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On left: George Pocaterra on Alberta ranch, [ca. 1907]
On right: Norma Piper Pocaterra in opera costume, [ca. 1935-1936]
NA-695-80 and NA-695-90

George and Norma Piper Pocaterra fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series

Title

Series 1Diaries. -- 1935-1979
Series 2Correspondence. -- 1903- 1978
Series 3Financial records. -- 1907- 1963
Series 4Legal records, etc. -- 1900- 1969
Series 5Business ventures. -- 1905- 1977
Series 6Biographies, reminiscences, and other writings. -- 1932-1972
Series 7Clubs and associations. -- [ca. 1930s]-1978
Series 8 Scanned Document Miscellaneous records. -- 1897- 1975
Series 9 Scanned Document Scrapbooks and clippings. -- 1914- 1972
Series 10Dr. W.A. Piper papers. -- 1920- 1957
Series 11Oversize certificates, blueprints, etc. -- [ca. 1910s-1960s]
Series 12Sound recordings. -- 1935- 1978
Series 13 Photographs. -- [ca. 1890s-1960s]

Inventory

Series 1

Diaries. -- 1935- 1979

M-6340-1George Pocaterra's diaries. -- 1935-1937, 1940, 1947, 1951-1955, 1956-1960
M-6340-2 George Pocaterra's diaries. -- l961-1969
M-6340-3Norma Piper Pocaterra's diaries. -- l935, 1937, 1939, 1940
M-6340-4Norma Piper Pocaterra's diary. -- 1970- 1975
M-6340-5Norma Piper Pocaterra's diary. -- 1976- 1979
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Series 2

Correspondence. - - 1903-1978. -- Consists of four sub-series: letters written by George Pocaterra; letters written by Norma Piper Pocaterra; letters written to George, Norma and Dr. Piper by others; and miscellaneous letters.

Series 2-a

Letters written by George Pocaterra. -- 1907-1970

M-6340-6Correspondence. -- l907-1926. -- Consists of correspondence to Ruggero Bozzi, Amelie de Vauclain, Mrs. F.N. Bedingfeld, Dr. H. J. Morlan and others.
M-6340-7Correspondence. -- 1930-1934. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma, Dr. W.A. Piper, Harper Sibley and others.
M-6340-8Correspondence. -- 1935 (January - April).-- Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma. Also to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-9Correspondence. -- 1935 (May - July). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma.
M-6340-l0Correspondence. -- 1935 (August - November). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma. Also to George's mother, Ubaldina Pocaterra.
M-6340-11Correspondence. -- 1936 - 1937. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to William Morris Agency (New York) and the Duke of Windsor regarding Norma's career; to R.M. Patterson, and to Society Peritalia regarding Canadian fascists.
M-6340-12Correspondence. -- 1938 - 1939. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and Norma. Includes political comments.
M-6340-13Correspondence. -- 1940 - 1942. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma. Also to R. M. Patterson, Harper Sibley, Bruno and others.
M-6340-14Correspondence. -- 1945 - 1949. -- Consists of correspondence to family and friends, including Marta, Harper Sibley, Sergio, Emilia, R. M. Patterson, Dorothy Mather, Arthur, Aldo, Dick Wright, Dr. H. J. Morlan, Umberto and others.
M-6340-15Correspondence. -- 1950 - 1955. -- Consists of correspondence to family and friends including Dorothy Mather, Betty and Ken, Marta, Bruno, Emilia, R. M. Patterson, Jack Danciger, Andy Inguagiato, Aldo and others.
M-6340-16Correspondence. -- 1956 - 1959. -- Consists of correspondence to family and friends including Marta, Dr. H. J. Morlan, Jack Danciger, Andy Inguagiato, Bruno, R. M. Patterson, Harry Monahan, Emilia, Aldo, Egil Rensaa, Betty and Ken, Calgary District Planning Commission, Dan Campbell, Jack Piper and others.
M-6340-17Correspondence. -- 1960 - 1964. -- Consists of correspondence to family and friends, including Laura and Edgardo, Marta, Emilia, Julio Pocaterra Martel, Harry Monahan, Dr. Quattrone, Jack and Betty Piper, Amelie Vauclain Tatnall, Sergio, Dr. H. J. Morlan, Soledad and Maurice, Dan Campbell, Bruno, R. M. Patterson, Andy Inguagiato, Touring Club Italiano, Aldo, Betty and Ken, Franco and others.
M-6340-18Correspondence. 1965 - 1970. -- Consists of correspondence to family and friends including Amelie Vauclain Tatnall, Marta, Harry Monahan, R. M. Patterson, Bruno, Franco, Betty and Ken, Claudio, Ed and Marguerite, Sergio and others.

