The history of the Canadian Handicraft Guild dates back to 1902, when the Women's Art Association of Montreal held a large exhibition of handicrafts. A few years later the organization named the Canadian Handicraft Guild was formed with the provision of formation of local branches all across Canada. The first branches outside of Quebec were formed in Edmonton in 1911, Vancouver in 1912 and Winnipeg in 1913. The Alberta Provincial Branch was organized in 1928.
The Lethbridge branch was formed in 1935. At the time of the Second World War and the pressure of Red Cross work, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Maclead and Lethbridge branches disbanded. Lethbridge organized again in 1949.
The first executive of 1949 included Mrs. J. McIntosh (President), Mrs. C.G. Cope (VP), Mrs. A.C. Head (Secretary) and Mrs. W. Strome (Tresurer). The original group included A.E. Ives, Mrs. D. Woodcock, Mrs. C.B. Johnson, Mrs. C. Farstad, Mrs. E. Church (Woitte), Mrs. J.T. Vallance, Mrs. W. Strome, Mrs. J. Keys, Mrs. G.C. Cope, Mrs. A.C. Head, Miss Lillian McNair, Mrs. Nell Clarke, Mrs, Edith Niven, Mrs. Rita Revenko, Mrs. Linda Gibson, Mrs. Etta Johnston, Mrs. Holly Turnbull, Mrs. Frances Gardiner, Mrs. Maida Bryant, Mrs. Anne Lundy, Mrs. Libby Fumerton, Mrs. Barbara Bruchet and Mrs. Cynthia Russel.
The Guild first operated from the Red Cross Rooms. In 1964, the organization moved to the lower level of the Bowman Centre. The Guild offered a variety of classes including weaving, copper, lether, novelties, rugs, petit point, glovemaking, guiltting, knitting, tooled leather and flowers. In 1953 the Guild counted 134 paid members with 10-30 active member core. The activities also included discussions, demonstrations and exhibites. In 1964, Potters group withdrew from the Lethbridge Handicraft Guild.
From 1966 to 1974 the following members received Life Membership: Cynthia Russel, Nell Clarke, Lovina Stringam, Etta Johnston.
Scope and Content
2012.1043/001 Correspondence 2005; meeting minutes 1994-2002; publication clippings; list of officers, 6 photos
2012.1043/002 Shows and displays 15 slides
2012.1043/003 Guild history, 1962; correspondence, records 1950-1965
2012.1043/004 Ledger 1964-1977
2012.1043/005 Bowman Centre 1964; newsletter 1987-1990
2012.1043/006 Membership lists various years
2012.1043/007 Administrative records 1952-1955
2012.1043/008 Administrative records 1949-1951
2012.1043/009 Administrative records 1955-1965
2012.1043/010 Guild history manuscript 1949-1993; newsletters 1987-1992; 185 photos
2012.1043/011 Minutes 1976-1982
2012.1043/012 Minutes 1971-1976
2012.1043/013 Minutes 1949-1958
2012.1043/014 Minutes 1958-1966
2012.1043/015 Exhibit Weaving notes and samples, cards and invoices 1958-1960
2012.1091/001 Financial records 2000-2006
2012.1091/002 Financial records 1991-1999
2012.1091/003 Financial records 1979-1991
2012.1091/004 Financial records 1974-1982
2012.1091/005 Minutes 1990-1993
2012.1091/006 Minutes 1993-1997
2012.1091/007 Minutes 1982-1987; annual reports 1982-1987; petty cash 1982-83
2012.1091/008 Minutes 1987-1990
2012.1091/009 Handicraft sales 1978-1989
2012.1091/010 Minutes 1997-1998; 1998-1999; 2000-2001; membership list 1997-1998;
The fonds consists of minutes of executive and general meetings of the Lethbridge Naturalists Society, correspondence, newsletters, clippings, handbooks, subject files, reference reports and certificates.
19911075006 - Akamina-Kishinena area of southeastern British Columbia; Correspo…
The Lethbridge Naturalists Society was established in 1968 to promote awareness of natural history in the Lethbridge area.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of minutes of executive and general meetings of the Lethbridge Naturalists Society, correspondence, newsletters, clippings, handbooks, subject files, reference reports and certificates.
