University of Calgary
UofC Navigation


Search archival collections at the University of Calgary

Fonds F0071 - Evelyn de Mille fonds.

Open original Digital object

Identity area

Reference code



Evelyn de Mille fonds.


  • 195-?-2000 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

14.07 m of textual records.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Canadian bookseller. E. de Mille, née Orser, a sixth-generation Canadian, was born on August 1, 1919 on her grandparents' homestead at Tristram, Alberta. Attended high school in Alberta. Began working at Eaton's book department in Calgary in 1945, leaving as its head in 1956 to open Evelyn de Mille Books Ltd. By 1974, when the store was sold, E. de Mille established four other branches, making her the first woman in Canada to found a bookstore chain. In 1980 established Evelyn de Mille Technical Books, specializing in technical and reference materials. E. de Mille has always been actively involved in associations relating to bookselling and publishing, serving on the Board of Directors and as president of the Canadian Booksellers Association and as chair of the annual Canadian Booksellers Association conference in 1973. Other volunteer activities include working with the National Museums of Canada on creation of a publishing policy and as a director of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation. E. de Mille has made generous donations to several Alberta organizations including a donation in 1985 to the University of Calgary Library of the collection Books on Books, to which she continues to add informative, interesting and rare items.

Archival history

Donated by E. de Mille in 1979 and 2000.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Fonds consists of business, professional and personal papers reflecting E. de Mille's activities in the bookselling trade. Includes the following material relating to Evelyn de Mille Books Ltd.: correspondence (1961-1975); material relating to staff, advertising, statistics and finances; book catalogues; scrapbooks; newsclippings; newsletters; and miscellaneous material. Material relating to the Canadian Booksellers Association: correspondence (1957-1978), brochures, financial and other reports, contracts, press releases, policy statements and materials relating to conventions and seminars. Personal papers including correspondence, family papers and material documenting professional and volunteer activities. Fonds also includes an appendix, Acc 676/00.7, consisting of 12 audio cassette tapes (90 minutes each) recording interviews of Evelyn de Mille by Kristin Burnett which document E. de Mille's life focusing primarily on the post-war period after the establishment of her first bookstore. A detailed guide to the oral history including a project description, a chronological sketch of E. de Mille's life, a subject guide and a subject guide index for the interviews accompanies this accession.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Text in English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

File level inventory available at repository.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title based on contents of the fonds.


Further accruals expected.

Alternative identifier(s)



Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion




Digital object (Master) rights area

Digital object (Reference) rights area

Digital object (Thumbnail) rights area

Accession area

Request archival material »

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places