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Author
Johnson, L.P.V.
Publisher
Institute of Applied Art
Material Type
Book
Material Type
Book
Author
Johnson, L.P.V.
Place
Edmonton, Alberta
Publisher
Institute of Applied Art
Publication Date
1970
Physical Description
252 pages, illustrated
Subjects
Aberhart, William 1878-1942
Abstract
Biography of William Aberhart
Call Number
FC 3674.1 A3 J6
Collection
Library
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Aberhart of Alberta / by L.P.V. Johnson and Ola J. MacNutt

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Author
Johnson, L.P.V.
Publisher
Institute of Applied Art
Material Type
Book
Material Type
Book
Author
Johnson, L.P.V.
Place
Edmonton
Publisher
Institute of Applied Art
Publication Date
c1970
Subjects
Aberhart, William, 1878-1943
Call Number
FC 3674.1 A3 J6 1970
Collection
Library
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Date Range
Sept.30, 1971
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
1991107618770
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Scope and Content
No information available.
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
Sept.30, 1971
Description Level
Item
Creator
The Lethbridge Herald
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
No information available.
Access Restrictions
Public Access
Accession No.
1991107618770
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Allied Arts Council Officers Carol Watkinson And Joan Waterfield

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Date Range
1971
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
19901039214
Physical Description
15.5 x 20.3 cm Black and white photograph.
Scope and Content
Allied Arts Council Executive Secretary Carol P. G. Watkinson (left) and Manager Joan S. Waterfield examine a painting in The Bowman Arts Centre.
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
1971
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
15.5 x 20.3 cm Black and white photograph.
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
Allied Arts Council Executive Secretary Carol P. G. Watkinson (left) and Manager Joan S. Waterfield examine a painting in The Bowman Arts Centre.
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19901039214
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Allied Arts Council Officers Carol Watkinson And Joan Waterfield

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Date Range
1971
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
19901039213
Physical Description
15.5 x 20.3 cm Black and white photograph
Scope and Content
Allied Arts Council Executive Secretary Carol P. G. Watkinson (left) and Manager Joan S. Waterfield examine a painting in the Bowman Arts Centre.
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
1971
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
15.5 x 20.3 cm Black and white photograph
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
Allied Arts Council Executive Secretary Carol P. G. Watkinson (left) and Manager Joan S. Waterfield examine a painting in the Bowman Arts Centre.
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19901039213
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Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge fonds

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Date Range
1952-1988
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
19901039000
Physical Description
3.3 m. of textual records. -- 17 photographs.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of minutes of executive and annual general meetings of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge, financial records, correspondence, and project files pertaining to activities of the Council and its member groups.
Date Range
1952-1988
Fonds
Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge
Physical Description
3.3 m. of textual records. -- 17 photographs.
History / Biographical
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was established in 1952 to coordinate and support the development of the arts in Lethbridge. The Council operates the Bowman Arts Centre.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of minutes of executive and annual general meetings of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge, financial records, correspondence, and project files pertaining to activities of the Council and its member groups.
Notes
Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Accession No.
19901039000
Category
Arts
Collection
Archive
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Allied Arts Council Papers: Executive Secretary/Visual Arts Officer Files

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Date Range
1952-1988
Material Type
Manuscript
Accession No.
19901039000
Physical Description
1.8 Metres. 29 Boxes.
Scope and Content
Papers of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge compiled by the council’s Executive Secretary and Visual Arts Officer, Mrs. Carol P. G. Watkinson. The material consists of meeting minutes, financial information, and correspondence. Also included is information about the Bowman Arts Centre and Gene…
Material Type
Manuscript
Date Range
1952-1988
Physical Description
1.8 Metres. 29 Boxes.
Physical Condition
Excellent
History / Biographical
For further information see attached note about the provenance and original order of the collection.
Scope and Content
Papers of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge compiled by the council’s Executive Secretary and Visual Arts Officer, Mrs. Carol P. G. Watkinson. The material consists of meeting minutes, financial information, and correspondence. Also included is information about the Bowman Arts Centre and Genevieve Yates Memorial Centre, as well as the Arts Council's member groups and activities.
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19901039000
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Allied Arts Council Papers: General Office Files

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Date Range
1959-1986
Material Type
Manuscript
Accession No.
