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Mary Shortt holding violin, Calgary, Alberta
Mary Shortt holding violin, Calgary, Alberta
PA-3911-22

Mary Shortt fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1Biographical material, mementoes, etc. -- 1918-1958, [ca. 2000]
Series 2Diaries. -- 1933-2004
Series 3 Correspondence. -- 1923-2002
Series 4Financial. -- 1935-1973
Series 5 School days and early musical training. -- 1919-1935
Series 6 Musical training at the Royal College of Music.. -- 1931, 1935-1939
Series 7 Professional life: Performance career and related activities. -- 1928-1976
Series 8 Professional life: Teaching career. -- 1935-1982
Series 9 Lesingham Dicken Shortt (Less) and Annie Brown Shortt. -- 1894-2005
Series 10Scrapbook kept by Dulcie Bishop Payne. -- 1927-1948
Series 11 Photographs. -- [ca. 1910]-1970

Inventory

Series 1 Biographical material, mementoes, etc. -- 1918-1958, [ca. 2000]. -- 2 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of miscellaneous personal documents, biographical notes and various sentimental keepsakes.
M-9408-1 Biographical material, mementoes, etc. -- 1918-1958, [ca. 2000]. -- Consists of biographical notes, birth certificate, passports, prize ribbons, dried flower from her first violin recital in 1935, etc. Also includes a listing prepared by Mary's mother titled "Baby's Expenses", and listings of trips and travels prepared by Mary after her extensive travelling days were over.
Series 2 Diaries. -- 1933-2004. -- 23 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of daily pocket diaries kept by Mary throughout her lifetime, from age 15 to age 86.
M-9408-2 Diaries. -- 1933-1939
M-9408-3 Diaries. -- 1940-1949
M-9408-4 Diaries. -- 1950-1959
M-9408-5 Diaries. -- 1960-1969
M-9408-6 Diaries. -- 1970-1979
M-9408-7 Diaries. -- 1980-1989
M-9408-8 Diaries. -- 1990-1999
M-9408-9 Diaries. -- 2000-2004
Series 3 Correspondence. - 1923-2002. -- 35 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of letters to and from Mary throughout her lifetime including weekly letters to her parents while she was a student at the Royal College of Music in London, England and while performing with the Jean Cotton Trio in Banff, Alberta.
M-9408-10 Weekly letters from Mary at the Royal College of Music, London, England to her parents in Calgary, Alberta. -- September-December, 1935
M-9408-11 Weekly letters from Mary at the Royal College of Music, London, England to her parents in Calgary, Alberta. -- January-June, 1936
M-9408-12 Weekly letters from Mary at the Royal College of Music, London, England to her parents in Calgary, Alberta. -- July-December, 1936
M-9408-13 Weekly letters from Mary at the Royal College of Music, London, England to her parents in Calgary, Alberta. -- January-June, 1937.
M-9408-14 Letters from Mary while performing with the Jean Cotton Trio at the Banff Springs Hotel to her parents in Calgary, Alberta. -- [ca. 1950s]
M-9408-15 Draft letters from Mary to miscellaneous correspondents. -- [ca. 1939]-1947
M-9408-16 Draft letters from Mary to miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1956-1969
M-9408-17 Draft letters from Mary to miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1970-1973, 2002
M-9408-18 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1923-1929
M-9408-19 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1930-1932
M-9408-20 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1933-1934
M-9408-21 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1935
M-9408-22 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1936
M-9408-23 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1937
M-9408-24 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1938
M-9408-25 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1939
M-9408-26 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1940
M-9408-27 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1941
M-9408-28 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1942
M-9408-29 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1943
M-9408-30 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1944
M-9408-31 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1945
M-9408-32 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1946-1947
M-9408-33 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1948-1949
M-9408-34 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1950
M-9408-35 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1951
M-9408-36 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1952
M-9408-37 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1953
M-9408-38 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1954-1958
M-9408-39 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1959
M-9408-40 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1960
M-9408-41 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1961-1969
M-9408-42 Letters to Mary from miscellaneous correspondents. -- 1970-1973, 1993
Series 4 Financial. -- 1935-1973. -- 5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of bills, receipts, etc. relating mainly to Mary's years as a student at the Royal College of Music in London, England and to the early years of her professional career establishing herself as a music teacher in Calgary, Alberta.