Series 2-b

Letters written by Norma Piper Pocaterra. -- 1931-1972

M-6340-19Correspondence. -- n.d. -- Consists of correspondence to George, Leonard Brockington, Marta.
M-6340-20Correspondence. -- 1931, 1933, and [ca. 1930s]. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and other family members. Also to George.
M-6340-21Correspondence. -- 1934. -- Consists of typed copies of Norma's letters to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-22Correspondence. -- 1934 (January - September). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-23Correspondence. -- 1934 (October - December). -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W. A. Piper and George.
M-6340-24Correspondence. -- 1935 ( January - March). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-25Correspondence. -- 1935 (April). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-26Correspondence. -- 1935 ( May). -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-27Correspondence. -- 1935 ( June). -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-28Correspondence. -- 1935 ( July). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-29Correspondence. -- 1935 ( August). -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-30Correspondence. -- 1935 ( September - November). - - Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-31Correspondence. -- 1936. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to Lawrence.
M-6340-32Correspondence. -- 1937. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to Jack and to Hon. Vincent Massey, High Commissioner for Canada in London.
M-6340-33Correspondence. -- 1938 ( January - June). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also letters to various people regarding career and to Jack and Lawrence.
M-6340-34Correspondence. -- 1938 ( July - December). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to Lawrence and others.
M-6340-35Correspondence. -- 1939 ( January - June). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to R.B. Bennett and others regarding career.
M-6340-36Correspondence. -- 1939 ( July - December). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to George and others.
M-6340-37Correspondence. -- 1940. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to George. Also to Lawrence and regarding career.
M-6340-38Correspondence. -- 1941 ( January - March). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to George.
M-6340-39Correspondence. -- 1941 ( June - November). -- Consists of correspondence mainly to George. Also to Dick and Jack.
M-6340-40Correspondence. -- 1947 - 1972. -- Consists of correspondence to George, Bruno, Marta, Amelie Vauclain Tatnall and others and also regarding teaching post at Mount Royal College.

Series 2-c

Letters written by other correspondents. - - 1903-1972. -- Arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent.