19911075006 - Akamina-Kishinena area of southeastern British Columbia; Correspondence, reports and newspaper clippings regarding the environmental effects of several land use and development proposals. 1969-1978.
19911075007 - Alberta Regional Consulting Panel - Conservation of Terrestrial Biological Communities Subcommittee newsletters. 1969-1974.
19911075008 - 11 - Alberta Wilderness Association: Correspondence, conference information and newsletters. 1977-1982.
19911075012 - Bird counts conducted in the Lethbridge district, and Waterton Lakes National Park. 1978-1981.
19911075013 - "Birding News Survey" Magazine, first issue Fall 1978.
19911075014 - "Birds" A compostion by Michelle Thibert. no date.
19911075015 - Birdseye Ranch, bordering Waterton Lakes National Park: Proposal to have the Provincial Government buy the ranch for use as an environmental eduction centre. 1975-1976.
19911075016 - Bird Species In Alberta: Checklists and newspaper articles. 1969-1973.
19911075017 - Blue Lake Centre near Hinton: Calendars of events. 1978-1982.
19911075018 - Bow Valley Naturalists Newsletters. 1978-1982.
19911075019 - Breeding Bird Survey in Canada and the U. S.: Reports, statistics, 1970-1979.
19911075020 - Bucks for wildlife program operated by the Provincial Goverment: Correspondence. 1976.
19911075021 - Buffalo Lake Naturalists newsletters. 1978-1982.
19911075022 - Calgary Bird Club Bulletins.1968-1969.
19911075023 - 27 - Calgary Field Naturalists: Correspondence and newsletters. 1969-1978.
19911075028 - Castle River Valley: Correspondence, map and report regarding land use parctices. 1978-1981.
19911075029 - 30 - Churchill River board of inquiry: Information package and final report. 1975-1978.
19911075031 - "Common Sense" Kootenay Environmental Institute publication. September, 1978.
19911075032 - Coyotes and Wolves: Correspondence, reports, newsletters and newpaper clippings. 1977-1978.
19911075033 - 034 - Cypress Hills Provincial Park Master Plan: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, public opinion questionaires and reports. 1976-1981.
19911075035 - The Edmonton Naturalist newsletter. 1977-1980.
19911075036 - Eight Mile Lake Land Use Planning: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes and reports. 1975-1976.
19911075037 - Endangered Wildlife Species In Canada: Newspaper clippings, newsletters, reprots. 1970-1979.
19911075038 - 39 - Environment Canada: Public Relations information, "Update" newsletter, 1978-1982.
19911075040 - "Environment News" published by Alberta Environmment. 1978-1981.
19911075041 - Environmental Education: Correpsondence, newsletters, surveys. 1969-1976.
19911075042 - Environmentalt Interpretation class reports. Lethbridge Commmunity College. 1972.
19911075043 - "Environmenatal Network newleter: 1981-1982.
19911075044 - Environmental Non Governmental Organizations National Steering Committee: minutes and budget request. 1980-1981.
19911075045 - Eurasian Water Milfoil" Report by the Aquatic Studies Branch of British Columbia Environment. 1981.
19911075046 - "Factors determining density and distribution of the Great Horned Owl" by Alan Chomica. 1981.
19911075047 - 52 - Federation of Alberta Naturalists: Correspondence, annual board of directors meetintg, newsletters, and incorporation 1970-1980.
19911075053 - Forestry, including lumbering and reforestation. 1974-1976.
19911075054 - Four Mountain Parks Management Plan: Corresondence and planning documents. 1982.
19911075055 - Girl Guides and Boy Scouts Program activity sheets for nature reserve. no date.
19911075056 - Greenpeace Information about sealing and whaling: Correspondence, news releases, newspaper clippings. 1976-1978.
19911075057 - Hazarous Waste Management Committee of Alberta Environment: news releases, report, fact sheets. 1979.
19911075058 - Heritage hike information package. the hike covered most of Indian Battle Park. no date. Clippings 1977-1978.
19911075059 - "Idea of cooperating associations for Canada's National Heritage Areas" by Theodore Mosquin. 1978.
