Fonds F0703 - Herbert Earle fonds

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Herbert Earle fonds


  • 1905-1971 (Creation)

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25 cm of textual records. -- 67 photographs

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Herbert Earle was born in England January 10, 1884. From 1905 to 1910 he apprenticed as an engraver in London, while attending art and design classes at night. He married Adeliza Rhoda Wheatly (b. October 10, 1883) on December 4, 1909. The first three of their six daughters were born in England: Ruby (McMullen) b. March 25, 1911; Eva (Clapham) b. January 26, 1913; Mrs. Curtis, Doris b. Sept 27, 1915. Their remaining daughters were born in Canada: Louise (Sales), wife to Harry Sales, City manager, Calgary, b. May 16, 1921; Lucy (McGee) b. March 7, 1923; and Adela Claire (Anderson), called Aidie, b. July 24, 1925.

Earle became a master engraver before serving in Burma during First World War. In 1920 he joined his wife and family, who were already in Canada, and bought the Engraving Company in Calgary. He ran the business until his retirement in 1959. He was very active in the theatrical scene in Calgary and taught classes in theatrical makeup at the Banff School of Fine Arts. He frequently prepared ornamental and illuminated scrolls for presentation to dignitaries.


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Gifts of Herbert Earle and Ardie Anderson, 1970, 1982.

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  • The fonds consists of correspondence, primarily about engraving and theatrical events (1919-1971); personal papers, including military documents (1915-1963); theatre programs and scripts (1918-1964); scrolls, illunimated addresses and artwork (1921-1968); newspaper clippings, primarily about engraving, scrolls and theatre (1919-1960); and photographs of theatre productions and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) near Banff (ca. 1905-1950s). Includes minutes of St. Stephen's Junior Musical Club (1926-1927).
  • RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alberta Dramatic League, Alberta Opera Company, Alberta Society of Artists, Allied Arts Centre, Arts Centre Theatre Company, Banff School of Fine Arts, Hazel Byers, Calgary Civic Theatre, Calgary Community Centres Circuit, Calgary District Young Peoples Council, Calgary Orchestral Society, Calgary Players Society, Calgary Sketch Club, Calgary Theatre Guild, Calgary Theatre Singers, Dominion Drama Festival, Green Room Club of Calgary, Ibsen Players, Kay-Gee Players, Masonic Lodge, Orion Club, Paget Players, Stanford Perrott, poetry, St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Scarboro United Church, Tech Choral Society, Western Canada High School, and Workshop 14.

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The material is in English.

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NA 4572 are copies of PA 2539.

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