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The Military Museums Library and Archives

  • Corporate body
  • 2000-

TMM Library and Archives is managed by the University of Calgary through a partnership with the Military Museums established in 2000

Morley, George James

  • C0091
  • Person
  • 1927-2004

George James Morley was born in Ontario in 1927 and operated a retail appliance store in Toronto. After moving to Calgary with his family, Morley became involved with a wide variety of volunteer organizations that complemented his broad range of interests. He had strong interests in Canadian war history and was the founding president of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the past president of the N.W.M.P. Commemorative Association, and the director for The Red Coat Puppet Theatre; Morley authored the production “Westward Ride the Red Coats” that was performed in many Alberta schools.

Morley had a passion for comic art. His personal collection, that he began accumulating in the 1940s, includes clippings, comic books, and reference books, reference files on comic art and artists, and original artwork. Morley’s interest in war history is reflected in many of the strips he collected including G-8 and His Battle Aces, Navy Bob Steele, Flyin’ Jenny, and Captain Easy. He was also the founder and publisher of Strip Scene, a fanzine that celebrated the newspaper comic strip with articles, research information and artwork. Strip Scene was first published in 1977 and ran in print form for 25 issues through to 1984; long-time editor Carl Horak continues to maintain Strip Scene as a web presence.

Morley also carried this passion into his volunteer work with Calgary public schools as he worked extensively with students using his love and knowledge of comic art to encourage their own creativity. The George Morley Memorial Scholarship was established in his honour in 2004 to recognize students “with a high level of participation in the arts program."

George Morley died March 5, 2004.

Calgary Housewives Association

  • Calgary Housewives Association
  • Corporate body
  • 1969-1987

The Calgary Housewives Association grew out of a conference held in Banff, AB in 1975, organized by Agnes Mitchell and Helen Keffer to provide housewives with a stimulating three day retreat away from the pressures of family life. By forming the organization, the members sought to reinforce the role of the housewife by giving her an opportunity to discuss her goals and develop a sense of worth and dignity, plus a feeling of achievement. The association's program included regular meetings, special conferences, a yearly retreat, social events and a newsletter. The organization disbanded in 1987.

Mayr, Suzette

  • F0342
  • Person

Suzette Mayr is an award-winning author, poet, editor and educator who was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1967. As a Canadian of German and Afro-Caribbean background, Mayr often explores issues of race, identity and sexuality in her writing through the stylistic use of humour, cultural mythologies and surreal imagery.

Her novels include Moon Honey (1995 NeWest Press), The Widows (1998 NeWest Press), Venous Hum (2004 Arsenal Pulp Press), Monoceros (2011 Coach House Books) and Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall (2017 Coach House Books). Her novel Moon Honey was nominated for the Henry Kreisel Award for Best First Book and the Georges Bugnet award for Best Novel. The Widows was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in the Canada-Caribbean Region. Monoceros was the winner of the 2012 ReLit Award and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was also nominated for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction.

A former President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Mayr has edited six literary anthologies, and collaborated with Calgary theatre company Theatre Junction and visual artists Lisa Brawn and Geoff Hunter. She has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Calgary and at Widener University, Pennsylvania. Mayr is currently is a Professor at the University of Calgary’s Department of English, where she teaches courses in creative writing and contemporary literature studies.

Osborne, Lewis L.

  • F3407
  • Person
  • 1954-1993

Lewis L. Osborne completed his PhD at the University of Calgary in 1981. He worked at the Illinois Natural History Survey, a research institution located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from ca. 1987-1993. He was also a professor in the university's Department of Urban and Regional Planning prior to 1987.

Near, Richard Scott

  • Near, Richard Scott
  • Person
  • June 5, 1887-1972

Richard Scott near was born in Esquesing Township, (near Halton) Ontario on June 5, 1887 and arrived in Carstairs, Alberta in 1908. Over the next few years, he worked on farms, dairies and also the D.R. McIvor general store in Cowley, Alberta. He homesteaded in the Orkney, Ghost Pine Creek area in 1911, was appointed a Commissioner for Oaths for Sarcee Butte/Ghost Pine Creek and was also an Insurance Agent for the area during the mid 1910s and 1920s. He was a member of the Carbon Lodge No. 107.

Usher, Charles Leslie

  • Usher, Charles Leslie 'Les'
  • Person
  • October 22, 1923 – September 9, 2018

Charles Leslie 'Les' Usher was the son of Thomas and Margaret Dorothy Usher. Born in Scollard Alberta, he grew up on the Usher family ranch in the Big Valley, AB area. He graduated from University School in Victoria B.C. in 1942, then completed the No. 1 Canadian Army Training Course. He served as 2nd Lt. in the field artillery during World War II. After the war, he returned to Alberta and completed an Agriculture degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

In the 1970’s, Les served as Deputy Minister of Culture under Horst Schmid, and Peter Lougheed. He last worked as Manager of Program Implementation with Agriculture Canada before retiring in 1993. Highlights career of public service include: Deputy Minister of Department of Youth in Alberta; President of 4-H Clubs in Alberta and Canadian Council of 4-H Clubs; Member of Board of Governors & Senate at UofA; National President of IPAC in 1976; President of Alberta Forestry Association & Jr. Forest Wardens; President of Alberta Institute of Agrologists – Edmonton; and People’s Warden at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral.

He continued to ranch on the family ranch on weekends and created the Rumsey Ecological reserve on former Usher Ranch lease land.

He married Lillian May Popoff in 1955 and had two children, Laurel and Thomas. Les died on September 9, 2018.

Ringwood, Gwen Pharis

Canadian playwright and author. Born in Anatone, Washington, on August 13, 1910. Moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1913. Died May 27, 1984. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 1003-1004; and The Oxford companion to Canadian theatre, p. 468-469.

Ryga, George

Canadian playwright and novelist. Born in Deep Creek in the Athabasca region of Alberta on July 27, 1932. Died in Summerland, British Columbia, on November 18, 1987. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 1027-1028; The Oxford companion to Canadian theatre, p. 479-481; and in The ecstasy of resistance: a biography of George Ryga, by James F. Hoffman (Toronto: ECW Press, 1995).

Hess, Myra, Dame

English concert pianist Dame Myra Hess was born in London, England, on February 25, 1890. Died in London, England, on November 25, 1965. Biographical information available in The dictionary of national biography, 1961-1970, p. 508-510.

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