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Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of two hand-written letters from Father Robert McGuinness to Alfred Roberts, comprising 7 sheets and 2 envelopes, H27.5 x W21 cm to H9.5 x W16.5. One letter is dated February 11, 1955. One letter is dated October 26, 1954. Topics discussed include: McGuinness' role as inspecting engin…
Date Range
1954-1955
Reference Code
M460 / I / B / 1-2
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Private record
Textual record
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M460
Series
M460 / I / : St. Mary's Parish
Sous-Fonds
M460
Sub-Series
M460 / I / B : Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings
Accession Number
960
Reference Code
M460 / I / B / 1-2
GMD
Private record
Textual record
Date Range
1954-1955
Physical Description
0.05 cm of textual records (9 pages ; 21 x 27.5 cm or smaller)
Scope & Content
File consists of two hand-written letters from Father Robert McGuinness to Alfred Roberts, comprising 7 sheets and 2 envelopes, H27.5 x W21 cm to H9.5 x W16.5.
One letter is dated February 11, 1955.
One letter is dated October 26, 1954.
Topics discussed include: McGuinness' role as inspecting engineer for the Banff Springs Hotel expansion; McGuinness' travels and religious education in Rome and Wales; architecture (primarily the Norman Chateau style) of St. Mary's Parish, including sketches; traveling to Liverpool by ship; and material he used while presiding over a wedding service.
Notes
Letters were posted to Alfred V. Roberts in San Diego. McGuinness mentions in one of the letters that Alfred was also an engineer and that they were in Canada at some point together.
Name Access
McGuinness, Robert J.
Roberts, Alfred V.
Subject Access
Architecture
Banff
Hotels
Churches
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Professional and Personal Life
Religions
St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
Stone structures
Travel
Geographic Access
Alberta
Banff
Banff National Park
Canada
United States of America
San Diego
Language
English
Creator
McGuinness, Robert J.
Category
Religions
Communications
Title Source
Title based on contents of file
Processing Status
Processed
Less detail
Part Of
Archives General File Collection
Scope & Content
File consists of one photograph album, comprising 108 photographs, 17.5 x 12.5 cm or smaller. Photographs pertain to community life, schooling, business, and religion in and around Morely from the late 1800s to the early 1940s. File also contains three loose pages, possibly from the same album, wit…
Date Range
1890-1942
Reference Code
V8 / 2014.8294
Description Level
5 / File
GMD
Album
Photograph
Photograph print
Private record
  1 image     1 Electronic Resource  
Part Of
Archives General File Collection
Description Level
5 / File
Fonds Number
M8 / S8 / V8
Series
Accession number : 2014.8294
Sous-Fonds
V8
Accession Number
2014.8294
Reference Code
V8 / 2014.8294
GMD
Album
Photograph
Photograph print
Private record
Date Range
1890-1942
Physical Description
1 album (108 photographs : b&w ; 17.5 x 12.5 cm or smaller)
Scope & Content
File consists of one photograph album, comprising 108 photographs, 17.5 x 12.5 cm or smaller. Photographs pertain to community life, schooling, business, and religion in and around Morely from the late 1800s to the early 1940s. File also contains three loose pages, possibly from the same album, with a total of nine full-colour photographs of structures around Morely taken ca. 1970s.
Subject Access
Animals
Architecture
Banff Indian Days
Buildings and facilities
Children
Churches
Communities
First Nations
Forestry
Fur trade
Horses
Hunting
Indigenous Peoples
Portrait
Religions
Stoney
Stoney Nakoda
Geographic Access
Morley
Alberta
Canada
Access Restrictions
Sundance
Reproduction Restrictions
Sundance
Language
English
Conservation
Pages of photographs pertaining to sun dance not scanned.
