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Date Range
1925-2013
Accession No.
20201031
Physical Description
36 cm of textual records; 71 photographic prints; 2 negatives
Scope and Content
2020.1031/001: Pisko Family Photographs and Sign Designs. 5 prints. 1925-1984. 2020.1031/002: Business Records Book #1. Records for the City Sign Company. 1949-1951. 2020.1031/003: Unity Building Business Records Book. 1958-1964. 2020.1031/004: Business Records Book #2. Records for the City Sign Co…
Date Range
1925-2013
Fonds No.
Fonds
Creator
Michael Pisko, City Sign Company
Physical Description
36 cm of textual records; 71 photographic prints; 2 negatives
History / Biographical
Michael Pisko was an artist and a local businessman. Born in Lethbridge in 1913, Pisko took up art at a young age. He studied industrial electricity at the Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary. He moved back to Lethbridge where he began working in the local sign business after he graduated during the Great Depression. Throughout his time at the sign company, he sketched and continued his artistic passion. He went on to study with artists such as A.Y. Jackson, Marion Nicoll and H. G. Glyde, attending the University of Alberta and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Southern Alberta proved to be an endless source of inspiration for Pisko’s artwork, where he created many oil paintings of the local landscape. The Galt Museum & Archives holds many of Pisko’s paintings in the Collections Department. Eventually taking over the City Sign Company, Pisko used his artistic skills to show his appreciation and talents to the Lethbridge business community. Pisko won many local art contests and was able to design signs for the Lethbridge Senior Centre, to which he was an active member, as well as the crest for Catholic Central High School, and many others. He was an active and founding member of the Lethbridge Sketch Club, and was a lifetime member of the Alberta Society of Artists. After his passing in 1999, the Michael Pisko Memorial Award at the University of Lethbridge was established to continue Pisko’s legacy of promoting beauty and passion.
Scope and Content
2020.1031/001: Pisko Family Photographs and Sign Designs. 5 prints. 1925-1984. 2020.1031/002: Business Records Book #1. Records for the City Sign Company. 1949-1951. 2020.1031/003: Unity Building Business Records Book. 1958-1964. 2020.1031/004: Business Records Book #2. Records for the City Sign Company. 1973-1976. 2020.1031/005: Business Records Book #3. Records for the City Sign Company. 1947-1949. 2020.1031/006: Business Records Book #4. Records for the City Sign Company. 1951-1953. 2020.1031/007: General Ledger Index – The City Sign Co. Records. 1963. 2020. 1031/008: Correspondences. 1971-2005. 2020.1031/009: Sketch Books. 2 sketch books of Pisko’s. 1937-1980. 2020.1031/010: Lethbridge Senior Centre Media Coverage. 1 photographic print. 1987-1993. 2020.1031/011: Legal Agreements Between M. Pisko and N. Hall. 1951-1968. 2020.1031/012: Letters between Pisko and the Carmangay and District Agricultural Society and the Grape Growers Guild of Southern Alberta. 1979. 2020.1031/013: Audited Financial Records – Sample: Part I. 1963-1978. 2020.1031/014: Audited Financial Records – Sample: Part II. 1963-1964. 2020. 1031/015: LCI Spotlite: Students’ Union Annual Publications. 1956-1958. 2020.1031/016: Junior High Yearbooks – Wilson and Hamilton Junior Highs. 1953-1954. 2020.1031/017: Lethbridge Herald coverage of Artwork. 3 photographic prints, 1 negative.1954-1998. 2020.1031/018: Downtown LA Logo. 1988. 2020.1031/019: Miscellaneous Logo Designs: Fish & Game Association, Waterton Heritage Centre, The Wild Rose LSCO Paper, etc. 1985-1988. 2020.1031/020: Miscellaneous Correspondences, Articles, and Notes on his Paintings. 1967-1995. 2020.1031/021: The Life of an Alberta Coal Miner – Berlando Family booklet. 1993. 2020.1031/022: The CP Rail High Level Bridge at Lethbridge – booklet. 1977-1981. 2020.1031/023: Greeting Cards: Part I. 1 photographic print. 1949-1970. 2020.1031/024: Greeting Cards: Part II. 4 photographic prints. 1957-1972. 2020.1031/025: Sporting Legends of the South – book by Garry Allison. 2013. 2020.1031/026: The big little City – booklet. 1977? 2020.1031/027: Miscellaneous Correspondences, Notes, Biographical Information, etc. 1984-2000. 2020.1031/028: Biographical Information, Note on the ‘Golden Mile Dancers’ Painting and ‘L.S.C.O. Square Dancers’ Logos. 1986-1995. 2020.1031/029: Photographs of M. Pisko and Tributes to Ted Faiers. 19 photographic prints, incl. Lethbridge Sketch Club members, 1930-1989. 2020.1031/030: ‘Biography’ Binder. Sketches of animals, cartoons and other drawings that Pisko practiced for his sign designs. 2 photographic prints. 1973. 2020.1031/031: Groups/Organizations Pisko Supported. 1988-2011. 2020.1031/032: Sketch Club Photographs. 3 photographic prints. 1937-1938. 2020.1031/033: Sketchbook – Pencil and Pen Sketches. 196-? 2020.1031/034: Photographs and Articles on M. Pisko and his Artwork. 7 prints. 1960-1990. 2020.1031/035: Retrospective – Art Show. 7 photographic prints of people at Pisko’s art show, ‘Retrospective’. 1990. 2020.1031/036: More Sign Designs and other Miscellaneous Photographs. 6 photo prints. 1963-1998. 2020. 1031/037: Christmas Sign Designs. 1956-1983. 2020.1031/038: Scrapbook of letters, Herald articles and other items. 13 photographic prints. 1934-1990. 2020.1031/039: Stock Records of materials used by the City Sign Company. 1949-1961. 2020.1031/040: License for the City Sign Company. 1963-1964. 2020.1031/041: Miscellaneous Notes and Papers about the City Sign Company. 1958-1961. 2020.1031/042: Customer Sign List and Details. List of customers and the signs the City Sign Company designed for them. 1955-1956. 2020.1031/043: Tech-Art Record Year Book. The yearbook for the Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary that Pisko attended. 1932-1933.
