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Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19739498000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1914
Materials
WOOD, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
140.0
Width
66.0
Description
12 ROWS OF 12 WOOD BEADS EACH.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
USED IN LOCAL SCHOOLS AS ARITHMATIC TEACHING DEVICE.
Catalogue Number
P19739498000
Acquisition Date
1973-02
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD
Catalogue Number
P19970041325
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1950
Date Range To
1960
Materials
WOOD
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.3
Length
38.5
Width
6.7
Description
RECTANGULAR WOOD FRAME WITH 28 ROWS OF 6 WOOD BEADS, FIVE ON ONE SIDE OF WHITE DIVIDER THAT RUNS DOWN LENGTH AND HAS BLACK DOTS AT REGULAR INTERVALS. SHAFTS WHICH HOLD BEADS ARE WOOD. WOOD HAS DARK FINISH.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
ABACUS WAS USED OCCASIONALLY BY DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA WHO WAS AN ANGLICAN PRIEST SERVING IN COALDALE. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WERE ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE RELOCATED TO SLOCAN CITY(1942) BY THE CANADIAN GOV'T. DONOR'S FATHER, REV. 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
P19970041325
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1925
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19694693000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1925
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
17.7
Length
36.5
Width
2.5
Description
BRASS REINFORCED CORNERS. WOODEN BEADS.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
Catalogue Number
P19694693000
Acquisition Date
1969-10
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
P19683475000-GA
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
MAHOGANY, BAMBOO, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19780225000
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
P19683475000-GA
Date
1900
Materials
MAHOGANY, BAMBOO, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
33.0
Width
16.8
Description
STRAPPED ON CORNERS WITH BRASS STRIPS & NAILS, FOR REINFORCEMENT. THE BRASS STRIP IS MISSING FROM THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER. ALSO THE DOVETAIL JOINT IS LOOSE IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER. NAILS MISSING FROM LEFT SIDE BRASS STRAPS. ABACUS IS COMPLETE WITH ALL WOODEN COUNTERS. BACK OF RIGHT SIDE IS CUT IN, E.G. THE RIGHT SIDE PIECE IS HALF THE THICKNESS (1.6 CM) OF THE OTHER SIDE PIECES. THE BACK INSIDE EDGE OF THE OTHER THREE SIDE PIECES ARE GROOVED, PRESUMABLY THIS WAS TO ALLOW FOR A SLIDING PIECE TO BE INSERTED FROM THE RIGHT AS A BACKPIECE. THIS BACK PIECE IS MISSING. BACK EDGE OF CENTRE BRACE PIECE SPLIT.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
MERCHANDISING T&E
Historical Association
BUSINESS
History
LEONG WAY BORN IN CHINA IN 1879 & IMMIGRATED IN 1892. AROUND 1900 HE OPENED THE "BOW ON TONG CO." STORE (GOOD HEALTH MEDICINE STORE) IN VANCOUVER, B.C. AT 13 PENDER STREET WEST. LEONG WAY WAS A TRADITIONALLY TRAINED HERBALIST. THE STORE OPERATED AS A GROCERY-HERBALIST PREMISE. IN 1928 HE MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE & OPENED A HERBALIST SHOP UNDER THE SAME NAME. THIS SOON BECAME THE LARGEST CHINESE HERBALIST SHOP IN CANADA WITH ITEMS IMPORTED FROM CHINA. HE OPERATED THE SHOP UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1967. HIS SON, ALBERT NOW OPERATES THE SHOP. THE ABACUS WAS USED IN THE SHOP.
