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Leona Paterson fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0038
  • Fonds
  • 1896-[201-], predominantly 1940-1998

Fonds documents Paterson's career as a teacher of speech and drama at Mount Royal College, her adjudication work at festivals across Canada, her involvement with Knox United Church, and her work as director of the Mount Royal College Conservatory.

The fonds contains: scrapbooks, daily date books, speech arts theory exams, scripts, travel diaries, programs for speech and drama festivals, photographs of Mount Royal faculty and Paterson's friends and family, Knox United Church records, speeches, toasts, poems and scripts collected by Theresa M. Siegel, audio reels of performances, interviews with Leona Paterson, and original poetry by her husband Harold "Pat" Paterson. The fonds is arranged into the following series: scrapbooks, professional activities, teaching, Harold Paterson, Theresa M. Siegel, personal records, and audiovisual materials.

Leona Paterson

Jo Cormack by Maren Hancock

Item is a copy of a paper by Maren Hancock for the Mount Royal College course Women Studies 2272 titled "Jo Cormack: Continuing the Feminist Tradition."


File consists of a syllabus for the examination prepared by LAMDA, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

AMRC pedagogy

File consists of exams for the A.M.R.C. speech theory pedagogy exam.

Other exam boards

File consists of exam booklets from other institutions besides MRC about exams for speech and public speaking.

Newspaper clipping and speech

File consists of a newspaper clipping about Leona Paterson and here teaching of Canadian speech and a speech about the retirement of Dr. Kelloway.

Address book

File consists of the Paterson's address book with contact information of friends, colleagues and family.

Gr. 6 Trinity

File consists of exams for grade 6 speech from Trinity College of Music, London.

Harold Paterson - Royalite Oil

File consists of magazines, newsletters, correspondence and ephemera related to Royalite Oil Company, where Harold Paterson worked.

Knox United Church

File consists of poetry, notes, speeches, correspondence, scripts and other administration documents about budgets and finances for the Knox United Church.

Poems and Writings

Subseries consists of poems and writings by Harold Patterson given to friends and family, colleagues and other events.

Good morning to myself and other poems

File consists of poems written by Harold Paterson included one titled "Good Morning to Myself and Other Poems." The collection of poems was created by the Southern Alberta Speech Association and given to Harold Paterson.

Poetry for Christmas

File consists of draft and final versions of Christmas letters written by Harold Paterson and other Christmas celebrations.

Poems of tribute

File consists of poems written by Harold Paterson that were written for various individuals.

The voice of the farmer

File consists of correspondence from the Alberta Wheat Pool and a script titled "The Voice of the Farmer."


File consists of plays and poems that start with the letter M.


File consists of plays and poems that start with the letter O.


File consists of plays and poems that start with the letter P.


File consists of plays and poems that start with the letter T.


File consists of plays and poems that start with the letter U.


File consists of various poems listed on a contents page.

A happy ending

File consists of the script for the School of the Spoken Word "A happy Ending."

Patriotic readings

File consists of a collection of stories titled "Patriotic Readings, Mixed Readings."


File consists of notes, Macbeth Act 1, scene 5 and notes about expression.

Greek movement

File consists of a collection of notes and lesson plans titled "Greek Movement" and was property of Clara Salisbury Baker.

Lesson I

File consists of lesson plans for classes, some handwritten, about art, expression and other topics.

Socrates defence at his trial

File consists of a reading titled "Socrates' Defence at His Trial" which was prepared by the English Language Research Inc. and obtained by the Canadian Citizenship Council in Ottawa.

Travel Diaries

Subseries consists of Leona and Harold Pateron's travel diaries, as well as photographs of their travels and other textual records including letters and brochures.

1973 Leona's diary

File consists of Leona Paterson's notebook about travelling to Medicine Hat, Salt Lake City and Toronto.

1977 Leona's diary

File consists of Leona Paterson's notebook about travelling to Red Deer, Victoria, Cardston, Medicine Hat, Toronto, Hamilton, Lethbridge, Winnipeg, Brandon and Logan, Utah.

1980 Leona's diary

File consists of Leona Paterson's notebook about travelling to Cardston, Vanderhoof, High River, Victoria, Edmonton, Camrose, Spokane and Tacoma.

1983 diaries + photos

File consists of photographs of a trip to Palm Spring and three notebooks by Leona Paterson, including travelling to the US with the Robbins and trips to Palm Springs, Victoria, Toronto, Prince George, Vancouver, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Brandon.


File consists of Harold and Leona Paterson's notebooks about trip to Victoria with Anna Christiansen.


Items are a plaque of appreciation awarded to Leona Paterson by the Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Engraved "In Deep Appreciation For Your Sincere Dedication Throughout the Years, Wishing You Happiness Always." Also includes a plaque presented to Leona Paterson from the Southern Alberta Association of Professional Speech Teachers for Honorary Membership for Outstanding Service.

Ethel Boyd

File consists of photographs of Ethel Boyd with writing on back of photos.

Francis Chaplin

File consists of signed photograph to Leona Paterson from Francis Chaplin, who was a student of Clayton Hare's.

Jean Evely (Johnson)

File consists of photographs of Jean Evely, Ralph Johnson, Leona Paterson and Harold Paterson.

Kathleen Tierney

File consists of a photograph of Kathleen Tierney that has been signed by her to "a dear friend."

Beta Sigma Phi

File consists of photographs of Leona Paterson at various Beta Sigma Phi events and celebrations. Many of the photos have individuals names on the back.

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