19911075060 - Kananaskis Provincial Park: News releases, newspaper clippings, brochure. 1978
19911075061 - Kluane National Park Management Plan and Alterations: Correspondence, planning documents. 1976-1979.
19911075062 - Lake Louise Planning Development: News releases, Correspondence. 1978-198
19911975063 - Lake Newell: Correspondeince, newspaper clipping, and report regarding - raising the lake level for irrigation and the impact on shore nesting birds.1975-1977.
19911075064 - Land Use On The Eastern Slopes (Of The Rocky Mountains): A brief presented to the Environment Conservation Authority by The Lethbridge Naturalists Society. 1973.
19911075065 - Land Use Policies In Alberta And Canada: Correspondence, news releases, newspaper clippings. 1973-1981.
19911075066 - Lethbridge Nature Reserve Field Guide. 1978.
19911075067 - Lethbridge Restricted Development Area: Map and regulations. 1977.
19911075068 - Major Facilities Plan, City of Lethbridge. 1975.
19911075069 - Milk River Basin Study: Fact sheets 1-9. 1978.
19911075070-71 - National And Provincial Parks Association Of Canada: Southern Alberta and Calgary/Banff Chapters. 1968-1982.
19911075072 - National National Survival Iinstitutes fact sheets. No dates.
19911075073 - National Areas and Parks Planning and Legislation: Correspondence, pamphlets, newspaper clippings. 1969-1976.
19911075074 - Natural history: References list of publications. 1968-1970
19911075075 - Naturalists Organizations: Directories and general information. 1975-1982.
19911075076 - Newspaper clippings: Miscellaneous. 1968-1978."The Environment Conservation Authority by the Lethbridge Naturalists Society. 1973.
19911075077 - "The Northern Naturalist" published by the Trumpeter Swam Naturalist Society. 1979-1980.
19911075078 - Nuclear Repsonsibitity Group: Correspondence, press releases. 1979.
19911075079 - 81 - Oldman River Water Regualtion Study,. including the Oldman River Dam: correspondence, newspaper clippings, planning documents and final report. 1976-1978.
19911075082 - 85 - "Park News" Published by the National and Provincial Parks Associations of Canada. 1971-1981
19911075086 - Parke Awareness '78 grant program: Guidelines and application form. 1978.
19911075087 - Park Policies in Alberta, Canada and the United States: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, policy statements. 1965-19700.
19911075088 - Palmer Ranch damage to Wateron River: Correspondence. 1976.
19911075089 - Peace-Athabaska Delta - a Canadian Resource: Summery report. 1972.
19911075090 - "Pesticide Legislation" by Murray C. Stevenson. 1981.
19911075091 - Pollution: Newspaper clippings, articles. 1969-1971.
19911075092 - Prairie Environmnetal Action Conference: Record of proceedings. 1981.
19911075093 - Prince Albert National Park Management Plan. 1979-1981.
19911075094 - Public Advisory Committee on the Environment: Agenda. 1979.
19911075095 - Public Consultation Policy for Environment Canda. 1980.
19911075096 - Raptors: Correspondence and articles dealing with the study of hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, harriers, ospreys, and vultures. 1977-1979.
19911075097 - Red Deer River Dam: Correspondence, Summary of Planning Studies. 1975-76.
19911075098 - Reference materials: miscellaneous. 1970-1982.
19911075099 - Report on the Advisory Committee on Outdoor Education, School District No. 51.1975
19911075100 - Riverbottom Development in lethbridge: Correspondece, newspaper clipppings, meeting minutes. 1969-1972
19911075101 - Sea Coast Conservation Authority (Federal bill C-253): Correspondence copy of legistlation. 1975.
19911075102 - "Secondary Salinazation In Southern Alberta Under Dryland Conditions" by H.S.A.Vander Pluym. 1978.
19911075103 - Sierra Club, Western Canada Chapter: Newsletter. 1975-1979.
19911075104 - Species, Plant and Animal: Correspondence, articles, clippings. 1970-1976.
