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Other Name
OBSIDIAN CORE
Date Range From
4000BP
Date Range To
1700
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OBSIDIAN
Catalogue Number
P20150027000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OBSIDIAN CORE
Date Range From
4000BP
Date Range To
1700
Materials
OBSIDIAN
No. Pieces
1
Height
8.5
Length
32.7
Width
24.7
Description
SHINY, BLACK OBSIDIAN ROCK. VARIOUS GROOVES AND FLAKE SCARS ON THE OVERALL SURFACE OF THE ROCK.
Subjects
MASONRY & STONEWORKING T&E
INDIGENOUS
Historical Association
ETHNOGRAPHIC
ARCHAEOLOGY
History
THIS OBSIDIAN ROCK WAS DONATED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 BY NANCY BIGGERS IN MEMORY OF HER LATE PARENTS, BOYD AND MARY BIGGERS. IT WAS LOCATED ON THE FAMILY FARM BY BOYD BIGGERS. ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT GIVEN BY NANCY AT THE TIME OF DONATION, "... FARMERS NEED TO CLEAR THEIR LAND OF ... ROCKS IN ORDER TO PLANT AND HARVEST THEIR FIELDS. BOYD WAS DOING THIS ONE DAY (IN THE EARLY 1980S) AND CAME ACROSS A BEAUTIFUL SHINY BLACK ROCK. HE WAS IMPRESSED BY [ITS] COLOURING AND THE VARIOUS GROOVES, SO RATHER THAN THROWING IT ON TO THE PILE WITH THE OTHER ROCKS, HE DECIDED TO TAKE IT HOME. ... MARY, BEING A SCHOOL TEACHER, TOLD HIM THAT IT APPEARED TO BE OBSIDIAN, WHICH THE ABORIGINALS USED TO MAKE ARROWHEADS AND TOOLS. MARY RETIRED FROM TEACHING IN 1986 AND THUS BOYD DECIDED TO SELL THE FARM. THEY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE ... [AND] THE OBSIDIAN CAME WITH THEM ... AS IT WAS A REMINDER OF THEIR FARM LIFE. IT WAS USED AS A DECORATIVE PIECE IN BOTH OF THE HOMES IN WHICH THEY LIVED IN LETHBRIDGE." ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2015, ARCHEOLOGIST, NEIL MIRAU, OF ARROW ARCHAEOLOGY LIMITED STATED VIA EMAIL THAT THE ROCK HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO THE AREA BY HUMANS AND THAT IT WAS RELATIVELY EASY TO DETERMINE THE SOURCE OF THE OBSIDIAN FROM ITS GENERAL APPEARANCE. HE WAS ALMOST CERTAIN THAT THIS PIECE OF OBSIDIAN CAME FROM THE OBSIDIAN CLIFFS IN WHAT IS NOW YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING. HE WROTE, “OBSIDIAN DOES NOT OCCUR NATURALLY IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA AND REALLY THE ONLY WAY FOR IT TO GET HERE, ESPECIALLY THIS TYPE OF ROCK IS TO BE CARRIED BY HUMANS. OBSIDIAN ... WAS PRIZED BY PAST CULTURES AND IT MAKES VERY ATTRACTIVE AND VERY SHARP TOOLS AND PROJECTILE POINTS. THIS PARTICULAR PIECE HAS FLAKE SCARS SHOWING THAT IT WAS WORKED BY HUMANS. IT WAS LIKELY, GIVEN ITS ‘VALUE,’ CARRIED BY ITS OWNER TO FLAKE PIECES OFF EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE TO MAKE A NEW TOOL. OBSIDIAN IS ONE OF THE RARE TYPES OF STONE THAT IS CURATED BY PAST HUMANS, THAT IS, ALTHOUGH HEAVY, THEY WOULD HAVE CARRIED IT WITH THEM TO MAKE TOOLS WITH.” HE ALSO WROTE THAT OBSIDIAN FROM WYOMING THAT HAS BEEN FOUND IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA HAS ARRIVED “EITHER THROUGH TRADE OR BY LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL OF PEOPLE FROM HERE TO THERE AND RETURN," AND THAT THERE IS EVIDENCE OF BOTH METHODS. MIRAU INFERS THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN DROPPED THERE THREE OR FOUR CENTURIES AGO, OR MANY THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPY OF THE NANCY BIGGER’S INFORMATION, EMAIL TRANSCRIPTS, MAPS OF THE LOCATION OF THE BIGGERS’ FARM WHERE ARTIFACT WAS FOUND, AND A PHOTOGRAPH OF BOYD AND MARY BIGGERS.
Catalogue Number
P20150027000
Acquisition Date
2015-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOK FINE CALCULATOR
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20140025002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOK FINE CALCULATOR
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1985
Materials
WOOD, PLASTIC, METAL
No. Pieces
1
Height
7.5
Length
17.5
Width
7.5
Description
RECTANGULAR PIECE OF WOOD WITH ANGLED METAL BRACKET FIXED TO BACK AS A STAND, TO PROP UP WOOD AT AN ANGLE. PAPER CARD WITH DESCENDING NUMERICAL VALUES AND TEXT READING “GAYLORD FINE CALCULATOR” IS FIXED TO TOP SIDE OF WOOD WITH A SHEET OF CLEAR PLASTIC AND SIX METAL SLOTTED SCREWS. A STRIP OF METAL HOLDS SQUARE PIECES OF BLACK PLASTIC IN A VERTICAL ROW ALONG THE RIGHT SIDE; EACH PLASTIC PIECE HAS A NUMBER FROM 1 TO 31 STAMPED IN WHITE INK. MINOR WEAR ON BOTTOM EDGE; OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
THIS FINE CALCULATOR WAS USED BY STAFF AT THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY. ON MAY 1, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED LINDA MCELRAVY, WHO WORKED AT THE LIBRARY’S MAIN BRANCH STARTING IN 1978, RETIRING FROM HER POSITION AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICES IN 2008. MCELRAVY SAID: “THIS [WOULD HAVE BEEN USED] FOR CALCULATING OVERDUE FINES AND THESE WOULD BE THE NUMBERS OF THE MONTH… IF [THE BOOK] WAS DUE BACK ON THE 30TH THEN THAT’S HOW MUCH YOU OWED… UNTIL ’92 WE ONLY HAD ONE [CIRCULATION] DESK SO… WE’RE ASSUMING THAT WAS USED AT THE MAIN CIRCULATION DESK… IT WOULD HAVE BEEN USED [PRIOR TO THE AUTOMATION OF THE LIBRARY’S SYSTEM] BECAUSE WE HAD NO OTHER WAY TO CALCULATE [FINES] BUT ONCE THE COMPUTER CAME ALONG THE CIRCULATION MODULES ALWAYS CALCULATED FINES SO IT WASN’T [NEEDED ANYMORE] - ANOTHER THING THAT BECAME REDUNDANT AT THAT POINT.” THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE LIBRARY’S WEBSITE. IN 1911 A CITY BYLAW WAS PASSED FOR THE PROVISION OF A LOCAL LIBRARY TO BE ESTABLISHED, AND EIGHT YEARS LATER LETHBRIDGE’S FIRST LIBRARY SERVICE WAS OPERATED OUT OF TWO ROOMS IN THE YMCA BUILDING. IN 1922, THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY BUILDING IN GALT GARDENS OPENED, WITH AN EXTENSION ADDED IN 1951. IN 1956 A NORTH BRANCH WAS OPENED, AND A SOUTH BRANCH FOLLOWED IN 1974. THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH ON STAFFORD DRIVE SOUTH WAS COMPLETED IN 1974, WITH AN EXTENSION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHINOOK ARCH REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM IN 1992. IN 1989 THE LIBRARY ADOPTED THE DYNIX AUTOMATED CATALOGUE SYSTEM, AND IN 1997 INTRODUCED PUBLIC INTERNET ACCESS COMPUTERS. IN 2010, THE CROSSINGS BRANCH OPENED IN WEST LETHBRIDGE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND ONLINE SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P20140025002
Acquisition Date
2014-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
LIBRARY CARD CATALOGUE
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAPER, METAL
Catalogue Number
P20140025001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
LIBRARY CARD CATALOGUE
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
2010
Materials
WOOD, PAPER, METAL
No. Pieces
31
Height
100.75
Length
103.25
Width
46
Description
.1 – WOOD CABINET CONTAINING 30 DRAWERS IN SIX ROWS (.2 - .31). CABINET’S FOUR LEGS AND EDGES ARE SQUARED, WITH THREE METAL ANGLED BRACKETS AND TWO WOODEN CORNER BRACES ATTACHING THE CABINET BODY TO THE LEGS. WOOD IS STAINED BLONDE. STAMPED TEXT IN BLUE INK ON UNDERSIDE OF CABINET READS "MADE IN CANADA". GENERAL WEAR AND SCUFFS OVERALL, ESPECIALLY ALONG TOP FRONT EDGE AND BOTTOM FRONT SKIRTING PANEL. DRIPS OF WHITE PAINT ON EDGES OF BOTH FRONT LEGS AND CABINET BACK EDGES. OVERALL GOOD CONDITION. 100.75 X 46 X 103.25 ALL DRAWERS (.2 - .31) ARE WOOD WITH BRASS LABELPLATES AND MEASURE 9.75 X 14.5 X 41. .2 – FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “LYRICS INDEX”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .3 – FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “LYRICS INDEX”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .4 – EMPTY EXCEPT FOR METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. NO LABEL OR DRAWER ROD. .5 – HALF FULL OF LOOSE CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. NO LABEL OR DRAWER ROD; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .6 - EMPTY EXCEPT FOR METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. NO LABEL OR DRAWER ROD. .7 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “LYRICS INDEX”. NO DRAWER ROD; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .8 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “LYRICS INDEX”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. DRAWER ROD BRACKET IS MISSING ONE SCREW AND HANGS LOOSE. .9 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “LYRICS INDEX”. NO DRAWER ROD; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .10 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “LYRICS INDEX”. NO DRAWER ROD; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .11 - EMPTY EXCEPT FOR METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. NO LABEL; DRAWER ROD IN PLACE. .12 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL IS FADED AND ILLEGIBLE. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .13 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. NEWS 1989”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .14 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. NEWS 1989”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .15 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. NEWS 1989”. NO DRAWER ROD; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .16 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. NEWS 1989”. NO DRAWER ROD; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .17 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. NEWS 1990”. NO DRAWER ROD; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .18 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. NEWS 1989”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .19 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. BIOGRAPHY 1989 A-J”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .20 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. BIOGRAPHY 1989 J-S”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .21 – HALF FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. BIOGRAPHY 1989 S-Z”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .22 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. BIOGRAPHY 1990 A-K DONE”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .23 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. NO LABEL. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .24 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. AUTHORITY”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .25 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “L.H. AUTHORITY”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .26 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL IS FADED AND ILLEGIBLE. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .27 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL IS FADED AND ILLEGIBLE. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .28 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL IS FADED AND ILLEGIBLE. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .29 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “CDN… PLAY ANALYTICS”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .30 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “PLAY ANALYTICS”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK. .31 - FULL OF CATALOGUE CARDS WITH TYPED AND HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON BOTH SIDES. HANDWRITTEN DRAWER LABEL READS “PLAY ANALYTICS”. DRAWER ROD IS IN PLACE; METAL FILING CLIP INSIDE DRAWER AT BACK.
