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Medieval and early modern manuscript collection

  • CA MRUASC C0003
  • Collection
  • [11--]-[19--?], predominant [12--]-[15--]

Collection consists of manuscript (written by hand) books, book fragments, and documents, predominantly from the medieval and early modern periods. Most items were produced in western and southern Europe (France, England, Flanders, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Spain), while others originated in Asia, northern Africa, the Middle East, and Russia. Many leaves are illuminated and feature decorative initials, borders, line fillers, marginal illustrations, etc.

The collection is arranged in series by manuscript type: books of hours and prayer books, liturgical books (containing leaves from psalters, breviaries, antiphonals, and graduals), charters (legal records), Bibles, and canon law.

Early print collection

  • CA MRUASC C0001
  • Collection
  • 1477-1598, 1892

Collection illustrates the early development of movable type printing in Europe. Collection consists of printed books including a book of hours, leaves from Bibles, hagiographies, liturgical texts, and works of history, literature, and canon law.

Patterson English manuscript and publication collection

  • CA MRUASC C0007
  • Collection
  • 1687-1954

Collection consists of 17th to 20th century English manuscript records and publications that were collected by Mount Royal University professor Diana Patterson. The collection contains a wide variety of personal, legal, financial, and religious records including: diaries, travel journals, correspondence, wills, commonplace books, transcriptions of philosophical and literature texts, poetry, and sermons. Patterson intended the collection to be used to teach English and History students about paleography, scholarly editing, primary source research methods, and the history of the book.

Diana Patterson

Rare book collection

  • CA MRUASC C0012
  • Collection
  • [1691?]-1987

Collection consists of rare books and other publications that are not part of other collections or fonds.

Dorian G.W. Smith fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0018
  • Fonds
  • 1864-1873, 1950-2005

Fonds documents Smith's geological and mineralogical field work, his collaboration with mineralogists and geologists around the world, and his involvement with professional associations and committees. Fonds also contains some of Smith's personal travel writings, a 19th century United Kingdom travel journal by an unknown author, lists of expenses, lists of travel arrangements, and to do lists. Fonds consists of two series: Student notebooks and Field/work/travel notes which are arranged in chronological order.

Dorian G.W. Smith

Blaine Canadian sports history collection

  • CA MRUASC C0011
  • Collection
  • 1906-2019

Collection documents the history of professional, amateur, and varsity/collegiate sport in Canada, particularly hockey, football, baseball, golf, and rodeo. The collection illustrates the development of these sports in the 20th and early 21st centuries (the period from the 1940s to the 1990s is particularly well-documented), and focuses on Canadian leagues as well as international leagues in which Canadian teams participated. Most of the collection relates to Canadian teams and athletes (although American teams are also well-represented), with a particular focus on Alberta and Western Canada.

The collection largely consists of publications, ephemera, and promotional objects including: game and tournament programs, photographs, magazines, media guides, yearbooks, schedules, calendars, trading cards, game tickets, pins and buttons, pennants, patches, and decals.

The collection is arranged into 5 series by sport: hockey, football, baseball, golf, and rodeo (devoted to the Calgary Stampede). The collection was meticulously organized and documented by the donor Bob Blaine, with most of the collection housed in binders that are arranged by level of competition (professional, amateur, varsity/collegiate), league, date range, and type of material. The contents of each binder are further arranged, typically by material type and date, and many items are accompanied by detailed supplementary contextual information provided by Blaine.

Ida Schrader fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0006
  • Fonds
  • 1909, 1914-1915

Fonds illustrates Ida Schrader's time as a student at Mount Royal College. Includes a spelling notebook and a silver medal awarded for shorthand and typewriting.

Ida Schrader

Purdy Family fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0031
  • Fonds
  • [191-]-1950, [1993?]

Fonds illustrates the military service of two members of the Purdy family; Gordon Purdy and his son Douglas Gordon Purdy. Fonds consists of military medals from World War I and World War II, a book about the battle of Dieppe, and reproductions of photographs and military records.

Purdy family

Mount Royal University. Board of Governors fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0009
  • Fonds
  • 1911-2009

Fonds documents the governance functions and decisions of the Board of Governors of Mount Royal College. The fonds is arranged into three series which primarily contain meeting minutes from the Board of Governors, the Board of Trustees, and subcommittees and task forces that reported to the Board. Other records in the fonds include president and principal reports, agreements, proposals, statements of revenues and expenditures, auditor reports, correspondence, and documents relating to the transition to the Lincoln Park campus.

Board of Governors (Mount Royal University)

Mount Royal University. Department of Financial Services fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0021
  • Fonds
  • 1911-2000

Fonds consists of audited financial statements for Mount Royal College (1919-1999), the Mount Royal College Foundation (1997-1999), and the Mount Royal College Day Care Society (1993-1999). Fonds contains two series: Mount Royal College Foundation financial statements, and Mount Royal College Day Care Society: financial statements.

Department of Financial Services (Mount Royal University)

Mount Royal College photograph collection

  • CA MRUASC C0004
  • Collection
  • 1911-1969

Collection mostly consists of professional portraits of sports teams, classes, and clubs at Mount Royal College.

Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University publication collection

  • CA MRUASC C0008
  • Collection
  • 1911-2017

Collection contains publications published by Mount Royal University and its departments, faculty, staff, and students. Collections consists of academic calendars, and student and department yearbooks.