Catalogue Number
P19780225000
Acquisition Date
1978-11
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19790252000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1921
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.5
Length
10.8
Width
28.8
Description
13 ROWS OF WOODEN BEADS ON BRASS DOWLING. ONE BEAD ABOVE WOODEN DIVIDER & 5 BEADS BELOW. JAPANESE SYMBOLS ENGRAVED INTO WOOD DIVIDER, MARK EACH ROW OF BEADS. WRITTEN OF SIDE "Y. JOE MIYANAGA 1921". "MADE IN JAPAN" STAMPED ON BOTTOM. NATURAL WOOD GRAIN WHICH HAS BEEN OILED.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
REPRESENTS AN OLDER STYLE OF ABACUS. SEE P19790250000-GA FOR HISTORY
Catalogue Number
P19790252000
Acquisition Date
1979-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19800006000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1940
Materials
WOOD, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.5
Length
10.8
Width
28.9
Description
13 ROWS OF 5 BEADS EACH. 13 ROWS OF 1 BEAD EACH. THE CASE OF ABACUS IS MADE OF WOOD. IT APPEARS TO BE HANDMADE & IS PARTLY HELD TOGETHER BY MORTISE AND TENON JOINTS. A STRIP OF WOOD SEPARATES THE ROWS OF 5 BEADS FROM THE ROWS OF 1 BEAD. EACH ROW EXCEPT THE MIDDLE, OR 7TH ROW HAS A JAPANESE CHARACTER CARVED INTO THE WOOD & COLOURED RED. ON BACK OF CASE IN BLUE INK "G. FUKUNAGA", ALSO TWO JAPANESE CHARACTERS. CONSERVATION REPORT ON FILE.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
BUSINESS
History
USED AS A CALCULATOR.
Catalogue Number
P19800006000
Acquisition Date
1978-09
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1973
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
OAK, STEEL
Catalogue Number
P19738100000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1973
Materials
OAK, STEEL
No. Pieces
1
Height
17.8
Length
69.2
Width
3.8
Description
OAK HANDLE, STEEL HEAD. "MADE IN SWEDEN" STAMPED ON HEAD. "3 3/4" STAMPED ON BACK OF HEAD. HANDLE WRAPPED WITH FRICTION TAPE. REMNANTS OF WHITE TAPE ON HANDLE.
Subjects
FORESTRY T&E
WOODWORKING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
Catalogue Number
P19738100000
Acquisition Date
1973-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
FILE STRAPPING DEVICE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19970104004
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FILE STRAPPING DEVICE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
STEEL, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
2
Height
35.5
Length
29
Width
13
Description
STEEL PLATE WITH CLAMP FOR ATTACHING DEVICE TO TABLE EDGE. BELOW PLATE ARE 2 ALUMINUM REELS; THIRD EXTENDS ABOVE. TOP AND ONE OF LOWER REELS CONTAIN ROLL OF ADHESIVE TAPE; THIRD LARGER REEL CONTAINS ROLL OF CLEAR MYLAR. CUTTING LEVER AT ONE END; HAS SPRING. MAIN STEEL PLATE HAS LIP ALONG ONE EDGE FOR FEEDING DOCUMENT INTO ROLLERS TO CREATE HOLDING STRAP. NAMEPLATE BELOW READS "GABS WALLISELLEN". 2. EXTENSION TOOL. CHROME SHAFT WITH SMALL BULB ON ONE END; LARGE ONE AT OTHER END. LARGER BULB IS HOLLOW; TIP THREADED.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
TRADES
History
ITEMS USED BY DONOR WITH CITY'S TECHNICAL SERVICES, FROM 1955-1985. OBJECTS HAVE BEEN IN STORAGE SINCE THAT TIME. DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED CITY ENGINEERING DURING THIS TIME. ITEM USED FOR DRAWING CABINETS.
Catalogue Number
P19970104004
Acquisition Date
1997-06
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
PENCIL BOX & CONTENTS
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CARDBOARD
Catalogue Number
P19970107040
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
PENCIL BOX & CONTENTS
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
CARDBOARD
No. Pieces
21
Height
10
Length
10
Width
10
Description
RECTANGUALAR WOODEN PENCIL BOX WITH A NATURAL SHELLAC FINISH, WHICH CONTAINS 1 WOODEN HANDLED BRUSH, 3 STEEL PENCIL SHARPENER BLADES, 1 BLACK PEN, 1 SHORT YELLOW PENCIL WITH A GREEN END, 1 SHORT YELLOW WOODEN PENCIL, 5 WOODEN PENCILS OF VARIOUS SIZES AND COLOURS, 1 BLACK WOODEN PAINT BRUSH WITH NO BRISTLES, 1 PURPLE AND 1 RED WAX CRAYON, 1 METAL FILE, 1 BRASS COMPASS, 1 HARDENED PINK ERASER, 1 METAL PENCIL SHARPENER, 1 BRASS TOOL, AND 2 WOODEN REMNANTS. FACE OF BOX IS MARKED AND SCRATCHED, & BOX IS DIFFICULT TO CLOSE.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