19911075105 - Stafford Lake Recreational Use Proposal: correspondence, counter-proposal, newspaper clippings. 1975-1978. Including the Oldman River Dam
19911075106 - Strtip mining: newspaper articles. 1968-1970
19911075107 - Sunshine Village Area Development Plan: correspondence, newspaper clippings, summer use plan. 1976-1981.
19911075108 - Suffield Reserve - grazing cattle in ecologically sensitive areas: correspondence, newspaper clippings. 1976-1977.
19911075109 - Vermillion Lakes, Banff National Park: An Introductory Study, compiled by the Bow Valley Naturalists. 1978.
1991107110 - Waterton Lakes National Park Land Use Planning: Correspondence, maps, planning documents. 1975-1977.
1991107111 - Wilderness Areas Act (Provincial Bill 67): News releases, briefs. 1970-1971
1991107112 - Wildlife Habitat Verus Development In The City And County Of Lethbridge:
1991107113 - Willmore Wilderness Park Recreation Plan: Correspondence, news releases, copy of the Willmore Wilderness Park Art. 1965-1979.
1991107114 - Wood Buffalo National Park Newsletters. 1980-1981.
19921085013 - Alberta Bird Record published by The Federation Of Alberta Naturalists. March 1985.
19921085014 - Alberta Naturalist Magazine published by The Federation Of Alberta Naturalists. Summer 1986 to Spring 1987.
19921085015-16 - Alberta Wilderness Association Newsletters. 1972-1986.
19921085017 - Bow Valley Naturalists Nesletter. 1986-1987.
19921085018 - Calgary Field Naturalists Magazine "Pica" 1986-1987.
19921085019 - Calgary Field Naturalists Newsletter. February 1986 to April 1987
19921085020 - Canadian Conservation Directory, 4th Annual. No date.
19921085021 - Castle River Watershed Study Committee: Correspondences. 1981-1982.
19921085022 - Directory of Cooperative Naturalists: Projects in Alberta: A Guide To Volunteers for 1987.
19921085023 - Eastern Slopes Resources Management: Ppolicy statement, brief, correspondence, newspaper clippings. 1979-1985.
19921085024 - Ecological reserves: Brochure, correspondence, report. 1977-1978.
19921085025 - Environment Council of Alberta Coordiating Committee. 10 February 1987.
19921085026 - Environment week: Grant application correspondence, etc. 1987.
19921085027 - Environment issuses in Parliment. 1985.
19921085028 - Federation of Alberta Naturalists.
19921085029 - "The Foield Naturalist: A Booksellers catalogue.
19921085030 - Fish and Wildlife Policy For Alberta by Alberta Public Lands and Wildllife. October 1982.
19921085031 - 36 - Four Mountain Parks Managagemtn Plan: Preliminary planning, summary of public input, response to public input, correspendence, updates. 1982-1986.
19921085037 - Humane Trappings: Report correspondence, newspaper clippintgs. 1981.
19921085038 - Kananaskis Park: Newspaper clippings, 1977-1979.
19921085039 - Kluane National Park Manament Plan Summary. 1980.
19921085040 - Lake Lousie Ski Area Development Plan. May 1982.
19921085041 - Duncan J. MacIntosh - nominations for awards. 1988-1989.
19921085042 - Milk River/Lost River Wilderness Area: Brief correspondence, newspaper clippings. 1975-1984.
19921085043 - National Parks Centennial: 100 Years of Heritage Conservation. 1985.
19921085044 - National and Provincial Parks Association of Canada: Correspondence, newsletters, list of briefs presented by local chapters. 1981-1985.
19921085045 - National Wildlife week: Information booklet, correspondence, meeting minutes. 1986.
19921085046 - Nature Conservancy of Canada: Annual Report and newsletter. 1985-1986.
19921085047 - Newspaper clippings: Misscellaneous. 1984-1985.
19921085048 - Newspaper clippkjngs" Oldman Riover Dam Proposal. 1977-1980.
19921085049 - Operation ground Owl: Clippings, correspondence, report. 1987.
19921085050 - Phenolgy Survey of Alberta. 1987.
19921085051 - Prairie and Northwest Territrories Environmental Source Book, first edition. December 1985.
19921085052 - Puyblic Lands: Correspondence proposal and responses regarding the conversion of public lands to private agricultural use. 1987.
