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"We All Can Have a Turn"
M 8618, file 32

Janet Mitchell fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Correspondence. -- 1941-1977.
Series 2Catalogues. -- 1942-1977.
Series 3Miscellaneous printed items. -- [ca. 1955- 1979].
Series 4Newsclippings. -- [ca. 1945-ca. 1973].
Series 5Correspondence. -- 1962-1985.
Series 6Correspondence. -- 1971-1998.
Series 7Travel souvenirs. -- 1970-1987.
Series 8Exhibitions. -- [ca. 1953]-1995.
Series 9Miscellaneous. -- [ca. 1975]-1998.
Series 10Diaries. -- 1956-1998.
Series 11Collected illustrations. -- 1948-[ca. 1995].
Series 12Video recordings. -- [ca. 1983]-1995.
Series 13 Scanned Document Photographs. -- 1910-1970s

Inventory

Series 1

Correspondence. -- 1941-1977. -- 29 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of correspondence, mostly with friends and colleagues, concerning art and personal matters. Includes hand-made Christmas cards from artists.

M-852-1Correspondence. -- 1948-1971. -- Re personal activities, art.
M-852-2Correspondence. -- 1950-1970. -- Re personal activities, art.
M-852-3Correspondence. -- 1952. -- From Janet Mitchell to friends.
M-852-4Correspondence. -- 1959-1973. -- From Marion and James Nicoll.
M-852-5Correspondence. -- 1962-1972. -- From Thelma Manarey.
M-852-6Correspondence. -- 1965-1969. -- From Archie and Marjorie Key.
M-852-7Correspondence. -- 1967-1972. -- From Vivian Lindoe.
M-852-8Correspondence. -- 1967-1968. -- With Olga and Greg Arnold.
M-852-9Correspondence. -- 1967-[ca. 1970]. -- From Wes Irwin.
M-852-10Correspondence. -- 1972-1977. -- From Thelma Manarey, Vivian Lindoe, Archie Key, and Don Peacock.
M-852-11Correspondence, etc. -- 1975-1976. -- With Edward Faiers.
M-852-12Correspondence. -- 1966-1975. -- From Dorothy L. Dowhan.
M-852-13Correspondence. -- 1971. -- From Dorothy L. Dowhan.
M-852-14Correspondence. -- 1971-1973. -- From Dorothy L. Dowhan.
M-852-15Correspondence. -- 1972. -- From Dorothy L. Dowhan.
M-852-16Correspondence. -- 1972-1973. -- From Dorothy L. Dowhan.
M-852-17Correspondence. -- 1973. -- From Dorothy L. Dowhan.
M-852-18Correspondence, etc. -- 1973-1976. -- From Dorothy L. Dowhan.
M-852-19Correspondence, etc. -- 1973-1976. -- From Dorothy L. Dowhan.
M-852-20Correspondence. -- 1976-1977. -- From Dorothy L. Dowhan.
M-852-21Correspondence. -- 1972-1977. -- With various friends.
M-852-22Christmas cards. -- 1941-[ca. 1975]. -- Featuring designs by friends. Includes one card designed by Janet Mitchell.
M-852-23Christmas cards. -- [ca. 1954-ca. 1972]. -- Featuring designs by friends. Includes two cards designed by Janet Mitchell.
M-852-24Greeting cards. -- [1951-ca. 1977]. -- From Wes Irwin.
M-852-25Christmas cards. -- [ca. 1960-ca. 1970]. -- From the Illingworth Kerr family.
M-852-26Christmas cards. -- 1964-1974. -- From Katie Ohe.
M-852-27Christmas cards. -- [ca. 1960-ca. 1970]. -- From the John Snow family.
M-852-28Christmas cards. -- 1949-1974. -- From Jim and Marion Nicoll.
M-852-29Christmas cards. -- 1959-1974. -- From the Faiers family.
M-852-30Christmas cards. -- [ca. 1955-ca. 1965]. -- From Maxwell Bates.
M-852-31Christmas cards. -- [ca. 1960]. -- From the Michalcheow family.
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Series 2

Catalogues. -- 1942-1977. -- 40 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of printed catalogues, invitations, and announcements for art exhibitions featuring the works of Janet Mitchell and her contemporaries.

