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10th, 60th and 75th anniversary rides and events

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Part Of
Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of one original bulletin from 1933 describing the TRCR's [Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies] 10th anniversary with notes by Anne Wotypka; 3 newspaper articles, including two scanned copies, pertaining to the TRCR's 60th anniversary with attached notes by Anne Wotypka; 14 textual re…
Date Range
1983
1984
1997
1998
2013
Reference Code
M545 / I / 2
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Textual record
Published record
Photograph
Photograph print
Part Of
Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M545 / V635
Series
M545 / I : Events and Activities
Sous-Fonds
M545
Accession Number
5939
8235
2014.8277
Reference Code
M545 / I / 2
GMD
Textual record
Published record
Photograph
Photograph print
Responsibility
Some notes produced by Anne Wotypka
Date Range
1983
1984
1997
1998
2013
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records (ca. 35 pages ; 21.5 x 28 cm or smaller -- 3 newspaper clippings -- 2 volumes : 17 x 25.5 cm and 26 x 18.5 cm) -- 3 photographs : col. prints ; 12.5 x 9 cm
Scope & Content
File consists of one original bulletin from 1933 describing the TRCR's [Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies] 10th anniversary with notes by Anne Wotypka; 3 newspaper articles, including two scanned copies, pertaining to the TRCR's 60th anniversary with attached notes by Anne Wotypka; 14 textual records including correspondence and a meeting agenda pertaining to TRCR's 60th and 75th anniversaries, 75th anniversary buckle design templates and plaque order forms including one duplicate; and one guest list booklet for the TRCR's 60th anniversary celebrations in 1983 containing 62 signatures. File also includes 3 colour photographs [see "Notes"]
Notes
Date "2013" is for accompanying handwritten notes by donor Anne Wotypka received with newspaper articles.
3 colour photographs have been stored in mylar and kept in folder with corresponding newspaper article to preserve context
Some excess duplicates of items have not been kept due to storage reasons.
Name Access
Wotypka, Anne
Subject Access
Anniversary
Trail riding
Horse
Plaque
Buckle
Guest list
Geographic Access
Canada
Alberta
Calgary
Access Restrictions
Restrictions may apply
Reproduction Restrictions
Restrictions may apply
Language
English
Conservation
Photographs have been encased in mylar to prevent off-gassing. Consider filing separately with other prints in future if conservation issues arise.
Category
Sports, recreation and leisure
Communications
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
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Aileen Harmon fonds

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Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of textual records and photographs by and about Aileen Harmon, as well as collected items. Textual records include: letter from Harmon to the Director of Alberta's provincial parks re addition of Yamnuska area to Bow Valley Provincial Park, 1973; brief, from Harvie Heights and Bow Va…
Date Range
[ca. 1924] - 2015
Reference Code
M287 / V262
Description Level
1 / Fonds
GMD
Photograph
Negative
Photograph print
Textual record
Private record
Transparency
Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Description Level
1 / Fonds
Fonds Number
M287 / V262
Sous-Fonds
M287
V262
Accession Number
1876
1915
1916
2302
2932
3082
3380
3383
3411
7753
2016.8596
Reference Code
M287 / V262
GMD
Photograph
Negative
Photograph print
Textual record
Private record
Transparency
Date Range
[ca. 1924] - 2015
Physical Description
26.5 cm of textual records. -- 33 photographs (26 prints : b&w and col. ; 20.5 x 30 cm or smaller -- 6 negatives : b&w nitrate negatives ; 12.5 x 10 cm -- 1 transparency : col. slide ; 35 mm)
History / Biographical
Aileen Harmon (1912 - 2015), daughter of Byron Harmon, worked as a government naturalist at Banff, Alberta, Canada and was involved in local natural history groups and activities. Aileen was a founding member, alongside Bruce Gordon, of the Bow Valley Naturalists, and was also on the Board of The Canadian Wildlife Federation and The Society of Alberta Naturalists. Aileen moved to Mill Bay on Vancouver Island, B.C. in 1981 following the end of a lengthy career with Parks Canada. During her retirement years, Aileen travelled extensively, reaching all seven continents. She also authored an autobiographical book, titled "Tales of My Mountain Life", in 2004. Aileen passed away on January 9, 2015 at the age of 102.
