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Pumphouse Theatre fonds

1914-2000, predominant 1972-2000

Physical Description:
1.25 m of textual records. -- 666 photographs. -- 219 posters. - - 108 architectural plans. -- 1 film reel. -- 7 video cassettes

In 1913 a single-storey brick structure was built on the Bow River to house water supply pumping equipment for Calgary's 40,000 residents. The pumphouse was abandoned twenty years later. In 1971 the Calgary Youth Drama Society, founded by Joyce Doolittle, Ellen Tims, Victor Mitchell and Ernest Watkins, spearheaded the renovation of the pumphouse into a versatile centre for the performing arts. The Pumphouse Theatre was declared an Alberta historic site in 1975 and received a Heritage Award for Architecture in 1984. It is used by a wide variety of theatre, dance and music groups. In 1987 the Calgary Youth Drama Society changed its name to the Pumphouse Theatres Society. Beginning in the late 1990s Pumphouse ran drama day camps for children, and sponsored a one-act play festival.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of bylaws and minutes (1972-1987); office files, including booking records (1972-2000); contracts, programs and reviews (1972-1987); architectural plans (1914-1984); photographs of the interior and exterior of Pumphouse (1970s-1980s); videos, primarily of drama day camps (late 1990s); and extensive posters of events held at the theatre (1971-1997).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Pumphouse Theatres, 1989-2000.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8035, M-8750, F-154, V-70

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