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.
Scope and Content
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2017.1026/001 Stocktaking Reports/Inventory: Withdrawn, lost, worn out, book count. 1923-1939.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.
1.5 textual records, over 1,000 photographic prints, 7 posters
History / Biographical
The Order of Royal Purple was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in September 1914. Several wives of the Elks created an informal group in 1913 to assist their husbands with benevolent, charitable and social work. In 1914, they became the recognized female auxiliary of the Elks of Canada. The objectives of the Order were to promote the principles of Justice, Charity, Sisterly Love and Fidelity, to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members or for other purposes. In addition, the Order was to quicken the spirit of women toward a pure and noble citizenship, to promote harmony and good fellowship, to relieve suffering whenever possible and to strive at all times to make “Life sweeter, women better, and the world happier.” The logo was a diamond with an elk head in the center, a clock pointing to 11 o’clock opposite a pansy and the word Canada on the banner. The pansy was the official flower of the Order.
The Royal Purple was a very secretive society. They required passwords for every meeting and National Conventions. The Password could only be changed by the Supreme Honored Royal Lady and the Lodges would be notified every 6 months of the password change. The colors of the Order were purple, white and gold. The tassels on their purple pill box hats represents the individual’s status. White tassel means lodge member, white and purple means Honored Royal Lady (or local president), gold for District Deputy, and purple for Supreme Honored Royal Lady (National Leader.) A non-member can be granted honorary memberships for their contributions to the Lodge. Meetings would begin and end with floor work. Each Lodge and District develop their own bylaws and Rules of Order. In 2014 the Supreme Executive of the Order of Royal Purple decided to secede from the Elks and start a new organization, the Canadian Royal Purple Society. Some locals, however, wished to remain with the Elks and these were integrated into the organization of the Elks of Canada as Royal Purple Elks Lodges.
Lethbridge Lodge No. 32 was instituted on April 27, 1928 by PSHRL Mattie Lane and 23 ladies were initiated into the Order. Teas, bake sales, craft sales, rummage sales, and bingos have been annual fundraising activities for the lodge. One of their larger projects was to supply an Audiology Unit (a brain stem evoked response audiometer) costing $40,000.00 for the Regional hospital. They also undertook to supply Lifeline Units to the Auxiliary Hospital. The ladies also supported the local Soup Kitchen, local Food Bank, Parents Place, Harbor House for abused women and children, Meals on Wheels, Keep in Touch as well as other charities. The Lodge was also a supporters of the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for children. They disbanded at the end of 2017.
Source: The Royal Purple of Canada: 1914-2007 and interview transcript with Ann Marie MacDonald conducted by the Galt Collections
For more information check out the interview with Ann Marie MacDonald and the donation of Wilma Wood Royal Purple Regalia Accession Number P20170007001
Scope and Content
001: 18 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1928-1954)
002: 16 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1955-1970)
003: 1 Notebook: Suspensions, absolute demits, expulsions and rejections (1930-1989)
004: 1 Notebook: Sunshine reports (1933-1963)
005: 1 Notebook: Inventory of regalia and other items owned by society, expenses, and insurance particulars (1933-1974)
006: 1 Visitor register notebook (1933-2015)
007: 1 Roll call notebook (1940-1950)
008: 1 Scrapbook with various correspondence oversize
009: Annual district agenda and notes
010: Annual district agenda and notes
011: Annual reports
012: 1 Vancouver O.O.R.P 23rd Annual Convention photograph oversized (1947)
013: 1 Roll call notebook (1950-1958)
014: Per-capita tax & membership reports
015: 1 Scrapbook with leadership members, yearly activities, and donations oversized (1953-1959)
016: 1 Scrapbook with leadership members, yearly activities, and 154 photographs of various social events (1958-1962)
017: Directors minutes notebook (1959-1964)
018: Meeting minutes, agendas, reports, correspondence, and publicity manual
019: Roll call, donation requests, membership list, greeting card, Lethbridge Elk newsletters
020: Miscellaneous photographs; 33 negative strips, 41 individual negatives, 4 photographs of various social events
021: Directors minutes
022: 1 Notebook: Ladies receiving flowers (1963-1979)
023: Past Hon. Royal Ladies Association meeting minutes, member list, traveling gavel, newspaper cutouts
024: 13 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1971-1985)
025: 12 Portraits of Purple Honorary Royal Ladies (1986-2012)
026: Travelling gavel log (1970-1983)
027: Publicity books, newspaper& newsletter cutouts, correspondence and 25 photographs of various social events
028: 1 Vancouver O.O.R.P 33rd Annual Convention photograph oversized (1957)
029: Publicity chairman’s kit, newsletter & newspaper cutouts, biographies, and 2 photographs of members of the O.O.R.P.