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of textual records and photographs by and about Aileen Harmon, as well as collected items. Textual records include: letter from Harmon to the Director of Alberta's provincial parks re addition of Yamnuska area to Bow Valley Provincial Park, 1973; brief, from Harvie Heights and Bow Valley subdivision residents to public hearings on land use and resource development in the eastern slopes, 1973; letter re James Hector, 1979; notes on career, 2003; notes on Catharine Whyte for CBC recording, 2004; Christmas cards and collected articles, ca.1960. Photographs, made by and collected by Aileen Harmon, pertain to Aileen Harmon and friends, skiing, Skoki area, Mount Yamnuska, Banff Indian Days. Includes photographs by Byron Harmon. Added content from accession 2016.8596 : ca. 25 cm of textual records including personal correspondence, guest book, original writing and notes by Aileen Harmon, personal travel journals from a 1931 packing trip and 1933 ski trip to Skoki, drafts of autobiographical book "Tales of My Mountain Life", articles pertaining to or written by Aileen Harmon, Christmas cards, and letters of condolence to Carole Harmon following Aileen's passing. Also 26 print photographs, 6 negative photographs from a 1937 hiking trip, and one transparency. Fonds consists of one series : Series I - Personal records
Name Access
Harmon, Aileen
Harmon, Carole
Subject Access
Environment
Family and personal life
Memorial
Parks Canada
Hiking
Mountains
Travel
Geographic Access
Canada
Alberta
British Columbia
Access Restrictions
Copyright, privacy, commercial use and other restrictions may apply
Reproduction Restrictions
Restrictions may apply
Language
English
Finding Aid
Basic description only
Category
Environment
Family and personal life
Title Source
Title based on contents of fonds
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Aileen Harmon guest book

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Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of one guest book for visitors to see Aileen Harmon, with dates between December 31, 2014 and January 3, 2015 during a hospital stay. 4 pages are annotated with 69 individual entries, and the rest of the book is blank. Also includes note by Carole Harmon.
Date Range
2014 - 2015
Reference Code
M287 / I / 4
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Textual record
Private record
Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M287 / V262
Series
M287 / I : Personal records
Sous-Fonds
M287
Accession Number
2016.8596
Reference Code
M287 / I / 4
GMD
Textual record
Private record
Responsibility
Carole Harmon
Date Range
2014 - 2015
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records
Scope & Content
File consists of one guest book for visitors to see Aileen Harmon, with dates between December 31, 2014 and January 3, 2015 during a hospital stay. 4 pages are annotated with 69 individual entries, and the rest of the book is blank. Also includes note by Carole Harmon.
Name Access
Harmon, Carole
Harmon, Aileen
Subject Access
Personal and Family Life
Hospital
Medicine
Geographic Access
Canada
Alberta
Calgary
Language
English
Creator
Carole Harmon
Category
Family and personal life
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
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Bow Valley Naturalists fonds

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Part Of
Bow Valley Naturalists fonds
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of records pertaining to business, 1967-1982, club activities, 1967-2010; information files, 1968-2010; newsletters, environmental assessments, and miscellaneous. Accompanied by audio tape. Research value relates to the club and its affiliations; natural history activities including …
Date Range
1967-2010
Reference Code
M186
Description Level
1 / Fonds
GMD
Textual record
Organization record
Part Of
Bow Valley Naturalists fonds
Description Level
1 / Fonds
Fonds Number
M 186
Sous-Fonds
M 186
Accession Number
1112, 1259, 1613, 1881, 2571, 2751, 2861, 2953, 3034, 3053, 3080, 3096, 3210, 3218, 3248, 3262, 3348, 3479, 5090, 8149(processed and located lower storage-boxes 35-98), 8161(unproc)
Reference Code
M186
GMD
Textual record
Organization record
Date Range
1967-2010
Physical Description
15 m of textual records
History / Biographical
The Bow Valley Naturalists is a natural history club based in Banff, Alberta. Its objectives are to acquire and disseminate knowledge on natural history, to work for the protection and preservation of natural areas and wildlife and to stimulate interest in the appreciation of nature. Activities include hikes and observations in the Bow Valley and the Canadian Rockies, natural area studies, bird and flower counts, and lobbying of governments on conservation issues. The club conducted intensive natural area studies in the Mount Yamnuska area in 1974, and in the Vermilion Lakes area in 1977-1978.