M-852-32Catalogues. -- 1944-1968. -- Includes exhibitions featuring Janet Mitchell's work at a Saskatchewan art gallery, Sarnia Public Library, Coste House Galleries, Manitoba Society of Artists, University of Calgary, Hart House Art Gallery (Toronto), Saskatoon Art Centre.
M-852-33Catalogues. -- 1949-1972. -- Includes exhibitions featuring Janet Mitchell's work at Edmonton Museum of Arts, Beth Shalom Synagogue (Edmonton), University of Calgary. Includes 1961 National Gallery of Canada Engagement Calendar. Includes exhibitions by Vivian Lindoe, Tony Tascona, Paul Nash, Ossip Zadkine.
M-852-34Catalogues. -- [ca. 1946]-1967. -- Includes exhibitions featuring Janet Mitchell's work at Alberta Society of Artists, Calgary Allied Arts Council, Art Gallery of Hamilton. Includes exhibitions of art by or organized by Maxwell Bates, David Milne, Norman Yates, Society of Wood Engravers and Relief Printers, Audrey Riller Leathers, Dale Amundson, Clay Club Sculpture Center, Ivan Eyre, Edward Faiers, Federation of Canadian Artists Quebec Region.
M-852-35Catalogues. -- 1942-1973. -- Includes exhibitions of art by or organized by Jacques de Tonnancour, Le Corbusier, Clarence Gagnon, Arctic Institute of North America, Arthur Lismer, Burnaby Art Society, Greg Arnold, Canadian Guild of Potters, National Gallery of Canada (2nd and 4th Biennial Exhibition of Canadian Art).
M-852-36Catalogues. -- 1950-1973. -- Includes exhibitions of art by or organized by Edmonton Art Gallery, Franklin Mint Gallery, Illingworth Kerr, Alberta College of Art, National Gallery of Canada, Mendel Collection (Saskatoon).
M-852-37Catalogues. -- 1951-1957. -- Consists of: Highlights / Alberta Society of Artists. -- Mar. 1951, Apr. 1953, Dec. 1954, Spring 1958, Autumn 1959, Spring 1961, Winter 1963, Summer 1967.
M-852-38Catalogues. -- 1955-1976. -- Includes exhibitions featuring Janet Mitchell's work organized by Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Laurentian University, Alberta Society of Artists. Includes exhibitions of works by Bob Webb and Elaine Fogg, Harlan House, John Snow, Julius Griffith. Includes Catalogues of The Winnipeg Show, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1962, ca. 1963, ca. 1964.
M-852-39Catalogues. -- 1955-1971. -- Includes exhibition featuring Janet Mitchell's work at National Gallery of Canada (1st Biennial, 1955). Includes catalogues of Albertacraft '58, Festival 71(Calgary), University of Alberta at Calgary Fine Arts Festival (1966), Western Crafts 1967, Art Gallery of Ontario Circulating Exhibition Catalogue (1971-1972), ACA Students' Exhibition '71, Beaverbrook Art Gallery (ca. 1959). Includes exhibition of Jim & Marion Nicoll (1971).
M-852-40Catalogues. -- 1957-1977. -- Includes exhibitions featuring Janet Mitchell's work at Victoria Hall (Petrolia, Ont.), Alberta Arts Foundation, The Winnipeg Show (1957, 1960). Includes exhibitions of art by or organized by Calgary Allied Arts Centre, Tony Tascona, Ronald Spickett, Hendrik Bres, Ann Clark Darrah, Eva Diener, Joe Plaskett.
M-852-41Catalogues. -- 1960-1977. -- Includes 12 catalogues of Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (1960-1977). Includes 7 catalogues of exhibitions and sales of works by National Council of Jewish Women (1962-1966).
M-852-42Catalogues. -- 1961-1970. -- Includes exhibitions featuring Janet Mitchell's work at Edmonton Art Gallery, Calgary Allied Arts Council, Lethbridge Civic Sports Centre. Includes exhibitions of art by or organized by Five Artists from Calgary, Bruce O'Neil, Holman Island Eskimo Co-operative, Katie Von der Ohe, Les Manning, Bart Pragnell, Calgary Allied Arts Council.
M-852-43Catalogues. -- 1969-1971. -- Includes exhibitions featuring work of George Wood, A. C. Leighton. Includes Environment 71 exhibition (Calgary).
M-852-44 Catalogues. -- 1973-1974. -- Includes exhibitions of art by or organized by Dorothy Knowles, Derek Besant, Fred Carney, Lonnie Springer, Doug Haynes, Gaston Lachaise, University of Calgary B.F.A. graduates, William Duma, International Academy of Ceramics, Edmonton Art Gallery and Alberta Society of Artists, Alberta College of Art, Joyce Devlin, Victor Vasarely, Roy Leadbeater, Noboru Sawai, Dennis Elliott, Harold Feist, Joe Fafard.
M-852-45Catalogues. -- 1962-1973. -- For various shows in Calgary area.
M-852-46Invitations and catalogues. -- 1956-1974. -- For various art shows.
M-852-os-box Poster. -- [ca. 196-]. -- For exhibition of art by Gordon Adaskin, Winnipeg.
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Series 3

Miscellaneous printed items. -- [ca. 1955-1979]. -- 4 cm of textual records. -- The series includes programs, souvenir, calendars, periodicals, article, play.

