Collection C0166 - Riveredge Foundation collection

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Riveredge Foundation collection


  • 1489-1979 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

10.4 m of textual records. -- 60 cm of philatelic materials. -- 1.8 m of posters. -- 145 sound recordings. -- 10 m of moving images. -- ca. 8000 photographs

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Biographical history

The founder of the Riveredge Foundation, Eric Harvie, 1892-1975, had a passionate interest in collecting and a desire to make a contribution to the diffusion of human knowledge. In 1955 he founded the Glenbow Foundation as a vehicle for his collecting interests, and in 1966 the Glenbow collection was donated to the Province of Alberta, to form the basis of the Glenbow-Alberta Institute. In 1967 Harvie established the Riveredge Foundation, named after his Calgary, Alberta home, as a means of continuing his diverse collecting interests while maintaining a measure of personal control over the direction of the collection. The principal activity of the Foundation was collecting artifacts, archival materials, and published materials, but it also sponsored archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork, oral history research, and autobiographical writing projects. It operated offices and a small public exhibition space at various times at 901 - 10 Avenue SW and at 830 - 9 Avenue SW. Its staff members included Harry F. Chritchley, Michael S. Evick, George H. Gooderham, Kenneth H. Prior, J. H. R. Thomson, J. G. "Red" Cathcart, and Tom Baines. The Riveredge Foundation became part of the Devonian Group of Charitable Foundations in 1973. Its affairs were wound up in 1979, and its collections were then transferred to the Glenbow-Alberta Institute.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Devonian Group of Foundations and Stan Palmer, 1979-2003

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Scope and content

The collection reflects the diverse collecting interests of Eric Harvie and consists of materials from many different sources. Much of the material reflects western Canadian history and military history. It includes many isolated items bearing autographs of statesmen, military leaders, and other famous people. The materials were originally arranged in accession number order by the Riveredge Foundation, but subsequently the order has been lost. Many of the items within the collection have been described separately as fonds or parts of fonds.

The collection includes substantial textual information created by or about the following: Mary Steele, Fred J. Cameron, Alexander Norman Lafferty, Holy Cross Mission (Holy Cross, Alaska), Inuit language, "Peppers" (Guest house, Tyrell Wood, England), Motor Car Supply Company of Canada Ltd., Lloyd J. Edric, J. D. Newton, irrigation, Kathleen Shackleton, Frank Gilbert Roe, William Rodney, G. F. "Hub" Adams, Grant Spratt, Ralph Will, Turner Valley, Canadian Western Natural Gas Co., Alan Edward Rowbotham, Ken Ford, Ernest C. W. Lamarque, the Bedaux Expedition, Frederick Burt-Johns, R. W. Rutherford, Don Woodside, John W. Proctor, G. W. Baird, Alejandro Malaspina, Chief Khalserten Sepass, Brinsley George H. Palmer, George Pocaterra, Upper Thelon River Archaeological Project, Nickle Arts Museum, Rudyard Kipling, Franz Liszt, Jawaharlal Nehru, Florence Nightingale, Emmeline Pankhurst, Jan Christian Smuts, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, George Bancroft, Henry Wheaton, Canadian War Memorial Exhibition (1919), Maximilian I (Holy Roman Emperor), Alfred Lord Tennyson, P. H. Galt, Ramsay MacDonald, Ernest Thompson Seton, Sir Ernest Shackleton, John Hall, Baron Napier of Magdala, Benjamin Disraeli, Captain Kidd, Henry Davis, Crown Lumber Company Ltd., Murray Christman, Austin Deuel, Donald Cameron, Laurandeau family, Carrie Jacobs-Bond, University of Calgary Department of Archaeology, "Wonderful Group" Mining Co., Nehemiah G. Ordway, Alaric B. Chapin, Albert R. Decuyper, John A. O'Farrell, Charles E. Moss, Harry Cohen, Samuel Anthony Tomlinson, Kemp family, Prince Edward Island, Lord Minto, Alfred Patrick, Edward Cox, Henry Hunt, Mungo Martin, Rudolf Cronau, A. C. Leighton, Thomas Allen.

The collection also includes sound recordings by or about the following: Ethel Baker, Cheyenne tribe, Helen Kihn, Kiowa tribe, Mackenzie River Survival Project, Maori, Rocky Boy Plains Cree Tribe, Grant Spratt, Surinam tribes.

The collection also includes films about Jimmy Simpson, Arctic oil exploration, Turner Valley oil exploration, First Nations of North America, Tom Wilson, and grizzly bears.

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Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access.

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Language and script notes

The material is in English.

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Finding aids

Inventory available for the textual records. Please consult before requesting material.

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Related units of description

Other material from the Riveredge collections is held by the Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery, and Library.

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Title based on name of collector.

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