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Collection C0203 - Tom Ward's Calgary history collection

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Tom Ward's Calgary history collection


  • 1909-[ca. 1975] (Creation)

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1 cm of textual records. -- 282 photographs. -- 1 drawing

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Biographical history

Tom Ward, ?-ca. 1985, was a major in the Calgary Regiment during the Second World War. He later worked for the Public Information Department of the City of Calgary. He was an amateur artist, craftsman, photograph collector, and historian. He was the author and compiler of the book Cowtown : an album of early Calgary / Tom Ward. - [Calgary] : City of Calgary Electrical System and McClelland and Stewart West, c1975. His wife was Irene Ward.


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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gifts of Tom Ward, Aubrey Kerr, and Irene Ward, 1968-1986.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of essays by Tom Ward, “Chronological History of Calgary, 1875 to 1959”, “The Salvation Army”, and “History of Calgary Seals, Crests and Logos”. Includes a photocopy of the 1905 annual report of Calgary Public Schools; and a copy of a poem by Harry Hutchcroft, “The Spirit of Calgary”. Includes postcards from southern Alberta, photographs of City of Calgary seals and coat of arms designs, the 1925 Calgary jubilee medallion, historic Calgary personalities, public events, the 1915 Calgary flood, city Waterworks and Municipal Railway views and construction activities, Midnapore, Fish Creek, the Lacombe Home, personalities and activities in the petroleum industry (ca. 1942-ca. 1955), examples of Tom Ward’s artworks, Tom Ward’s military career, RCMP officer Doug Johnson, and Tom Ward. Includes album of views of the site of the Bowness subdivision and bridge construction start ceremony (ca. 1912). Includes an ink sketch of a West Coast totem.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.

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Link added to Archives Photographs on February 10, 2016.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018




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