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Stephen Wilk fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0041
  • Fonds
  • 1951-2008, predominant 1997-2001

Fonds documents Wilks' work as the coordinator and photo page editor of the Mount Royal College History Project. Wilk worked with author Robert MacDonald on the project to research and write an unpublished book as part of Mount Royal's 90th anniversary celebration titled: "An Institution and its Communities: A History of Mount Royal College 1910-2000." Fonds contains one series of audio recordings of interviews with Mount Royal faculty, staff, and students. Fonds also contains correspondence, book drafts, research notes, brochures and promotional material, newspaper articles, photographs, project proposals, timelines, and progress reports.

Stephen Wilk

Book style MRC history

File documents the preparation of Wilk's Mount Royal history book. The file consists of: correspondence, a student paper on the history of Mount Royal, a draft book introduction and photo index, a photograph of Wilk, a quote for a book cover design, a synopsis of the history book, blank consent/release forms, and draft manuscript and design pages relating to locations around Mount Royal named for college pioneers and early childhood, orchestral, and athletics programs.

Photo essays

File contains drafts of photo essays for inclusion in the Mount Royal College history book, An Institution and Its Communities.

Photographs of presidents and Board of Governors

File contains photographs of a wall of portraits of past Mount Royal presidents and Board of Governors, as well as photographs of the military rolls of honour which list Mount Royal students, faculty and staff that served in the World Wars.

Photograph of music student

Item is a photograph of a student playing a musical instrument with notes on how the photo should be cropped and reduced.

MRC photos

File contains correspondence, notes, a list of individuals to interview regarding Mount Royal's history, a program from an employee rewards ceremony, an invitation to the 'Fabulous Fifties' reunion dinner and dance, photocopies of photographs, newspaper articles, and part of a draft resume.

MRC history project - file 1

File contains correspondence, notes, a Christmas card, a statistical summary report of interviews, a mission design plan for the development of the Mount Royal history project committee, lists of names and contact information for former students, faculty, and staff to be interviewed, a history project progress report, a request to access information form, and a paper on Mount Royal history.

MRC history project - file 2

File contains agendas, minutes, lists of names and contact information for former students/faculty/staff to be interviewed, a mission design plan for the development of the Mount Royal history project committee, the history project budget, a timeline for the research and development of the Mount Royal history project, a research progress summary and progress report, principles to make the history project successful, a news release, a copy of Robert MacDonald's resume, biographical material on Emily Kerby and Patrick John Peter Burns, a draft bibliography, a questionnaire for interview and consultation participants, a list of out of town alumni, a list of photo collections by department, and a research and note taking guide.

Research documents

File contains correspondence, a draft table of contents, a draft overview of Mount Royal College history, printed finding aids from the Glenbow archives, and a master list of interviews.

History project

File contains a copy of a history of Mount Royal College research guide, a proposal for writing, publishing, and distributing two history books and papers on Mount Royal's history, and a copy of the Canada Millennium Partnership Program application guide. File also contains information on millennium projects, project funding, and the Millennium Partnership Program printed from Statistics Canada and the Government of Canada websites.


Item is a bibliography for a research guide on Mount Royal College history.

Reflections on the past

Item is an alphabetical index of individuals interviewed between 1997 and 1998 for the Mount Royal history project.

Newsletters, programs, and brochures

File contains a newsletter for the Southminster United Church, a program for the inaugural recital in the Leonard H. Leacock Music Theatre, and two brochures on the educational program and model of Mount Royal College.

Newspaper articles

File contains newspaper clipping on Mount Royal College from the Calgary Herald and the Encounter.


File contains notes, a draft research and interview guide, the consultation model for the Mount Royal history project, a proposed project budget, a list of significant dates in Mount Royal's history, newspaper articles, a list of Student Association revenue streams, a Mount Royal newsletter, a program for Mount Royal's 70th anniversary celebrations, photocopied pages from Mount Royal yearbooks, information on Mount Royal's architectural design, and a photocopy of the Act to Incorporate Mount Royal College.

