Meetings to support a library establishment in Lethbridge began in 1910, and a by 1911 a by-law was passed for a provision of a library that would be known as the Lethbridge Public Library. In 1919, the first library board was appointed with W.J. Nelson (Chair), H.W. Meech, and Rev. C.E. Cragg. The first librarians were also introduced that year, which included A.N. Filmer, L. McIndoe, and Arthur Frayne. At that time, a library service was opened in two rooms of the YMCA.
The Lethbridge Public Library building was officially opened on January 23, 1922 (building is currently occupied by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery). The new facility, downtown branch, opened in 1974.
In 2013, the Crossings Branch was opened on the west side of Lethbridge.
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2017.1026/001-019 Cash Books 1938-1973
2017.1026/001 Stocktaking Reports/Inventory: Withdrawn, lost, worn out, book count. 1923-1939.
2017.1026/002 Voucher Sheets. 1956-1962.
2017.1026/003 Operating Analysis. 1922-1958.
2017.1026/004-005 Charge Against Public Library. 1944-1958.
2017.1026/006-008 Book Acquisitions and Patron Inquiries 1919-1961.
2017.1026/009 Major Facilities Plan. 1985.
2017.1026/010-011 Book Acquisitions and Patron Inquiries 1923-1961.
2017.1026/012 Budgets. 1924-1988.
2017.1026/013 Book Orders: Contains lists and some financial information. 1926-1928.
2017.1026/014 Book Acquisitions and Patron Inquiries: 1924-1928.
2017.1026/015 LAC Meeting Prep: Correspondence and statistics. 1958-1978.
2017.1026/016-018 Book Acquisitions and Patron Inquiries. 1956-1961.
2017.1026/019 Union: Correspondence relating to the Canadian Union of Public Employees. 1920-2008.
2017.1026/020 Books Lettered and Repaired. 1934-1944.
2017.1026/021-023 Reading Room Patronage. 1923-1959.
2017.1026/024 Adult and Juvenile Information Supplied. 1936-1959.
2017.1026/025-026 Films. 1952-1961.
2017.1026/027 Records. 1954-1961.
2017.1026/028 Daily Mail Recordings. 1973-1974.
2017.1026/029 Corner Stones of Churches, Schools, Volcanic Rock Sign. 1977.
2017.1026/030 National Assurance Co. of Ireland. 1969.
2017.1026/031 Henderson Lake Streets etc. 1960-1979.
2017.1026/032 Fairfield Farm. 1974-1975.
2017.1026/033 Gardens at Henderson Lake. 1978.
2017.1026/034 Display Boards: RCMP, sugar beets, other Albertan cities, steamboats, etc.
2017.1026/035 Lethbridge History Cue Cards. 1867-1959.
2017.1026/036-040 Book Circulation: Adult and Juvenile. 1923-1974.
2017.1026/041 Master Plan of the Arts in Alberta. [1968?]
2017.1026/042 Map of Alberta showing proposed Regional Libraries; Booklet University of Lethbridge
Opening Ceremonies 1972; Invitations Old Timers Dances 1896-1898 address to Miss Miller, 1977 Opening ceremonies Provincial Building and Premier's Dinner; Individual
business cards. envelope label for Terril Floral Company and decal for MacLeod's
Mounted Police Jubilee 1949; 4 Booklets for the Coronation of Elizabeth ll - This Royal
Throne, The Coronation Ceremony and Ritual, oUR Queen is crowned, Her Majesty's
Coronation. Life Magazine dated June 15, 1953 Color Pictures of the Coronation, The
Illustrated London News Coronation Ceremony May 15, 1937, The Sphere Decenber 19,
2017.1026/043 Album with view of Japan, Japanese gardens and Japanese people. The item belonged to the Martin family (G. E. C. Martin) of Lethbridge.
The fonds consists of biographical information, diplomas, correspondence, publications, histories, minutes, and research materials of Alexander Johnston pertaining to his activities as a historian and heritage activist. Includes original and photocopied research materials pertaining to irrigation,…
Includes ca. 3.6 m. of textual records, ca. 210 photographs, 11 sound recordings, 2 videorecordings.
History / Biographical
Alexander Johnston was born in Webb, Saskatchewan in 1920. He graduated with a BSA at the University of Saskatchewan in 1941 and received his MS from the University of Montana in 1954. He worked at the Lethbridge Experimental Station from 1946-1961 as the Research Officer before being seconded to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations from 1961-1962. He returned to the Lethbridge Research Station in 1962 to serve as its Research Scientist (Range Management) until his retirement in 1980. He was a member of numerous agricultural associations but also had an abiding interest in the history of Southern Alberta. He was president of the Lethbridge Historical Society, a founding member of the Alberta Museums Association, a member of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Board of Governors, and a member of the City of Lethbridge Museum Advisory Committee. He researched and wrote extensively on the history of southern Alberta and, in particular, the City of Lethbridge, including its industries, social life and culture, first nations, ethnic groups, and individual and family life. For his efforts, he received a 1967 Canada Centennial Medal, honourary members and an honourary degree from the University of Lethbridge. He died in 1989.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of biographical information, diplomas, correspondence, publications, histories, minutes, and research materials of Alexander Johnston pertaining to his activities as a historian and heritage activist. Includes original and photocopied research materials pertaining to irrigation, agriculture, natural history, ranching, coal mining, ethnic and religious groups, local medical history, Fort Whoop-Up, as well as Lethbridge individuals, families, events, community organizations and buildings. Also includes oral history interviews with Lethbridge citizens.