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Calgary Allied Arts Council fonds


Physical Description:
5.9 m of textual records. -- 400 photographs

In 1946, the Civic Centre Committee, led by Alexander Calhoun, persuaded the City of Calgary to lease the Coste House for a cultural centre. The Civic Centre Committee organized the Calgary Allied Arts Council which included the Calgary Sketch Club, Alberta Society of Artists, Calgary Women's Musical Club, Calgary Civic Theatre, Workshop 14 and the Calgary Branch of the Canadian Handicraft Guild, as affiliated members. The centre had five functions: it was a civic art gallery; community arts centre for play-reading, chamber music, drawing and workshops; educational institution; and headquarters for both the Community Arts Council and the Western Canadian Art Circuit. Archie Key was the manager from the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s. In 1959, a remodelled Calgary Allied Arts Centre was opened in the Union Tractor building. In 1962 a theatre school was established and in 1967 a theatrical group was formed. In 1969 the Arts Centre ceased operations because of financial difficulties. It was purchased by the Riveredge Foundation in 1970 which continued to rent to Theatre Calgary and other cultural groups. In 1974, the building was sold to CHQR radio.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of incorporation documents, constitution and bylaws, annual reports, minutes, correspondence, financial records, monthly publications, scrapbooks, architectural plans, and photographs and slides of activities in the centre; cartoons by Wes Irwin, Len Norris, Bert Grassick, John Collins, D. D. Shearer, Peter Kuch, James Reidford, Fred Sebastian, Ken Brown, James Simpkins, and Mel Scott.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Morrie Archibald, Gwendolyn Argent, Duncan Cameron, Paddy Campbell, John Carstairs, Blanche Dietz, Joyce Doolittle, Kenneth Dyba, Alison Fitzgerald-Moore, Charles Forster, Grant Foss, Roxy Hayes, Dianne Heacock, Ian Heacock, Mary Hinton, William Holden, George Horner, Dave Satoru Ikeda, Janus Museums Consultants, Clive Kemp, Archibald Key, John Latremouille, Rose Longeuay, Leslie Manning, Lorne Harold Martin, Bert McNair, Jacqueline Otis, Sylvia Palchinski, Douglas Riske, Gloria Robertson, Dale Ruckstuhl, Gary Stuart, Misha Tarasoff, David Thornton, David Varon, Derek Whyte, Donald Young, and Jacqueline Young.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Riveredge Foundation and Calgary Allied Arts Council, 1977 and Audrey Schultz, 2001.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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There are additional Calgary Allied Arts Council records in the Jim and Marion Nicoll fonds, and the Kathleen Armstrong fonds, at Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-2313, M-2322, PA-2307, PA-2445-(126-127), PB-601-(38-52), S-75

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