Subjects
FURNITURE
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
FURNISHINGS
History
THIS CARD CATALOGUE WAS PRODUCED AND USED BY STAFF AT THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY. ON MAY 1, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED LINDA MCELRAVY, WHO WORKED AT THE LIBRARY’S MAIN BRANCH STARTING IN 1978, RETIRING FROM HER POSITION AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICES IN 2008. MCELRAVY EXPLAINED THE CATALOGUING PROCESS AND SUGGESTED THAT IT MAY HAVE BEEN HOUSED IN THE LIBRARY’S SENATOR BUCHANAN ROOM (A REFERENCE RESOURCE OF LOCAL HISTORIES AND GENEALOGIES) AT ONE TIME. MCELRAVY SAID: “WE USED [CARD CATALOGUES] PRIOR TO AUTOMATING OUR CATALOGUE WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE EARLY ‘80S… THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE INDEXES [INSIDE THIS SPECIFIC CATALOGUE]… WE USED TO CREATE CARD INDEXES FOR COLLECTIONS AND THINGS THAT YOU COULDN’T FIND… THROUGH NORMAL CATALOGUING PROCESSES. SO, THE FIRST ONE IS… THE SONG INDEX AND THAT WAS MADE UP OF ANALYTICS OF SHEET MUSIC MAGAZINE AND COLLECTIONS AND SONGS – ALL MUSIC AS OPPOSED TO JUST THE LYRICS. SO WE WOULD TAKE COLLECTIONS OF SONGS IN OUR LIBRARY COLLECTION, WE DIDN’T USE ANYTHING THAT WAS NOT AVAILABLE AT THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY – SO IT WASN’T A GENERAL THING IT WAS SPECIFIC, A SPECIFIC TOOL TO OUR COLLECTION… IF SOMEONE WANTED A PARTICULAR PIECE OF MUSIC… WE WOULD BE ABLE TO FIND THAT HERE RATHER THAN PEOPLE STANDING AT THE SHELF, LEAFING THROUGH ALL OF THAT… [AT] THE OTHER END OF THE BANK OF CARDS IS THE PLAY INDEX AND THAT’S THE SAME IDEA – THERE WOULD BE ‘AUTHOR’, ‘PLAYWRIGHT’ AND ‘TITLE’ CARDS PUT IN FOR EACH OF THE PLAYS IN COLLECTIONS THAT WE HAD AT LPL. AND THE MIDDLE ONE WAS THE INDEX TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD – I THINK SOME OF IT GOES BACK TO ’99 AND BEFORE AND FOR THAT ONE THE STAFF WOULD CUT OUT ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND THEN THEY WOULD PUT SUBJECT HEADINGS ON THEM AND MAKE A CORRESPONDING CARD FOR THE CATALOGUE SO THAT THAT WOULD GIVE PEOPLE ACCESS TO THAT [FILE]...” MCELRAVY CONTINUED: “I THINK [THE AUTOMATION OF THE LIBRARY CATALOGUE] WAS IN THE MID ‘80S… [AFTER THAT PROCESS] I’M NOT SURE HOW OFTEN THEY USED [THE CARD CATALOGUES] ANYMORE… PERHAPS IT WAS JUST A QUESTION OF HANGING ON TO IT FOR THE SAKE OF HANGING ON TO IT.. I DON’T SUPPOSE REALLY FOR TOO LONG AFTER THAT IT WOULD [HAVE BEEN] USEFUL… [THE CARD CATALOGUE] REPRESENTS A LOT OF WORK… IT WAS EXPENSIVE TIME-WISE, IT WAS EXPENSIVE MATERIALS-WISE AND IT WAS EXPENSIVE SPACE-WISE… EVEN WITH THE DIGITIZED, AUTOMATED CATALOGUE, THOSE GENERIC ENTRIES DIDN’T NECESSARILY HAVE ANALYTICS… SO THAT’S WHY WE CONTINUED WITH THIS FOR A WHILE AND THEN EVENTUALLY IT JUST SEEMED TO BE NOT WORTH THE EFFORT TO DO IT… IT JUST SEEMED SAD TO ME THAT IT WAS ALMOST LIKE IT WASN’T RECOGNIZED BECAUSE IT WAS TOO OLD – IT HAD HAD ITS DAY BUT THERE’S NO PURPOSE FOR IT ANYMORE… I THINK THAT THIS CERTAINLY SERVED ITS PURPOSE FOR ITS TIME AND IT’S PART OF THE CONTEXT OF THE PERIOD… I OFTEN THINK TODAY WITH INTERNET AND WITH ALL THE ONLINE ACCESS THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO INFORMATION… WHEN YOU HAVE A QUESTION WHAT DO PEOPLE DO NOW? THEY PULL OUT THEIR PHONE, AND THEY GOOGLE, AND THEY GET THE ANSWER. WHEREAS, BEFORE ANY OF THIS HAPPENED THAT WAS WHAT THE LIBRARY DID, THAT WAS THE ROLE OF THE REFERENCE DEPARTMENT. THE LIBRARY IS THERE NOT JUST TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL READING BUT TO PROVIDE INFORMATION. I’M NOT SAYING THEY’RE NOT DOING THAT ANYMORE, THEY ARE, IN A VERY MUCH MORE SOPHISTICATED WAY BUT THIS WAS ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE HANDLED THE NEED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO PEOPLE.” THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE LIBRARY’S WEBSITE. IN 1911 A CITY BYLAW WAS PASSED FOR THE PROVISION OF A LOCAL LIBRARY TO BE ESTABLISHED, AND EIGHT YEARS LATER LETHBRIDGE’S FIRST LIBRARY SERVICE WAS OPERATED OUT OF TWO ROOMS IN THE YMCA BUILDING. IN 1922, THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY BUILDING IN GALT GARDENS OPENED, WITH AN EXTENSION ADDED IN 1951. IN 1956 A NORTH BRANCH WAS OPENED, AND A SOUTH BRANCH FOLLOWED IN 1974. THE LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY MAIN BRANCH ON STAFFORD DRIVE SOUTH WAS COMPLETED IN 1974, WITH AN EXTENSION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHINOOK ARCH REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM IN 1992. IN 1989 THE LIBRARY ADOPTED THE DYNIX AUTOMATED CATALOGUE SYSTEM, AND IN 1997 INTRODUCED PUBLIC INTERNET ACCESS COMPUTERS. IN 2010, THE CROSSINGS BRANCH OPENED IN WEST LETHBRIDGE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HARDCOPIES OF FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND ONLINE SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P20140025001
Acquisition Date
2014-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
OSBORNE 1
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1983
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20090032000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
OSBORNE 1
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1983
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
12
Description
PORTABLE COMPUTER ENCASED IN HARD BEIGE PLASTIC WITH GRAY BOX CONTAINING FIVE 51/4 INCH FLOPPY DISKS IN ENVELOPES - 12 PIECES. 1. COMPUTER, BEIGE PLASTIC OUTSIDE, BLACK STRIPES ON SIDE MARKED IN WHITE, “O1, OSBORNE, COMPUTER CORPORATION.” FRONT ATTACHED WITH TWO BLACK PLASTIC CLIPS. HANDLE, ELECTRICAL CORD AND ON/OFF SWITCH ON BACK. FRONT PANEL OPENS UP AND TURNS INTO KEYBOARD, ALSO INCLUDES SMALL SCREEN AND TWO DISK DRIVES. 50.4 CM WIDE BY 21.8 CM DEEP BY 38.4 CM LONG 2. BOX, MEDIUM GREY. EIGHT HORIZONTAL LINES AND “O” ON FRONT IN WHITE, MARKED “OSBORNE… CALIFORNIA 94545,” SAME IMAGE UPSIDE DOWN ON BACK OF BOX. PIECE OF SCOTCH TAPE ON BOTTOM FLAP AND BACK SIDE. COLOR LOSS ESPECIALLY ON EDGES AND ON BACK. 15.5 CM WIDE BY 17.8 CM TALL BY 1.3 CM DEEP. 3. ENVELOPES, FIVE IDENTICAL. GREY PAPER ON FRONT, WHITE ON BACK. 8 HORIZONTAL LINES AND “O” ON FRONT, MARKED “OSBORNE… CALIFORNIA 94545.” BACKSIDE OF ENVELOPE EXTENDS OUT FURTHER THAN THE FRONT. 11.9 CM TALL BY 14.2 CM WIDE. 4. FLOPPY DISK, BLACK SQUARE PLASTIC ENCASED AROUND GRAYISH BROWN PLASTIC, HOLE IN THE CENTRE. WHITE PAPER LABEL IN UPPER LEFT CORNER MARKED “CBASIC TM/ MBASIC TM…” 13.3 CM WIDE BY 13.3 CM TALL. 5. FLOPPY DISK, BLACK SQUARE PLASTIC ENCASED AROUND GRAYISH BROWN PLASTIC, HOLE IN THE CENTRE. WHITE PAPER LABEL IN UPPER LEFT CORNER MARKED “CP/M TM UTILITY…” 13.3 CM WIDE BY 13.3 CM TALL. 6. FLOPPY DISK, BLACK SQUARE PLASTIC ENCASED AROUND GRAYISH BROWN PLASTIC, HOLE IN THE CENTRE. WHITE PAPER LABEL IN UPPER LEFT CORNER MARKED “SUPERCALC TM…” 13.3 CM WIDE BY 13.3 CM TALL. 7. FLOPPY DISK, BLACK SQUARE PLASTIC ENCASED AROUND GRAYISH BROWN PLASTIC, HOLE IN THE CENTRE. WHITE PAPER LABEL IN UPPER LEFT CORNER MARKED “WORDSTAR TM/ MAILMERGE TM…” 13.3 CM WIDE BY 13.3 CM TALL. 8. FLOPPY DISK, BLACK SQUARE PLASTIC ENCASED AROUND GRAYISH BROWN PLASTIC, HOLE IN THE CENTRE. WHITE PAPER LABEL IN UPPER LEFT CORNER MARKED “CP/M TM SYSTEM…” 13.3 CM WIDE BY 13.3 CM TALL.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
HEALTH SERVICES
History
KEVIN MACLEAN, COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN WORKED IN TANDEM WITH DONOR, DR. TOM MELLING, TO COMPILE A HISTORY OF THE "OSBORNE 1." ACCORDING TO DR. TOM MELLING AT TIME OF DONATION, THE COMPUTER WAS USED IN HIS MEDICAL PRACTICE. HE WAS AN EARLY STUDENT OF COMPUTING. IN THE LATE 70S, HE TOOK AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPUTERS - ALBEIT HE WAS LESS INTERESTED IN MODERN CALCULATORS. IN ORDER TO SATISFY HIS COMPUTING INTERESTS, HE SUBSCRIBED TO THE JOURNAL "BYTE," THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE MAGAZINE OF ITS KIND AVAILABLE IN LETHBRIDGE. ACCORDING TO MELLING, "THERE WERE A LOT OF ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE MAGAZINE" AND IN 1981 HE CAME UPON AN AD, DESCRIBING THE FIRST PORTABLE COMPUTER WHICH FEATURED A MICRO-PROCESSOR "WORDSTAR" AND A FINANCIAL CALCULATING PROGRAM "SUPERCALC." AFTER READING THE AD, MELLING DECIDED, "I'VE GOT TO GET ONE OF THESE" AND ORDERED THE OSBORNE COMPUTER BY MAIL FROM THE US AT A COST OF $2000.00. HE LATER PROMISED IT TO HIS SON MICHAEL WHO WAS AT THE TIME COMPLETING STUDIES IN LAW AT OSGOODE HALL TORONTO AND HEADING FOR FURTHER EDUCATION AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY. ANOTHER LOCAL DOCTOR, PATHOLOGIST DR. ROD MCKAY, SHARED MELLING'S EARLY ENTHUSIASM FOR THE TECHNOLOGY AND WROTE PROGRAMS ON HIS APPLE COMUTER. HIS FOCUS LAID IN HIS COMPUTERS' ABILITY TO RUN HIS PROGRAM FOR CRITICAL DOSAGE CALCULATIONS FOR MEDICATIONS (SUCH AS GENTAMYCIN AND ANTIBIOTICS). MCKAY, CLAIMED MELLING, WAS A DESKTOP ADVOCATE WHEREAS MELLING'S INTEREST LAY IN PORTABLE COMPUTERS. EVENTUALLY, MELLING TOO RECOGNIZED THE VALUE OF WRITING PROGRAMS AND ENROLLED HIMSELF IN A BASIC PROGRAMMING COURSE AT LCC ON ACCOUNT THAT NO "OFF THE SHELF" PROGRAMS EXISTED TO ASSIST HIM OR MCKAY IN THEIR MEDICAL WORK. MCKAY AND MELLING WERE QUICKLY JOINED BY DR. BLAIR AMUNDSEN, A UROLOGIST; DRS. DON RICE AND TERRY LONGAIR, TWO GENERAL PRACTITIONERS, AND DR. IAN WRIGHT (ALSO A UROLOGIST) IN THEIR PASSION FOR COMPUTING. ALL, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MELLING, HOWEVER; WORKED ON APPLES. IN 1981, THE DOCTORS FELT THAT THERE WAS VALUE IN FORMING A COMPUTING CLUB AS A FORUM TO DISCUSS THE DOCTORS' PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR INTERESTS. THEY MET WEEKLY AT ST. MICHAEL'S HOSPITAL (FORMERLY LOCATED ON 9TH AVE. AND 13TH ST. SOUTH) AND, THERE, "DEMONSTRATED THEIR MACHINES." MELLING'S PROTABLE OSBORNE COMPUTER WAS "PITIFULLY SLOW" ON ACCOUNT THAT HE HAD TO LOAD ITS OPERATING SYSTEM EVERY TIME HE TURNED ON HIS COMPUTER. THE CLUB'S ADVOCATES, IN CONTRAST, THROUGHT THEIR NEWLY ACQUIRED "APPLES" WERE FAR FASTER. GENERALLY, MELLING CLAIMED THE ERA'S COMPUTERS, "AWAKENED PEOPLE'S INTEREST." "IT WAS FASCINATING AT THE TIME," HE SAID, FEELING AS THOUGH "HUMANS HAD TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL IN THEIR HANDS." FROM 1981 TO 1983, MELLING CARRIED THE PORTABLE OSBORNE, "THE FIRST TRULY PORTALE COMPUTER" BACK AND FORTH DAILY TO HIS OFFICE. THE EMERGENCE OF BILL GATES' OPERATING SYSTEM 'MSDOS' AND THE "PERSONAL COMPUTER" AROUND 1983, RENDERED THE OSBORNE COMPUTER OBSOLETE, AND FORCED THE OSBORNE COMPUTER CORPORATION INTO BANKRUPTCY. HE CURRENTLY CARRIES AN ULTRA THIN ACER LAPTOP. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P20090032000
Acquisition Date
2009-10
Collection
Museum
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SHELL, SHOTGUN|BALL, MUSKET

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Other Name
SPENCER CARTRIDGE CASING
.50 CALIBRE
Date Range From
1860
Date Range To
1870
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
BRASS, LEAD
Catalogue Number
P19990032010
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SPENCER CARTRIDGE CASING
.50 CALIBRE
Date Range From
1860
Date Range To
1870
Materials
BRASS, LEAD
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. SHOTGUN SHELL - 2(L) X 1.2(D). CONTAINED IN PLASTIC BAG WITH INFO. SHEET THAT READS "DK PF-5 #11 PLAT A. F. 17- .5 X .5 SPENCER CARTRIDGE CASING" 2. MUSKET BALL - 1.5(D). CONTAINED IN PLASTIC BAG WITH INFO. SHEET THAT READS "DK PF-5 #10 PLAT A FRAME 9 2 X 2.5 ONE LEAD BALL"
Subjects
ARMAMENT-AMMUNITION
Historical Association
ARCHAEOLOGY
History
ARTIFACT WAS RECOVERED FROM SITE DKPF-5; COORDINATES: 52.25M WEST OF POINT 51. INDIAN BATTLE COLLECTION ORIGINALLY REGISTERED AND CATALOGUED AS PERMANENT LOAN FROM THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY UNDER CAT NO P19780220000. IN 1999, BRANCH DECIDED TO OFFICIALLY DONATE COLLECTION TO CITY AND GALT. THE DONATION, SUBSEQUENTLY, WAS REGISTERED UNDER P19990032001-GA TO P19990032080. FOR DETAILED HISTORY ON COLLECTION AND INDIVIDUAL ARTIFACTS REFER TO BOOK "LAST INDIAN BATTLE" PUBLISHED BY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY.