Title Source
Original title in album
Processing Status
Processed
Electronic Resources
Images
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Robert J. McGuinness fonds

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Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of two series: I. St. Mary's Parish, ca.1945-1983, 0.16 cm, and contains two sub-series: A. Architecture, ca.1945-1983 (architectural plans, general information); B. Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings (pertaining to Father McGuinness and St. Mary's Parish), 1950-1978. II. McGuinn…
Date Range
1940-1950
1954
1955
1960
1977
1978
1980-1983
Reference Code
M460
Description Level
1 / Fonds
GMD
Textual record
Plan
Postcard
Private record
Part Of
Robert J. McGuinness fonds
Description Level
1 / Fonds
Fonds Number
M 460
Sous-Fonds
M 460
Accession Number
960
3707
2018.9000
Reference Code
M460
GMD
Textual record
Plan
Postcard
Private record
Date Range
1940-1950
1954
1955
1960
1977
1978
1980-1983
Physical Description
1.11 cm of textual records (34 pages : 29 x 42 cm or smaller) -- 9 architectural drawings : annotations ; 89 x 58 cm or smaller
History / Biographical
Originally from ancient Iveagh, which is now County Down, Ireland, the McGuinness family eventually migrated to Liverpool at an unknown time. The McGuinness family were provision merchants in Liverpool, but found supplies limited so they emigrated to Canada. Born on June 20, 1886 in Liverpool, Father Robert James McGuinness moved to Belleville, Ontario, Canada with his family in 1890. He had 7 brothers and sisters, including Oswald A. McGuinness, who settled in Invermere, British Columbia. Robert attended St. Lawrence College in Ampleforth, Yorkshire, and completed his studies at St. Servan in Rhiems, France, qualifying as an engineer. He held a position with the federal government upon his return to Canada, however when World War I broke out Robert served in the 29th Battalion of CRTS building pontoons behind European battle lines. After returning to Canada, Robert worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway as an architectural engineer, which brought him west to Banff, Alberta. Robert was the resident architectural engineer overlooking the construction of the Banff Springs Hotel expansion in the 1920's. In the late 1920's, Robert traveled to Rome to enter the seminary and four years later he was ordained as a priest. After serving as priest in Calgary, Robert was appointed Catholic priest in Banff in 1936, where he lived and worked until his death in 1961. To fulfill a personal dream, Robert designed and supervised the construction of the new church building and grounds for St. Mary's Parish (St. Mary's of the Assumption) which was completed in 1951. During his years in Europe, Robert visited ancient churches and cathedrals which influenced the design of the church, primarily the Norman Chateau architectural style. Robert was also a talented artist. Some of his work can be seen in galleries in New York and in Banff. His work has been reproduced for Canadian Pacific Railway tourism material, including the Spiral Tunnels postcard included in this fonds. Robert died in Calgary on June 17, 1961, just shy of his 75th birthday, after being ill for a few months.
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of two series:
I. St. Mary's Parish, ca.1945-1983, 0.16 cm, and contains two sub-series: A. Architecture, ca.1945-1983 (architectural plans, general information); B. Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings (pertaining to Father McGuinness and St. Mary's Parish), 1950-1978.
II. McGuinness Family, 1953-1977, 1 cm (private records, including handwritten notes, a memoir, and a postcard).
Notes
. IYounger brother Oswald was a surveyor who built the road from Invermere to Calgary
There is some indication that Robert had a role in the construction of the Bow River Bridge or the collection of the stones used for the bridge, but this is unconfirmed
Name Access
McGuinness, Robert J.
Subject Access
Architecture
Art
Banff
Buildings
Churches
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Family and personal life
Professional and Personal Life
Religions
St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church
Geographic Access
Alberta
Banff
Banff National Park
Canada
Ontario
Access Restrictions
No restrictions on access
Copyright, privacy, commercial use and other restrictions may apply
Language
Language is English
Related Material
08.3 / Si 3m / Pam
08.3 / B22 stm / Pam
08.3 / Sa 2 / Pam
Creator
McGuinness, Robert J.
Category
Family and personal life
Religions
Biographical Source Notes
Based on contents of the fonds
https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/g/o/g/Laurie-Goggin/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0444.html
"St. Mary's of the Assumption" pamphlet printed by the Crag and Canyon in Banff (08.3/Sa 2/Pam)
http://www.stmarysparishbanff.ca/history/
Title Source
Title based on accession records
Processing Status
Processed
Less detail
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