M-6340-41Adams and Crowle, Barristers and Solicitors. -- 1931. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding coal leases.
M-6340-42Aitken & Co. -- 1928. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding stocks and securities.
M-6340-43Anderson, Madge. -- 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding recitals.
M-6340-44Ange, Marie. -- 1939 - 1962. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma ( in Italian).
M-6340-45Arnott, O.C. & Co. -- 1927 - 1930. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding stocks and securities.
M-6340-46Bedingfeld, Frank and Josephine. -- 1914 - 1938. -- Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-47Bennett, R.B. -- 1928 - 1939. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and to Norma, mainly regarding Norma's career.
M-6340-48Betty and Ken. -- 1955 - 1968. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma, mainly regarding property and financial loan.
M-6340-49de Bevec, R. Brandli. -- 1933 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma, and George from her former music teacher.
M-6340-50Bizzarri, Claudio. -- 1965. -- Consists of correspondence to George ( in Italian).
M-6340-51Bowen, R.J. and Susan. -- 1929 - 1958. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma.
M-6340-52Bozzi, Ruggero. -- 1916 - 1918. -- Consists of correspondence too George ( in Italian).
M-6340-53B.C. Dental Supply Co. -- 1929 - 1930. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding stocks and other matters.
M-6340-54Brockington, Leonard W. -- 1933 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her career.
M-6340-55Bryenton, Percy R. Barrister. -- 1939 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding estates of Dr. W.A. Piper and Aunt Susan Davy.
M-6340-56Calgary Allied Arts Council. -- 1957 - 1964. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her organization of and participation in local musical events.
M-6340-57Calgary District Planning Commission. Later Calgary Regional Planning Commission.-- 1958 - 1969. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding the Ghost River property.
M-6340-58Calgary Power Ltd. -- 1956. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding radio commentary show on the Kananaskis area.
M-6340-59Calgary Stock Exchange. -- 1929 - 1930. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding shares, membership, etc.
M-6340-60Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. -- 1933 - 1958. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her career.
M-6340-61Carlile & McCarthy Ltd. -- 1930 .-- Consists of correspondence to various members of Piper family regarding stocks.
M-6340-62Charlesworth, Hector. -- 1933 - 1940. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her career.
M-6340-63Cromarty et al, Barristers. -- 1941 - 1972. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma regarding the estate of Dr. W.A. Piper, Ghost River property and other concerns.
M-6340-64Danciger, Jack. -- 1955 - 1956. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding Indian tribes.
M-6340-65Davy, Susie. -- 1930 - 1933. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma from her aunt.
M-6340-66Di Fouerelli, Robert (?). -- 1938. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma and George ( in Italian).
M-6340-67Dippie, Fred. -- 1920 - 1926. -- Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-68Ellis, L.R. -- 1929 - 1937. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding Paramount Royalty Syndicate and oil business.
M-6340-69Elma. -- 1948 - 1949. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma.
M-6340-70Emilia. -- 1932 - 1960. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma from George's sister (in Italian).
M-6340-71Eveliha. -- 1933. -- Consists of correspondence to George (?) (in Italian)
M-6340-72Francesca and Louisa. -- 1939 - 1966. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-73Giaquinto, Paolo. -- 1941 - 1968. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-74Giocasta. -- 1939. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-75Giovanni. -- 1939. -- Consists of correspondence to George (in Italian).
M-6340-76Glyndebourne Opera, London. -- 1938 - 1939. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding music festival.
M-6340-77Government of Alberta. -- 1907 - 1972. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to George from various departments including Agriculture, Lands & Forests, Provincial Planning Advisory Board, etc. Includes instructions for crop correspondents, copies of George's cattle and horse brands, etc.
M-6340-78Guiva, (?). -- 1945. -- Consists of correspondence to George (in Italian).
M-6340-79Hal, J. -- 1929 - 1930. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding difficulties in paying account.
M-6340-80Hocking, H.J. -- 1929 - 1930. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-81Hollinrake, T.I. -- 1935 - 1940. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding investments and securities.
M-6340-82Inguagiato, Andy. -- 1955 - 1956. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-83Irving, . -- 1932 - 1939. -- Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-84Iselin, O'Donnell. -- 1921 - 1922. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding coal.
M-6340-85Johnson, C.N. -- 1928 - 1930, 1937. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-86Johnston, Violet A. -- 1931 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma.
M-6340-87Kellogg, Edmund H. -- 1941 - 1942. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding pack trip.
M-6340-88Knudsen, Jim. -- 1929 - 1935. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and Norma.
M-6340-89Laura and Edgardo. -- 1958 - 1964. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-90Lewis, Mrs. A.C. -- 1946. -- Consists of correspondence regarding Ghost River property.
M-6340-91London Women's Music Club, Ontario. -- 1940. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding musical engagement.