M-852-47Booklets. -- [ca. 1955]-1962. -- Includes "Edmonton Museum of Fine Arts" (ca. 1955), souvenir program of dedication of Jubilee Auditoriums (1957), Town talk : a survey of coming events / Edmonton Allied Arts Council (1962).
M-852-48Souvenir passport. -- 1967. -- For Janet Mitchell at Expo '67.
M-852-49Calendars. -- 1967. -- Of Calgary Allied Arts Council.
M-852-50Periodical. -- 1969. -- Courier / publication of Calgary Allied Arts Council.
M-852-51Newsletter. -- 1971. -- Of the Leighton Centre for Arts and Crafts.
M-852-52Calendar. -- 1973-1974. -- Of the Alberta College of Art.
M-852-53Article. -- [1979]. -- Vignettes from people places / by Archie F. Key. Published by Archie F. Key.
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Series 4

Newsclippings. -- [ca. 1945- ca. 1973]. -- 5 cm of textual records.

M-852-54Newsclippings. -- [ca. 1945-ca.1949]. -- Re Canadian and European artists, galleries.
M-852-55Newsclippings. -- [ca. 1955-ca. 1972]. -- Re Canadian and European artists, galleries.
M-852-56Newsclippings. -- [ca. 1973]. -- Re Canadian and European artists, galleries.
M-852-57Newsclippings. -- [ca. 1967-ca. 1970]. -- Re natural gas, Canadian painters, Ezra Pound, Gallerie Fore.
M-852-vol.1Scrapbook. -- [ca. 1946-ca. 1947]. -- Contains newsclippings re Canadian art, Janet Mitchell's exhibitions. Includes a few catalogues of Janet Mitchell's exhibitions and a few items of correspondence.
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Series 5

Correspondence. -- 1962- 1985. -- 12 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of correspondence with friends, charitable organizations, and art galleries, concerning personal and business matters.

M-852-58Canadian Save the Children Fund. -- 1962-1981. -- Re Janet Mitchell's sponsorship of a "foster child".
M-852-59Fleet Galleries (Winnipeg). -- 1964-1977. -- Re sales of artworks.
M-852-60Kensington Fine Art Galleries (Calgary). -- 1968-1981. -- Re sales of artworks.
M-852-61Art rentals. -- 1965-1981. -- Largely run by Edmonton Art Gallery Women's Society, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Calgary Allied Arts Council Women's Committee.
M-852-62Centennial Rose. -- 1966. -- Re commission to produce a painting of the rose.
M-852-63Art Lenders (Montreal). -- 1966-1976. -- Re consignment sales of artworks.
M-852-64Calgary Galleries. -- 1970-1977. -- Re sales of artworks.
M-852-65Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. -- 1970-1980. - - Correspondence (official and personal), minutes, by-laws, membership list, calls for submissions, exhibition catalogues.
M-852-66Annora Brown. -- 1982-1985. -- Personal correspondence.
M-852-67Wes Irwin. -- [ca. 1970]. -- Postcard.
M-852-68Alberta Art Foundation. -- 1973-1980. -- Correspondence re art exhibitions, newsletters, exhibition catalogues, pamphlets.
M-852-69Victoria Playhouse (Petrolia, Ont.). -- 1977. Correspondence and brochure re fund-raising art auction.
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Series 6

Correspondence. -- 1971- 1998. -- 17 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of correspondence concerning personal and business matters.

