Collection C0037 - Richard Johnston collection of playing cards.

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Richard Johnston collection of playing cards.


  • 1800s-1900s (Creation)

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ca. 630 playing card sets.

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Biographical history

Canadian educator, composer, editor and critic Richard Johnston was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 9, 1917. Began teaching in Canada in 1947. Died in Calgary, Alberta, on August 16, 1997. Biographical information available in Encyclopedia of music in Canada. 2nd ed., p. 663.

Archival history

Donated in 1997 as a gift from the Estate of Dr. Richard Johnston.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of approximately 630 playing card sets from many parts of the world. The collection reflects not only Dr. Johnston's collecting passion but also his desire that the collection provide research material complementing resources in the Eugene Strens Recreational Mathematics Collection. During his lifetime, Dr. Johnston had also speculated on the possibility of inviting designs for University of Calgary playing cards which could be used for fund raising purposes to support the music archives collection.

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No restrictions on access.

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Text predominantly in English but includes cards in many other languages.

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