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. 8,000 photographs

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Administrative history

The Riveredge Foundation was established in Calgary, Alberta by Eric Harvie in 1967 as a vehicle for his interests in collecting artifacts and archival materials and sponsorship of historical, ethnographic, and archaeological research. The foundation wound up in 1979. Riveredge employees George Gooderham and J. H. R. Thomson conducted an oral history program, interviewing a variety of individuals who had a prominent role in southern Alberta history or were keen observers of historical events. Most of the interviews were transcribed by Riveredge staff.

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.

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System of arrangement

The materials were originally arranged in accession number order by the Riveredge Foundation, but subsequently the order has been lost.

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No restrictions on access.

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      The material is in English.

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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.


      Many of the items within the collection have been described separately as fonds or parts of fonds.


      Six of the unprocessed films have been sent to Conservation for freezer storage

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