Archives and Special Collections
Collection C0037 - Richard Johnston collection of playing cards.
CA ACU SPC C0037
Richard Johnston collection of playing cards.
- 1800s-1900s (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
ca. 630 playing card sets.
Name of creator
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.
Donated in 1997 as a gift from the Estate of Dr. Richard Johnston.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
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.
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 predominantly in English but includes cards in many other languages.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of the collection.