Fonds F2936 - Pauline Bish fonds

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Pauline Bish fonds


  • 1952-1992, predominant 1958-1970 (Creation)

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25 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Pauline Engel, ?-1997, was born in Klostitz, Romania, the daughter of Alexander Bish, ?-1964, and Elizabeth Bish, ?-1991. The family emigrated to Alberta in 1929. Pauline was educated in Leo, Stettler and Kelowna, British Columbia. She married Howard Bish, ?-1987, and they had two daughters, Jean Bish and Susan (Mumby). She was a businesswoman who, amongst other jobs, worked in the insurance business and ran her own company, Weddings by Irma Ltd. She was very active in several women’s organizations, and served as President of both the Calgary Insurance Women’s Club, and the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Calgary. She was a charter member of the Calgary branch of the Association of Administrative Assistants. She was also active in the Desk and Derrick Club, the Quota Club of Calgary, and was a members of the Sandstone Rebekah Lodge #83 for over 50 years. In 1990 she received the Decoration of Chivalry from the Odd Fellow Rebekah Visual Research Foundation of Alberta. She was a life member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.


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Gift of Susan Mumby, 1999.

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The fonds consists of her club papers (many of which were created in her official capacity as an executive member) for the Calgary branch of the Association of Administrative Assistants (1965-1971), the Quota Club of Calgary (1965-1968), and the Calgary Insurance Women’s Club (1958-1970). The records include constitutions, circulars, correspondence, membership rosters, conference and seminar programs, etc. Also includes memorabilia from the 1992 X-Y Girls reunion.

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The material is in English.

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Pauline’s club records and memorabilia from the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Calgary are in the BPWCC fonds at Glenbow, at call numbers M-8795-(86-91) and PD-364.

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