Conservatory and fine arts

File contains partial copies of speech and oral communication syllabi and fine arts calendars, articles, newspaper clippings, a list of events celebrating Mount Royal's 70th anniversary, a sermon on love, and a play called "Calgary Gets a College".

Draft guides

File contains drafts of an overview of Mount Royal's history and research and interviewing guides.

Mount Royal faculty

File contains personal information about former Mount Royal faculty member Tom Besse, a list of interview questions, and newspaper clippings.

Nov. 24 1997 meeting

File contains correspondence, working lists of individuals to interview for the Mount Royal history project, an article regarding the opening of the Meditation Centre, and a newspaper clipping.


Item is a bibliography of sources used for the Mount Royal College History Project.

Special convocation program

Item is a program from the special convocation ceremony for the installation of Donald N. Baker as the president of Mount Royal College.

Mount Royal promotional material

File contains a brochure for the child studies program, general recruitment brochures, a poster promoting Mount Royal's 90th anniversary celebrations, a bookmark from the campus bookstore, and an informational booklet about the City Centre Campus.

Degree granting proposal summary

File contains correspondence, an overview of access issues at Mount Royal, a trend tracking sheet for 1986-1991, a proposal summary, and answer sheet.

Pioneer women

File contains a journal article and a newspaper article on Emily Kirby and other pioneer women.

Written histories

File contains a history of the Mount Royal Educational Club written by a former member, and a history of the Secretarial Arts Department written by Laurel Kernick, a former instructor in the Commercial Department.

Calgary Youth Orchestra handbook

Item is a handbook containing information on the history of the Calgary Youth Orchestra, obligations of members, expenses and fees, and workshops, competitions, and tours.

Magazine articles

File contains articles on Mount Royal College in the magazines College & University Business and Canadian Architect.

Morningside Music Bridge

File contains an overview of the Conservatory program, Morningside Music Bridge, and newspaper clippings.

Draft documents

File contains notes, lists of campus locations names for individuals connected to Mount Royal's history, a list of potential interviewees, and short biographies on former members of the conservatory.

Mount Royal College history project

File contains a list of project outcomes and a paper on the value of the history project. File also contains a detailed report summarizing the steps and stages of the history project and contains project correspondence, proposals, mission documents, budget information, credentials for the author and project coordinator, reports, research papers, minutes, and agendas.

MRC - Hunter Whyte

File contains correspondence addressed to Hunter Whyte from Wilk regarding arrangements for the final review and publication of the Mount Royal College history book and the organization of an archives for the associated interviews and research materials.

History project interview recordings

Series contains audio recordings of interviews conducted by Stephen Wilks and Robert MacDonald with former Mount Royal College students, faculty, staff, and administration as research for the Mount Royal History Project.

Herbert Allard

Item is a taped interview with retired family court judge, Herbert Allard, regarding his recollections of Mount Royal College. Allard was a student in 1946, and returned to the college as a guest lecturer and supporter of the Social Work Program.

Doris Anderson/John Brown

Item is a taped interview with Doris Anderson regarding her recollections of her time as a MRC student in 1936-37 and of her friend and former Mount Royal College Librarian and faculty member, John Brown. The tape also includes a brief interview with John Anderson's daughter, Linda Oats.

John Sabastian Bach - tape

Item is a taped interview with John Sabastian Bach, a former faculty member and Director of the Conservatory, and his wife who was a cafeteria staff member, regarding the history of Mount Royal College.

Dr. Don Baker -1

Item is the first of two cassettes of a taped interview with Donald Baker, college president from 1980-1989, regarding the history of Mount Royal College.

Dr. Don Baker -2

Item is the second of two cassettes of a taped interview with Donald Baker, Mount Royal College president from 1980-1989, regarding the history of the College.

John Balcers

Item is a taped interview with John Balcers regarding the history of Mount Royal College. Balcers was a former Mount Royal faculty member since 1965 in the Centre of Communication Studies and a lecturer in Journalism.

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