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of records pertaining to business, 1967-1982, club activities, 1967-2010; information files, 1968-2010; newsletters, environmental assessments, and miscellaneous. Accompanied by audio tape. Research value relates to the club and its affiliations; natural history activities including birding and flower studies; natural areas including Vermilion Lakes; conservation issues such as Village Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and proposed natural parks, the development of national parks, research related to forest management, Middle Springs Development phases, Town of Banff Community plans, National Parks ski areas, Trans-Canada Highway Twinning Phases, transportation and utilities in the National Parks, the Bow Valley east of Banff and Kananaskis Valley, and British Columbia protected areas.
Name Access
Bow Valley Naturalists
Subject Access
Environment
Access Restrictions
Some restriction/s on access
Copyright, privacy, commercial use and other restrictions may apply
Language
Language is English
Finding Aid
Finding aids and reference tools: basic description
Creator
Bow Valley Naturalists
Category
Environment
Title Source
Title based on contents of fonds
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Bruno Engler's Veteran's Race fonds

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Part Of
Bruno Engler's Veteran's Race fonds
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of 30 cm of textual and visual records previously held in 3 manuscript boxes, and 1 briefcase belonging to Bruno Engler. Contents have since been rehoused and processed in 3 manuscript boxes under M559, and one manuscript box each under V783/PA and V783/NA. Fonds consists of two seri…
Date Range
1952
1967 - 2016
Reference Code
M559 / V783
Description Level
1 / Fonds
GMD
Photograph
Photograph print
Textual record
Private record
Part Of
Bruno Engler's Veteran's Race fonds
Description Level
1 / Fonds
Fonds Number
M559 / V783
Sous-Fonds
M559
V783
Accession Number
2018.8688
Reference Code
M559 / V783
GMD
Photograph
Photograph print
Textual record
Private record
Other Title Info
Previously Bruno Engler Memorial Cup
Date Range
1952
1967 - 2016
Physical Description
24 cm of textual records -- 320 photographs (139 b&w and col. prints, 21 b&w negatives, 160 digital files)
History / Biographical
Bruno Engler's Veteran's Race was initially hosted by Bruno Engler at the Sunshine Village ski resort in Banff in 1967. In its earlier years, Bruno Engler would complete the downhill track first, and would use his recorded time as a benchmark for participants to beat. Engler participated in the race for many years. The race was typically divided into several competition categories by age range and men's and women's races. Following a day of races, there is an awards ceremony held each year for participants. Bruno's ski race, renamed the Bruno Engler Memorial Ski Race after Bruno's passing in 2001, is currently "the longest consecutively running annual ski race in Canadian history". 2019 marked the 53rd annual race, which was held at Cascade Mountain. In recent years, the "Bruno Engler Family Fun Race", an additional race for parents and children, has been added as part of the original event.
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of 30 cm of textual and visual records previously held in 3 manuscript boxes, and 1 briefcase belonging to Bruno Engler. Contents have since been rehoused and processed in 3 manuscript boxes under M559, and one manuscript box each under V783/PA and V783/NA. Fonds consists of two series: Series I : 1952 - 1990 Series II : 1991 - 2016 Bruno Engler Memorial race committee information, race results and Bruno Engler's personal papers originally held in his personal briefcase. Also included are photos of the races and awards - these photos were held in Bruno's briefcase along with his own files. Briefcase from accession has been transferred to Heritage. Textual records (M559) range from 1952 to 2016 [includes documents from every year excluding 1953 - 1966] and pertain to annual ski races. Include meetings/agenda notes, ephemera, handwritten notes, registration forms, mailing lists, race results, and other relevant notes. [As 1967 was the ski race's first official year, items from 1952 are believed to be from a different ski event]. Visual records (V783) include 180 print photographs and 21 negative photographs/film strips depicting races, participants and award ceremonies [arranged by year]. Fonds also includes 3 CDs from 2004, 2005 and 2011 (V783), 1 USB stick from 2012 (M559), and 1 racing jersey (2016) which has been transferred to Heritage.