M-6340-92Magdalene. -- 1939 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma.
M-6340-93Margaret and Isabella. -- 1939. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-94Marian. -- 1933 - 1936. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-95Marta and Bruno. -- 1905 - 1970. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma from George's sister (in Italian).
M-6340-96Marttie. -- 1954 - 1955. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-97Mary. -- 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma.
M-6340-98Mary Belle. -- 1941 - n.d.- - Consists of correspondence to Norma.
M-6340-99Massey, Vincent.-- 1936 - 1937. - - Consists of correspondence regarding Norma's career.
M-6340-100Mather, Dorothy. -- 1946 - 1965. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-101Maurice and Soledad. -- n.d. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-102Monahan, H.W. -- 1956 - 1969. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding coal interests.
M-6340-103Moore, Margery. -- 1909 - 1911. -- Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-104Morlan, Dr. H.J. -- 1930 - 1962. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding Norma's career and other topics.
M-6340-105Mount Royal College. -- 1949 - 1955. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her teaching position at the college.
M-6340-106Muir, Jephson, Adams & Brownlee, Barristers. -- 1918. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding application for grazing land.
M-6340-107New York Sun. -- 1932 - 1940. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding Norma's career and other topics.
M-6340-108Nilson, Aileen. -- 1938. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding exhibition of etchings.
M-6340-109Park, W.S. -- 1934 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to George mainly regarding Norma's career. Includes letter of introduction for George to Norma.
M-6340-110Parnell, Olive. -- 1939 - 1940. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma from Dr. W.A. Piper's housekeepers
M-6340-111Patterson, R.M. -- 1930 - 1969. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding Buffalo Head Ranch and other topics.
M-6340-112Peebles, Arthur. -- 1935 - 1939. -- Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-113People's Loan & Savings Corp. -- 1929 - 1930. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding investment.
M-6340-114Pettinella, Riccardo. -- 1934 - 1935. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding Norma's career.
M-6340-115Piper, Dick. -- 1929 - 1959. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma from Norma's brother.
M-6340-116Piper, Jack. -- 1928 - 1970. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma from Norma's brother. Also includes letters from Jack's wife and daughter.
M-6340-117Piper, Lawrence. -- 1926 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma from Norma's brother.
M-6340-118Piper, Miriam (Min). -- 1926 - 1936. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper from his sister.
M-6340-119Pocaterra, Giuseppe. -- 1903 - 1933. -- Consists of correspondence to George from his father.
M-6340-120Pocaterra, Jose Rafael. -- 1924 - 1932. -- Consists of correspondence to George (some in Italian).
M-6340-121Pozzo, Franco. 1961 - 1980. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma
M-6340-122Quattrone, Dr. Giuseppe. -- 1959 - 1960. -- Consists of correspondence to George (in Italian).
M-6340-123Rensaa, Egil and Tuck. -- 1954 - 1959. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-124Rosabelle. -- 1936 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and Norma.
M-6340-125St. Paul's Residential School, Cardston, Alberta. -- 1940 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma from principal Rev. Canon S. H. Middleton regarding musical engagements.
M-6340-126Schetky, Geo. L. Ltd. -- 1929. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding property in Vancouver.
M-6340-127Scott & Milvain, Barristers. -- 1929 - 1930. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding collection of accounts.
M-6340-128Sergio. -- 1918 - 1965. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-129Shidray, Mary B. -- 1939 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and Norma.
M-6340-130Sibley, Harper. -- 1932 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding ranching and other matters. Includes reference to William Aberhart and Social Credit Government.
M-6340-131Smith, Harlan.-- 1932. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding Indian Archaeology of Kananaskis area.
M-6340-132Sterne, Fens. -- 1933. -- Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-133Thompson, J.S. -- 1930 - 1938. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding coal, William Aberhart, Social Credit government, etc.
M-6340-134Touring Club Italiano. -- 1961 - 1968. -- Consists of correspondence to George (in Italian).
M-6340-135Tull & Andern Ltd. -- 1927 - 1929. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding investments.
M-6340-136University of British Columbia. -- 1930. -- Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding Norma's schooling.
M-6340-137Vancouver Women's Musical Club. -- 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding musical engagement.
M-6340-138de Vauclain, Amelie. -- 1926, 1961-1965. -- (Later Mrs. Francis Tatnall). Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-139de Vauclain, Samuel. -- 1926. -- Consists of correspondence to George regarding arrangements for holiday at Buffalo Head Ranch.
M-6340-140Weadick, Guy. -- 1935 - 1952. -- Consists of letters of introduction etc. regarding George.
M-6340-141White, Mercedes. -- 1909 - 1915. -- Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-142Wilkings, Ruth. -- 1935 - 1941. -- Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-143Wright, Richard. -- 1946 - 1948. -- Consists of correspondence to George.