EDUCATION
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR ITEM BELONGED TO THE ROY SISTERS WHO LIVED IN THE VICTORIA MANSION, AND TAUGHT SCHOOL AT THE ST. ALOUSUIS CONVENT. TAUGHT GRADES 2 & 3 AND GAVE ITEMS TO DONOR'S BROTHER IN THE 1930'S FOR DOING CHORES FOR THEM. *UPDATE* IN 2015 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON DEVELOPED A BIOGRAPHY OF AB CHERVINSKI, THE DONOR OF THIS OBJECT, WITH INFORMATION FROM LETHBRIDGE HERALD ARTICLES FROM 1982, 1989, AND 2011. ADAM ABRAHAM 'AB" CHERVINSKI WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 24, 1920 IN LETHBRIDGE. AS A TEENAGER HE WORKED AS A MESSENGER BOY FOR THE CPR TELEGRAPH OFFICE. CHERVINSKI BRIEFLY LIVED IN ONTARIO DURING HIS SERVICE WITH THE AIR FORCE, BUT RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WORKED FOR ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TELEPHONES FOR 37 YEARS. HE WAS A LIFELONG COLLECTOR OF ANTIQUES, AVID LOCAL HISTORIAN, AND HEAVILY INVOLVED IN MUSICAL THEATRE. AB CHERVINSKI DIED ON JUNE 2, 2011. SEE PERMANENT FILE P19970107001-GA FOR HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ABOUT CHERVINSKI. *UPDATE* IN 2018, COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT ELISE PUNDYK CONDUCTED AN ARTIFACT SURVEY, WHICH INCLUDED A NUMBER OF ARTIFACTS DONATED BY ADAM ABRAHAM CHERVINSKI. EXTENSIVE RESEARCH CONDUCTED TO LOCATE THE DONOR'S LIVING NEXT-OF-KIN WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.
Catalogue Number
P19970107040
Acquisition Date
1997-10
Collection
Museum
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
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLYWOOD, CARDBOARD, METAL
Catalogue Number
P19860050000
Material Type
Artifact
Date
1955
Materials
PLYWOOD, CARDBOARD, METAL
No. Pieces
4
Height
61.0
Length
65.4
Width
20.8
Description
.1 CABINET. PLYWOOD, CARDBOARD. HANDMADE SORTING CABINET, NATURAL, UNSTAINED WOOD DIVIDED IN 100 SQUARES, EACH HAS A WHITE TAG DEPICTING SORTING DISTRICT. .2 BOOK. 2.8 CM TH X 13 CM WTH X 23 CM LTH. CARDBOARD, PAPER, METAL. BLACK. BLACK CARDBOARD COVER, SILVER LETTERING "POSTES CANADA POST" DISTRIBUTION BOOK 17 RING BINDER. .3 BOX. 8 CM HT (INCL. LID) X 14 CM WTH X 24 CM LTH. CARDBOARD, TIN. 2 PCES. WINE. WINE COLORED BOX AND LID FASTENED WITH AN ELASTIC BAND. TIN BANDS ON EACH END. WRITTEN ON TOP "P.O. CASE CARDS". .4 CARDS. 4.3 CM WTH X 8.2 CM LTH. CARDBOARD. CARDS ARE WHITE, NAME OF TOWN, CITY, ETC. PRINTED IN BLACK.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
PROFESSIONS
History
POST OFFICE SORTING CABINET, BOOK & CARDS, USED FOR TRAINING STAFF TO RAPIDLY AND ACCURATELY SORT MAIL. DONOR WAS EMPLOYED AT THE POST OFFICE FROM 1955-79. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY JAMES BURNESS. ACCORDING TO HIS LETHBRIDGE HERALD OBITUARY, THE DONOR, "JAMES (JIM) NICOL BURNESS OF LETHBRIDGE, PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY ON FEBRUARY 16, 2005 AT THE AGE OF 86. JIM, THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF ANN BURNESS (NEE YANOTA), WAS BORN MAY 11, 1918 IN LETHBRIDGE. A DESCENDANT OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA PIONEERS, JIM GREW UP AND RECEIVED HIS EDUCATION IN BURDETT, ALBERTA AND AT THE AGE OF 24 ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN ARMY, WHERE HE SERVED PROUDLY AS A STRETCHER-BEARER WITH THE INFANTRY IN THE ITALIAN CAMPAIGN OF WORLD WAR TWO. AFTER THE WAR HE WORKED IN CONSTRUCTION FOR TEN YEARS IN BANFF AND LETHBRIDGE. IN 1949 HE MARRIED ANN YANOTA OF BLAIRMORE AND THEY SETTLED IN LETHBRIDGE. THEY BUILT THEIR OWN HOME, ONE IN WHICH THEY LIVED FOR OVER 50 YEARS. JIM COMPLETED A 24-YEAR CAREER WITH THE POST OFFICE, HELPING REVITALIZE THE POSTAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION... HE WAS A MEMBER OF ROTARY, KINSMEN, SHRINERS, SCOTTISH RITE, AND THE LETHBRIDGE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB." SEE PERMANENT RECORD P19860042001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
Catalogue Number
P19860050000
Acquisition Date
1985-01
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.