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20201031
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Research Files on Donald W. Buchanan

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Date Range
1934-2008
Description Level
Series
Accession No.
20191029
Physical Description
25cm of textual records; 255 photographs; 22 - 35mm slides
Scope and Content
2019.1029/001: Overview Research on Donald W. Buchanan Part 1/2, 1934-2008. 2019.1029/002: Overview Research on Donald W. Buchanan Part 2/2, 4 photographs, 1938-1966. 2019.1029/003: Buchanan Art Collection, 28 photographs, 22 slides, 1958-2008. 2019.1029/004: The Buchanan Collection Artworks wit…
Date Range
1934-2008
Description Level
Series
Creator
Compiled by Nancy Townshend
Physical Description
25cm of textual records; 255 photographs; 22 - 35mm slides
History / Biographical
Donald W. Buchanan was born in 1908 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was the son of Senator William Ashbury Buchanan, the publisher of the Lethbridge Herald. He studied Modern History at the University of Toronto and Oxford University. In 1934, he received a fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation to train in museum administration. Following his research fellowship, Buchanan founded the National Film Society of Canada, as well as he worked for the Canadian Radio Commission (now the CBC). Buchanan was always involved in the arts and he was a firm believer in making the arts accessible to the public. In 1963, Donald Buchanan, and his brother Hugh, offered many fine works of art to the City of Lethbridge. This became the first significant public art collection ever to exist in Lethbridge. He believed that art was meant to be shared and enjoyed by all. After leaving the Canadian Radio Commission, Buchanan worked for the National Film Board, where he established the stills division; from 1947 until 1960 he was employed by the National Gallery of Canada, serving as director of the Industrial Design Division (1947-1953). His work with the National Industrial Design Committee and the curated the revolutionary exhibition “Design for Use in Canadian Products” (1946) which changed the standards of Canadian art. Donald W. Buchanan served as the Associate Director of the National Gallery of Canada, and took a leave of absence to explore his own artistic endeavors of photography while travelling throughout Europe. Buchanan returned to the Gallery in 1963 as a member of its Board of Trustees, and he became the Director of the International Fine Arts Exhibition at Expo ’67 in Montreal. In the last few years of his life, his friends recall him being busier than ever, organizing the exhibition. He never was able to see the fruits of his labor, however, because of his sudden death in 1966 after being struck by a car in Ottawa. His legacy centered on the accessibility of art to the public and his impact on the art community in Lethbridge.
Scope and Content
2019.1029/001: Overview Research on Donald W. Buchanan Part 1/2, 1934-2008. 2019.1029/002: Overview Research on Donald W. Buchanan Part 2/2, 4 photographs, 1938-1966. 2019.1029/003: Buchanan Art Collection, 28 photographs, 22 slides, 1958-2008. 2019.1029/004: The Buchanan Collection Artworks with Descriptions, 47 photographs, 1963-1985. 2019.1029/005: The Buchanan Library Art Collection Information, 2 photographs, 1956-2004. 2019.1029/006: DESIGN Exhibitions and Resources Part 1/2, 1946-2008. 2019.1029/007: DESIGN Exhibitions and Resources Part 2/2, 1947-1958. 2019.1029/008: DESIGN: Umbrella Theme for Buchanan’s Works, 1948-2007. 2019.1029/009: Donald W. Buchanan Website by Nancy Townshend, 2001-2008. 2019.1029/010: Resources used by Nancy Townshend for Donald W. Buchanan Website, 1938-2007. 2019.1029/011: Written Works by Donald W. Buchanan Part 1/2, 89 photographs, 1934-1947. 2019.1029/012: Written Works by Donald W. Buchanan Part 2/2, 61 photographs, 1945-1967. 2019.1029/013: EXPO ’67-Montreal, Part 1/2, 1960-2008. 2019.1029/014: EXPO ’67-Montreal, Part 2/2, 1965-2003? 2019.1029/015: Buchanan’s Photography, 21 photographs, 1959-2008. 2019.1029/016: Tributes to Donald W. Buchanan, 3 photographs, 1955-2008. 2019.1029/017: Miscellaneous Documents related to Buchanan’s Will, 2007-2008. 2019.1029/018: National Gallery of Canada Archives, 1963-2007
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20191029
Collection
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