19921085053 - Red Deer River Naturalists newsletter. January 1986 to February 1987.
19921085054 - Red River Valley Protection at Lethbridge: Clippings, correspondence, newsletters, reports. 1976-1984.
19921085055 - South Saskatchewan River Basin Planning Program: Information package, 1984-196.
19921085056 - Southern region fish and wildLife Division biannual report. April 1986.
19911075001-2 - Correspondence. 1968-1982.
19911075003 - Membership lists and receipts. 1972-1978.
19911075004 - Newsletters and notices of meetings. January 1973 to November 1982.
19911075005 - Registration as a charity with Revenue Canada. The file includes a copy of the society's bylaws. 1977-1978.
19921085001 - Minutes books of executive and general meetings. November 1968 to February 1972.
19921085002-7 - Meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. September 1969 to February 1988
19921085008 - Certificate of recognition from the Provincial Department of Energy and Natural Resources. 24 January 1983.
19921085009 - Constitution and Bylaws. December 1976.
19921085010 - Correspondence Index. 1979-1987.
19921085011 - Correspondence, miscellaneous. 1976-1988.
19921085012 - Executive Handbook and Job Descriptions. No dates.
19911075115 - Agriculture And The Environment compiled by The Alberta Institute Of Agrologists. 1971.
19911075116 - Alberta Environment Conservation Authority Sixth Annual Report, 1976.
19911075117 - Birds Of The Kananaskis Forest Experiment Station and Surrounding Area: An annotated checklist by J.M. Powell, T.S. Sadler and M. Powell. 1975.
19911075118 - Canada's National parks. 1967.
19911075119 - Canadian Audubon Maazine. 1970-1971.
19911075120 - Canadain Conservation Directory 1978-1979 by Bette Pratt
19911075121 - Canadian Disciples of Nature by Julian T. Crandall. The publication chronicles the Julian T. Crandall Conservation Award, and the people who have won it. 1978.
19911075122 - Canadian conservation directory 1975/1976 edited by T.Mosquin and S. McDougall.
19911075123 - Chinook Magazine devoted to meteorology. 1979
19911075124 - A Coal Development Policy For Alberta by the Government of Alberta. 1976.
19911075125 - Effect of Dwarf Mistletoe On Growth and Mortality of Lodepole Pine in Alberta by J.A.Baranyay and L. Safranyik. 1970.
19911075126 - Environment 1975: Pollution in alberta edited by D.A.Brooks and M.T. Myres 1970.
19911075127 - Environmental Effects of Forestry Operations In Alberta by the Environment Council of Alberta. 1979.
19911075128 - Public Hearings on the Environmental Effects of Forestry Operation In Alberta. Bulletins from the Environmnet Conservation Authoirty. 1977.
19911075129 - 130 - Fisheries and Environment Canada Annual Reports. 1976-1978.
19911075131 - Forest Research Bibliography compiled by the Northern Forest Research Centre, Edmonton. 1976.
19911075132 - 43rd Federal Provincial Wildlife Conference transactions. 1979.
19911075133 - The Gargage Book published by Energy Mines and Resosuorces Canada. 1976.
19911075134 - Glacial Geology - Coronation District by C.Gravenor and L. Bayrock. 1955.
19911075135 - Glacial Geology of an area in East Central Alberta by L. A. Bayrock. 1955.
19911075136 - Guide To Chemical Week Control In Alberta: cereal, oilseed and forage crops, Alberta Agriculture. 1980.
19911075137 - 138 - Hazardous Waste Management In Alberta: Reports from Alberta Environmment and Enviromnment Council of Alberta. 1977.
19911075139 - Involvement and environment: proceedings of the Canadian Conference On Public Participation. 1977.
19911075140 - Keeping The Heat In: How To Reinsulate Our Home... published by Energy, Mines and Resources Canada. 1976.
19911075141 - Land Use Forum report and recommendations. 1976.
19911075142 - Management and Disposal of Hazardous Waste. Bulletins 1 and 2 Environment Council of Alberta. 1980.
19911075143 - Marmot Basin Ski Area, Jasper National Park: long range proposals Parks Canada .1981.