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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
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.
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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
DESKTOP CALCULATOR
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P19900020069
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
DESKTOP CALCULATOR
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Length
30
Width
26.2
Description
PLASTIC CASE WITH PAPER PRINTOUT & FULL FEATURE PROGRAMMABLE NUMERIC KEYPAD, WITH KEY LOCKED ON/OFF SWITCH. 3 BUTTONS TO CONTROL PRINTOUT. "TEXAS INSTRUMENTS PC-100C" "TI PROGRAMMABLE 59 SOLID STATE SOFTWARE" ELECTRIC AC.
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DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
FROM BREWERY LABORATORY. SEE P19900020001-GA FOR LETHBRIDGE BREWERY HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19900020069
Acquisition Date
1990-05
Collection
Museum
Less detail
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.
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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
Less detail
Other Name
FINGERPRINT KEYSEARCH CARDS
Date Range From
1984
Date Range To
1990
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19960112027
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
FINGERPRINT KEYSEARCH CARDS
Date Range From
1984
Date Range To
1990
Materials
PAPER
No. Pieces
4
Length
20.6
Width
13
Description
FOUR CREAM-COLORED PAPER CARDS WITH BLUE TRIM, AND "LETHBRIDGE CITY POLICE FORCE KEYSEARCH LATENT FINGERPRINT FORM 1" PRINTED AT TOP. HOLES PERFORATED AROUND EDGES, ENCODED WITH VARIOUS FINGERPRINT CHARACTERISTICS. DETAILS: .1 FINGERPRINTS OF "TOPE BYRON DAVID"; DATED "85/05/29". REVERSE BLANK. .2 FINGERPRINTS OF "LABRECQUE, KENNETH WADE", PRINTED ON WHITE SHEETS ADHERE TO CARD. DATED "85-3-8". .3 PHOTO OF FINGERPRINTS FOUND ON OBJECT; TAPED TO CARD. PRINT IS CIRCLED IN PHOTO, AND SCALED BY RULED STICKER JUST ABOVE. NAME IDENTIFIED AS "CSIZMADIA"; DATED "85/4/9". REVERSE HAS HANDWRITTEN "KEYSEARCHED 85/4/10 85/4/19". .4 PHOTO OF FINGERPRINTS FOUND ON OJBECT; TAPED TO CARD. RULED STICKER ABOVE PRINT WITH "MOTOWN TOYOTA". "1984 - OTTAWA SUBMISSION - NEG." AT BOTTOM. DATED "84-6-24". REVERSE HAS SECOND PHOTO OF PRINTS FOUND ON OBJECT.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
PART OF KEY/PUNCH FINGERPRINT SYSTEM; USED WITH ITEMS P19960112025,26-GA TO COMPARE A PARTIAL FINGERPRINT FOUND AT A CRIME SCENE WITH AN ORIGINAL SET OF PRINTS PROVIDED BY THE ACCUSED. FINGERPRINT CHARACTERISTICS WERE IDENTIFIED ON CARD BY PUNCHING TAB IN CODED BOXES AROUND CARD EDGE. KEY WAS SLOTTED THROUGH STACK OF CARDS, WHICH WAS SHAKEN OUT TO IDENTIFY MATCHING CHARACTERISTICS AMONG CARDS, WHICH COULD THEN BE FURTHER NARROWED BY REPEATING PROCESS. USED BY LETHBRIDGE POLICE BEGINNING IN 1984. HOLES PUNCHED ON THE EDGE OF THE CARDS IDENTIFIED THE MAIN FEATURES OF EACH PRINT. BY INSERTING THE RODS THROUGH STACKS OF CARDS AND SHAKING THE PILE, INVESTIGATORS ELIMINATED PRINTS UNTIL A MATCHING CLASSIFICATION WAS FOUND. RESULTS WERE THEN CONFIRMED BY A FINGERPRINT TECHNICIAN. NO TWO FINGERPRINTS HAVE EVER BEEN FOUND TO BE IDENTICAL IN EVERY DETAIL. FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE IS THEREFORE "THE MOST COMMON, MOST SOUGHT AFTER, POSITIVE AND VALUABLE OF ALL TYPES OF EVIDENCE ENCOUNTERED IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS" ACCORDING TO IDENT OFFICER GLEN MICHELSON. THE CARD SYSTEM WAS REPLACED BY THE AUTOMATIC FINGER IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (AFIS), WHICH OFFERS LOCAL INVESTIGATORS ACCESS TO A COMPUTERIZED DATABASE IN CALGARY. IT IS CLAIMED THAT THE CARDS WERE "SIGNED BY MEMBERS SUCH AS CST. TERRY TOWNSEND AND GORD SCHEURMAN". FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MICHELSON'S IDENT CAREER, SEE ARTIFACT'S PERMANENT FILE. *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING SOME DONATED BY THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES. FOR A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE COLLECTION, SEE RECORD P19960112001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE POLICE SERVICES AND TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS AND CORRESPONDENCE WITH CURRENT AND FORMER LETHBRIDGE POLICE, SEE PERMANENT FILE P19960112000.