M-8618-1Correspondence inward : A. -- 1983-1988. -- Correspondents are Access Network, Bev Affie, Alberta Art Foundation, Alberta Culture, Alberta Education, Alberta Theatre Projects, "Alice".
M-8618-2Correspondence inward : B. -- 1979-1991. -- Correspondents are Dorothy Barnhouse, Bethany Care Centre, Molly Boback, Warren Breed.
M-8618-3Correspondence inward : C. -- 1980-1998. -- Correspondents are Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Joane Cardinal-Schubert (hand-made card), Bente Roed Cochran, Jack Wilson and Reg Collins, Reta Crowley, Hilary Crisp.
M-8618-4Correspondence inward : Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour : business. -- 1980-1984.
M-8618-5Correspondence inward : Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour : by-laws. -- 1971-1978. -- By-laws, proposed amendment, notice of meeting.
M-8618-6Correspondence inward : Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour : exhibition, 1984. -- 1982-1984. -- Correspondence concerning the Society's 59th Annual Exhibition at Ring House Gallery in Edmonton.
M-8618-7Correspondence inward : Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour : exhibitions. -- 1981-1991. -- Calls for submissions, entry forms, notices of acceptance, invitations, catalogues, agendas.
M-8618-8Correspondence inward : Canadian Society of painters in Water Colour : membership. -- [ca. 1981-ca. 1982]. -- Membership prospectus, membership lists, letter.
M-8618-9Correspondence inward : Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour : minutes. -- 1981-1985. -- Agendas, annual reports, minutes of Annual General Meetings, minutes of Executive meetings.
M-8618-10Correspondence inward : Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour : newsletters. -- 1981-1985, 1991.
M-8618-11Correspondence inward : Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour : personal. -- 1980-1985. -- Correspondents are Tony Batten, Ann Duff, Julius Griffith, Cynthia Kemerer, Gery Puley.
M-8618-12Correspondence inward : Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour : strategic planning. -- 1984. -- Strategic planning document by C. J. Gradenwitz, consultant.
M-8618-13Correspondence inward : D. -- 1974-1997. -- Correspondents are "Douglas and Kay" (original print), Barbara Dowell, Dorothy Dowhan, Ann Duff.
M-8618-14Correspondence inward : E-F. -- 1977-1992. -- Correspondents are J[ohn] K. E[sler], Edmonton Public Schools, Ted and Leona Faiers, Carol Finlay, Marjorie Forbis, Dorothy Fox.
M-8618-15Correspondence inward : G. -- 1977-[ca. 1995]. -- Correspondents are Don Gear, Glenbow Museum, Francine Gravel, Julius Griffith.
M-8618-16Correspondence inward : H. -- Correspondents are "Hazel and Bill", "Hellmut", "Hilary", Audrie Hourwich, Martha Houston.
M-8618-17Correspondence inward : J. -- 1997. -- Correspondents are "Joan", "Joan".
M-8618-18Correspondence inward : M. -- 1978-1984. -- Correspondents are Mary and Sandy Mackenzie, Thelma Manarey, Doris McCarthy, Media One Communications Ltd., Larry [Mitchell].
M-8618-19Correspondence inward : O-P. -- 1979-1990. -- Correspondents are Katie Ohe (original print), Peter Ohlen, Danielle Peacock, Henry Purdy, Katherine Pye.
M-8618-20Correspondence inward : R-S. -- 1978-1992. -- Correspondents are Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Donna Shannon, Sheyne Gallery, Ron Spickett, J. and Kay Snow, Merna Summers, Marilyn Sykes.
M-8618-21Correspondence inward : T-W. -- 1979-1998. -- Correspondents are "Tamara, Danny & Don", Tony Tascona, University of Calgary Senate, Melissa Webb (original print), Mary Whale.
M-8618-22Correspondence inward : congratulatory cards. -- 1988. -- Cards of congratulations upon award of honorary University of Calgary doctorate.
M-8618-23Correspondence outward : Christmas letters. -- 1988- 1996.
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Series 7

Travel souvenirs. -- 1970- 1987. -- 2 cm of textual records and other material. -- The series consists predominantly of itineraries issued by travel agencies.

M-8618-24Trip to Japan. -- 1970. -- Itinerary, photograph, postcards, phrase sheet, pamphlet.
M-8618-25Trip to Greece. -- 1978. -- Itinerary, postcards.
M-8618-26Trip to England and Wales. -- 1987. -- Itinerary.
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Series 8

Exhibitions. -- [ca. 1953]- 1995. -- 5 cm of textual records and other material. -- The series consists of documentation of exhibitions of Janet Mitchell's works. Includes correspondence, resumes, catalogues, invitations, announcements, newsclippings, articles, advertisements, interview transcript, visitor's book comments, photographs, and slides.

M-8618-27Exhibition catalogues, invitations, announcements. -- [ca. 1963]-1991.
M-8618-28Exhibition correspondence. -- 1966-1989. -- Letters, receipt for artworks.
M-8618-29Resumes. -- [ca. 1965-ca. 1977].
M-8618-30Exhibition reviews and other articles. -- [ca. 1953]-1995. -- Newsclippings, articles, transcript of interview, newspaper advertisements.
M-8618-31Exhibition photographs. -- [ca. 1983]. -- Photographs of artworks.
M-8618-32Exhibition, "Janet Mitchell Retrospective : a Celebration". -- 1995. -- Catalogue, newsletters, invitations, correspondence, newsclippings, visitor's book comments, advertisements, photographs of opening, slides of artworks exhibited. For a videotape of the exhibition, see V-58-1.
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Series 9

Miscellaneous. -- [ca. 1975]- 1998. -- 4 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of Janet Mitchell's souvenirs and records not otherwise classified. Includes programs, invitations, newsclippings, records of charitable donations and Christmas cards sent, publications, photographs, certificates of honours received, and papers of Olga Arnold.