19901039030
Physical Description
1.5 Metres. 176 Files.
Scope and Content
19901039030 -75 - Files pertaining to the administration and operation of the Allied arts Council of Lethbridge. Included are minutes of Executive and Annual general meetings, correspondence, information about other arts organizations, general and training information provided by the Provincial Gov…
Material Type
Manuscript
Date Range
1959-1986
Physical Description
1.5 Metres. 176 Files.
Physical Condition
Excellent
History / Biographical
For further information see P19901039000 about the provenance and original order of the collection.
Scope and Content
19901039030 -75 - Files pertaining to the administration and operation of the Allied arts Council of Lethbridge. Included are minutes of Executive and Annual general meetings, correspondence, information about other arts organizations, general and training information provided by the Provincial Governments' Cultural Development Branch, and AAC staffing information. color coded red. 1964-1986. 1990103906 - 86 - Files pertaining to the administration and maintenance of the Bowman Arts Centre. Included are operating budgets and grant information, correspondence with the city's culture and recreation director, house management committee minutes, and building use survey information. Also included is information regarding facility rental fees and agreements, information about building repairs, and records of the women's committee. Color - coded blue. 1059-1976. 1990103987 -175 - Files pertaining to porjects and activities sponsored and supported by the AAC. These include the Alberta Regional Drama Festival, various musical and dramatic performances, the Southern Alberta Visual Arts and Crafts Festival and the Lethbridge Lidfelong Learning Associaion. Also included is information about the children's summer arts and crafts programs. Color-coded green. 1966-1980. 19901039176 - 177 - Files pertaining to the Genevieve E. Yates Memorial Centre. Included is information regarding the centre's construction, the newspaper clippings regarding building renovation and expansion. Color-coded brown. 1966-195. 19901039178 - 205 - Files pertaining to Allied Arts Council member organizations. Included are files on 22 member groups and their activities. In some cases histories of the groups are included as well. Color-coded orange. 1959-1985.
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19901039030
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Allied Arts Council President

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Date Range
9 June 1970
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
1991107613438
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Scope and Content
Photographs of Dr. Keith Lowings, Lethbridge general practitioner who was elected president of the Allied Arts Council.
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
9 June 1970
Description Level
Item
Creator
The Lethbridge Herald
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
Photographs of Dr. Keith Lowings, Lethbridge general practitioner who was elected president of the Allied Arts Council.
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Public Access
Accession No.
1991107613438
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Date Range
4 November 1970
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
1991107615144
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Scope and Content
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was more than a little disappointed at the reception given to their open house which was by invitation. Only one representative of city hall turned up out of eight people invited. The open house was held at the Bowman Arts Centre. The sole city invitee was Vera…
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
4 November 1970
Description Level
Item
Creator
The Lethbridge Herald
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was more than a little disappointed at the reception given to their open house which was by invitation. Only one representative of city hall turned up out of eight people invited. The open house was held at the Bowman Arts Centre. The sole city invitee was Vera Ferguson.
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Accession No.
1991107615144
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Date Range
4 November 1970
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
1991107615145
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Scope and Content
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was more than a little disappointed at the reception given to their open house which was by invitation. Only one representative of city hall turned up out of eight people invited. The open house was held at the Bowman Arts Centre. The sole city invitee was Vera…
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
4 November 1970
Description Level
Item
Creator
The Lethbridge Herald
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was more than a little disappointed at the reception given to their open house which was by invitation. Only one representative of city hall turned up out of eight people invited. The open house was held at the Bowman Arts Centre. The sole city invitee was Vera Ferguson.
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Accession No.
1991107615145
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Date Range
4 November 1970
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
1991107615145
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Scope and Content
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was more than a little disappointed at the reception given to their open house which was by invitation. Only one representative of city hall turned up out of eight people invited. The open house was held at the Bowman Arts Centre. The sole city invitee was Vera…
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
4 November 1970
Description Level
Item
Creator
The Lethbridge Herald
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was more than a little disappointed at the reception given to their open house which was by invitation. Only one representative of city hall turned up out of eight people invited. The open house was held at the Bowman Arts Centre. The sole city invitee was Vera Ferguson.
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Accession No.
1991107615145
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Archive
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Date Range
4 November 1970
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
1991107615146
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Scope and Content
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was more than a little disappointed at the reception given to their open house which was by invitation. Only one representative of city hall turned up out of eight people invited. The open house was held at the Bowman Arts Centre. The sole city invitee was Vera…
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
4 November 1970
Description Level
Item
Creator
The Lethbridge Herald
Physical Description
Black and white negative
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge was more than a little disappointed at the reception given to their open house which was by invitation. Only one representative of city hall turned up out of eight people invited. The open house was held at the Bowman Arts Centre. The sole city invitee was Vera Ferguson.