Series 2-d

Miscellaneous letters. -- 1905- 1978

M-6340-144Miscellaneous correspondents to George Pocaterra. -- 1905 - 1932.
M-6340-145Miscellaneous correspondents to George Pocaterra. -- 1933 - 1945.
M-6340-146Miscellaneous correspondents to George Pocaterra. -- 1947 - 1971.
M-6340-147Miscellaneous correspondents to Norma Piper Pocaterra. -- 1925 - 1940. Includes letter on National Italian Fascist Party Letterhead.
M-6340-148Miscellaneous correspondents to Norma Piper Pocaterra. -- 1941 - 1978
M-6340-149Miscellaneous correspondence. -- 1926 - 1964. -- Consists of correspondence to and from individuals other than George, Norma or Dr. W.A. Piper. Includes letters to Dr. Roy Thorpe (Dr. Piper's partner).
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Series 3

Financial records. -- 1907-1963

M-6340-150Accounts with Indians. -- 1907 - 1947. -- Accounts regarding George.
M-6340-151Bankbooks. -- 1919 - 1939.
M-6340-152Receipt Book. -- 1925 - 1927. -- Receipts regarding Buffalo Head Ranch.
M-6340-153Insurance Policies. -- 1929 - 1930, 1953. -- Also stocks.
M-6340-154Expense Books. -- 1930 - 1943.
M-6340-155Expense Books. -- 1944 - 1958.
M-6340-156"Countess Maritza". -- 1945. -- Accounts regarding production of operetta.
M-6340-157Income tax returns. -- 1945 - 1962.
M-6340-158Income tax correspondence. -- 1947 - 1963.
M-6340-159Income tax estimates. -- 1948, 1950 - 1962.
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Series 4

Legal records, etc. -- 1900-1969. -- [Includes one 1848 family certificate].

M-6340-160Letters of introduction and recommendation. -- 1901. -- Regarding George.
M-6340-161Agreements. -- 1905 - 1933. -- Regarding George (ranching matters).
M-6340-162Certificates. -- 1917 - 1969. -- Regarding Norma.
M-6340-163Letters of introduction. -- 1931 - 1941. -- Regarding Norma.
M-6340-164Passports. -- 1933 - 1967. -- Regarding George and Norma.
M-6340-165Affidavits. -- 1937 - 1939. -- Regarding George and his activities during the First World War.
M-6340-166Agreements. -- 1937 - 1939 and n.d. -- Regarding Norma (singing career).
M-6340-167Certificates. -- 1848, 1900 - 1954. -- Regarding George and Pocaterra family.
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Series 5

Business ventures. -- 1905-1977

M-6340-168Homesteading and ranching. -- 1905 - 1971. -- Regarding George.
M-6340-169Coal. -- 1910 - 1976. -- Regarding George.
M-6340-170Buffalo Head Ranch. -- 1924 - 1931. -- Regarding George. Guest register.
M-6340-171 Italian Etchings. -- 1932 - 1936. -- Regarding George. One has been digitized. Scanned Document View now.
M-6340-172Publicity. -- 1934 - 1939. -- Regarding Norma's singing career.
M-6340-173"Countess Maritza". -- 1945. -- Regarding Operetta directed by Norma.
M-6340-174Student lists. -- 1956 - 1957. -- Regarding Norma's teaching career at Mount Royal College.
M-6340-175Student lists. -- 1960s. -- Regarding Norma's teaching career.
M-6340-176Music examinations. -- 1961 - 1975. -- Regarding Norma's teaching career.
M-6340-177Music certificates. -- 1967 - 1977. -- Regarding Norma's teaching career.
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Series 6

Biographies, reminiscences, and other writings. -- 1932-1983

M-6340-178Reminiscences and writings. -- 1937 - 1963. -- Regarding George.
M-6340-179Biographical sketches and reminiscences. -- [ca. 1950s - 1960s]. -- Regarding Norma.
M-6340-180Biographical sketches. -- 1956 - 1972. -- Regarding George.
M-6340-181 Manuscript: "The Son of the Mountains". -- 1970. - - Consists of a biography of George Pocaterra written by Norma Piper Pocaterra. M-4132 and M-6752 are also copies of this.
M-4405 Articles. -- 1932 and nd. -- Consists of articles written by George Pocaterra: "The Last Buffalo Hunt, as told by a Stony Chief [David Bearspaw], which was published in the Calgary Herald on January 23, 1932; and "Lone Warrior Defies Tribe for Revenge" (nd).
M-6112 Biographical pamphlet. -- [ca. 1955]. -- Consists of a biographical sketch and international tributes about Calgary soprano and music teacher, Norma Piper Pocaterra.
M-4843-91Obituary of George Pocaterra. -- March 16, 1972. -- Consists of transcript of CBC radio broadcast by Temple Sinclair.
M-6340-237Obituary notice and funeral guest book. -- 1983. -- For Norma Pocaterra.
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Series 7