Notes
Folder with items V783 / I / PA - 1 to 41 contains photograph of Catharine Whyte in 1967 ski race
One folder with contact sheets from processed photographs dated 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1979 also stored within V783 file box
Name Access
Engler, Bruno
Hunter, Eddie
Whyte, Catharine
Wonnacot, Fred
Crosby, Evelynne
Wiegele, Mike
Mann, Jack
Jost, Karl
Cullen, Malcolm
Jost, Kathy
Crosby, Rob
Pristov, John
Hueser, Klara
House, Eleanore
Kunelius, Eleanor
Hanley, Joe
McGavin, Flo
Wilson, Priscilla
Fruchtman, Eva
Andersen, Roy
Godwin, Nell
Kent, Betty
Wiegele, Bonnie
Berchtold, Leo
Compton, Ethan
Subject Access
Ski racing
Memorial
Skiing
Awards
Community events
Sports
Winter sports
Geographic Access
Canada
Alberta
Banff
Access Restrictions
Some restrictions may apply
Reproduction Restrictions
Some restrictions may apply
Language
English
Related Material
For extensive biographical information pertaining to Bruno Engler, see fonds-level entry for M323 / S40 / V190 [Bruno Engler fonds]
Category
Sports, recreation and leisure
Biographical Source Notes
https://banffnorquay.com/event/bruno-engler-memorial-race/
https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/bruno-engler
Some information drawn from contents of fonds
Title Source
Title based on contents of fonds
Less detail
Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of typed notes by Carole Harmon for a speech given at Aileen Harmon's celebration of life ceremony in 2015, as well as 4 copies of a small handout card for guests commemorating Aileen Harmon. Speech is titled "Bon Voyage Aileen".
Date Range
2015
Reference Code
M287 / I / 17
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Textual record
Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M287 / V262
Series
M287 / I : Personal records
Sous-Fonds
M287
Accession Number
2016.8596
Reference Code
M287 / I / 17
GMD
Textual record
Responsibility
Produced by Carole Harmon
Date Range
2015
Physical Description
0.25 cm of textual records
Scope & Content
File consists of typed notes by Carole Harmon for a speech given at Aileen Harmon's celebration of life ceremony in 2015, as well as 4 copies of a small handout card for guests commemorating Aileen Harmon. Speech is titled "Bon Voyage Aileen".
Name Access
Harmon, Carole
Subject Access
Memorial
Funeral
Family and personal life
Geographic Access
Canada
British Columbia
Access Restrictions
Restrictions may apply
Reproduction Restrictions
Restrictions may apply
Language
English
Category
Family and personal life
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
Less detail
Part Of
Chic Scott fonds
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of Chic Scott's interviews with members of the 1982 Canadian Mount Everest Expedition and opposition expedition member, 1982; interviews with other Canadian mountaineers, 1988-1990; CBC Radio interview of Chic Scott by Patricia Naylor for the "Calgary Eyeopener," ca.1990; personal in…
Date Range
1982-2010
Reference Code
M57 / S47 / V40
Description Level
1 / Fonds
GMD
Machine-readable data file
Motion picture
Video
Photograph
Photograph print
Sound recording
Cassette
Reel to reel
Textual record
Private record
Part Of
Chic Scott fonds
Description Level
1 / Fonds
Fonds Number
M 57
S 47
V40
Sous-Fonds
M 57
S 47
V40
Accession Number
6499, 6772, 7330 (unproc), 8110 (unproc)
Reference Code
M57 / S47 / V40
GMD
Machine-readable data file
Motion picture
Video
Photograph
Photograph print
Sound recording
Cassette
Reel to reel
Textual record
Private record
Date Range
1982-2010
Physical Description
Sound recordings: 187 audio tape cassettes, 7 audio tape reels. -- 980 photographs: 27 CD-ROM. -- Moving images: 148 videocassettes: 133 Hi8, 15 VHS. -- 3.0 m textual records
History / Biographical
Charles (Chic) C. Scott, b.1945, is a mountaineer, mountain guide and writer based at Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. Scott climbed extensively in the western Canada and the Himalayas until the mid-1970s. He guided extensively in the European Alps for five seasons, ca.1970, and worked as a climber for "The Eiger Sanction," a Hollywood movie starring Clint Eastwood. Scott resumed climbing in 1988, after a period working at the University of Calgary. His publications include "Alpinism," editor, "Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies," "The History of the Calgary Mountain Club", "Summits and Icefields", "Pushing the Limits: the Story of Canadian Mountaineering", "Powder Pioneers : Ski Stories from the Canadian Rockies and Columbia Mountains", and "Deep Powder and Steep Rock : the Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser".
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of Chic Scott's interviews with members of the 1982 Canadian Mount Everest Expedition and opposition expedition member, 1982; interviews with other Canadian mountaineers, 1988-1990; CBC Radio interview of Chic Scott by Patricia Naylor for the "Calgary Eyeopener," ca.1990; personal incoming letters, 1988-1991; and file of clippings re Everest 1982 expedition.