19911075144 - National Parks Policy by Indian Affairs And Northern Development. 1969
19911075145 - Nature And Urban Man: Canadian Nature Federation Conference Proceedings 1974
19911075146 - Operation Nature Guide compiled by The Tahoma Audubon Society. 1976.
19911075147 - Pesticide Research Report compiled by the Expert Committee on pesticide use in agriculture. 1978.
19911075148 - A Policy For Resources Management of The Eastern Slopes By Alberta Energy and Natural Resources. 1977.
19911075149 - Wildlife Management Series No 9: Problem wildlife management issued by Alberta Lands and Forestes. No date.
19911075150 - Proposals for Education and Recreation presented by Alberta Youth Hostal Council. 1973.
19911075151 - A proposed Grasslands National Park from the joint Federal-Provincial Committee on the proposed Grasslands National Park. C.1975.
19911075152 - Renewable Energy Resources: A guide to the literature compiled by Energy, Mines and Resources Canada. 1977
19911075153 - The Resources of the Foothills": A choice of land use alternatives prepared for the Conservation and Utilization Committee of the Task Force on the Eastern Slopes. 1973.
19911075154 - Review of coal exploration policies and programs in the Eastern Slopes of Alberta: Report, and recommendations by the Alberta Environment Conservation Authority. 1976.
19911075155 - Review of interaction between migratory birds and Athabasca oil sands tailing ponds" Report and recommendations by Alberta Enviromment Conservation Authority. 1975
19911075156 - Rocky Mountain YMCA program calendar. 1979.
19911075157 - Sampling manual for pesticide residues. Alberta Environmnet. No date.
19911075158 - Use of pesticides and herbicides in Alberta: Report and recommendations by Alberta Enviromment Conservation Authority. 1976.
19911075159 - Public Hearings into the use of pesticides and herbicides in Alberta Bulletins 1-8 . 1974.
19911075160 - Vital Resource: Federal Policy Statement On Inland Waters by Fisheries and Environment Canada. 1978.
19911075161 - Waterfowl managment plan for canada by environment Canada. 1980.
19911075162 - Wildlife Protector magazine. Spring 1977.
19911075163 - Wildlife review magazine. Summer 1981.
19911075164 - Waterton Lakes National Park: Alberta Soils. Soil Research Institute, Canada Department of Agriculture.19739 Topographical Soils Maps. Scale: Approximately 4 = 1 mile. Black line topographical and soil information superimposed on aerial survey photographs.
2010.1010/1 - Newsletters 1976-1983
2010.1010/2 - Newsletters 1983-1988
2010.1010/3 - Newsletters 1988-1993
2010.1010/4 - Newsletters 1993-2000
2010.1010/5 - Newsletters 2000-2010
2016.1089/001 – By-laws of the Society; Executive Handbook for Society; Slate of Officers
1977/1978; Membership List 1977 & 1978, 1980; Advisory Committee for Nature Reserve; Year’s wrap of events for 1978; News clippings for Bird Identification Report; correspondence; three-folds for executive Board lists 1978-79; Membership lists; Executive Minutes November 1977 to 1980; Standing Committee 1978
2016.1089/002 - Correspondence; Executive Minutes 1981 – 1983; Statement of Assets and Liability
1981, Receipts and Expenditures 1983; Budgets 1984-85; Fish & Wildlife Habitat Fund; Permit to Use College; Certificate of Recognition 1982; Flow statements; three-fold Helen Schuler Coulee Centre
2016.1089/003 – General Meeting April 1986 – 1997
2016.1089/004 - Executive Meeting Minutes 1993-1998; Final Report to the Alberta Sport, Recreation,
Parks and Wildlife Foundation November 25, 1997
2016.1089/005 - Membership List 2002; Coulees & Cottonwoods Lethbridge River Valley Field Guide & Poster; Final Report 1998; Executive Meeting Minutes 1999-2002; Correspondence
2016.1089/006 - Executive Meeting Minutes 2003-2006; By-laws; Executive Handbook Job Descriptions and Procedures; Correspondence
2016.1089/007 - Executive & General Meeting Minutes 2007-2013; Correspondence; Membership lists 2012; 2012- 2013.