Clubs and associations. -- [ca. 1930s]-1978

M-6340-182Miscellaneous clubs. -- [ca. 1930s], 1975. -- Includes Alberta Music Educators Association, Calgary Canadian Club, Calgary Italian Club, Calgary Film Society.
M-6340-183Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association. -- 1949 - 1968. -- Includes minutes of conventions, reports, membership lists, etc.
M-6340-184Calgary Allied Arts Council. -- 1955 - 1963. -- Includes minutes of meetings, reports, events, etc.
M-6340-185Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations. -- 1957 - 1962. Includes newsletters, etc.
M-6340-186Calgary musical events. -- 1957 - 1978. -- Includes Coste House recitals, Christmas carol festivals, Alberta Musical Festival, etc. Includes photograph of the Pocaterra Rose Bowl, presented by George Pocaterra for excellence in Italian Opera Solo.
M-6340-187Jeunesses Musicales. -- 1959 - 1965. -- Includes newsletters, etc.
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Series 8

Miscellaneous records. -- 1897-1975. -- Includes music, postcards, poetry, programs, pamphlets, and Christmas cards. -- Some of the documents from this series have been digitized and may be viewed via links in the descriptions below.

M-6340-188Opera synopses. -- n.d.
M-6340-189 Maps and blueprints. -- n.d. -- A map of the Buffalo Head ranch site has been digitized. Scanned Document View now.
M-6340-190Postcard album. -- 1897 - 1900.
M-6340-191a Music. -- 1898 - [ca. 1950s]. -- Sheet and book music (printed and manuscript). "Les Pecheurs de Perles" music has been scanned. Scanned Document View now.
M-6340-191b Music. -- [ca. 1930s]. -- Printed music for Romeo and Juliet, Faust, and the Passion of the Lord. Includes a Grand Theatre program for Faust (1938).
M-6340-192Notes, poetry, etc. -- 1899 - 1970. --
M-6340-193 Artwork. -- 1900 - 1930s. -- Mainly sketches by George. His "On the warpath" sketch has been scanned. Scanned Document View now.
M-6340-194 Calling cards, blotters, etc. -- 1903 - 1972. -- Includes George and Norma's wedding announcement; blotters; advertiques; business cards; gift enclosures from George and Norma, etc.Two items have been scanned. Scanned Document View now.
M-6340-195Postcards. -- 1905 - 1968.
M-6340-196Letterhead. -- 1907 - [ca. 1940s]. -- Includes letterhead for Buffalo Head Ranch, Italian Etchings venture, Pocaterra Mines Ltd., Piper family, Selected Investments Ltd., Foster & Foster Ambulance Service, Empress Hotel (Calgary), Shatto Construction Co., Premier Laundry, Meredith & Melville Hardware (High River), Murray Tailoring Ltd. (Calgary) etc.
M-6340-197Programs. -- 1909 - 1975. -- General, including Mount Royal College, Calgary Symphony Orchestra, Calgary District Indian School Festival, American Women's Club, Central United Church, Calgary Allied Arts Council, Banff Indian Days, Grand Theatre, Lyric Operatic Society, Calgary Women's Musical Club, etc. Also includes list of passengers travelling from New York to Genoa, 1909 (lists George), and programs relating to associates and students of Norma.
M-6340-198 Pamphlets. -- [ca. 1920s - 1950s]. -- Regarding Buffalo Head and Valnorma guest ranches. A ranch brochure has been scanned. Scanned Document View now.
M-6340-199Miscellaneous speeches. -- 1926, 1952.
M-6340-200Menus, calendars, etc. -- 1929 - 1957.
M-6340-201Address books, etc. -- [ca. 1930s] - 1967.
M-6340-202 Programs. -- 1930 - 1968. -- Regarding Norma's teaching career. Some have been scanned. Scanned Document View now.
M-6340-203Notebooks. -- 1931 - 1939. -- Regarding Norma.
M-6340-204Greeting cards. -- 1931 - 1975.
M-6340-205Notebooks. -- 1933 and n.d. -- Regarding George.
M-6340-206Pocaterra Christmas cards. -- [ca. 1940s - 1970s].-- Consists of photographic cards prepared and sent by George and Norma.
M-3104 Pocaterra Christmas card. -- 1971. -- Consists of a family Christmas card, illustrated by a photograph of a painting of George Pocaterra.
M-8432 Pocaterra Christmas cards. -- [ca. 1950s-1960s]. -- Consists of cards sent to Kay and Bea Armstrong, featuring the Pocaterras and their home.
M-6340-207Programs. -- 1943 - 1974. -- Regarding Norma's students' recitals.
M-6340-208Notebooks. -- 1952 - 1969. -- Regarding Norma
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Series 9