030: 60th anniversary program, district deputy reports & authorizations, and roll call
031: Regular and executive meeting minutes
032: Regular meeting minutes
033: Regular meeting minutes
034: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events oversized with 155 photographs of the various social events (1962-19670
035: 1 Scrapbook of the supreme convention oversized with 22 photographs of various social events (1965)
036: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events oversized with 152 photographs of various social events (1967-1970)
037: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events oversized with 139 photographs of various social events (1970-1971)
038: 1 Photo album 39 photographs of various social events (1974-1975)
039: 1 Photo album 170 photographs of various social events (1976-1980)
040: O.O.R.P bylaws, drills general information, procedures & floor work, special ceremonies, and statues (1988)
041: 1 Members register notebook (1981-1997)
042: 1 Tea book, expenses, agendas, and newspaper cutouts (1981-2000)
043: 1 Members register notebook (1973-1981)
044: Director’s minutes and roll call
045: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper & newsletter cutouts, correspondence, 12 strips of negatives and 94 photographs of various social events (1979-1981)
046: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper & newsletter cutouts, meeting agenda, 4 strips of negatives and 54 photographs of various social events (1982-1983)
047: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, 28 strips of negatives and 100 photographs of various social events, and year end notes (1984-1985)
048: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper & newsletter cutouts, 22 strips of negatives and 107 photographs of various social events (1979-1981)
049: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper & newsletter cutouts, fund raising information, meeting agenda, and 175 photographs of various social events (1979-1981)
050: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, instructions for the historian, meeting dates, and 98 photographs of various social events (1988-1989)
051: O.O.R.P bylaws, annual reports, bingo constitution bylaws, correspondence, and contribution credits
052: Convention proceedings (1997-2000)
053: Charity resource booklet, annual report, newsletter, regular meeting minutes, and convention proceedings
054: Certificate of appreciation, newspaper cutouts, correspondence, constitution, newsletters, regular meeting minutes
055: Meeting minutes
056: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, meeting agenda, and 99 photographs & 1 collage of photographs of various social events (1992-1993)
057: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, post card, event program, and 148 photographs of various social events (1993-1994)
058: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, ribbon, brochures, meeting agendas, charity donation lists, bingo license, fiscal budget, and 117 photographs of various social events (1995-1996)
059: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, ribbon, invitation, biography, and 134 photographs of various social events (1996-1997)
060: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, biography, year meetings, meeting agendas, event tickets, and 102 photographs of various social events (1997-1998)
061: Membership list, information material list, officer’s guide, constitution & bylaws, and procedures & drills
062: 1 Scrapbook of leadership members, yearly events, newspaper cutouts, biography, meeting agendas, church service pamphlet, historian module, and 135 photographs of various social events (2000-2008)
063: Constitution, procedures, and drills
064: Constitution, floor work books, and procedures
065: Meeting agendas, constitution, posters, application for membership, brochures, newsletter cutouts, business cards, bookmarks, notice of meeting cards, member records
066: 33 Photographs of various social events
067: Book- Royal Purple of Canada 1914- 2007, separated to library
068: 7 posters of anti-bullying campaigns oversized
069: Certificates and 27 photographs: group photographs at various social events, sponsored individuals, plaques that were not kept.
070: 1 Poster of Edition 1 Past Honored Royal Ladies
071: 1 Poster of Edition 2 Past Honored Royal Ladies