Catalogue Number
P19990032010
Acquisition Date
1999-05
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
VIDEO GAME
Date Range From
1976
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, PAPER, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19990101005
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
VIDEO GAME
Date Range From
1976
Date Range To
1980
Materials
PLASTIC, PAPER, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
2
Height
15.6
Length
45.0
Width
24.8
Description
1. BOX. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. BOX HAS A BLACK BACKGROUND. TOP AND BOTTOM OF BOX FEATURE AN ILLUSTRATION OF A FAMILY GATHERED AROUND GAME SYSTEM AND TV, A LARGER PICTURE OF GAME SYSTEM, 2 ACCESSORIES (COMBINATION GAME RIFLE & PISTOL, AND SPECIAL REMOTE CONTROL) AND THE 6 DIFFERENT GAMES THAT THE SYSTEM CAN PLAY. ALSO READS "UNISONIC TOURNAMENT 2000" "ELECTRONIC ACTION TV GAME". SIDES OF BOX AGAIN ILLUSTRATE THE 2 ACCESSORIES AND 6 DIFFERENT GAMES, AS WELL AS LISTING "SPECIAL FEATURES OF ACTION TV GAME". ONE END OF BOX READS "MADE IN JAPAN"; OTHER END IS MISSING. BOX IS WORN AND TORN 2. GAME SYSTEM. 8.5 X 35.6 X 21.0 (W/O CORD). SYSTEM IS SILVER AND BLACK. CENTER, TOP OF SYSTEM IS RAISED AND FEATURES SWITCHES FOR "SIZE", "SPEED", "SERVE", "RESET", "ANGLE", AND "POWER". IT ALSO HAS SCORE SELECTORS (ONE BLUE, ONE YELLOW) AND A GAME SELECTOR, WHICH HIGHLIGHTS THE CHOSEN GAME IN BRIGHT ORANGE. FLANKING CENTER PIECE ARE 2 SPEAKERS AS WELL AS 2 SILVER SLIDERS ("LEFT TEAM" AND "RIGHT TEAM"). THERE IS A SMALL PORT ON EACH SIDE OF SYSTEM AS WELL AS 2 ON BACK FOR "GUN OUT" AND "DC9V". THERE IS ALSO A COAXIAL CABLE COMING OUT OF BACK OF SYSTEM. ON BOTTOM IS A BATTERY COMPARTMENT AND A LABEL THAT READS "UNISONIC PRODUCTS CORP. MODEL NO. T-2000-JR" "SERIAL NO. 0270025" "MADE IN JAPAN".
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
TOY
Historical Association
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
History
ONE OF MANY "PONG" CLONES MANUFACTURED AROUND 1976. THIS SYSTEM HAS LESS NAME RECOGNITION THAN MACHINES MADE BY ATARI, MAGNAVOX OR COLECO, BUT INCLUDES A CONSOLE SIMILAR TO MOST OTHER PONG VARIANTS, AND ALSO CAME WITH A LIGHT GUN UNLIKE OTHER SYSTEMS. DONOR PURCHASED SYSTEM FROM A GARAGE SALE, BUT HAS NO MEMORY OF USING IT. DONOR HAS COLLECTED, IN GENERAL, ALL HIS LIFE. HE SAW COLLECTING AS A WAY TO WORK WITH HIS SONS, DAVID (B. 1975) AND COLIN (B. 1980). COMPUTER COLLECTION WAS BEGAN IN 1988 WHEN THE DONOR WAS WORKING AT THE U OF L. PRIOR TO THAT, SYSTEMS WERE TOO EXPENSIVE. FOR 10 YEARS MOST OF THE MATERIAL WAS IN DONOR'S GARAGE. HE USED IT TO TRY AND HELP PEOPLE TO DO FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY. MOST OF HIS COLLECTION WAS OFFERED TO HIM BY PEOPLE WHO WERE AWARE OF THE DONOR'S INTEREST. DONOR DIDN'T WANT TO DISPOSE OF COLLECTION BY SELLING IT WHEN HE LEFT THE U OF L, BECAUSE HE FELT IT COULD BE USED IN AN EDUCATIONAL VENUE, SO IT WAS OFFERED TO THE MUSEUM. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN STIRLING/RAYMOND; GRADUATED FROM RAYMOND HIGH SCHOOL IN 1970. HE WORKED FOR THE TREASURY BRANCH, WHICH SENT DONOR TO N.A.I.T. FOR TRAINING AS A PROGRAMMER, SO THAT HE COULD MODIFY PROGRAMS AND WORK AS AN ACCOUNT OFFICE MANAGER. HE LEFT THE BANK IN 1979. DONOR WENT ON TO PURSUE A BACHELOR OF EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE DURING WHICH TIME HE WORKED WITH THE UNIVERSITY'S CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM IN HOME COMPUTER COURSES (STUDENTS TOOK COMPUTERS HOME). HE COMPLETED HIS B. ED. IN 1983. DONOR THEREAFTER BECAME A COMPUTING BUSINESS INSTRUCTOR IN MARWAYNE, ALBERTA AND WAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR ALBERTA'S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAVELLING TO SCHOOLS TO TALK TO TEACHERS ABOUT THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN CLASSROOMS. IN 1988, THE DONOR RETURNED TO THE U OF L TO TEACH FOR 10 YEARS WITH THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT. HE TAUGHT HARDWARE MAINTENANCE & MULTI-MEDIA. U OF L WAS THE FIRST TO USE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TO TEACH LABS. DONOR LEFT FACULTY TO WORK AS AN ASSOCIATE REGISTRAR (1998-99) AFTER WHICH HE WENT TO ARIZONA TO BE AN INSTRUCTOR WITH THE NORTHLAND PIONEER COLLEGE. DONOR CURRENTLY TRAVELS TO ARIZONA COLLEGE'S DISTANCE CENTERS TEACHING CLASSES.
Catalogue Number
P19990101005
Acquisition Date
2003-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
ACCESS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P19990101003
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ACCESS
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1985
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
26.0
Length
41.0
Width
27.6
Description
COMPUTER IS CREAM COLOURED AND DARK BROWN. KEYBOARD IS HINGED TO FRONT OF COMPUTER AND CAN BE FOLDED UP FOR STORAGE, OR FLIPPED DOWN FOR USE. A LABEL ON KEYBOARD READS "ACCESS". ABOVE KEYBOARD IS A SMALL SCREEN AND 2 FLOPPY DISK DRIVES. ABOVE SCREEN READS "ACCESS" BESIDE A HEXAGONAL SHAPE. ON TOP OF COMPUTER IS A PRINTER WITH A TRANSLUCENT BROWN COVER, AS WELL AS 2 ROUND SPEAKERS?, BESIDE WHICH IS THE IMAGE OF A TELEPHONE HANDSET AND "J17 PHONE / J16 WALL". THERE IS ALSO A HANDLE MOUNTED TO TOP SIDES OF COMPUTER. ON SIDE OF COMPUTER, IN BLACK VINYL, IS "4". BACK OF COMPUTER HAS A RED ON/OFF SWITCH, AS WELL AS 2 TELEPHONE JACKS, A MALE OUTLET, AND 4 PORTS. THERE IS A LABEL ON BACK THAT READS "ACCESS MATRIX CORP. 2159 BERING DRIVE SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA 95131 U.S.A. S/N AC 1120".
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
LEISURE
EDUCATION
History
AN EXAMPLE OF AN EARLY PORTABLE COMPUTER, WITH A BUILT-IN PRINTER AND MODEM; THIS CONCEPT LATER LED TO LAPTOP COMPUTERS. THIS WAS ONE OF THE FIRST COMPUTERS USED BY THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT AT THE U OF L. WAS ONCE USED FOR STUDENT LABS WHEN FACULTY WERE, IN CONTRAST, ON THE MAINFRAME. BY THE TIME DONOR STARTED WORKING AT U OF L THIS COMPUTER WAS NO LONGER IN USE. DONOR TOOK COMPUTER FROM A ROOM OF OBSOLETE ITEMS, LOCATED ON THE 7TH FLOOR OF THE UNIVERSITY. DONOR HAS COLLECTED, IN GENERAL, ALL HIS LIFE. HE SAW COLLECTING AS A WAY TO WORK WITH HIS SONS, DAVID (B. 1975) AND COLIN (B. 1980). COMPUTER COLLECTION WAS BEGAN IN 1988 WHEN THE DONOR WAS WORKING AT THE U OF L. PRIOR TO THAT, SYSTEMS WERE TOO EXPENSIVE. FOR 10 YEARS MOST OF THE MATERIAL WAS IN DONOR'S GARAGE. HE USED IT TO TRY AND HELP PEOPLE TO DO FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY. MOST OF HIS COLLECTION WAS OFFERED TO HIM BY PEOPLE WHO WERE AWARE OF THE DONOR'S INTEREST. DONOR DIDN'T WANT TO DISPOSE OF COLLECTION BY SELLING IT WHEN HE LEFT THE U OF L, BECAUSE HE FELT IT COULD BE USED IN AN EDUCATIONAL VENUE, SO IT WAS OFFERED TO THE MUSEUM. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN STIRLING/RAYMOND; GRADUATED FROM RAYMOND HIGH SCHOOL IN 1970. HE WORKED FOR THE TREASURY BRANCH, WHICH SENT DONOR TO N.A.I.T. FOR TRAINING AS A PROGRAMMER, SO THAT HE COULD MODIFY PROGRAMS AND WORK AS AN ACCOUNT OFFICE MANAGER. HE LEFT THE BANK IN 1979. DONOR WENT ON TO PURSUE A BACHELOR OF EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE DURING WHICH TIME HE WORKED WITH THE UNIVERSITY'S CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM IN HOME COMPUTER COURSES (STUDENTS TOOK COMPUTERS HOME). HE COMPLETED HIS B. ED. IN 1983. DONOR THEREAFTER BECAME A COMPUTING BUSINESS INSTRUCTOR IN MARWAYNE, ALBERTA AND WAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR ALBERTA'S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAVELLING TO SCHOOLS TO TALK TO TEACHERS ABOUT THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN CLASSROOMS. IN 1988, THE DONOR RETURNED TO THE U OF L TO TEACH FOR 10 YEARS WITH THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT. HE TAUGHT HARDWARE MAINTENANCE & MULTI-MEDIA. U OF L WAS THE FIRST TO USE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TO TEACH LABS. DONOR LEFT FACULTY TO WORK AS AN ASSOCIATE REGISTRAR (1998-99) AFTER WHICH HE WENT TO ARIZONA TO BE AN INSTRUCTOR WITH THE NORTHLAND PIONEER COLLEGE. DONOR CURRENTLY TRAVELS TO ARIZONA COLLEGE'S DISTANCE CENTERS TEACHING CLASSES.
