Collection C0059 - Tom Kirkham Oral History Project collection

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Tom Kirkham Oral History Project collection


  • 1977-1982 (Creation)

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143 audio cassettes. -- 1 cm of textual records

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Tom Kirkham, 1913-1986, was a long-time City of Calgary employee who, after his retirement, was provided funds by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation to interview significant individuals in southern Alberta. He had previously carried out similar work for the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Interview topics included the history of Lethbridge, Crowsnest Pass, Canmore, Drumheller and Hanna; and municipal administration and small businesses in southern Alberta. Most interviews were with Calgary and Lethbridge personalities, but he also interviewed at least one person from each of these towns: Bassano, Bellevue, Blairmore, Bow Island, Brooks, Canmore, Cardston, Carstairs, Claresholm, Coaldale, Cochrane, Coleman, Crossfield, Didsbury, Drumheller, Foremost, Hanna, High River, Innisfail, Manyberries, Nanton, Nobleford, Okotoks, Olds, Sundre, and Waterton Park.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Tom Kirkham, 1977-1982.

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Scope and content

  • The collection consists of recorded interviews. Transcripts are available for nine of the interviews.
  • INTERVIEWS WITH THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE ARE IN THIS COLLECTION. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Robert Armstrong, Peter Aumonier, Betty Baker, G. Keith Bevans, Abe Bickman, Gary Bikman, Gordon Black, Don Blake, Fred Blake, R.F.P. "Puddy" Bowman, Marty Boyce, John Breckenridge, Florence Campbell, Joseph Caruana, John C. Charyk, Harry W. Clark, Ernest Corbett, Samuel G. Coultis, Clarence Crockett, Carl B. Cummer, William P. Davidson, Frank Dawley, William Dick, Arthur H. Dixon, Frank Fallwell, E. Fielder, E.C. "Pat" Fitt, Robert Fleming, Don Frache, Bill Gillott, Dick Girardi, Albert Goodwin, Ruth Gorman, Alva Gross, John Hamilton, George Ho Lem, Art Hollings, Mrs. Rickie Horodezky, Charles Hubman, Bob Hulbert, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnson, Doug Johnson, John Kapalka, Peter Karsten, Harold J. Kellam, Mart Kenney, Owen Kenney, James Kerr, Ernie Kipp, Thomas W. Kirkham, Stanley Kitchen, Steven Kotch, Eugene Kush, Lorne Laidlaw, Ike Lanier, Vic Lewis, Robert L. Llewellyn, G. Webb Lomas, Keith Matthews, Fred J. Mellen, Hugh McCarthy, Richard McLaren, Barbara Moore, Pearl Morrison, Joseph Moscovitch, Harry Musgrove, James Nesbitt, Gordon B. Nicoll, Harry F. O'Hanlon, Carl V. Pearson, Mary-Jane Piotrowski, Hans Pfister, Marie Podbielski, Tommy Price, Orville Reber, C.W. Redfern, Donald C. Remington, J. Kenneth Ringland, Herbert Ripley, Philip Rogers, Fred J. Ronicker, Bertha Rosewarn, Harold Routledge, Ken Ruttle, David Schriner, Steve Sears, Gerry C. Shapter, A.W. "Archie" Sheffield, Dr. A.E. Shore, Art Simpson, Wayne Smith, Alan Spencer, Eleanor "Nell" Spragins, Robert F. Spragins, Rod Stafford-Mayer, Carly Stewart, Carl Stone, J. Ivor Strong, James Tamagi, Myron Thompson, Alrik Tiberg, Alvie Tillotson, Judge Louis Sherman Turcotte, William J. Watts, H.K. "Pat" Williams, Clifford Willmott, and Noel Wilson.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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Finding aids

Inventory and interview outlines available. Please consult before requesting material.

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There are other interviews conducted by Tom Kirkham which have accompanying textual material and are described as individual fonds. These are RCT-262, RCT-266, RCT-305, RCT-314, RCT-317, RCT-323, RCT-324, RCT-340, RCT-355, RCT-356, RCT-366, RCT-383, RCT-413, RCT-416, RCT-419, RCT-436, and RCT-440.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014




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