Catalogue Number
P19960112027
Acquisition Date
1996-12
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
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
Less detail
Other Name
ARTILLERY SITE TABLE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, PAPER, TIN
Catalogue Number
P19960033056
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ARTILLERY SITE TABLE
Date Range From
1960
Date Range To
1970
Materials
WOOD, PAPER, TIN
No. Pieces
3
Description
1. PLOT WHEEL: 30CM (D) X 0.6CM (H) SET OF WHEELS SCREWED TOGETHER AT CENTER. EACH WHEEL IS A TIN CIRCLE WITH LAMINATED PAPER COVERING IT. EACH WHEEL HAS NUMBERS AND GRAPHS FOR CALCULATING ARTILLERY CHARGES AND BEARINGS. THE TWO OUTER WHEELS HAVE CLEAR PLASTIC TABS AND FRONT INNER WHEEL HAS A TIN TAB WITH ROUNDED END. ON BOTTOM IS PLASTIC RULE WHICH PIVOTS AROUND THE MIDDLE. AT MIDDLE OF BACK IS "FT 105-H-6". FRONT WHEEL HAS VERTICAL NOTCH FOR READING NUMBERS ON THE WHEEL BELOW. ON FRONT WHEEL IS BLUE PLASTIC TAPE WITH "20 INDEP FD BTY LETHBRIDGE ALTA" RAISED ON IT. WHEEL HAS A FEW SCUFF MARKS. 2. PLOTTING RULE: 36.8CM X 7.1CM X 1.7CM WOOD RULER WITH CLEAR PLASTIC SLIDE BUILT AROUND IT. RULE IS RECTANGULAR IN SHAPE WITH MIDDLE PORTION CUT OUT TO FIT A SLIDING RULER INSIDE. BOTH THE BASE AND SLIDING RULER HAVE WHITE LAMINATED COVERINGS. BOTH SIDES OF RULER AND TOP OF BASE HAVE VARIOUS NUMBERS AND SCALES. SLIDE BUILT AROUND BASE IS TWO PIECES OF CLEAR PLASTIC RIVETED TO WOOD ENDS WHICH SLIDE ALONG LENGTH OF RULE. AT RIGHT END OF SLIDE RULE IS "HOW 105MM FT 105-H-6 PROJ, HE, M1 (METERS)". AT BOTTOM RIGHT IS OF BASE RULE IS "OCT 61 M83" AND AT LEFT CORNER IS "D SITE AND VERTICAL INTERVAL". ON BACK OF RULE BASE IS INFORMATION FOR PLOTTING AND ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES FOR USE. AT BACK NEAR END IS "20 BTY" HAND PRINTED IN BLACK INK. "20 BTY" IS ALSO PRINTED ON PLASTIC SLIDE.