Catalogue Number
P19990101003
Acquisition Date
2003-07
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
IBM PC JUNIOR
Date Range From
1983
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P19990101001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
IBM PC JUNIOR
Date Range From
1983
Date Range To
1985
Materials
PLASTIC, GLASS, RUBBER
No. Pieces
36
Description
1. MONITOR. 32.6 X 38.7 X 35.2. MONITOR IS OFF-WHITE. ON FRONT IS A POWER BUTTON WITH AN EMBOSSED SYMBOL ON IT CONSISTING OF A CIRCLE WITH A VERTICAL LINE INSIDE IT. THERE ARE ALSO 4 MORE EMBOSSED SYMBOLS ON FRONT OF MONITOR BELOW SCREEN: INCLUDE A SUN; A CIRCLE THAT IS HALF FILLED IN; A RIGHT ANGLE TRIANGLE; AND HEADPHONES. THERE ARE DIALS BELOW EACH OF THESE SYMBOLS EXCEPT FOR THE HEADPHONES WHICH HAS A SMALL JACK BELOW IT. ON FRONT ALSO READS "IBM PC JR COLOR DISPLAY". BACK OF MONITOR HAS 2 LABELS, ONE OF WHICH READS "IBM 4863". THERE ARE ALSO "V-SIZE" AND "V-HOLD" DIALS ON BACK. THERE ARE 2 CORDS COMING OUT OF BACK OF MONITOR. UNDERSIDE OF MONITOR HAS A STEEL BAR THAT LAYS FLAT AGAINST BOTTOM, BUT CAN BE FLIPPED DOWN TO RAISE FRONT OF MONITOR UP SLIGHTLY. THERE ARE 2 LABELS ON BOTTOM OF MONITOR. ONE READS "MANUFACTURED MAY 1984" AND THE OTHER IS GOLD AND GIVES "CAUTION" IN 5 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES. 2. CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT. 9.5 X 38.4 X 28.9. UNIT IS OFF-WHITE. ON TOP OF UNIT READS "IBM PC JR". ON RIGHT SIDE OF UNIT IS A GOLD STICKER THAT READS "IMPLUSE MODEL 140". ON BACK ARE MULTIPLE PORTS EACH LABELED WITH 1 OR 2 EMBOSSED LETTERS; THERE IS ALSO POWER SWITCH ON BACK. FRONT OF UNIT HAS A FLOPPY DISK DRIVE AND 2 LARGE PORTS. IMPRESSED INTO UNDERSIDE OF UNIT IS "0026179". THERE IS ALSO A STICKER ON BOTTOM THAT READS "MANUFACTURED FOR IBM" "MODEL NO. 4860" "FCC ID: ANO9SA4860". INCLUDED WITH UNIT IS A BLACK FLOPPY DISK WITH A LABEL THAT READS "WPJ 5 BOOT"; AND STAMPED ON BACK SIDE IS "176DF60900/2". 3. POWER SUPPLY. 6.6 X 11.8 (W/O CORDS) X 7.4. A BLACK BOX WITH CORDS COMING OUT OF OPPOSITE ENDS. BOX HAS FOUR SHORT, ROUND FEET ON UNDERSIDE. EMBOSSED ON UNDERSIDE IS "IBM" "PART NO. 1503681 INTENDED FOR USE WITH IBM MODEL NO. 4860 ONLY". 4. KEYBOARD. 2 PIECE. 3.8 X 34.0 X 16.7. KEYBOARD IS OFF-WHITE. CONSISTS OF 62 KEYS (16 LIGHT BROWN; 46 OFF-WHITE). HAS A SEPARATE BLACK CABLE THAT PLUGS INTO BACK VIA A PHONE JACK CONNECTION. OPPOSITE END HAS A STEEL JACK WITH "AMP" ON IT. UNDERSIDE OF KEYBOARD HAS A COMPARTMENT FOR BATTERIES. THERE ARE 2 PLASTIC LEGS ON UNDERSIDE THAT FOLD FLAT AGAINST KEYBOARD OR CAN BE FLIPPED UP TO RAISE KEYBOARD. THERE ARE 3 STICKERS ON UNDERSIDE OF KEYBOARD, 2 WITH BARCODES, AND 1 THAT READS "LR-53966 MODEL NO. 7257 E82144". ALSO EMBOSSED ON UNDERSIDE OF KEYBOARD IS "COPYRIGHTED CODE CONTAINED WITHIN IBM 1983". 5. BOOK. "HARDWARE MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE". 4.5 X 22.9 X 19.9. LOOSE PAGES ENCASED IN A BLUE, 3-RING BINDER. FIRST PAGE IS BLUE AND READS "HARDWARE MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE" "6025075". THERE IS A CLEAR PLASTIC SLEEVE AT BACK OF PINDER THAT IS DIVIDED INTO 3 SECTIONS (FOR HOLDING DISKS). 6. BOOK. "GUIDE TO OPERATIONS". 4.5 X 22.9 X 19.9. LOOSE PAGES ENCASED IN A MAROON, 3-RING BINDER. FIRST PAGE IS MAROON AND READS "GUIDE TO OPERATIONS" "1502262". THERE IS A PLASTIC SLEEVE ATTACHED TO INSIDE BACK OF BINDER. 7. BOOK. "BASIC". 2 PIECE. 5.7 X 23.9 X 20.2. BOOK CONSISTS OF LOOSE PAGES ENCASED IN AN OLIVE GREEN, 3-RING BINDER. FIRST PAGE IS OLIVE GREEN AND READS "BASIC BY MICROSOFT CORP." "6322881". IN BACK OF BINDER IS A CLEAR PLASTIC SLEEVE, DIVIDED INTO 3 SECTIONS (FOR HOLDING DISKS). BINDER COMES IN A RECTANGULAR CASE THAT IS BEIGE AND READS "PERSONAL COMPUTER SOFTWARE LIBRARY" "IBM" ON FRONT. WITHIN EDGE OF CASE READS "6081421". 8. DISKETTES. 6 PIECE. 0.1 X 13.6 X 14.5 (INCLUDES DISKETTE AND SLEEVE). 3 BLACK FLOPPY DISKETTES, EACH IN A GREY AND WHITE PAPER SLEEVE THAT READS "IBM" ON THE FRONT, AND HAS ILLUSTRATIONS ON BACK FOR SAFE HANDLING OF DISKETTE. 2 OF THE DISKETTES HAVE WHITE LABELS WITH BLUE PRINT THAT READ "IBM DOS"; ONE ALSO READS "80X0735 STARTUP", OTHER READS "80X0929 OPERATING". 3RD DISKETTE HAS A RED LABEL WITH WHITE PRINT AND READS "6936820" "EXPLORING THE IBM PERSONAL COMPUTER". 9. INSTRUCTIONS. 0.1 X 21.6 X 14.0. A COUPLE? WHITE SHEETS OF PAPER AND A PIECE OF CARDBOARD ENCASED WITHIN CLEAR PLASTIC WRAP. FIRST PAGE READS "IBM PC JR ADAPTER CABLE FOR SERAIL DEVICES INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS" "1504657". 10. INSTRUCTIONS. 0.1 X 21.6 X 14.0. 6 PAGE BOOKLET; STAPLED TOGETHER. FIRST PAGE READS "IBM PC JR KEYBOARD CORD INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS" "6322947". HAS 3 HOLES IN LEFT HAND SIDE. 11. INFORMATION SHEETS. 27.9(L) X 21.6(W). 2 LOOSE SHEETS OF PAPER WITH TYPE ON ONE SIDE. WHITE WITH BLACK PRINT. AT TOP OF ONE READS "CREATIVE FIRMWARE P.O. BOX 850064 RICHARDSON, TEXAS 75085". ALSO WRITTEN ON TOP OF SAME SHEET IN PEN IS "8/13/85". AT TOP OF SECOND SHEET READS "CUSTOMIZING YOUR SYSTEM DISK FOR 2ND DISK DRIVE RECOGNITION". 10. USERS MANUAL. "IMPULSE 100 SERIES". 21.6(L) X 14.0(W). 15 LOOSE SHEETS OF PAPER (14 WHITE; 1 ORANGE). ORANGE SHEET HAS TYPE ON ONE SIDE; READS "IMPORTANT READ THIS FIRST IMPULSE SERIES 100". WHITE SHEETS COMPRISE "IMPULSE 100 SERIES USERS MANUAL". FRONT COVER IS THICKER THAN THE REST AND HAS AN ILLUSTRATION OF A C.P.U. ON IT AND ALSO READS "IMPULSE COMPUTER PRODUCTS". PAGES HAVE 3 HOLES IN LEFT HAND SIDE. FIRST PAGE HAS A TABLE OF CONTENTS, AND REST OF PAGES ARE NUMBERED FROM 1 TO 24. FINAL PAGE HAS NO NUMBER BUT GIVES INFO. ON "LIMITED WARRANTY". 11. BOX. 39.3 X 46.2 X 40.8. ALL SIDES OF BOX READ "IBM PC JR" "COLOR DISPLAY". ON ONE SIDE IS A MAILING LABEL THAT READS "COMPUTERLAND CANADA INC." AND INCLUDES ADDRESSES IN BRAMPTON, ONTARIO AND CALGARY, ALBERTA. THERE ARE ALSO TWO STICKERS WITH BARCODES ON SAME SIDE OF BOX, AND "PO74265" WRITTEN IN PEN. STAMPED ON BOTTOM OF BOX IS "MORI SHIGYO CO., LTD. NAGANO JAPAN". THERE ARE MULTIPLE STAPLES IN BOTTOM OF BOX THAT ARE RUSTED. WRITTEN ON TOP OF BOX IN FELT PEN IS "JR MONITOR". BOX IS WORN AND TORN. 12. BOX. 7.9 X 41.8 X 22.5. BOX HAS OPEN ENDS. PRINTED ON ALL SIDES OF BOX IS "IBM PC JR" "KEYBOARD". ONE SIDE ALSO READS "INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION BOCA RATON, FLORIDA 33432". EDGES ARE SLIGHTLY WORN.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
LEISURE
History
DONOR ACQUIRED SYSTEM SOON AFTER HE BEGAN WORKING AT THE U OF L, WHEN THEY UPGRADED TO THE IBM PC. THE SYSTEMS WERE OFFERED TO FACULTY MEMBERS AFTER THEY BECAME OBSOLETE; DONOR DID NOT PERSONALLY USE SYSTEM WHILE WORKING AT U OF L. IBM ANNOUNCED THE PC JR. ON NOV 1, 1983. IT WAS INTENDED AS A HOME/SCHOOL VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL IBM PC. THIS NEW SYSTEM HAD A NUMBER OF UNIQUE FEATURES, BUT WAS IN COMPETITION WITH SUCH SYSTEMS AS THE COLECO ADAM, THE RADIO SHACK COLOR COMPUTER [SEE P19990101002-GA], THE COMMODORE VIC 20, AND ATARI; IN ADDITION, THE PC JR. WAS VASTLY MORE EXPENSIVE. THE OVERPRICING CAUSED LOW SALES, SO IN ORDER TO STIMULATE SALES IBM HAD A "FIRE SALE" IN 1984, AND SALES TOOK OFF DUE TO THE NEW LOW PRICE. IBM ANNOUNCED THE END OF THE PC JR ON MARCH 22, 1985. SEVERAL OTHER COMPANIES PRODUCED ITEMS FOR THE PC JR, AND CONTINUED TO SUPPORT THIS LINE EVEN AFTER IBM DISCONTINUED SUPPORT, RESULTING IN THE EXTENDED LIFE OF THOUSANDS OF PC JRS. DONOR HAS COLLECTED, IN GENERAL, ALL HIS LIFE. HE SAW COLLECTING AS A WAY TO WORK WITH HIS SONS, DAVID (B. 1975) AND COLIN (B. 1980). COMPUTER COLLECTION WAS BEGAN IN 1988 WHEN THE DONOR WAS WORKING AT THE U OF L. PRIOR TO THAT, SYSTEMS WERE TOO EXPENSIVE. FOR 10 YEARS MOST OF THE MATERIAL WAS IN DONOR'S GARAGE. HE USED IT TO TRY AND HELP PEOPLE TO DO FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY. MOST OF HIS COLLECTION WAS OFFERED TO HIM BY PEOPLE WHO WERE AWARE OF THE DONOR'S INTEREST. DONOR DIDN'T WANT TO DISPOSE OF COLLECTION BY SELLING IT WHEN HE LEFT THE U OF L, BECAUSE HE FELT IT COULD BE USED IN AN EDUCATIONAL VENUE, SO IT WAS OFFERED TO THE MUSEUM. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN STIRLING/RAYMOND; GRADUATED FROM RAYMOND HIGH SCHOOL IN 1970. HE WORKED FOR THE TREASURY BRANCH, WHICH SENT DONOR TO N.A.I.T. FOR TRAINING AS A PROGRAMMER, SO THAT HE COULD MODIFY PROGRAMS AND WORK AS AN ACCOUNT OFFICE MANAGER. HE LEFT THE BANK IN 1979. DONOR WENT ON TO PURSUE A BACHELOR OF EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE DURING WHICH TIME HE WORKED WITH THE UNIVERSITY'S CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM IN HOME COMPUTER COURSES (STUDENTS TOOK COMPUTERS HOME). HE COMPLETED HIS B. ED. IN 1983. DONOR THEREAFTER BECAME A COMPUTING BUSINESS INSTRUCTOR IN MARWAYNE, ALBERTA AND WAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR ALBERTA'S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAVELLING TO SCHOOLS TO TALK TO TEACHERS ABOUT THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN CLASSROOMS. IN 1988, THE DONOR RETURNED TO THE U OF L TO TEACH FOR 10 YEARS WITH THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT. HE TAUGHT HARDWARE MAINTENANCE & MULTI-MEDIA. U OF L WAS THE FIRST TO USE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TO TEACH LABS. DONOR LEFT FACULTY TO WORK AS AN ASSOCIATE REGISTRAR (1998-99) AFTER WHICH HE WENT TO ARIZONA TO BE AN INSTRUCTOR WITH THE NORTHLAND PIONEER COLLEGE. DONOR CURRENTLY TRAVELS TO ARIZONA COLLEGE'S DISTANCE CENTERS TEACHING CLASSES.
