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Roland Gissing fonds

1895-1986, predominant 1944-1967

Physical Description:
26 cm of textual records. -- 57 photographs

Roland Gissing, 1895-1967, was born in England and attended George Watson's College in Edinburgh, where he received his art training. In 1913 he came to Canada and spent ten years as a cowhand at ranches in southern Alberta and the southwestern USA. He settled at the junction of the Ghost River and Bow River near Cochrane in 1924 and began to paint. After exhibiting his work he opened his own studio in Calgary in 1929, but returned to live and paint in Cochrane in 1931. In 1931 he married Alexina (Enie) Gillies, 1884-1967, but they divorced in 1961, and he then married Ester Lily Skogheim, 1909-1988. He had one step-daughter, Nonie (Houlton). A house fire in 1944 destroyed Roland's studio and paintings but he soon produced more work. Many of his paintings, done mainly in oils and watercolours, depict mountain and river scenes. He was a member of the Society of Artists, and his works are held in many private and public collections. For further information see Roland Gissing, the People's Painter / Max Foran with Nonie Houlton. - Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 1988.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal correspondence (including letters to Ed Beltz and Douglas Irvine), diaries (1944-1946, 1956-1967), notebooks (1944-1955), newsclippings, and photographs of the Gissing family, western Canada, and of Gissing's paintings.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Roland Gissing, Nonie Houlton, Marguerite Beltz, and Sylvia Imeson, 1965-2009.

The material is in English.

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

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4381, M-4728, M-6405, M-6723, M-7986, M-9312, PA-3149, NA-5280, NB-51

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