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Lethbridge Handicraft Guild fonds

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Date Range
1949-2005
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20121043
Physical Description
0.35 m of textual records; 205 photographs
Scope and Content
2012.1043/001 Correspondence 2005; meeting minutes 1994-2002; publication clippings; list of officers, 6 photos 2012.1043/002 Shows and displays 15 slides 2012.1043/003 Guild history, 1962; correspondence, records 1950-1965 2012.1043/004 Ledger 1964-1977 2012.1043/005 Bowman Centre 1964; newsletter…
Parallel Title
Canadian Handicraft Guild - Lethbridge Branch
Date Range
1949-2005
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Lethbridge Handicraft Guild
Physical Description
0.35 m of textual records; 205 photographs
History / Biographical
The history of the Canadian Handicraft Guild dates back to 1902, when the Women's Art Association of Montreal held a large exhibition of handicrafts. A few years later the organization named the Canadian Handicraft Guild was formed with the provision of formation of local branches all across Canada. The first branches outside of Quebec were formed in Edmonton in 1911, Vancouver in 1912 and Winnipeg in 1913. The Alberta Provincial Branch was organized in 1928. The Lethbridge branch was formed in 1935. At the time of the Second World War and the pressure of Red Cross work, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Maclead and Lethbridge branches disbanded. Lethbridge organized again in 1949. The first executive of 1949 included Mrs. J. McIntosh (President), Mrs. C.G. Cope (VP), Mrs. A.C. Head (Secretary) and Mrs. W. Strome (Tresurer). The original group included A.E. Ives, Mrs. D. Woodcock, Mrs. C.B. Johnson, Mrs. C. Farstad, Mrs. E. Church (Woitte), Mrs. J.T. Vallance, Mrs. W. Strome, Mrs. J. Keys, Mrs. G.C. Cope, Mrs. A.C. Head, Miss Lillian McNair, Mrs. Nell Clarke, Mrs, Edith Niven, Mrs. Rita Revenko, Mrs. Linda Gibson, Mrs. Etta Johnston, Mrs. Holly Turnbull, Mrs. Frances Gardiner, Mrs. Maida Bryant, Mrs. Anne Lundy, Mrs. Libby Fumerton, Mrs. Barbara Bruchet and Mrs. Cynthia Russel. The Guild first operated from the Red Cross Rooms. In 1964, the organization moved to the lower level of the Bowman Centre. The Guild offered a variety of classes including weaving, copper, lether, novelties, rugs, petit point, glovemaking, guiltting, knitting, tooled leather and flowers. In 1953 the Guild counted 134 paid members with 10-30 active member core. The activities also included discussions, demonstrations and exhibites. In 1964, Potters group withdrew from the Lethbridge Handicraft Guild. From 1966 to 1974 the following members received Life Membership: Cynthia Russel, Nell Clarke, Lovina Stringam, Etta Johnston.
Scope and Content
2012.1043/001 Correspondence 2005; meeting minutes 1994-2002; publication clippings; list of officers, 6 photos 2012.1043/002 Shows and displays 15 slides 2012.1043/003 Guild history, 1962; correspondence, records 1950-1965 2012.1043/004 Ledger 1964-1977 2012.1043/005 Bowman Centre 1964; newsletter 1987-1990 2012.1043/006 Membership lists various years 2012.1043/007 Administrative records 1952-1955 2012.1043/008 Administrative records 1949-1951 2012.1043/009 Administrative records 1955-1965 2012.1043/010 Guild history manuscript 1949-1993; newsletters 1987-1992; 185 photos 2012.1043/011 Minutes 1976-1982 2012.1043/012 Minutes 1971-1976 2012.1043/013 Minutes 1949-1958 2012.1043/014 Minutes 1958-1966 2012.1043/015 Exhibit Weaving notes and samples, cards and invoices 1958-1960 2012.1091/001 Financial records 2000-2006 2012.1091/002 Financial records 1991-1999 2012.1091/003 Financial records 1979-1991 2012.1091/004 Financial records 1974-1982 2012.1091/005 Minutes 1990-1993 2012.1091/006 Minutes 1993-1997 2012.1091/007 Minutes 1982-1987; annual reports 1982-1987; petty cash 1982-83 2012.1091/008 Minutes 1987-1990 2012.1091/009 Handicraft sales 1978-1989 2012.1091/010 Minutes 1997-1998; 1998-1999; 2000-2001; membership list 1997-1998; 1998-1999
Accession No.
20121043
Collection
Archive
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Date Range
1985-1988
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20131046
Physical Description
25 cm of textual records; over 500 photographs
Scope and Content
The fonds includes the following records: - Marion Biggs' education certificates and diplomas - records related to the Secretarial College - lists of students, articles, promotional brochures and a letter detailing the experience of opening the school in September 1939 - Sketch book of pencil drawi…
Date Range
1985-1988
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Marion Biggs
Physical Description
25 cm of textual records; over 500 photographs
History / Biographical
Marion Phyllis Biggs (1909-2013) grew up on a Beynon Ranch near Drumheller (Rosebud area). She graduated from the Drumheller Business College in 1936 and in 1939 moved to Lethbridge to found the Lethbridge Secretarial College. She run the business until she retired. In her later years she dedicated most of her time to painting and was an active member of the Lethbridge Sketch Club. She was also involved with the Lethbridge Symphony as a musician. The Lethbridge Secretarial College was founded by Marion Biggs in 1939 as a member of Business Educators' Association of Canada. The institution offered Secretarial, Stenography, Cleritype, Typewriting, Bookkeeping, and Machine Calculation. For several decades, Marion Biggs operated the business and served as Principal. Marion Biggs's study of drawing and painting began with a correspondence course from the Art Instructions Schools in Minneapolis in 1969. In 1970 and 1973, she attended short summer sessions at the Banff School of Fine Art. Since 1968, Marion Biggs was a member of the Lethbridge Sketch Club. Her works were exhibited in local galleries and in Frame/Craft Gallery in Edmonton. In 1978, one of her paintings was chosen to tour Canada with the Canada Nature Art Exhibition; another in 1986 by the Alberta Art Foundation. Many of Marion Biggs paintings are found in private collections throughout Canada. Marion Biggs worked mainly in landscape genre using acrylics and colored pencils.
Custodial History
The materials were donated by Sue Wilkie in 2013 after Marion Biggs passed away
Scope and Content
The fonds includes the following records: - Marion Biggs' education certificates and diplomas - records related to the Secretarial College - lists of students, articles, promotional brochures and a letter detailing the experience of opening the school in September 1939 - Sketch book of pencil drawings - Inventory of paintings sold - over 500 photographs reflecting Marion Biggs's private life, travel, and artwork - Christmas postcard mailing list (1952-1988) - Cowling system violin playing lessons - Personal correspondence, ID cards, articles by M. Biggs, records concerning ownership of Beynon Ranch (Springfield Ranch) and plans to convert into a Historic Site
Accession No.
20131046
Collection
Archive
Less detail