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DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
PLOTTERS WERE FOUND IN STORAGE AT THE ARMOURIES AND DONATED BY 18TH AIR DEFENSE REGIMENT. IN 2009, COMMANDING OFFICER MAJOR MIKE DUGUAY CALLED IT A MANUAL METEROLOGICAL ARTILLERY COMPUTER DEVICE OTHERWISE KNOWN AS A REED GRAPH. NARRATIVE BELOW SOLICITED FROM 18AD MAJOR MIKE DUGAY IN EARLY 2010 WHEN THIS ARTIFACT WAS EXHIBITED AS PART OF THE GALT’S TREASURES & CURIOSITIES DISPLAY. THE NARRATIVE BECAME THE BASIS FOR THE ARTIFACT’S LABEL COPY IN THE EXHIBIT. *** THIS ARTIFACT BROUGHT BACK A FLOOD OF MEMORIES AS IT WAS VERY SIMILAR TO THE SAME DEVICES I TRAINED ON BACK IN THE 1970S. I WILL ALWAYS EMOTIONALLY ATTACH THIS DEVICE TO MY BASIC OFFICER ARTILLERY TRAINING WHICH WAS EXTREMELY DEMANDING AND NOT ALWAYS PLEASANT. OF HISTORICAL INTEREST IS THAT THESE DEVICES WERE ON THE CUSP OF THE COMPUTER REVOLUTION WHICH REPLACED THEM. INTERESTINGLY, MANUAL DEVICES SUCH AS THESE, PROPERLY USED, WERE QUICKER IN THE COMPUTATION OF SIMPLE ARTILLERY FIRING DATA THAN WERE COMPUTERS. IN MANY CASES THIS IS STILL TRUE TODAY. COMPUTERS HOWEVER PROVE THEIR VALUE IN THE SPEEDY COMPUTATION OF MORE COMPLICATED AND MORE ACCURATE FIRING DATA. AS A CONSEQUENCE THESE DEVICES HAVE BEEN REPLACED ENTIRELY BY COMPUTERS IN ALL WESTERN ARMIES. THIS DEVICE WAS USED BY THE LETHBRIDGE ARTILLERY. ***
Catalogue Number
P19960033056
Acquisition Date
1996-06
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1916
Date Range To
1923
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, BRASS, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19850019000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1916
Date Range To
1923
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC, BRASS, PAPER
No. Pieces
8
Length
40.0
Diameter
23.0
Description
.1 PRECISION COMPUTER. .2 MOUNT. STAINLESS STEEL, PLASTIC, BRASS. 2 PIECES. SILVER, BLACK, GRAY. COMPUTER HAS BLACK MOUNT FOR TABLE AT ITS BASE. LARGE THUMB SCREW ON MOUNT. MOUNT HOLDS A 23 CM. DIA. DIAL THAT ROTATES FOR VARIOUS READINGS. IN FRONT OF DIAL THERE IS A SMALL SLIDE RULE 10 CM. LONG AND TWO GUIDES ONE WITH NUMBERS AND ONE WITH A SINGLE LINE. DIAL CAN BE REMOVED BY LOOSENING LARGE CHROME SCREW. .3 DIRECTION BOOKS FOR COMPUTER. 20 CM. LGTH. X 12 CM. WDTH. PAPER. 2 PIECES, FADED WHITE BOOKS HAVE PICTURE OF THE ROSS PRECISION COMPUTER ON FRONT AND LIST OF CONTENTS. BOOKS FOLD OUT FOR VIEWING. CONTAINS FULL INSTRUCTIONS. .4 SAME AS ABOVE. .5 INFORMATION BOOKLET. 16 CM. LGTH. X 9.2 CM. WDTH. PAPER. BLACK & WHITE. HAS PICTURE OF THE ROSS PRECISION COMPUTER ON FRONT PAGE AND A COMPARISON SCALE OF THE COMPUTER AND AN ORDINARY SLIDE-RULE. BOOK FOLDS OUT FOR VIEWING .6 COVER. 24.3 CM. DIA. LEATHERETTE, METAL. BLACK COVER FITS OVER DISK OF COMPUTER. COVER HAS TWO BUTTONS ON BOTTOM PART. IT HAS THE ROSS PRECISION COMPUTER STAMPED INTO THE LEATHERETTE ON THE FRONT SIDE.
Subjects
DATA PROCESSING T&E
Historical Association
INDUSTRY
History
PRECISION COMPUTER C/W CASE & INSTRUCTION BOOKS. THIS PRECISION COMPUTER WAS USED BY L.N.I.D. DRAFTSMEN PLANNING CONSTRUCTION OF IRRIGATION IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA.
Catalogue Number
P19850019000
Acquisition Date
1985-04
Collection
Museum
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