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Irene McCaugherty fonds

1945-1996, predominant 1973-1996

Physical Description:
2.26 m of textual records. -- 75 photographs. -- 1 audio cassette

Irene Eleanor Wheeler, 1914-1996, was born in Hardieville, Alberta and raised near Milk River, Alberta. She later spent much of her life in and near Fort Macleod, Alberta with the exception of a few years in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was a well-known folk artist, writer, and photographer. She published several books of poetry, including Enjoy My World, and an autobiography, Ladders We Climb. For many years she wrote a column for the Lethbridge Herald newspaper about cowboy life on her ranch in the Porcupine Hills. She also wrote columns for the Chinook Reporter, Fort Macleod Gazette, and Pincher Creek Echo newspapers. She was active with the Royal Canadian Legion, Ladies Auxiliary. In 1934 she married David J. McCaugherty, 1906?-1981, and they had one son, Ronald. In 1992 she received an Alberta Achievement Award, and in 1995 the University of Lethbridge conferred an honorary doctorate on her.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of manuscript drafts, correspondence, journals, diaries, essays, biographical data, newsclippings, notes, photographs and slides of her artwork, photographs of the McCaughtery and Wheeler families, photographs and biographies of southern Alberta pioneers, photographs of farming and ranching scenes, a sound recording of Irene reading her poem, "The Land Rewards its Keeper", art catalogues, and miscellany.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Ronald McCaugherty, 2000-2003.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Many of her sketches and watercolours are held by the Glenbow Art Department.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8776, PA-3543, NA-5633

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