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Leonard Leacock fonds
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Newspaper publications : MRC

File contains copies of newspaper clippings documenting Leacock's career. Clippings are from local newspapers including Second Tuesday, Crag & Canyon, MRC News, Journal 3009 and Music in Alberta.

Performer's certificate

Item is performer's certificate issued to Leacock after passing his examination in pianoforte. The certificate admitted him a licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, London as a performer.

University of Toronto diploma

Item is a diploma in piano issued to Leacock by the University of Toronto which entitled him to be styled as an associate of the Toronto Conservatory of Music.

Music programmes

File contains seven programs from musical recitals that Leacock participated in, either as a musician or an instructor. This includes recitals put on by the Banff School District, Mount Royal College Junior Symphony Orchestra, Mount Royal College student recitals, the Calgary Orchestra and Chorus, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.


File contains a bookmark for Classic Books and a multiple page advertisement for Yamaha pianos which features a photo of Leacock.


File contains complete issues of The Canadian Composer and Prelude. The issues contain articles featuring Leacock and his musical career.

Personal letter

File contains a personal letter to Leacock, a greeting card, a typed copy of an interview with Leacock by Cathy De Deugd, and a letter from the executive committee of the Knights of the Round Table introducing Leacock as a presenter at their next meeting.

List of recipients of the Order of Canada

Item is a list of recipients of the Order of Canada at the companion, officer, and member levels, along with a brief paragraph describing their achievements and dedication to community service and nation.

Mountain painting

Item is a painting of a snowy mountain with the dedication: "painted for Leonard June 1930". Item was painted by Hahn.

Leonard Leacock Order of Canada

File contains a letter from the director of the Order of Canada, the February 1986 list of the members of the Order of Canada, and a bound copy of the constitution and nomination procedures.

Music and correspondence

File contains the sheet music for "Sea Horses", a piano solo written by Leacock, and a personal letter to Leacock written by Dan and Mary McConan.


File contains photographs of local animal and plant life and one portrait of Leacock.


Item is an invitation to see a colour slide show presentation of Leacock's photography at the Grace Presbyterian Church. The title of the exhibit was "Mountain Rambles from the Rockies, Alaska, and the Alps".

Order of Canada

Item is a Member's insignia of the Order of Canada. The obverse is a snowflake shaped medal hung from a red and white ribbon pin and inscribed with the Order of Canada motto "Deiderantes Meliorem Patriam" ("They desire a better country"). The reverse of the medal reads "Canada 1106"in upraised letters.

Articles and letters

File contains newspaper and magazine articles about Leacock, sheet music and lyrics to a song about Leacock written by an unnamed student, a program for a recital by Leacock's students, invitations to several of Leacock's birthday parties, a signed letter from the Premier of Alberta, Peter Lougheed, on Leacock's 60th teaching anniversary, letters of congratulations from former students, a copy of the short story "Banff to Jasper" by John Stone, a copy of the program from Leacock's funeral, and a letter to the Mount Royal Board of Governors notifying them of a legacy left to the college in Leacock's will.

Musical scores

File contains musical scores composed by Leacock including: A Negro Love Song, Arctic Night, A Rusty Rondo, Second Time, Consolation, Homage to Pioneers, Neanderthal, Sea Fancies: A Miniature Suite for Piano, Sea Horses, Sea Shells, A Mermaid Combing Her Hair, The Octopus, Song of the Pear Fishers, Lullaby for a Starfish, Topsy, A Lonely Lake, Toysday, The Widow Bird. The file also contains three manuscript books with additional scores: Midnight in Minneapolis, an untitled score, The Lonely Lake, and Consolation.

Mt. Fay

Item is a photograph of Mt. Fay in Banff National Park taken and signed by Leacock.

Mt. Lefroy

Item is a photograph of Mt. Lefroy in Banff National Park taken and signed by Leacock.

Photo of Leacock

Item is a printed reproduction of an earlier photo of Leacock. Date and location of the original is unknown.

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

Honorary certificate of life membership

Item is a framed honorary certificate of lifetime membership from the Registered Music Teacher's Association. Certificate was presented to Leacock "in appreciation of long and faithful service to the Music Teachers' Association in the City of Calgary".

Service award

Item is an award presented to Leacock to commemorate 45 years of teaching at Mount Royal College, Conservatory of Music.

Service award

Item is a plaque presented to Leacock in appreciation of 60 years of service as a piano teacher and performer. The award was presented by the Mount Royal College Conservatory of Music and Speech Arts.

Distinction award

Item is an award presented to Leacock in recognition of his service to Mount Royal College and the Conservatory of Music and Speech Arts.

Music achievement

Item is a framed award presented to Leacock for outstanding achievement in music. Award was present by the Government of Alberta in November 1973.

Mount Royal medallion

Item consists of a medallion with the Mount Royal College coat of arms and motto in bas relief in the center. Medallion is mounted vertically on a wooden base with a plaque inscribed "Leonard H. Leacock music theater Leonard H. Leacock, L.R.S.M., A.T.C.M. teacher of piano and theoretical subjects 1924- ".

Lake Louise

Item is a photograph taken by Leacock of Lake Louise, near Banff, Alberta.

Awards and distinctions

Series contains awards that Leacock received for his service to Mount Royal College, his accomplishments as a composer and performer, and as a dedicated teacher.

Music and teaching

Series contains programs from musical events that Leacock performed or participated in as a teacher, a copy of his composition "Sea Horses", and newspaper and journal articles regarding his career and performances.