Catalogue Number
P19990101001
Acquisition Date
2003-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FLOPPY DISK HOLDER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19990101006
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FLOPPY DISK HOLDER
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PLASTIC, PAPER
No. Pieces
3
Height
4.0
Length
17.0
Width
16.5
Description
MAROON COLOURED PLASTIC CASE. RECTANGULAR. EXTERIOR IS TEXTURED TO MAKE ITEM APPEAR LIKE LEATHER BOUND BOOK. EMBOSSED ON FRONT, IN LOWER LEFT HAND CORNER, IS "DYSAN CORPORATION". ON 'SPINE' IS A LABEL THAT HAS "ACCESS #5" WRITTEN ON IT. SPINE OF CASE ACTS AS A HINGE, AND CASE OPENS UP TO REVEAL A TRAY THAT ATTACHES TO ONE SIDE, AND CAN SWING OUTWARD. EMBOSSED INSIDE CASE IS "PATENTS 4225038 251273". ALSO INCLUDED WITH CASE IS A SHEET OF RECTANGULAR SILVER STICKERS WITHIN A CLEAR PLASTIC BAG "23673".
Subjects
CONTAINER
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
LEISURE
History
ITEM MAY HAVE BEEN USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH ACCESS COMPUTER AS INDICATED ON LABEL. DONOR USED ITEM TO STORE HIS PERSONAL FILES. SEE P19990101003-GA FOR ACCESS COMPUTER HISTORY. DONOR HAS COLLECTED, IN GENERAL, ALL HIS LIFE. HE SAW COLLECTING AS A WAY TO WORK WITH HIS SONS, DAVID (B. 1975) AND COLIN (B. 1980). COMPUTER COLLECTION WAS BEGAN IN 1988 WHEN THE DONOR WAS WORKING AT THE U OF L. PRIOR TO THAT, SYSTEMS WERE TOO EXPENSIVE. FOR 10 YEARS MOST OF THE MATERIAL WAS IN DONOR'S GARAGE. HE USED IT TO TRY AND HELP PEOPLE TO DO FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY. MOST OF HIS COLLECTION WAS OFFERED TO HIM BY PEOPLE WHO WERE AWARE OF THE DONOR'S INTEREST. DONOR DIDN'T WANT TO DISPOSE OF COLLECTION BY SELLING IT WHEN HE LEFT THE U OF L, BECAUSE HE FELT IT COULD BE USED IN AN EDUCATIONAL VENUE, SO IT WAS OFFERED TO THE MUSEUM. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN STIRLING/RAYMOND; GRADUATED FROM RAYMOND HIGH SCHOOL IN 1970. HE WORKED FOR THE TREASURY BRANCH, WHICH SENT DONOR TO N.A.I.T. FOR TRAINING AS A PROGRAMMER, SO THAT HE COULD MODIFY PROGRAMS AND WORK AS AN ACCOUNT OFFICE MANAGER. HE LEFT THE BANK IN 1979. DONOR WENT ON TO PURSUE A BACHELOR OF EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE DURING WHICH TIME HE WORKED WITH THE UNIVERSITY'S CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM IN HOME COMPUTER COURSES (STUDENTS TOOK COMPUTERS HOME). HE COMPLETED HIS B. ED. IN 1983. DONOR THEREAFTER BECAME A COMPUTING BUSINESS INSTRUCTOR IN MARWAYNE, ALBERTA AND WAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR ALBERTA'S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAVELLING TO SCHOOLS TO TALK TO TEACHERS ABOUT THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN CLASSROOMS. IN 1988, THE DONOR RETURNED TO THE U OF L TO TEACH FOR 10 YEARS WITH THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT. HE TAUGHT HARDWARE MAINTENANCE & MULTI-MEDIA. U OF L WAS THE FIRST TO USE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TO TEACH LABS. DONOR LEFT FACULTY TO WORK AS AN ASSOCIATE REGISTRAR (1998-99) AFTER WHICH HE WENT TO ARIZONA TO BE AN INSTRUCTOR WITH THE NORTHLAND PIONEER COLLEGE. DONOR CURRENTLY TRAVELS TO ARIZONA COLLEGE'S DISTANCE CENTERS TEACHING CLASSES.
Catalogue Number
P19990101006
Acquisition Date
2003-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
RADIO SHACK TRS-80
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P19990101002
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RADIO SHACK TRS-80
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Materials
PLASTIC, RUBBER
No. Pieces
5
Height
9.3
Length
37.2
Width
35.0
Description
1. CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT. ABOVE DIMENSIONS (W/O CORDS). 2 PIECE. LOOKS LIKE A THICK KEYBOARD. DARK GREY IN COLOR. CONSISTS OF 53 KEYS (8 WHITE; 1 RED; 44 GREY). ABOVE KEYPAD IS "RADIO SHACK TRS-80 COLOR COMPUTER". ON BACK OF UNIT ARE RESET, CHANNEL SELECT AND POWER SWITCHES, AS WELL AS PORTS FOR "TO TV", "CASSETTE", "SERIAL I/O", AND RIGHT AND LEFT JOYSTICKS. THERE IS A POWER CORD COMING OUT OF BACK OF UNIT. THERE IS A PORT FOR CARTRIDGES ON RIGHT HAND SIDE OF UNIT. ON UNDERSIDE IS A LABEL THAT READS "CATALOG NO. 26-3003" "SERIAL NO. 000233". ALSO INCLUDED WITH UNIT IS A COAXIAL CABLE THAT FITS INTO THE "TO TV" PORT. 2. CASSETTE RECORDER. 2 PIECE. 3.4 X 17.7 X 11.6 (W/O CORD). RECORDER IS OFF-WHITE. ON TOP OF RECORDER ARE SPEAKER, CASSETTE COMPARTMENT WITH TRANSLUCENT COVER, AND BUTTONS AND SWTCHES. IN TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER READS "RADIO SHACK TRS-80 CCR-82 COMPUTER CASSETTE RECORDER". THERE IS A RESET BUTTON ABOVE CASSETTE COMPARTMENT. BELOW COMPARTMENT ARE 5 BUTTONS FOR "EJECT/STOP", "REVIEW/REWIND", "RECORD/CSAVE", "PLAY/CLOAD", AND "CUE/FAST-F". THERE ARE ALSO SWITCHES FOR "PAUSE" AND "MONITOR". THERE IS A VOLUME DIAL ON FRONT OF UNIT. SIDE OF UNIT HAS 5 PORTS, 3 OF WHICH ARE OCCUPIED BY BLACK AND GREY CORD INCLUDED WITH UNIT. UNDERSIDE OF UNIT HAS A BATTERY COMPARTMENT AND A LABEL THAT READS "RADIO SHACK CCR-82 MOD. 26-1209". 3. BOOK. 1.8 X 27.3 X 21.2. BOOK NUMBERED TO PAGE 308. FRONT COVER READS "RADIO SHACK GETTING STARTED WITH COLOR BASIC TRS-80 COLOR COMPUTER" AND FEATURES AN ILLUSTRATION OF A COMPUTER MONITOR AND KEYBOARD, BESIDE AN ANIMATED COMPUTER WITH EYES, MOUTH, ARMS AND FEET, OVER A RAINBOW BACKGROUND. BACK COVER READS "TANDY CORPORATION".
