Fonds F0389 - Calgary Public Museum fonds

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Calgary Public Museum fonds


  • 1911-1936 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

18 cm of textual records

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Administrative history

The first museum in Calgary, Alberta was established in 1911 through the efforts of Dr. Euston Sisley and the Calgary Natural History Society. Its first home was in a room of the newly-opened Central Park Library. In 1914 it moved to the basement of the Courthouse. In 1927 the CNHS presented the growing museum to the City of Calgary as a trust, and the Calgary Public Museum became an incorporated society in 1928, run by a body of citizens and under the control of city commissioners. Collections were moved to the North West Travellers Building, the acquisition program was revitalized and new displays were set up by curator J.E. Thurston. The museum collections included mounted zoological specimens, dinosaur fossils, native artifacts, minerals and military artifacts. It closed in 1935 due to financial problems. For further information see Sue Baptie's article "The Case of the Missing Museum" in Glenbow [magazine], vol. 5, no 6 (November/December 1972), p. 6-7.

Archival history

This fonds was part of the Horseman's Hall of Fame collections before being transferred to the Glenbow in 1975.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Carling O'Keefe Breweries, 1964-1975.

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Scope and content

  • The fonds consists of correspondence, primarily about collections (1911-1936), an accessions register (1928-1929), and visitors books (1928-1933).

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Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access.

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      The material is in English.

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      Related units of description

      Other records of the Calgary Public Museum are at the City of Calgary Archives.

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      Title based on contents of records.


      This fonds is described in the "Horseman's Hall of Fame" inventory.


      M 2084, photocopies collected by staff in 1963, may be copies of records in M 2111.

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      Dates of creation revision deletion

      Wednesday, October 24, 2018




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