M-9408-43 Bills, receipts, etc. relating to Mary's years at the Royal College of Music, London, England. -- 1935-1939
M-9408-44 Bills, receipts, etc. relating mainly to Mary's teaching and professional careers in Calgary, Alberta. -- 1940-1942
M-9408-45 Bills, receipts, etc. relating mainly to Mary's teaching and professional careers in Calgary, Alberta. -- 1944
M-9408-46 Bills, receipts, etc. relating mainly to Mary's teaching and professional careers in Calgary, Alberta. -- 1945
M-9408-47 Bills, receipts, etc. relating mainly to Mary's teaching and professional careers in Calgary, Alberta. -- 1946
M-9408-48 Bills, receipts, etc. relating mainly to Mary's teaching and professional careers in Calgary, Alberta. -- 1947
M-9408-49 Bills, receipts, etc. relating mainly to Mary's teaching and professional careers in Calgary, Alberta. -- 1949
M-9408-50 Bills, receipts, etc. relating mainly to Mary's teaching and professional careers in Calgary, Alberta. -- 1952-1973. -- Includes copy of Mary's 1958 offer to purchase her Elbow Park home.
Series 5 School days and early musical training. -- 1919-1935. -- 12 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of examples of Mary's public school work and report cards, and exams, results, awards, programs, newspaper clippings, etc. relating to her early musical training in Calgary, Alberta.
M-9408-51 Mary's elementary school work and report cards. -- 1924-1932
M-9408-52 Mary's high school work and reports. -- 1933-1935. -- Includes Central Collegiate Institute yearbook, The Analecta, 1934.
M-9408-53 McGill University music exams. -- 1919-1928
M-9408-54 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music tests and exams, etc. -- 1923-1935
M-9408-55 Mary's music dictation books. -- [ca. 1926]-1935
M-9408-56 Mary's examination results, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams. -- 1926-1935
M-9408-o.s. Mary's award certificates, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams. -- 1926-1935
M-9408-57 Mary's results, Calgary Musical Festival and Alberta Musical Festival. -- 1929-1932
M-9408-o.s. Mary's award certificates, Alberta Musical Festival. -- 1929-1933
M-9408-58 Programs for miscellaneous musical events in Calgary at which Mary performed. -- 1926-1935
M-9408-59 Newspaper clippings relating to Mary's music awards and performances. -- 1929-1935
Series 6 Musical training at the Royal College of Music.. -- 1931, 1935-1939. -- 15 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of notebooks, report cards, programs, newspaper clippings, etc. relating to Mary's years as a student at the Royal College of Music in London, England.
M-9408-60 Student timetables, exams, report cards, etc. -- 1935-1939. -- Also includes correspondence relating to the extension of her scholarship and Mary's copy of guidelines produced by the City of Westminster: "Air Raid Precautions: Outline of Anti-Gas Lectures", 1938.
M-9408-61 Mary's music notebooks and workbook. -- 1935-1936
M-9408-62 Queen Alexandra's House student residence. -- 1935-1939
M-9408-63 Material relating to Atlantic crossings with the Cunard White Star Line made by Mary and her family. -- 1935-1939. -- Mary and her mother travelled to England in August 1935 on the R.M.S. Ascania; Annie Shortt returned to Canada in October 1935 on the R.M.S. Alaunia; Less and Annie Shortt visited Mary over the summer of 1937 via the R.M.S. Aurania; Mary returned to Canada in September 1939 on the R.M.S. Antonia.
M-9408-64 Programs, etc. relating to concerts and other musical events at Royal College of Music (RCM) and elsewhere at which Mary performed. -- 1936-1939
M-9408-65 Programs, etc. relating to miscellaneous RCM concerts (not Mary's performances). -- 1934-1939
M-9408-66 Programs, etc. relating to miscellaneous concerts and musical events that Mary attended while studying at RCM. -- 1935-1939
M-9408-67 The RCM Magazine (student magazine). -- 1937-1939
M-9408-68 Prospectus, general reports, etc. relating to the Royal College of Music. -- 1931-1937
M-9408-69 Newspaper clippings relating to Mary at RCM. -- 1935-1939. -- Also includes clippings relating to fellow students from Calgary: Jean Gilbert and Noel Cook.
Series 7 Professional life: Performance career and related activities. -- 1928-1976. -- 19 cm of textual records. -- The series consists notes, membership cards, sound recordings, newspaper clippings, programs, etc. for musical events at which Mary performed or attended.
M-9408-70 Miscellaneous notes made by Mary for talks, performances, etc. -- [ca. 1941]-1948
M-9408-71 Calgary Musician's Protective Association. -- 1944-1950
M-9408-72 Sonata Club programs. -- 1939-1941
M-9408-73 Programs for Calgary Women's Musical Club presentations at which Mary performed. -- 1939-1959. -- Also includes Calgary Musical Club revised constitution and by-laws, phone lists, Mary's membership cards.
M-9408-74 Programs for Calgary Women's Musical Club presentations (not Mary's performances). -- 1928-1955
M-9408-75 Programs, etc. for miscellaneous musical events in Calgary at which Mary performed. -- 1939-1966
M-9408-76 Programs, etc. for miscellaneous musical events in Calgary (not Mary's performances). -- 1938-1976. -- Includes concerts by many local musicians as well as those presented by the Calgary Canadian Concert Association, Calgary Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Concerts (Canada) Ltd., Famous Artists Association of Calgary, Hilker Attractions, Mount Royal College Symphony Orchestra, etc.