World War I roll of honour

Item is a roll of honour commemorating the Mount Royal College students, faculty, and staff who served during World War I in the 191st (Southern Alberta) Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The roll of honour lists participants and includes symbols noting those killed in action (‘x’) and those who died of injury or other ailments (‘+’). The roll features hand painted illuminated borders, and was designed and illuminated by Stafford & Kent of Calgary, Alberta.

Leonard Leacock fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0008
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1992

Fonds reflects Leacock's career as a teacher of music at Mount Royal College as well as his work as a pianist and composer. The fonds is arranged into three series which include audio recordings, awards and achievements, and programs and articles regarding his public performances and teaching career. Other records in the fonds reflect Leacock's interests in photography and mountaineering, and include photographs and personal correspondence.

Leonard Leacock

Girls basketball team 1927

Item is a framed photograph of a basketball team, consisting of 14 uniformed female students and a coach, in front of a brick and sandstone building, likely the original Mount Royal College building. First student is holding a ball with "MRC 1927" written on it.

Helen Hartman Smith fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0002
  • Fonds
  • 1937-1938

Fonds documents Helen Hartman Smith's time as a student at Mount Royal College, and consists of photographs of student life and an annotated yearbook.

Helen Hartman Smith

Violet Armstrong fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0044
  • Fonds
  • [1938?]-[1995?], predominant 1940-1944

Fonds documents Armstrong's time as a student at Mount Royal College in the Provincial Health and Recreation Youth Training Programme. The objectives of the Programme was to promote physical health and develop "good citizenship". Fonds consists of leader's manuals, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and correspondence.

Violet Armstrong

Airborne leaflets collection

  • CA MRUASC CA MRUASC C0017
  • Collection
  • 1939-1991, predominant 1939-1945

Fonds mostly consists of propaganda leaflets dropped from Allied and German aircraft during World War II, and it also contains a few American leaflets from the Vietnam War and Gulf War. The leaflets targeted enemy combatants, munition workers, and civilians and were designed to undermine morale, persuade their readers to surrender or stop fighting/working, or provide access to censored war news.

Douglass Smith Kirkwood fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0032
  • Fonds
  • 1942, 2018

Fonds illustrates the military service of Douglass Smith Kirkwood, a former student of Mount Royal College, in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Fonds contains a university diploma, photocopies of military paperwork, and research about Kirkwood's military service.

Douglass Smith Kirkwood

Muriel Sanderson fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0003
  • Fonds
  • 1944-1945

Fonds documents Sanderson's time as a student in Mount Royal College's Secretarial Arts program. Fonds consists of photographs, an annotated yearbook, convocation program, diploma, academic transcript, award, and certificate.

Muriel Sanderson

World War II roll of honour

Item is a roll of honour commemorating Mount Royal Junior College students, faculty, and staff who served in the Canadian armed forces during World War II. The names of soldiers who died in the war are marked with a cross. Roll was designed by Canadian artist A.J. Casson.

Margaret Bertram fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0048
  • Fonds
  • 1945-1946

Fonds illustrates Bertram's time as a student at Mount Royal College. Fonds contains a convocation pin and a proficiency medal.

Margaret Bertram

World War II roll of honour

Item is a roll of honour commemorating Mount Royal College students, faculty, and staff who served in the Canadian armed forces during World War II. The names of soldiers who died in the war are marked with a cross. Roll was designed by Canadian artist A.J. Casson.

Audrey Spencer fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0049
  • Fonds
  • 1946-1954

Fonds documents Spencer's time as a student and teacher at the Mount Royal College Conservatory. Fonds consists of a scrapbook containing programs from local speech and drama productions, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.

Audrey Spencer

Raichman Canadian communist pamphlet collection

  • CA MRUASC C0002
  • Collection
  • [194-]-1979

Collection contains pamphlets published by the Communist Party of Canada/Labor-Progressive Party, Progress Books, and other Canadian communist and socialist organizations and publishers. Pamphlet subjects include the anti-war movement, political platforms, labour, and economics.

Canadian Cold War pamphlet collection

  • CA MRUASC C0006
  • Collection
  • 1947-1985

Collection consists of pamphlets published by the Canadian government and other organizations during the Cold War, mostly concerning the threat of nuclear war. Pamphlets were published by the Government of Canada, Combined Universities Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and others. The collection is arranged into five series, and subjects include civil defence, the anti-nuclear movement, nuclear war, survival planning, communist threats, and Canadian Army training. Other items discuss radioactive fallout, rescue operations, and first aid.

Doris Annear fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0050
  • Fonds
  • 1947-1949

Fonds documents Annear's time as a student at Mount Royal College in the 1940s. Fonds contains photographs, a program, invitation, and a membership card.

Doris Annear

Margaret Plewis fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0042
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1949

Fonds documents Margaret Plewis's time as a student in the Commercial Department at Mount Royal College, and contains registration records and student identification.

Margaret Plewis

Mount Royal University. Office of the Registrar fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0026
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1980, predominant 1965-1968

Fonds documents the Registrar's Office management of student grades, contact information, and attendance records. The fonds also contains correspondence, memos, instructor notes, exams and tests, convocation photographs, and course outlines. Fonds contains one series: Student grades.

Office of the Registrar (Mount Royal University)

Bruce Hunter fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0046
  • Fonds
  • 1950, 1960-2020

Fonds documents Hunter's career as a novelist, poet, and writer of short stories. Fonds consists of correspondence, books, poems, short stories, manuscript drafts, research notes, contracts and agreements, posters, articles, reviews, interviews, photographs, and diaries. Fonds is arranged into 4 series: letters; writing and publications; family history; and articles and reviews.

Bruce Hunter

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

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