Scrapbooks and clippings. -- 1914-1972. -- Some of the items from this series have been digitized and may be viewed via links in the descriptions below.

   
M-6340-209Scrapbook. -- 1914 - 1917. -- Includes recipes, home remedies and family grocery accounts.
M-6340-210Scrapbook. -- 1919 - 1928. -- Mainly loose clippings regarding local events.
M-6340-211Clippings. -- [ca. 1920s]. -- Regarding coal.
M-6340-212Scrapbook. -- 1924 - 1026. -- Regarding local events (E.P. Ranch, Turner Valley Oilfield, etc. )
M-6340-213Scrapbooks. -- 1928 - 1932. -- Three volumes, 1928-1929, 1930-1932, 1930-1933, mainly regarding Norma's singing career.
M-6340-214

Scrapbooks. -- 1930 - 1938. -- Three volumes, 1930-1933, 1937-1938, regarding Norma's singing career. Some items have been digitized.

Scanned Document View volume 1 items now.
Scanned Document View volume 2 items now.
Scanned Document View volume 3 items now.

M-6340-215Clippings. -- 1935 - 1972. -- Regarding Pipers and Pocaterras.
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Series 10

Dr. W.A. Piper papers. -- 1920-1957

M-6340-216Correspondence. -- 1927 - 1929 and n.d. -- Consists of business and personal correspondence. Includes stocks, oil industry, etc.
M-6340-217Correspondence. -- 1930. -- Consists of business and personal correspondence. Includes oil industry, Norma's career, etc.
M-6340-218Correspondence. -- 1931-1933. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma and to R.B. Bennett and others regarding Norma's career. Also includes comments regarding oil industry and depression.
M-6340-219Correspondence. -- 1934 - 1937. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma and George. Also to R.B. Bennett.
M-6340-220Correspondence. -- 1938 - 1939. -- Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma and George. Also to King George VI regarding Norma's career.
M-6340-221Correspondence. -- 1926 - 1929. -- Consists of correspondence from miscellaneous correspondents.
M-6340-223Speeches. -- [ca. 1920s - 1930s].
M-6340-224Share certificates. -- 1920 - 1945. -- Includes Reddendum Ltd., Albertan Federated Oils Ltd., Great West Oils Ltd., North Star Oil Co., etc. Also includes lists of Dr. Piper's oil stocks.
M-6340-225Certificates. -- 1921 - 1931.
M-6340-226Oil papers. -- 1925 - 1957. -- Includes prospectuses etc. regarding Sentinel Oils, Alberta Gas Trunk Line Co. , Royalite Oil Co., Anaconda Oil Co., Home Oil Co., Yukon Gold Co., Selected Investments Ltd., Baxter Lake Oil Co., Highwood Petroleum and Natural Gas Co., Ribstone Oils, Anglo-Indian Oils, Mineral Mountain Mines Ltd., Canadian Royalties, Madison Oils Ltd., Spray Oils Ltd., etc.
M-6340-227Miscellaneous Stock dealings. -- 1926 - 1929. -- Consists of statements, reports etc. from various investment companies.
M-6340-228Agreements. -- 1926 - 1930 and n.d.
M-6340-229Miscellaneous Stock dealings. -- 1927 - 1930. -- Consists of statements, reports etc. from various investment companies.
M-6340-230Inventories of dental office. -- 1929.
M-6340-231Miscellaneous stock dealings. -- 1929 - 1930l. -- Consists of statements, reports etc. from various investment companies..
M-6340-232Dental associations. -- 1929 - 1930. -- Includes constitution of Calgary Dental Society; Alberta Dental Register.
M-6340-233Notebook. -- [ca. 1936].
M-6340-234Estate. -- 1940 - 1948. Consists of the Estate of Dr. Piper.
M-6340-235Richard Mill Piper. -- 1920, 1940. -- Copies of will.
M-6340-236Roy Clarence Thorpe. -- 1929 - 1931. -- Certificates of partner of Dr. Piper.
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Series 11