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1991107615146
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Other Name
"PIONEER"
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
2000
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
METAL, GLASS
Catalogue Number
P20060019001
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
"PIONEER"
Date Range From
1929
Date Range To
2000
Materials
METAL, GLASS
No. Pieces
1
Height
6.9
Length
9.4
Width
8.5
Description
ALTIMETER, GAUGE, METAL AND GLASS. BLACK FACE WITH BROWNISH RED NUMBERS AND BROWNISH RED AND BLACK NEEDLE, NUMBERS MARKED “0…18” AROUND EDGES, FACE MARKED “ALTITUDE… PIONEER…A743B-1137.” CASE SURROUNDING FACE IS BLACK PAINTED METAL, PAINT LOSS ON FRONT, FOUR HOLES IN FOUR CORNERS AND METAL ROD ON BOTTOM FRONT OF FACE. PAPER LABEL COMING OFF OF BACK OF GAUGE MARKED “UNDER, PATEN(?),” REDDISH BROWN AND PUCE SPLATTERS ON SIDE OF GAUGE.
Subjects
AEROSPACE TRANSPORTATION-ACCESSORY
Historical Association
ASSOCIATIONS
TRANSPORTATION
History
ACCORDING TO DONOR GARY HODGE AT TIME OF DONATION, HE RECEIVED THE ALTIMETER FROM HIS UNCLE, ART LARSON. CORRESPONDANCE BETWEEN LARSON AND "STEPHENS" (NICKNAMED STEVIE) FROM FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 3, 1937 SHOWS THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO FIND AN ALTIMETER TO SUIT THEIR NEEDS. IT IS POSSIBLE THIS ARTIFACT IS THE "PIONEER ALTIMETER IN A SECOND HAND STORE FOR WHICH THE YID WANTED BUCKS TWO AND A HALF," STEPHENS WAS REFERRING TO. "LARSON SPENT HIS EARLY DAYS IN LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE COMPLETED HIGH SCHOOL. HIS FATHER WAS A CARPENTER AND MASTER CRAFTSMEN. LARSON BECAME INTERESTED IN AVIATION AFTER LINDBERG FLEW THE ATLANTIC. HE AND HIS FRIENDS, IVAN THOMSON AND JIM FINDLAY, BEGAN BUILDING GLIDERS IN 1929. FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS LARSON WAS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THE LETHBRIDGE GLIDING CLUB. DURING THIS TIME HE MADE WELL OVER 300 GLIDER FLIGHTS. IN 1939 HE SET ONE OF THE FIRST UNOFFICIAL GLIDING RECORDS IN CANADA. LARSON SPENT THE WAR YEARS IN CALGARY AS AN AIRFRAME INSTRUCTOR FOR THE WAR EMERGENCY TRAINING PROGRAM. IN 1947 HE RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE WHERE HE WAS EMPLOYED AS AN ASSESSOR FOR THE CITY UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1978." UPDATE: ON 6 NOVEMBER 2017, GALT CURATOR AIMEE BENOIT CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH GLIDER OBJECTS’ DONOR GARY HODGE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING A TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW, PLEASE SEE THIS RECORD’S PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20060019001
Acquisition Date
2006-04
Collection
Museum
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Date Range
1947-1987
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20171094
Physical Description
0.3 m of textual records, over 500 photographs, 1 sketch
Scope and Content
The materials were preserved and enhanced through research by Joyce Sasse 001: 1963 Day planner 002: 1964 Day planner 003: 1965 Day planner 004: Book- Proud Procession (1947) 005: Book- Young Explorers (1947) 006: Book- Totem Tipi and Tumpline (1955) 007: Book- No Man Stands Alone (1965) 008: Book…
Date Range
1947-1987
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Annora Brown
Physical Description
0.3 m of textual records, over 500 photographs, 1 sketch
History / Biographical
Annora Brown was born outside of Red Deer in 1899 and died at the age of 88 in Deep Cove, British Columbia in 1987 where she retired. Brown is one of the Alberta’s foremost early artists. Based for much of her life in historic Fort Macleod, Brown played a major role in creating a ‘picture’ of Southern Alberta: its wild landscape, First Nations, pioneer rural communities, local history- above all its wondrous nature symbolized by the wildflower. Her work was able to capture the culture of the First nation communities that she lived near. Her father was Edmund Foster Brown and mother was Elizabeth Ethel (Cody) Brown. Her mother supported and encouraged Brown’s love for art and from 1925-1929 Brown attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She returned in 1929 and developed and art program for Calgary’s Mounted Royal College but later had to leave due to her mother’s illness. A student of the celebrated landscape painters, known as the Group of Seven (1920-1933), Brown’s artistic practice spans the 1930s to mid-1980s. During