Everest interviews are with Laurie Skreslet, Bill March and Al Burgess (typewritten transcripts included); and Jon Jones, opposition Everest mountaineer. Other interviewees are Don Vockeroth, Charlie Locke, Bob Hind, Glen Boles and Ken Jones. Recordings were made by Scott for interest and documentary value. The Vockeroth interview was used for "The Passing of an Era" in Alpinism v. 1, 1988.
Letters are from friends and acquaintances and pertain to mountaineering, writing, publishing etc.
Fonds also consist of records generated in the process of researching and writing "Pushing the Limits: The Story of Canadian Mountaineering" Rocky Mountain Books, 2000 and include 90 interviews (video and audio) 1996-1998, photographs (scanned images), research notes, manuscript, copies of documents and articles, chronology, lists and transcripts, and biography files.
Notes
Access to interviews limited to VHS reference compilations.
Name Access
Scott, Charles (Chic)
Subject Access
Exploration, discovery and travel
Sports, recreation and leisure
Access Restrictions
Some restriction/s on access
Copyright, privacy, commercial use and other restrictions may apply
Language
Language is English
Finding Aid
Finding aids and reference tools: reference copy recordings
Finding aids and reference tools series and file description
Creator
Scott, Chic
Category
Exploration, discovery and travel
Sports, recreation and leisure
Title Source
Title based on accession record and contents of fonds
Less detail
Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of personal correspondence between Aileen Harmon and numerous friends and family members. Includes a letter from John Macdonald pertaining to Aileen Harmon's Canadian Geographic article, a wedding programme for the marriage of Carole Harmon and Gary Sill, numerous Christmas letters, a…
Date Range
1953
1964
1965
1987
2001
2004
2012
2013
Reference Code
M287 / I / 12
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Textual record
Published record
Private record
Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M287 / V262
Series
M287 / I : Personal records
Sous-Fonds
M287
Accession Number
2016.8596
Reference Code
M287 / I / 12
GMD
Textual record
Published record
Private record
Date Range
1953
1964
1965
1987
2001
2004
2012
2013
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scope & Content
File consists of personal correspondence between Aileen Harmon and numerous friends and family members. Includes a letter from John Macdonald pertaining to Aileen Harmon's Canadian Geographic article, a wedding programme for the marriage of Carole Harmon and Gary Sill, numerous Christmas letters, an envelope labelled "For the travellin' man Happy New Year" containing three Ethiopian dollar bills and one 10-shilling South African bank note, and a card celebrating Aileen Harmon's 100th birthday.
Name Access
Fulton, Jim
Macdonald, John
Harmon, Carole
Sill, Gary
Canadian Geographic
Subject Access
Christmas
Publication
Currency
Family and personal life
Weddings
Holidays
Travel
Environment
Geographic Access
Canada
Alberta
Banff
Ethiopia
South Africa
Access Restrictions
Restrictions may apply
Reproduction Restrictions
Restrictions may apply
Language
English
Conservation
Currency has been stored in mylar inside folder with original envelope. Consider separate storage (i.e. individual folder) if off-gassing becomes an issue
Category
Family and personal life
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
Less detail

Emails 2014 and 2015

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Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of approximately 200 printed emails sent between Carole Harmon and numerous friends and family members pertaining to Aileen Harmon. Correspondence discusses well wishes for Aileen following her hospital visit in late 2014, as well as messages of condolence following her passing in Jan…
Date Range
2014
2015
Reference Code
M287 / I / 15 to 16
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Textual record
Private record
Part Of
Aileen Harmon fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M287 / V262
Series
M287 / I : Personal records
Sous-Fonds
M287
Accession Number
2016.8596
Reference Code
M287 / I / 15 to 16
GMD
Textual record
Private record
Responsibility
Some of content produced by Carole Harmon
Date Range
2014
2015
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
Scope & Content
File consists of approximately 200 printed emails sent between Carole Harmon and numerous friends and family members pertaining to Aileen Harmon. Correspondence discusses well wishes for Aileen following her hospital visit in late 2014, as well as messages of condolence following her passing in January 2015. Items also pertain to funeral arrangements and obituary articles about Aileen.