Oversize certificates, blueprints, etc. -- [ca. 1910s-1960s]

M-6340-oversizeMusic certificates. -- 1955-1957. -- 4 items
M-6340-oversizeAdvertising poster. -- 1911. -- 1 item. -- Regarding the sale of stock from the E.C. Brown Store in High River.
M-6340-oversizeBlueprints, plans and drawings. -- [ca. 1910s- 1960s]. -- 32 items. -- Regarding coal, Turner Valley, Ghost River property, etc.
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Series 12

Sound recordings. -- 1935-1978

RAD-14-(1-2) Norma Piper Pocaterra's opera recordings. -- 1935. -- Consists of "The Mad Scene" from "Lucia di Lammermoor.
RAT-33 Cassette copies of RAD-14-(1&3), listed above.
RAD-14-3Norma Piper Pocaterra's opera recordings. -- [ca. 1940s]. -- Consists of three selections: "Caro Nome", "Vissi d'Arte", and "Un Bel Di".
RCT-136Address by George Pocaterra to the Historical Society of Alberta. -- 1963. -- Consists of a speech about the way of life of the Stonys. -- Outline of address available. Please consult before requesting recording..
RCT-85Address by George Pocaterra to the Calgary Kiwanis Club. -- November 16, 1965. -- Regarding reminiscences of life and High River district. -- Outline of address available. Please consult before requesting recording..
RCT-132Interview with Norma Piper Pocaterra. -- May 22, 1973. -- Consists of an interview regarding her singing career, and husband George Pocaterra. The interview was done by Gerry Dunsmore on behalf of the Glenbow Archives. -- Interview outline available. Please consult before requesting recording..
RCT-207Interview with Norma Piper Pocaterra. -- January 17, 1978. -- Consists of an interview about the Buffalo Head Ranch, operated by her husband, George Pocaterra. The interview was done by Tom Gooden on behalf of the Glenbow Archives. -- Interview outline available. Please consult before requesting recording..
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Series 13

Photographs. - - [ca. 1890s-1960s]

Many of the photographs have been scanned. View now.

NA-695Pocaterra / Piper family photographs. -- [ca. 1890s- 1960s]. -- 90 photonegatives. -- Consists of views of ranching, hunting, southern Alberta, Stonys, Italy, Ghost River, Piper family, etc.
PA-2393Pocaterra family photographs. -- [ca. 1890s-1960s]. -- 1650 photoprints. -- Consists of views of George and Norma in Italy and Alberta, the Buffalo Head Ranch in Kananaskis country, Valnorma Ranch on the Ghost River, Kananaskis views, friends, and members of the Piper and Pocaterra families.
PB-589 Pocaterra family photographs. -- [ca. 1920s-1950s]. -- 13 photoprints. -- Consists of portraits of George and Norma; Norma in opera costumes; Pocaterra Valley in Kananaskis; and scenic views.
PC-201Pocaterra family photographs. -- [ca. 1920s]. -- 2 photoprints. -- Consists of a hand-tinted portrait of Norma; and a view of Elpoca Mountain and Pocaterra Valley.
PD-184Pocaterra family albums. -- [ca. 1905-1950s]. -- 10 photograph albums. -- Consists of views of George and Norma in Italy; their Christmas cards; scenes of Valnorma Ranch on the Ghost River; Norma in opera costumes; ranching; and Kananaskis country.
S-80Pocaterra family slides. -- 730 slides. -- Consists of views of Norma in opera costumes; views of Italy; views of Valnorma Ranch and Calgary home; scenic views of Kananaskis country; and scenes from the shooting of an Alan Ladd movie.
NA-4390 Hundreds of unidentified film rolls
NC-58 First Nations hunter with game. - n.d. - 1 glass plate negative.
AR-19 Four portraits (art) of George and Norma Pocaterra.
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