that time, she cobbled together a living as an artist, often by teaching, illustrating books and magazines, and selling, whenever she could, her captivating paintings in watercolor, tempera oil and later serigraph prints. In 1945-1950, brown worked as a respected artist and teacher at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She was also commissioned to paint over 200 western wild flowers for the Glenbow Foundation. Brown’s work was also included in Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, University of Alberta in Edmonton, United College in Winnipeg, and the Canadian Handicrafts Guild in Montreal. She was also awarded a prize in the Alberta Government’s 1955 Jubilee Contest for Alberta painters. In 1965 Brown retired to Deep Cove British Columbia to paint and garden. She had given a “voice” to a region that had been rarely presented in Canadian art. Her attention to the unique aspects of Old Man’s Country like Niitsitapi, the character and isolation of its small rural communities as well as its unforgettable environment was expressed mainly through her focus on wildflowers and native plants. Buoyed by the conviction that a woman’s activities “need not be limited to polishing furniture and raising babies”, Brown was also a writer and author of two books: the Western Canadian classic Old Man’s Garden and her autobiographical Sketches from Life. She was the first woman to receive an honorary degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1971 for her contribution to “western art and living.” (written by Mary-Beth Laviolette; Summer 2016 Gallery Exhibit at Galt Museum)
Scope and Content
The materials were preserved and enhanced through research by Joyce Sasse 001: 1963 Day planner 002: 1964 Day planner 003: 1965 Day planner 004: Book- Proud Procession (1947) 005: Book- Young Explorers (1947) 006: Book- Totem Tipi and Tumpline (1955) 007: Book- No Man Stands Alone (1965) 008: Book- Canaries on the Clothesline (1974) 009: Sketch of Annora Brown oversized 010: 26 Photos of the Rockies 011: 2 Photos, Editorial, Crighton photocopy with description 012: 8 Photos of her house and her graduation 013: 17 Photos of the cabin, 5 prints, letters about her house in Fort Macleod, and letters from the Town of Fort Macleod 014: Research notes of Annora Brown by Joyce Sasse 015: 215 Photos building the cabin 016: 250 Photos of her art, excerpt of Sketches from Life, and later years; 3 Newspaper cutouts Language: English
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20171094
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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1976
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOVEN CLOTH
Catalogue Number
P19770056000
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1976
Materials
WOVEN CLOTH
No. Pieces
1
Length
106.7
Width
2.8
Description
WOVEN CLOTH. BURGUNDY, RED, ORANGE, PINK, ROYAL BLUE, BLACK, TURQUOISE, GREEN, WHITE, YELLOW. WHITE FRINGE AT BOTH ENDS OF THE APRON.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
DOMESTIC
History
KNOWN AS A DANCING OR SUNDAY APRON, HANDMADE IN WESTERN UKRAINE IN A MOUNTAINOUS REGION KNOWN AS KARPYTAIN *UPDATE* IN 2014 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT JANE EDMUNDSON CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF ART OBJECTS, INCLUDING THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE DONORS. THE FOLLOWING DETAILS ABOUT THE DONORS, NICK AND ANN BORDENIUK, AND THE ORIGIN OF THE OBJECTS INCLUDED IN THEIR 1977 DONATION WERE FOUND IN A HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM THE DONORS IN THE PERMANENT FILE. NICK BORDENIUK WAS BORN IN CZERNIWICI, UKRAINE ON MAY 20, 1895. HE FIRST CAME TO QUEBEC IN 1913, WORKING AS A MINER AND ON VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION SITES INCLUDING THAT OF THE ST. LAWRENCE BRIDGE IN 1916. IN 1922 HE ARRIVED IN LETHBRIDGE AND WORKED AT THE NO. 6 MINE. IN 1940 HE MOVED TO FERNIE, B.C. AND WORKED IN COAL CREEK UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1958. ANN BORDENIUK WAS BORN IN LWOW, UKRAINE AND MOVED TO HILLCREST, ALBERTA IN 1936. SHE ALSO MOVED TO FERNIE AND MARRIED NICK THERE IN 1955. IN 1976 THE BORDENIUKS MOVED FROM THEIR HOME INTO TOM UPHILL MANOR IN FERNIE, AND DONATED THEIR COLLECTION OF UKRAINIAN OBJECTS TO THE GALT MUSEUM. ALL OF THE OBJECTS WERE HANDMADE IN THE MOUNTAINOUS REGION OF KARPYTIAN IN WESTERN UKRAINE. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR HANDWRITTEN NOTE ON THE BIOGRAPHY OF THE DONORS.