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
LEISURE
EDUCATION
History
ALTHOUGH THIS SYSTEM IS NOT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE, THIS IS A TYPICAL EXAMPLE OF WHAT STUDENTS WOULD HAVE TAKEN HOME FROM UNIVERSITY'S HOME STUDIES PROGRAM, WHILE DONOR WORKED WITHIN THE PROGRAM. THE RADIO SHACK TRS-80 (NICKNAMED THE TRASH-80) WAS INTRODUCED IN 1977 AND WAS THE THIRD OF THE FIRST THREE CONSUMER READY PERSONAL COMPUTERS. IT USED A CASSETTE RECORDER TO PLAY PROGRAMS AND STORE DATA. DONOR HAS COLLECTED, IN GENERAL, ALL HIS LIFE. HE SAW COLLECTING AS A WAY TO WORK WITH HIS SONS, DAVID (B. 1975) AND COLIN (B. 1980). COMPUTER COLLECTION WAS BEGAN IN 1988 WHEN THE DONOR WAS WORKING AT THE U OF L. PRIOR TO THAT, SYSTEMS WERE TOO EXPENSIVE. FOR 10 YEARS MOST OF THE MATERIAL WAS IN DONOR'S GARAGE. HE USED IT TO TRY AND HELP PEOPLE TO DO FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY. MOST OF HIS COLLECTION WAS OFFERED TO HIM BY PEOPLE WHO WERE AWARE OF THE DONOR'S INTEREST. DONOR DIDN'T WANT TO DISPOSE OF COLLECTION BY SELLING IT WHEN HE LEFT THE U OF L, BECAUSE HE FELT IT COULD BE USED IN AN EDUCATIONAL VENUE, SO IT WAS OFFERED TO THE MUSEUM. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN STIRLING/RAYMOND; GRADUATED FROM RAYMOND HIGH SCHOOL IN 1970. HE WORKED FOR THE TREASURY BRANCH, WHICH SENT DONOR TO N.A.I.T. FOR TRAINING AS A PROGRAMMER, SO THAT HE COULD MODIFY PROGRAMS AND WORK AS AN ACCOUNT OFFICE MANAGER. HE LEFT THE BANK IN 1979. DONOR WENT ON TO PURSUE A BACHELOR OF EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE DURING WHICH TIME HE WORKED WITH THE UNIVERSITY'S CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM IN HOME COMPUTER COURSES (STUDENTS TOOK COMPUTERS HOME). HE COMPLETED HIS B. ED. IN 1983. DONOR THEREAFTER BECAME A COMPUTING BUSINESS INSTRUCTOR IN MARWAYNE, ALBERTA AND WAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR ALBERTA'S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAVELLING TO SCHOOLS TO TALK TO TEACHERS ABOUT THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN CLASSROOMS. IN 1988, THE DONOR RETURNED TO THE U OF L TO TEACH FOR 10 YEARS WITH THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT. HE TAUGHT HARDWARE MAINTENANCE & MULTI-MEDIA. U OF L WAS THE FIRST TO USE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TO TEACH LABS. DONOR LEFT FACULTY TO WORK AS AN ASSOCIATE REGISTRAR (1998-99) AFTER WHICH HE WENT TO ARIZONA TO BE AN INSTRUCTOR WITH THE NORTHLAND PIONEER COLLEGE. DONOR CURRENTLY TRAVELS TO ARIZONA COLLEGE'S DISTANCE CENTERS TEACHING CLASSES.
Catalogue Number
P19990101002
Acquisition Date
2003-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
COAXIAL CABLE
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
RUBBER, STEEL, COPPER
Catalogue Number
P20000027006
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COAXIAL CABLE
Date Range From
1975
Date Range To
1985
Materials
RUBBER, STEEL, COPPER
No. Pieces
1
Length
151.0
Diameter
1.3
Description
BLACK RUBBER CABLE WITH TWO STEEL ENDS THAT SCREW ON. THERE IS A BIT OF COPPER WIRE SHOWING BENEATH ONE END OF CABLE. PRINTED ON CABLE SEVERAL TIMES IS "COAXIAL COLOR CABLE 3C-2V 75 ", IN GREY.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
TELECOMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
USED BETWEEN MACHINE (VCRS) AND TV IN DONOR'S BUSINESS "VIDEO VENTURES", WHICH TAPED WEDDINGS AND HORSESHOWS. BUSINESS BEGAN OPERATION IN THE LATE 1970S, BASED OUT OF CLARESHOLM, IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW LONG BUSINESS WAS IN OPERATION FOR. EQUIPMENT WAS NOT USED IN LETHBRIDGE.
Catalogue Number
P20000027006
Acquisition Date
2000-08
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
COLECO VISION VIDEO GAME SYSTEM
Date Range From
1982
Date Range To
1984
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19990101004
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
COLECO VISION VIDEO GAME SYSTEM
Date Range From
1982
Date Range To
1984
Materials
PLASTIC
No. Pieces
22
Height
13.7
Length
53.1
Width
33.9
Description
1. CASE. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. 2 PIECE. LID IS TRANSLUCENT BROWN PLASTIC; HAS A SLIGHT RIDGE RUNNING DOWN CENTER. THERE IS A BLACK RECTANGULAR STICKER IN CENTER OF LID WITH A SILVER GEOMETRIC DESIGN ON IT. LID HAS NUMEROUS SHALLOW SCRATCHES ON IT. BASE IS DARK GREY PLASTIC WITH A MOLDED INTERIOR, MADE TO HOLD VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF SYSTEM. THERE IS A SILVER BAND ACROSS FRONT OF BASE THAT READS "COMPUTER/GAME ORGANIZER". THERE IS A HOLE IN BACK OF BASE FOR POWER SUPPLY CORD TO GO THROUGH. EMBOSSED ON BOTTOM IS "THE DYNASOUND ORGANIZER DIV. HARTZELL MFG. INC. GRANTSBURG, WI. 54840 MADE IN U.S.A.". 2. CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT. 6.8 X 38.0 X 24.0. BLACK WITH SILVER LABELS. ON TOP OF UNIT IS A SPACE TO HOLD AND PLUG IN GAME PADDLES. THERE IS ALSO A SLOT ON TOP TO INSERT CARTRIDGES, AS WELL AS AN ON/OFF SWITCH. ON FRONT OF UNIT READS "COLECO VISION VIDEO GAME SYSTEM", AND THERE IS A SLOT FOR "EXPANSION MODULE INTERFACE" WITH A DOOR THAT SLIDES VERTICALLY. ON BACK OF UNIT ARE TWO PORTS AND A CHANNEL SWITCH. BOTTOM OF UNIT HAS A STICKER THAT READS "SERIAL NO: C0130715". 3. GAME PADDLES. 3 PIECE. 4.6 X 16.0 (W/O CORD) X 7.0. 2 PADDLES: ONE IS BLACK, ONE IS OFF-WHITE; BOTH ARE PLASTIC. BOTH HAVE RECESSED BUTTONS WITH NUMBERS FROM 0 THROUGH 9 AND * AND #, ON THEM. AT TOP OF EACH PADDLE IS A ROUND JOYSTICK. EMBOSSED BELOW JOYSTICK IS "COLECO". THERE IS A BUTTON ON EITHER SIDE OF PADDLE ADJACENT TO EMBOSSING. COMING OUT OF THE TOP BACK OF EACH IS A SPIRALLED CORD. EMBOSSED ON THE BACK OF EACH IS "COLECO MADE IN TAIWAN PATENT PENDING". BLACK PADDLE ALSO HAD AN EXTRA INSERT THAT GOES OVER TOP OF NUMBERED BUTTONS. INSERT IS THIN PLASTIC AND HAS SAME NUMERICAL CHARACTERS AS ABOVE BUT ALSO HAS SQUARE 1 THROUGH 3 AND 5 COLOURED, AS WELL AS A DOG'S HEAD IN SQUARE #5. TAB ON SIDE OF INSERT READS "1982 COLECO INDUSTRIES, INC.". 4. POWER SUPPLY. 5.5 X 11.9 (W/O CORDS) X 7.6. A BLACK PLASTIC BOX WITH FOUR FEET, AND A CORD COMING OUT OF 2 ENDS, OPPOSITE EACHOTHER. SILVER LABEL ON TOP OF BOX READS "MODEL NO. 74942 COLECO POWER SUPPLY FOR COLECOVISION VIDEO GAME SYSTEM". EMBOSSED ON UNDERSIDE OF BOX IS "COLECO MODEL NO. 74942 CSA #LR-51341"; ALSO STAMPED IN WHITE ON UNDERSIDE IS "43013". 5. GAME CARTRIDGES. 2.0 X 9.7 X 8.2. EACH IS BLACK PLASTIC WITH A PAPER LABEL. BOTTOM END OF EACH CARTRIDGE IS OPEN AND EMBOSSED ON BACK OF ALL BUT TWO IS "COLECO MADE IN U.S.A."; ONE HAS "COLECO MADE IN TAIWAN", AND THE OTHER HAS NO EMBOSSING ON BACK. THE TITLES OF GAMES INCLUDE: DONKEY KONG, DONKEY KONG JUNIOR, LADY BUG, VENTURE, FRENZY, MOUSE TRAP, SPACE PANIC, LOOPING, SUPER ACTION BASEBALL, PEPPER II, ZAXXON, MR. DO!, SPACE FURY, CARNIVAL, COSMIC AVENGER, AND B.C.'S QUEST FOR TIRES.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
TOY
Historical Association
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
History
PURCHASED BY DONOR FROM A GARAGE SALE. WAS COLLECTED FOR FAMILY USE, SO THAT HE COULD WORK WITH KIDS AND TEACH THEM ABOUT ELECTRONICS. THE COLECO VISION WAS RELEASED N 1982, AND WAS A THIRD GENERATION COLECO SYSTEM. IT PROMISED ARCADE QUALITY GRAPHICS AND SOUND, AND WAS A HIT BECAUSE OF ITS QUALITY AND THAT IT LIVED UP TO ITS PROMISE. IT WAS IN COMPETITION WITH ATARI AND INTELLIVISION, BUT SUCCEEDED BECAUSE OF ITS BETTER QUALITY, DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT WAS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN ATARI. COLECO BOUGHT THE RIGHTS TO DONKEY KONG FROM NINTENDO AND THE RELEASE OF THIS GAME WITH THE SYSTEM BOOSTED SALES OF COLECO VISION GREATLY. IN 1983 SALES OF COLECO VISION BEAT OUT ATARI AND MATTEL. EXPANSION MODULES WHICH WERE PRODUCED ALLOWED OTHER SYSTEM'S GAMES TO BE PLAYED ON COLECO VISION. DUE TO THE VIDEO GAME CRASH OF 1984 PRODUCTION OF COLECO VISION STOPPED IN THIS YEAR. OTHER SYSTEMS PUT OUT GAMES FOR COLECO VISION IN 1985 AND A CLONE OF THE SYSTEM WAS RELEASED IN 1988. MORE THAN 6 MILLION COLECO VISIONS SOLD IN 2 YEARS. WITH EXPANSION KITS, THE COLECO VISION HAS THE MOST AMOUNT OF PLAYABLE GAMES THAN ANY OTHER SYSTEM, EVEN TO THIS DAY. DONOR HAS COLLECTED, IN GENERAL, ALL HIS LIFE. HE SAW COLLECTING AS A WAY TO WORK WITH HIS SONS, DAVID (B. 1975) AND COLIN (B. 1980). COMPUTER COLLECTION WAS BEGAN IN 1988 WHEN THE DONOR WAS WORKING AT THE U OF L. PRIOR TO THAT, SYSTEMS WERE TOO EXPENSIVE. FOR 10 YEARS MOST OF THE MATERIAL WAS IN DONOR'S GARAGE. HE USED IT TO TRY AND HELP PEOPLE TO DO FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY. MOST OF HIS COLLECTION WAS OFFERED TO HIM BY PEOPLE WHO WERE AWARE OF THE DONOR'S INTEREST. DONOR DIDN'T WANT TO DISPOSE OF COLLECTION BY SELLING IT WHEN HE LEFT THE U OF L, BECAUSE HE FELT IT COULD BE USED IN AN EDUCATIONAL VENUE, SO IT WAS OFFERED TO THE MUSEUM. DONOR WAS BORN AND RAISED IN STIRLING/RAYMOND; GRADUATED FROM RAYMOND HIGH SCHOOL IN 1970. HE WORKED FOR THE TREASURY BRANCH, WHICH SENT DONOR TO N.A.I.T. FOR TRAINING AS A PROGRAMMER, SO THAT HE COULD MODIFY PROGRAMS AND WORK AS AN ACCOUNT OFFICE MANAGER. HE LEFT THE BANK IN 1979. DONOR WENT ON TO PURSUE A BACHELOR OF EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE DURING WHICH TIME HE WORKED WITH THE UNIVERSITY'S CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM IN HOME COMPUTER COURSES (STUDENTS TOOK COMPUTERS HOME). HE COMPLETED HIS B. ED. IN 1983. DONOR THEREAFTER BECAME A COMPUTING BUSINESS INSTRUCTOR IN MARWAYNE, ALBERTA AND WAS THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR ALBERTA'S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAVELLING TO SCHOOLS TO TALK TO TEACHERS ABOUT THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN CLASSROOMS. IN 1988, THE DONOR RETURNED TO THE U OF L TO TEACH FOR 10 YEARS WITH THE FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT. HE TAUGHT HARDWARE MAINTENANCE & MULTI-MEDIA. U OF L WAS THE FIRST TO USE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS TO TEACH LABS. DONOR LEFT FACULTY TO WORK AS AN ASSOCIATE REGISTRAR (1998-99) AFTER WHICH HE WENT TO ARIZONA TO BE AN INSTRUCTOR WITH THE NORTHLAND PIONEER COLLEGE. DONOR CURRENTLY TRAVELS TO ARIZONA COLLEGE'S DISTANCE CENTERS TEACHING CLASSES.