M-8618-33Miscellaneous. -- 1979-1989. -- Program, "Women Celebrate Women"; invitations to exhibitions; funeral program and obituary for Mamie Josephine McCollough; speech given to Hadassah gathering.
M-8618-34Miscellaneous newsclippings. -- [ca. 1975]-1986. -- Newsclippings concerning visual artists in Alberta.
M-8618-35Charitable donations. -- 1992-1997. -- Lists of charities contributed to. Book also contains Christmas card lists, 1993, 1996.
M-8618-36Introduction to book. -- [ca. 1989]. -- Draft introduction to: Janet Mitchell : Life and Art / by Peggy Armstrong.
M-8618-37Pamphlet. -- [ca. 1980]. -- Consists of: Journal for Janet / drawings, Janet Mitchell ; lines, D. L. Dowhan [S.l. : s.n., ca. 1980]. Pamphlet of illustrated poems. (Formerly filed at Glenbow Archives, M 6510).
M-8618-38Photographs. -- 1972-[ca. 1995]. -- Snapshots of Janet Mitchell at work and with friends; snapshots apparently taken by Janet Mitchell.
M-8618-39Certificates. -- 1988, 1992. -- University of Calgary honorary Doctor of Laws; certificate of award of Canada 125th Anniversary commemorative medal.
M-852-os-box Certificates. -- 1978-1995. -- Royal Canadian Academy membership; Canadian Society of Painters in Water colour membership, Honour Award, life membership.
M-8618-39aContributors to the Janet Mitchell Scholarship Trust. -- 1998. -- List of contributors.
M-8618-40Olga Arnold papers. -- 1970-1981. -- Travel diaries, poems, obituaries, will, correspondence concerning estate. Olga Arnold and Janet Mitchell shared a house.
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Series 10

Diaries. -- 1956-1998. -- 14 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of Janet Mitchell's records of occurrences in her life and her thoughts. Includes some sketches.

M-8618-41Diary : Sanitarium. -- 1956.
M-8618-42Diary : depressed times. -- 1957-1967.
M-8618-43Diary. -- 1967-1972.
M-8618-44Diary : England. -- 1972-1973.
M-8618-45Diary. -- 1973-1974.
M-8618-46Diary. -- 1979-1989.
M-8618-47Diary. -- 1991-1993.
M-8618-48Diary. -- 1993-1995.
M-8618-49Diary. -- 1995-1997.
M-8618-50Diary. -- 1997.
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Series 11

Collected illustrations. -- 1948-[ca. 1995]. -- 6 cm of textual records and other material. -- The series consists of magazine clippings, postcards, greeting cards, etc., used by Janet Mitchell as sources for artistic ideas.

M-8618-51Illustrations. -- [ca. 1950-ca. 1995].
M-8618-52Birds. -- [ca. 1950-ca. 1995].
M-8618-53Cars. -- 1950-1995.
M-8618-54Cats. -- 1948-[ca. 1980].
M-852-vol.2Cards, etc. [scrapbook]. -- [ca. 1950-ca. 1983].
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Series 12

Video recordings. -- [ca. 1983]-1995. -- 5 videocassettes. -- The series consists of documentation of the 1995 art exhibition Janet Mitchell Retrospective : a Celebration; and television productions in which she is featured.

V-58-1Janet Mitchell retrospective : a celebration. -- [1995]. -- 1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.) : VHS.
V-58-2Seeing it our way : Janet Mitchell / [Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]. -- [ca. 1983]. -- 1 videocassette (ca. 30 min.) : Beta.
V-58-(3-4)Investing in art / Alberta Art Foundation. -- Calgary : Media One, 1991. -- 2 videocassettes (57 min.) : VHS.
V-58-5The creators : Janet Mitchell / WTN. -- 1995. -- 1 videocassette (00:04:12) : VHS.

Series 13


Photographs. -- 1910-1970s

Many of the photographs have been scanned. Scanned Document View now.
PA-1953 Views of Janet Mitchell, Janet at work painting, the Mitchell and Nicoll families, Meadow Lake, etc. - 1911-1970s. - 21 photographs
NA-3562-(1-38) Views of Janet Mitchell, the Mitchell family, Calgary artists and events. - 1910-1967. - 38 photographs
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