Catalogue Number
P19770056000
Acquisition Date
1976-10
Collection
Museum
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Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
NYLON
Catalogue Number
P19960112087
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1970
Date Range To
1980
Materials
NYLON
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.1
Length
50.6
Width
9.8
Description
ORANGE/RED POLYESTER ARMBAND WITH TWO ROWS OF THREE SNAPS TO ADJUST LENGTH WHEN WORN. PALE YELLOW FELT ELLIPTICAL PATCH SEWN TO CENTRE WITH NAVY BLUE TRIM AND "SECURITY SUPERVISOR".
Subjects
PERSONAL SYMBOL
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
*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
P19960112087
Acquisition Date
1996-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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Date Range
[1970]
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Photograph
Accession No.
19760230078
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Scope and Content
A side profile of Art Bedster. He was a foreman for the City of Lethbridge.
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Material Type
Photograph
Date Range
[1970]
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
Black and white photograph
Physical Condition
Good
History / Biographical
Local.
Scope and Content
A side profile of Art Bedster. He was a foreman for the City of Lethbridge.
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19760230078
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Arthur L. Larson Fonds: The Lethbridge Glider Club

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Date Range
1934-1986
Description Level
Item
Material Type
Mixed Media
Accession No.
20061007000
Physical Description
Approximately 4 cm of manuscript and print material 160 photographs 4 books
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of correspondence, photocopies of club log books and other club records, design drawings and photographs from Art Larson's time as a member of the Lethbridge Glider Club. Also included are general articles pertaining to gliding in Alberta and Canada, a copy of Bruce Gowan's artic…
Material Type
Mixed Media
Date Range
1934-1986
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
Approximately 4 cm of manuscript and print material 160 photographs 4 books
Physical Condition
Good
History / Biographical
The Lethbridge Gliding Club was born in 1929 when three teenage boys – Art Larson, Jim Findlay and Ivan Thomson – decided to build a Primary Glider. Art Larson, leader of the group, became enthused with flying after a ride in Jock Palmer’s Curtiss Standard J-1 in 1926. The boys worked in Larson’s garage, assisted by Art’s father Samuel who was a carpenter and was able to provide considerable advice about how to construct the woodwork. In the spring of 1930 the group – now calling themselves the Prairie Gliders – made repeated attempts to launch the glider, without success. It was not until they decided to give 13 year old Billy Ritson a ride that success was achieved. Billy soared about 20 feet into the air, and then made a slow turn before crashing back to earth. The wing of the glider was demolished, but Billy Ritson escaped unhurt and became the first person in Lethbridge to make a glider flight. Unfortunately, the Depression had begun and there was no money to repair the glider. Ivan Thomson went on to powered flight, and obtained his commercial pilot’s license in January 1931. He tried to interest Art Larson in a commercial air service venture at Medicine Hat, but before those plans developed Ivan Thomson and his passenger Donald McKenzie were killed in a crash at Lethbridge on 1 February 1931. Jim Findlay and Art Larson continued their interest in gliding and in 1933 purchased a Northrop Primary Glider. As with their first glider, the Northrop would not rise much more than a foot off the ground. Undeterred, Larson decided to build a glider of his own design. The Larson garage was once again the workshop, and success was finally achieved. The Primary Glider launched at 35 miles per hour, and often rose to a height of over 500 feet. Over the next four years the group made more than 1,500 flights in the Larson-designed Primary from the Municipal Airport in north Lethbridge. During those years four new members joined the club: Tom Hardy, John Zmurchyk, John Watson and Bob Niven. Of these four, Hardy and Zmurchyk stuck with the group and both became very good glider pilots. W.P. Stevens (Stevie) was lived in Calgary, but was often in Lethbridge on business and became a member of the gliding club. Jim Fretwell also visited the club from his home in Stettler. Fretwell had organized the Stettler Gliding Club, and became a full time member of the Lethbridge group when he moved to the city in 1937. Evelyn Fletcher joined the club in the fall of 1936, and until July 1939 she kept a detailed log of every flight made by the Lethbridge Gliding Club (LGC). Art Larson made several changes to the Primary from 1933 to 1937, the most important of which was the addition of an enclosed pod for the pilot. This protected the pilot from the weather and allowed