Catalogue Number
P19990101004
Acquisition Date
2003-07
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1860
Date Range To
1870
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
IRON
Catalogue Number
P19990032076
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1860
Date Range To
1870
Materials
IRON
No. Pieces
1
Diameter
1.5
Description
1.5 CM (D). IRON; CIRCULAR; MINOR INACTIVE SURFACE CORROSION THROUGHOUT; POSSIBLY .60 CALIBER; WEIGHT 15.95 GMS. ***NOTE*** THIS ARTIFACT MAY BE LABELED AS P19990032009-GA (THERE IS NO ARTIFACT LABELED P19990032076-GA). THIS PROBLEM WAS PREVIOUSLY NOTED IN 2004 AND 2006 INVENTORIES. MOST RECENTLY NOTED IN 2011.
Subjects
ARMAMENT-AMMUNITION
Historical Association
ARCHAEOLOGY
History
ARTIFACT WAS RECOVERED FROM SITE DKPF-5; COORDINATES: SITE 3; VERTICAL COORDINATES: 2.0 X 1.0; FIELD NUMBER: FRAME 33, PLAT F. PROBABLY FIRED FROM A .60 CALIBER MUSKET.
Catalogue Number
P19990032076
Acquisition Date
1999-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
VIC-20
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1983
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, ALUMINUM, STYROFOAM, CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P20000050001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
VIC-20
Date Range From
1981
Date Range To
1983
Materials
PLASTIC, ALUMINUM, STYROFOAM, CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
20
Description
1. CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT / KEYBOARD. 7.4 X 40.4 X 20.6. 2 PIECES. BODY IS OFF WHITE PLASTIC. HAS 62 DARK BROWN KEYS AND 4 LIGHT BROWN KEYS, ALL WITH WHITE PRINT. A LABEL ABOVE KEYS READS "COMMODORE VIC 20 COMPUTER". THERE IS ALSO A RED "POWER" INDICATOR LIGHT ABOVE KEYS. THERE ARE 3 SLOTS ON BACK OF UNIT AND 2 PORTS. SIDE OF UNIT HAS ON/OFF SWITCH AND TWO PORTS. A LABEL ON UNDERSIDE OF UNIT READS "NO. CC 507535". UNIT COMES WITH AN OFF-WHITE, PLASTIC COVER WITH BLUE EDGING. PRINTED ON TOP OF COVER IS "COMMODORE COMPUTER" IN BLUE AND THE COMMODORE LOGO IN RED. COVER IS TORN ON ONE SIDE. 2. FLOPPY DISK DRIVE. 13.5 X 40.9 X 29.2. 4 PIECES. BODY OF DISK DRIVE IS BEIGE ALUMINUM. SLOT FOR FLOPPY DISK IS ON FRONT OF BODY. THERE IS A RED AND A GREEN INDICATOR LIGHT ON FRONT. ABOVE SLOT READS "COMMODORE 1541". UNDERSIDE HAS 4 RUBBER FEET. ON BACK IS ON/OFF SWITCH AND PORTS FOR CABLES AND POWER CORD. DRIVE COMES ENCASED IN TWO PIECES OF WHITE STYROFOAM, MOLDED TO FIT. STYROFOAM IS DENTED AND SOILED; THERE IS A CHUNK TORN OUT OF ONE SIDE. "1251" IS PRINTED ON ONE PIECE OF STYROFOAM. A CARDBOARD SLEEVE SLIDES OVER TOP OF STYROFOAM. SLEEVE IS GRAY AND WHITE AND READS "1541 SINGLE FLOPPY DISK COMMODORE COMPUTER". SLEEVE IS TORN AND HAS WEAR AT CORNERS AND EDGES. 3. POWER SUPPLY. 6.2 X 10.8 X 8.0. BLACK BOX WITH 2 BLACK CORDS COMING OUT OPPOSITE ENDS. ONE CORD HAS A SMALL FEMALE END ON IT, OTHER CORD HAS MALE END ON IT. PRINTED ON TOP OF BOX, IN WHITE, IS "COMMODORE POWER SUPPLY CLASS 2 OUTPUT VIC-20". 4. COAXIAL CABLE. BLACK CABLE HAS A ROUND CONNECTOR AT ONE END. OPPOSITE END HAS SMALL BOX WITH ROUND CONNECTOR ON ONE SIDE AND TWO STEEL PRONGS COMING OUT OF END. EMBOSSED ON BOX IS "75 IN 75 OUT 300 OUT". CABLE IS BUNDLED WITH A BLUE TWIST TIE. 5. CASSETTE PLAYER. 5.0 X 20.0 X 15.0 (W/O CABLE). OFF WHITE PLASTIC BODY. ON TOP OF PLAYER IS COMPARTMENT FOR CASSETTE WITH POP UP DOOR. THERE ARE ALSO 6 DARK BROWN PLAYBACK BUTTONS, A COUNTER WITH RESET BUTTON, AND A RED "SAVE" INDICATOR LIGHT ON TOP. THERE IS A BLACK CABLE COMING OUT BACK OF PLAYER. BOTTOM HAS A LABEL THAT READS "COMMODORE C2N CASSETTE SERIAL NO. 431360 MADE IN TAIWAN". 6. CONVERTER BOX AND CABLE. 4 PIECES. A SILVER SWITCH BOX (2.0 X 7.0 X 4.4) HAS 2 STEEL PRONGS OUT OF ONE SIDE. SWITCH BOX IS LABELLED "COMPUTER" AT ONE END AND "CONNECT TO ANTENNA" AT THE OTHER. SWITCH CAN BE SET AT EITHER "COMPUTER" OR "TV". THERE IS A LONG BLACK CABLE ATTACHED TO TOP OF SWITCH BOX. OTHER END OF CABLE CONNECTS TO A BLACK BOX (3.0 X 9.9 X 4.1). BLACK BOX HAS A LABEL THAT READS "P/N 321453-00 MADE IN TAIWAN REPUBLIC OF CHINA". BOTTOM OF BOX HAS A SWITCH AND ANOTHER CABLE COMING OUT OF IT WITH A ROUND END. CABLES ARE BUNDLED TOGETHER WITH A WHITE TWIST TIE. 7. JOYSTICK. 16.8 X 12.0 X 8.7. BLACK PLASTIC. RECTANGULAR BASE WITH A VERTICAL HAND GRIP RISING FROM CENTER. THERE IS A ROUND, RED PLASTIC BUTTON ON TOP OF HAND GRIP, AS WELL AS ONE IN CORNER OF BASE. EMBOSSED ON BASE IS "SPECTRAVISION". THERE IS A BLACK CORD COMING OUT OF SIDE OF BASE. BOTTOM HAS 4 BLACK SUCTION CUPS FOR FEET. EMBOSSED ON BOTTOM IS "SPECTRAVISION MADE IN HONG KONG MODEL 318-101 PAT. PENDING". 8. CONTROLLERS. 6.5 X 10.7 X 6.5 (1 CONTROLLER W/O CORD). PAIR OF CONTROLLERS EACH HAS A CORD COMING OUT OF THE BACK AND BOTH CORDS ARE ATTACHED AT THE END TO A COMMON PLUG. EACH CONTROLLER HAS A SEMI-RECTANGULAR BASE, WHICH IS WHITE ON TOP AND BLACK ON BOTTOM. ON TOP OF EACH IS A BLACK, CIRCULAR KNOB WHICH CAN BE TURNED. THERE IS ALSO A RECTANGULAR RED BUTTON ON THE SIDE OF EACH CONTROLLER. EMBOSSED ON EACH CONTROLLER IS "COMMODORE". 9. GUIDE. 1.0 X 21.5 X 14.7. BOOK IS HELD TOGETHER BY A WHITE COIL. ON FRONT COVER IS A PICTURE OF A FAMILY AROUND A COMPUTER. ABOVE PICTURE READS "PERSONAL COMPUTING ON THE VIC 20", AND BELOW PICTURE READS "A FRIENDLY COMPUTER GUIDE COMMODORE COMPUTER". IN TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER OF COVER READS "$5.95". BOOK IS 164 PAGES PLUS 2 PAGES FOR "NOTES". 10. INSTRUCTION BOOKLET. 21.0 X 14.9. OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CASSETTE PLAYER (#5 ABOVE). ON FRONT COVER IS PHOTO OF PLAYER. FRONT COVER READS "C2N CASSETTE UNIT OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS". CONTAINS 17 PAGES. 11. BROCHURE. 20.3 X 8.4. SINGLE SHEET OF GLOSSY PAPER, ACCORDION FOLDED. FRONT OF BROCHURE READS "COMMODORE VIC-20 THE ONE TO GROW ON [REPEATED 7 TIMES]" FOLLOWED BY A PHOTO OF COMPUTER. GIVES INFO. ON COMPUTER, ADDITIONAL HARDWARE, AND SOFTWARE. 12. BOOKLET. 27.9 X 21.6. FRONT COVER IS GREY AND WHITE AND HAS A PHOTO OF VIC-20 COMPUTER. ABOVE PHOTO READS "VIC-20 THE FRIENDLY COMPUTER", BELOW PHOTO READS "COMMODORE COMPUTER". CONTAINS 6 PAGES. 13. PAMPHLET. 28.0 X 21.3. SINGLE SHEET OF PAPER, FOLDED IN THIRDS. FRONT PAGE IS WHITE WITH A LINEAR DESIGN THAT IS MOSTLY GREEN IN COLOUR. ABOVE DESIGN IS "COMMODORE COMPUTER THE MOST COMPLETE MICROCOMPUTER LINE". CONTAINS PHOTOS AND INFORMATION ON HARDWARE AND BACK PAGE HAS INFO. ON SOFTWARE.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
HOME ENTERTAINMENT
History
PRODUCED BY COMMODORE, THE VIC-20 COMPUTER WAS INTRODUCED IN 1981. THE PREDECESSOR TO THE COMMODORE 64, IT WAS THE FIRST COLOR COMPUTER TO SELL FOR UNDER $300 (USD), MAKING IT AFFORDABLE. ALTHOUGH IT OFTEN RAN OUT OF MEMORY BEFORE USERS FINISHED WRITING THEIR PROGRAMS, IT WAS STILL AN ENORMOUS SUCCESS. IT WAS THE FIRST COMPUTER TO SELL 1 MILLION UNITS, AND SALES IN 1982 REACHED $305 MILLION. THE VIC 20'S PRODUCTION RATES HIT PHENOMENAL PROPORTIONS FOR THAT TIME AT 9000 UNITS PER DAY. THE COMPETITION FOR THE VIC 20 WAS ATARI, RADIO SHACK T199, AND THE APPLE II. THE VIC 20'S POPULARITY WAS DUE TO COMMODORE CONSISTENTLY PUSHING THEIR PRICE DOWN; ALSO ATARI AND APPLE WERE USING THE MICROPROCESSING CHIP THAT COMMODORE HAD PRODUCED FOR THE VIC 20. JUST AS ITS POPULARITY WAS INCREASING, RUMORS STARTED CIRCULATING ABOUT THE RELEASE OF A VASTLY MORE POWERFUL VERSION OF THE VIC 20 (WHICH WOULD BE THE COMMODORE 64). AS A RESULT, VIC 20 VALUES BEGAN TO PLUMMET RAPIDLY. THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST EXPERIENCES WITH THE PHENOMENON OF UPGRADING - A NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAD PUT A LOT OF MONEY INTO THE VIC 20. DONOR PURCHASED COMPUTER AND GAMES IN THE EARLY 1980S FOR HER CHILDREN AT THE BAY IN BROOKS, ALBERTA. THE COMPUTER ITSELF WAS AROUND $500, AND THE GAMES ARE ESTIMATED AT $20 EACH. THE FAMILY WAS LIVING IN BASSANO, ALBERTA AT THE TIME. DONOR PURCHASED THE SYSTEM IN ORDER TO EXPOSE HER CHILDREN TO THE RELATIVELY NEW CONCEPT OF PERSONAL COMPUTERS. THE GAMES HELPED BUILD HAND-EYE COORDINATION AND THE SET-UP PROMOTED LEARNING BASIC COMPUTER PROGRAMMING. THE VIC-20 WAS A NICE STARTER COMPUTER AT THE TIME. THE GAMES HAD MORE ADVANCED GRAPHICS. THE FAMILY MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1989, BY WHICH TIME THEY ALREADY HAD A NEW COMPUTER. HOWEVER, THE VIC-20 WAS STILL USED FOR GAMING. ELEANOR SAYS SHE WAS NEVER VERY GOOD AT THE GAMES, PARTLY BECAUSE HER KIDS MONOPOLIZED THE COMPUTER. THE SYSTEM HASN'T BEEN USED SINCE ABOUT 1990. ELEANOR TRIED TO SELL IT AT A GARAGE SALE, BUT SOMEONE SUGGESTED THAT IT BE DONATED TO THE MUSEUM INSTEAD.
