Centennial Archives

The Centennial Archives

As we celebrated, we also took the time to reflect back. We began the Mount Royal Archives, which is a collection of special items that each has a unique tie to the university.

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November
From 1911–1941, The Mount Royal Chinook yearbook helped to promote student life and school spirit at the fledgling college.

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Designed by Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson, two scrolls were created to commemorate the service of Mount Royal's staff and students during the Second World War.

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Member of the order of Canada and renowned teacher and composer Leonard Leacock is remembered long after penning his final note.

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August

One of the oldest artifacts in the collection is this 1903 Singer sewing machine which belonged to Emily Kerby.

 

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July

The University's archives include a set of sketchbooks by one of Alberta's most influential female artists, Marion Nicoll.

 

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These beautiful, hand-painted glass lantern slides were created by renowned local botanist William Copeland McCalla.

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The prestigious Henry Birks and Sons Gold Medal was given each year from 1935 to 1985.

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In the 1950s athletic jackets were popular. The Archives' collection includes a blue and a red one.

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This painting of Mount Royal founder George W. Kerby is one of two paintings — circa 1930 — by John Wycliffe Lowes Forster.

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This advertising scrapbook features clippings of a variety of Mount Royal ads from 1940 to 1951.

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This hand-stitched tapestry was created by Margaret Lamb Carrick in 1935. It currently hangs in the university boardroom.

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This is the official document that started it all — the Act to Incorporate Mount Royal College, dated Dec. 16, 1910.

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This hand-calligraphed scroll was commissioned in 1914 to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Mount Royal students, alumni and employees in the First World War.

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Long before iPods, discmen or even walkmen, Mount Royal's student body loved their music so much everyone chipped in to buy a phonograph — the year? 1920.

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This Burroughs Adding Machine was built in 1919. It was once used by accounting and secretarial students.

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This sterling silver cup with antler handles is one of the oldest pieces in the Mount Royal Archive collection. It was commissioned in 1912.
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These beautiful stained glass windows honour founding members of the Mount Royal Board of Governors and were first installed in the 1950s.
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This shovel was used to break ground on Mount Royal's Lincoln Park Campus on June 24, 1970.
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This 1896 Paragon scope and 44 stereogram cards are studied in today's classes
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This Underwood No. 5 typewriter model was used for many years at Mount Royal by both students and staff.

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China painting was offered at Mount Royal from 1911 until 1931.