flights to be made into November and December. Another modification was the removal of previously installed fabric on the aft fuselage and the addition of trim strips along the pod. The LGC logo was stenciled on the trim strips, below which were the words “Skid Busters”. Jim Findlay had broken the skid during a launch malfunction, and from that point on the airport personnel called the group the Skid Busters. In 1936 the club members decided, on the suggestion of Art Larson, to purchase the plans for the Hutter H-17 glider and build it beginning in January 1937. Construction of this German-designed glider was done in Tom Hardy’s spare bedroom and kitchen. A translator was found to translate the plans from German to English, and metric measuring tapes were also secured for the project. On 15 June 1937 the glider was taken in a trailer to the Municipal Airport, assembled and flown for the first time. A great success, the glider was flown 285 times by the end of the 1937 gliding year in November. The H-17 of the LGC continued in service until the club disbanded with the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939. Even after the club ended, Art Larson kept the glider flying for many more years. In the meantime, the LGC was able to take the Hutter H-17 on the road to Calgary and Fort Macleod. The money to build the glider’s trailer was donated by several Lethbridge businesses whose names appeared on the trailer from 1937 to 1939. Also in 1937, Art Larson had the misfortune to crash the Primary Glider he had designed. Since club members Evelyn Fletcher and Jim Findlay were still training on this glider, the decision was made to repair the Primary by installing a new gull-wing using a modified Hutter airfoil. As the project unfolded, it became apparent that the Primary could not be repaired, and an entirely new two-seat gull-wing glider was built. The test flight was on 13 March 1938, and after the balanced rudder was replaced with an unbalanced one, the two-seater flew well. By the end of June 1937, 221 flights had been made in the gull-wing. In the meantime, all of the club members had qualified on the Hutter H-17, so there was no further need for the gull-wing. It was sold to a gliding group in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The LGC continued on with the H-17 as its only glider. In 1938 members of the club made a record 384 flights, including a number of soaring flights that surpassed previous club marks for altitude and duration. In May 1939 Evelyn Fletcher made her first cross-country flight, covering eight miles in 45 minutes. Art Larson also completed a cross-country flight the same month. It was in July 1939 that Evelyn Fletcher left the LGC to train for her private pilot’s license in Calgary. The club was down to three members – Art Larson, Jim Findlay and Tom Hardy – and by the fall of 1939 they were no longer to keep the LGC going. [Source: “The Lethbridge Gliding Club 1929-1939 Also Known as the Prairie Gliders and The Skid Busters”, by Bruce W. Gowans. 1981]
Language
English
Custodial History
These records belonged to the late Mr. Art Larson, a founding member of the Lethbridge Gliding Club. They were donated to the Archives by Mr. Hodge, Mr. Larson's nephew.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of correspondence, photocopies of club log books and other club records, design drawings and photographs from Art Larson's time as a member of the Lethbridge Glider Club. Also included are general articles pertaining to gliding in Alberta and Canada, a copy of Bruce Gowan's article "The Lethbridge Gliding Club 1929-1939 Also Known as The Prairie Gliders and The Skid Busters", and research information.
Access Restrictions
Public Access
Accession No.
20061007000
Collection
Archive
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Date Range
1962-1978
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
43.2 cm of textual records.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of membership information, newsletters, financial records, correspondence, and reports of Art Putland pertaining to his years as a member of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge, including material pertaining to various Rotary committees he served on.
Date Range
1962-1978
Fonds
Art Putland fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Putland, Art
Physical Description
43.2 cm of textual records.
History / Biographical
Art Putland was a resident of Lethbridge who was involved with the local Rotary Club for many years.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of membership information, newsletters, financial records, correspondence, and reports of Art Putland pertaining to his years as a member of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge, including material pertaining to various Rotary committees he served on.
Notes
Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Finding Aid
File list available.
Related Material
Other material related to Art Putland is located in the Rotary Club of Lethbridge fonds.
Category
Family and personal life.
Name Access
Putland, Art
Collection
Archive
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