Catalogue Number
P20000050001
Acquisition Date
2004-03
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19990100007
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1965
Date Range To
1980
Materials
WOOD, PAPER
No. Pieces
2
Height
0.9
Length
28.9
Width
3.8
Description
1. BOX. 2 PIECES. ABOVE DIMENSIONS. BLACK. COMES APART AT 1/3 OF LENGTH. ENDS OF BOX ARE REINFORCED WITH TAPE. PRINTED ON BOX IN GOLD IS "THE HUGHES-OWENS CO., LTD. 1768C". 2. SLIDE RULE. RULE IS WHITE WITH MAINLY BLUE PRINT, AND SOME RED PRINT. HAS A CLEAR GLASS SLIDING PIECE WITH A RED LINE DOWN THE CENTRE. CENTER PORTION OF RULER ALSO SLIDES. PRINTED ALONG TOP EDGE OF RULE IS "THE HUGHES-OWENS CO. LIMITED NO. 1768C".
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
TRADES
History
MOST ITEMS IN COLLECTION WERE PURCHASED WHEN GEORGE HIGA WAS IN CHARGE OF WHAT USED TO BE THE CITY'S DRAFTING DEPARTMENT. THEY ARE NO LONGER USED, HAVING BEEN REPLACED BY COMPUTERS. ITEMS WERE TRANSFERRED FROM ARCHIVES.
Catalogue Number
P19990100007
Acquisition Date
1999-11
Collection
Museum
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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19840029000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1936
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Height
22.0
Length
37.0
Width
32.0 (CARRIAGE)
Description
DARK GREEN. SERIAL #8-M-127209. "MARCHANT ELECTRIC ADDING MACHINE MADE IN USA." PATENT NUMBERS ON STICKER ON BOTTOM OF CALCULATOR. KEYS ARE COLORED RED, GREEN, BLACK, WHITE. ACCUMULATING TOTAL SHOWS IN CARRIAGE AREA. WORKING ORDER. C/W ELECTRIC CORD HAS "MARCHANT" PAINTED IN GOLD ON BACK SHIELD AND BOTH SIDES. "MADE IN U.S.A." ON BOTTOM BACK. BACK HAS PARTIALLY SCRATCHED RED DECAL; ILLEGIBLE WRITING.
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DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
DONOR ACQUIRED IN 1978.
Catalogue Number
P19840029000
Acquisition Date
1984-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
RETOUCHED FLAKE
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
QUARTZITE
Catalogue Number
P19672916000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RETOUCHED FLAKE
Materials
QUARTZITE
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.8
Length
10.0
Width
7.8
Description
GREY-BROWN QUARTZITE. PRIMARY DECORTICATION FLAKE, RETOUCHED (UNIFACIALLY) ALONG ONE EDGE. PROBABLY USED AS A HEAVY CHOPPING/CUTTING TOOL.
Subjects
INDIGENOUS
Historical Association
ARCHAEOLOGY
History
POSSIBLY FROM C.P.R. TRESTLE SITE, LETHBRIDGE. IN 2009, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PLAINS ARCHAEOLOGY STUDENT FALLON MAHAR SURVEYED THE GALT'S "POINT" AND STONE TOOL COLLECTION AND, USING A TEMPLATE DEVELOPED IN COORDINATION WITH PROF. BUBEL AND REFERENCE BOOK "ALBERTA IN STONE", PROVIDED FEEDBACK ON THE GALT'S COLLECTION. CONCEQUENTLY, THIS RECORD WAS REVISED TO NO LONGER DEFINE THE ARTIFACT AS A PROJECTILE POINT, BUT AS A PROBLEMATIC ON ACCOUNT THAT IT'S NOT KNOWN WHAT THE STONE TOOL WAS USED FOR. ADDITIONALLY, SHE FELT THE PREVIOUS 1850-1900 DATE WAS INCORRECT, BUT COULD NOT PROVIDE A NEW DATE. *UPDATE* IN 2018 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN ARTIFACT SURVEY, WHICH INCLUDED ARTIFACTS FROM THE ESTHER DOROTHY GROSE DONATION. [NOTE: INITIAL DOCUMENTATION LISTS THE DONOR AS MRS. H. GROSE. ARCHIVAL RESEARCH FOUND THE DONOR’S NAME TO BE ESTHER DOROTHY GROSE, WIFE OF HARRY JAMES GROSE. THE RECORD HAS BEEN AMENDED TO REFLECT THE DONOR’S FULL NAME.] PUNDYK SPOKE WITH THE DONOR’S SON, LEONARD GROSE, ABOUT THE DONATION OVER THE PHONE ON DECEMBER 10, 2018. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM THAT CONVERSATION: GROSE BELIEVES THE PROJECTILE POINTS AND OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARTIFACTS LIKELY CAME FROM THE FARM IN THE ELKWATER LAKE AREA. GROSE RECALLS STORIES OF FINDING ARROWHEADS IN HIS GRANDFATHER’S FIELDS. HE EXPLAINS HIS MOTHER KEPT SEVERAL OF THE FINDINGS SHE ACCUMULATED WHILE ON THE FARM. HIS MOTHER WAS BORN ESTHER DOROTHY SPONHOLZ IN MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA. THE FAMILY WOULD LATER SETTLE ON A FARM THREE MILES NORTH OF ELKWATER LAKE, ALBERTA, ACCORDING TO LEONARD GROSE. SHE MET HER HUSBAND, HARRY JAMES GROSE IN CALGARY, WHERE THEY WERE BOTH ATTENDING THE CALGARY PROPHETIC BIBLE INSTITUTE. GROSE ADDED THAT HIS FATHER WAS BORN IN NORTH DAKOTA. THE COUPLE WAS MARRIED IN 1937 AND MOVED TO MEDICINE HAT IN 1938. THE FAMILY STAYED THERE UNTIL 1952. HARRY GROSE WAS IN THE FARM IMPLEMENT BUSINESS, WHICH THEN BROUGHT THE FAMILY TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE LEONARD WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL. THE HENDERSON’S DIRECTORY FOR LETHBRIDGE IN 1953 LISTS HARRY GROSE AS THE PARTS MANAGER FOR NORRIE & FAWETT LTD. THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY PUBLISHED FOR ESTHER GROSE ON JANUARY 13, 1996 STATES THAT THE FAMILY RELOCATED TO THE CITY IN 1949. HARRY AND ESTHER STAYED IN THE CITY UNTIL HARRY’S PASSING ON MAY 12, 1990 AT THE AGE OF 78 YEARS. ESTHER THEN RELOCATED TO CALGARY, WHERE SHE PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 10, 1996 AT THE AGE OF 78 YEARS. REGARDING THE INITIAL DOCUMENTATION OF MANY OF THE ARTIFACTS BEING FOUND FROM THE C.P.R. TRESTLE SITE IN LETHBRIDGE, GROSE EXPLAINED THAT HIS PARENTS ENJOYED TO EXPLORE TOGETHER. HE STATED THEIR WALKS IN THE AREA WOULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE AFTER HE LEFT HOME, BUT HE WAS AWARE THAT HIS FATHER ESPECIALLY LIKED TO GO OUT AND LOOK AT CROPS. HIS MOTHER EXPLORED BECAUSE OF HER INTEREST IN LETHBRIDGE HISTORY. PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE P19672916000 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, INCLUDING COPIES OF THE ARCHIVAL REFERENCES USED FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD AND HENDERSON DIRECTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19672916000
Acquisition Date
1967-10
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
PENLIGHT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STAINLESS STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19970041474
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PENLIGHT
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
STAINLESS STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Length
14
Diameter
1.6
Description
CYLINDRICAL STAINLESS STEEL PEN LIGHT WITH POCKET CLIP MOUNTED VERTICALLY ALONG SIDE. "EVEREADY" IS STAMPED INTO CLIP. SLIGHT CORROSION ON SIDE.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
PEN LIGHT BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041474
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
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Other Name
RADIO SHACK MODEL 65-660 CALCULATOR
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, RUBBER
Catalogue Number
P19970041556
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
RADIO SHACK MODEL 65-660 CALCULATOR
Date Range From
1980
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PLASTIC, RUBBER
No. Pieces
1
Height
4.5
Length
16.5
Width
15
Description
BEIGE AND BLACK CALCULATOR WITH BEIGE BUTTONS AND "RADIO SHACK" ALONG FRONT EDGE. SCREEN IS TILTED AT 45 DEGREE ANGLE FROM SURFACE OF MACHINE. ON BOTTOM ARE TWO SILVER COLORED LABELS. ONE HAS "RADIO SHACK MOD. 65-660" AND ELECTRONIC INFORMATION ON IT. THE OTHER IS WARNING FOR BATTERY USE.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
CALCULATOR BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041556
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19990061026
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1990
Materials
STEEL, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
27.5
Length
27.2
Width
11.6
Description
BLACK PAINTED, STEEL. HAS A FLAT, RECTANGULAR BASE. A METAL LABEL ON BASE, TOWARDS THE FRONT, READS "MADE IN U.S.A.", AND HAS A RED OUTLINE. A BLACK AND SILVER, METAL LABEL ON BASE, TOWARDS BACK, READS "SINCE 1887 CUMMINS MODEL 15 SERIAL 7539 CUMMINS PERFORATOR COMPANY CHICAGO". BACK OF PERFORATOR EXTENDS UP FROM BASE AND BENDS IN AN ARCH TOWARDS THE FRONT. TOWARDS THE FRONT, THIS ARCH EXTENDS DOWNWARD INTO A RECTANGULAR SHAPE. ON TOP IS A LARGE SLIGHTLY CURVED HANDLE - HANDLE CAN BE PUSHED DOWN. ON FRONT END OF PERFORATOR IS A STEEL DRAWER WITH A CIRCULAR HANDLE.
Subjects
PRINTING T&E
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
MUSEUM OBTAINED ITEMS FROM LETHBRIDGE EATON'S STORE IN 1999. DUE TO COMPANY BANKRUPTCY, EATON'S STORES ACROSS CANADA WERE CLOSED, INCLUDING THE LETHBRIDGE LOCATION IN PARK PLACE MALL. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE T. EATON COMPANY STORES IN LETHBRIDGE. THE FOLLOWING BRIEF HISTORY OF LETHBRIDGE'S EATON'S STORE WAS DEVELOPED WITH INFORMATION FROM GALT ARCHIVES AND LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM THE FALL OF 1988. THE T. EATON COMPANY WAS FOUNDED IN TORONTO IN 1869 BY TIMOTHY EATON. THE FIRST LETHBRIDGE EATON'S 'TECO' STORE WAS OPENED IN 1927 IN THE BASEMENT OF THE DOMINION BLOCK ON THE CORNER OF 4 AVENUE AND SIXTH STREET SOUTH. AFTER A FIRE, THE BUILDING WAS RENOVATED AND COMPLETELY TAKEN OVER BY THE EATON'S STORE, WHICH OPERATED IN THAT LOCATION UNDER PERIODIC RENOVATIONS FROM 1929 UNTIL THE OPENING OF THE PARK PLACE MALL IN 1988, IN WHICH EATON'S WAS AN ANCHOR RETAILER. IN 1989 A PORTION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE ART COLLECTION WAS TEMPORARILY PUT ON DISPLAY IN THE VACANT EATON'S BUILDING, AND PROPOSALS WERE MADE TO MAKE THE INSTALLATION PERMANENT, BUT EVENTUALLY THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD AND DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BANK OF MONTREAL BRANCH. IN 1999 THE EATON'S STORE IN PARK PLACE MALL CLOSED JUST PRIOR TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BANKRUPTCY OF THE LARGER T. EATON COMPANY LIMITED. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19930072001 FOR HARDCOPIES OF SOURCE MATERIAL.
Catalogue Number
P19990061026
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
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