Notes
File includes some duplicates
Name Access
Harmon, Carole
Harmon, Aileen
Subject Access
Hospital
Obituary
Funeral
Family and personal life
Geographic Access
Canada
British Columbia
Alberta
Access Restrictions
Restrictions may apply
Reproduction Restrictions
Restrictions may apply
Language
English
Category
Family and personal life
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
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Gordon Burles fonds

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Part Of
Gordon Burles fonds
Scope & Content
Fonds consists mainly of poems by Gordon Burles, 1970-2017. Manuscripts contain about twenty-seven hundred poems, mainly in free verse, some with revisions. Poems are numbered in chronological order. About 2016 Burles stopped numbering each poem. The year of creation is indicated with each poem.…
Date Range
1970-2017
Reference Code
M196 / V103
Description Level
1 / Fonds
GMD
Photograph
Negative
Photograph print
Textual record
Machine-readable data file
Private record
Part Of
Gordon Burles fonds
Description Level
1 / Fonds
Fonds Number
M 196
V 103
Sous-Fonds
M 196
V 103
Accession Number
1199, 1367, 1414, 1674, 2061, 2212, 2239, 2890, 3233, 3769, 3874, 5526, 5689, 5903, 6347, 6487, 6927,7215, 7483, 7486, 7612
Reference Code
M196 / V103
GMD
Photograph
Negative
Photograph print
Textual record
Machine-readable data file
Private record
Date Range
1970-2017
Physical Description
ca. 36.5 cm textual records + 9 CD-R (textual records). -- 7 photographs : prints, negatives.
History / Biographical
James Gordon Burles, b.1949, is a poet, surveyor and civil servant at Banff, Alberta, Canada. A native of Banff, Burles is a student of the Canadian Rockies. In Burles' own words, much of his poetry is inspired by four environments: the life and history of Banff National Park, the town of Banff, the Okanagan Valley, and Calgary.
Scope & Content
Fonds consists mainly of poems by Gordon Burles, 1970-2017. Manuscripts contain about twenty-seven hundred poems, mainly in free verse, some with revisions. Poems are numbered in chronological order. About 2016 Burles stopped numbering each poem. The year of creation is indicated with each poem. Some poems pertain to mountain personalities such as Bill Peyto, Norman Sanson, Margaret Stone, Walter D. Wilcox, Walter J. Phillips, Conrad Kain, and Georgia Engelhard. Many are surrealist or nonsense poems and many deal with the Cemetery Tea House, an imaginary teahouse frequented by various characters.
Some poems deal with Burle's parents and family. The collection also holds fifty-three books and booklets, self-published by the author from 1984 to 2017. The books published from 2003 to 2017 contain all the poems which the author considers worth preserving. Some in one book have been revised in a later book. Some poems were revised more than once. The three books published in 1984, 1986, and 1990 are considered by the author as early works. Only the poems in those books that the author considered worth publishing have been republished in the 2003-2017 books. Names in the poem titles are usually made up.
Some titles are tongue-in-cheek. There were so many poems that the author resorted to names like "Portrait for Bertrand Clerihew-Guggenheim" to make it easier. Some titles, of course, are obviously connected to the content of the poem. Many titles were long enough to preclude the difficulty of getting the graphic designer to centre the title over the poem! Also included are manuscripts, research materials, articles, and notes etc. regarding Bill Peyto, the Copper Mountain Mine, Banff National Park museum, logging roads in the Johnson Lake area, and the Sanson-Bethune connection.
Photographs pertain to remains of hay rake and wagon in the Third Vermilion Lake area (1975) and remains of the Queen of the Hills Mine, above Silver City (1977).
CD-ROMS's contain typeset copies of manuscripts by Gordon Burles in Pagemaker, In Design and .pdf file formats. Manuscripts include "The Jagged Harmony," 2005, "An Avenue Without End," 2005, "That Perfect Elsewhere," n.d., "Much Like A Dream," 2004, "All the Universe of Sight," 2006, "Those Grand Poplars," 2004, "Lords of Many Orchards: Selected Best Poems of Gordon Burles," 2003, "That trellis of tombs: Further Selected Poems of Gordon Burles," 2004, "The Closing of Many Doors: More Poems by Gordon Burles," 2006.
Notes
In part, poems are published in three books: "The Old Cabin, Poems from Banff," 1984; "Crossing the Pass, New Poems from Banff," 1986; and "Tears for Old Lacerta, New Poems," 1990. All published by Gordon Burles.
Name Access
Burles, Gordon
Subject Access
Arts
Access Restrictions
No restrictions on access
Copyright, privacy, commercial use and other restrictions may apply
Language
Language is English
Finding Aid
Finding aids and reference tools: basic description
Creator
Burles, Gordon
Category
Arts
Title Source
Title based on contents of fonds
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