chipewyan, Lake Athabasca, and Fond-du-Lac, SK. There are many photographs of boats on Lake Athabasca. Of note are two photographs accompanied by newspaper clippings.

  • Photograph of John Hornby in front of a cabin. Photograph is accompanied by an undated newspaper clipping describing the tragic discovery of Mr. Hornby, dead by starvation.
  • Photograph of two men captioned as the "factor" and "Mr. Mercredi, local boatbuilder." Accompanied by photograph clipped from a 1996 newspaper, captioned “Assembly of First Nations chief Ovide Mercredi looks toward aboriginal Korean War veteran Leon Fontaine from Manitoba Monday in Ottawa.”

Also included is an unpublished Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post journal. Contains daily manuscript entries written by Louise Rourke's first husband, accountant Douglas Musgrave Rourke, who worked at Ft. Chipewyan. Entries are from between January 1, 1926 and January 7, 1927. The entries are preceded by a page of comments probably written by Louise Rourke. A carbon typescript biography of Louise Rourke and her second husband, Alwyn H.B. Dawson, is included as a loose sheet of paper.

Rourke, Louise

General Audience

The 'General Audience' subcategories represent the largest portion of the collection. They were created to provide information to the general public and as such are diverse in form and depth of coverage.

There are various sets of editions or versions of the same brochure or booklet which provide insights into the evolution of popular myths and medical misconceptions, these items also provide examples of how language used to describe HIV /AIDS changed as the medical community gained more detailed understanding of the mechanism of the virus.

Typical titles for the items include: "What you should know" "Get the Facts!" and "How to Not get AIDS." Atypical and more provocative titles include: "AIDS Kills Women Men and Babies" and "What you think you know about AIDS could be dead wrong."

Many of the comic books and graphic brochures feature "superheroes" with names like 'King Kondom' and 'Grand Master Blaster.'

The 'Specific Audience' subcategories are items that were created to address the information needs of specific group, for example 'Caregivers' includes, friends, and parents, but does not include counsellors or health care professionals.


Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from various associates. Letters describe a wide range of events and activities including managing trading posts, personal life, survey work, and specimen study. Most letters were written in locations across Canada and sent to Dr Bell at the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

Correspondence with Ryerson Press

Series includes business correspondence between Ryerson Press and Dorothy Livesay. Most letters are from various editors and managers regarding the publishing and publicity of Livesay's works. There are also copies of letters written by Livesay to various people at Ryerson Press. Correspondents include Lorne Pierce, Frank Flemington, Elsinore Haultain, Fred(?) Ellins, Enid Thornton, Earle Toppings, Campbell Hughes, George Truss, Georgeanna Hamilton, and Robin Farr. Correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Series also includes miscellaneous items such as newsclippings, postage receipts, royalty statements, review lists, and advertisements.

Pre 1700

This series contains all items in the collection created prior to 1700.


This series contains all items in the collection created between 1820 and 1829.

German Reprints

German reprints from various scholarly publications relating to mycology and plant physiology. File titles refer to authors' last names only. Individual article listings available in a hard-copy bibliography typed by Gruen, located in this series, Folder 5.

Kenneth Thimann: English Reprints/Clippings

Series consists of reprints and clippings of works by Kenneth Vivian Thimann, spanning approximately sixty years. Thimann (1904-1997) is considered the foremost 20th-century scholar of plant physiology, concentrating primarily, but not solely, on the chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology of auxins. Among other accomplishments, he was a Harvard instructor for thirty years, and served as the Provost and Professor of Biology at the University of California (Santa Cruz campus) for nearly thirty additional years.

Works are arranged by date and by title of the journals or primary works that Thimann's articles were reprinted or clipped from.


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).

Literary Manuscripts

Series consists of unpublished Cameroon Anglophone literature, collected by or sent to Arnold. A few items appear to be from the Guinness Literary Contest (Series 1). Some of the files include correspondence with the authors.

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)

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