M-9408-77 Programs for Jean Cotton Trio performances at which Mary performed. -- 1949-1959. -- The Trio, which consisted of Jean Cotton on piano, Mary Shortt on violin, and, variously, Albert McCalla, Barbara Draper and Jeanette Whitney on cello, performed in Calgary and at Sunday Evening Concerts at the Banff Springs Hotel throughout the 1950s. The file also includes a sheet colour coordinating the evening gowns to be worn by Jean, Mary and Jeanette while performing.
M-9408-78 Programs for Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performances at which Mary performed. -- 1956-1963
M-9408-79 Programs for Back to the Bible Hour radio broadcasts during which Mary performed. -- 1957-1967
M-9408-80 Programs, etc. relating to Mary's trips to Vancouver. -- 1941-1946
M-9408-81 Programs, etc. relating to Mary's trips to the United Kingdom to attend the Edinburgh Festival, etc. -- 1948, 1950
M-9408-82 Programs, etc. relating to Mary's trips to Philadelphia. -- 1955-1959
M-9408-83 Newspaper clippings relating to Mary's musical performances. -- 1939-1970
M-9408-103 Sound recordings featuring Mary and friends. -- 1939, 1941. -- Side 1: October 27, 1941 recording of Mary Shortt and Jean Gilbert playing "Romance" by Wieniewski. Side 2: October 27, 1941 re-recording of a recording originally made in England on July 29, 1939 featuring Mary Shortt, Molly Panter and Paul Ward playing "String Trio in G" by Beethoven.
Series 8 Professional life: Teaching career. -- 1935-1982. -- 22 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of student lists, record books, test material, recital programs, award certificates, newspaper clippings, etc. relating to Mary's career as a violin teacher and her students.
M-9408-84 Joint recitals featuring Mary's students and those of her mother, Mrs. Lesingham Shortt. -- 1942-1954
M-9408-85 Exams, reports, recitals, etc. relating to Mary's students. -- 1942-1972
M-9408-o.s. Awards certificates relating to Mary's students. -- 1944-1946. -- Consists of an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music certificate for Charles Mackintosh (1944); Alberta Musical Festival certificate for Mary Gusella (1946); and University of Toronto Conservatory of Music certificates for Joe Busheikin, Humphrey Child, Donald Soby and Albert Whein (1946).
M-9408-86 Student lists and lesson record books relating to Mary's students. -- 1944-1982
M-9408-87 Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association. -- 1942-1967
M-9408-88 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association. -- 1940-1959. -- Mary contributed "News from Calgary" as a local correspondent for the Canadian Music magazine.
M-9408-89 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music tests and exams, etc. -- 1935-1948
M-9408-90 University of Toronto Conservatory of Music syllabus, etc. -- 1942-1954
M-9408-91 Western Board of Music exams and awards. -- 1946-1957
M-9408-92 Manuscript sheet music. -- [ca. 1944-1945] and n.d.
M-9408-93 Newspaper clippings relating to Mary and her students. -- 1940-1980
Series 9 Lesingham Dicken Shortt (Less) and Annie Brown Shortt. -- 1894-2005. -- 12 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of correspondence, writings, and miscellaneous financial, biographical and sentimental material relating to Mary's parents, Less and Annie Shortt.
M-9408-94 Miscellaneous biographical material. -- 1894-1960. -- Consists of marriage announcement, list of wedding gifts, passports, and miscellaneous programs, certificates, etc.
M-9408-o.s. Shortt family tree and notes. -- 1914
M-9408-95 Letters received by Less and Annie Shortt. -- 1913, 1934-1935
M-9408-96 Letters received by Less and Annie Shortt. -- 1936
M-9408-97 Letters received by Less and Annie Shortt. -- 1937-1950
M-9408-98 Financial. -- 1934-1964
M-9408-99 Writings by Less Shortt. -- 1894-1895, [ca. 1939-1945]. -- Includes a fictional story about the impact of the Second World War on Calgary, and several issues of a hand-drawn magazine called The Goodwyns edited by "Lesingham" with illustrations by "Dicken".
M-9408-100 Verses composed by Annie Shortt. -- 1968-1974, 2005
M-9408-101 Catalogue of library books at West Calgary School compiled by Annie Shortt. -- 1915-1916
M-9408-102 Newspaper clippings relating to Less and Annie Shortt. -- 1902, 1933-1937 and n.d. -- Includes clippings and a program relating to Annie Shortt's music students.
Series 10 Scrapbook compiled by Dulcie Bishop Payne. -- 1927-1948. - 5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of a scrapbook compiled by Mary's friend and sometime accompanist, pianist Dulcie Bishop Payne. Dulcie started the scrapbook when she left Calgary in 1931 to attend the University of Toronto Conservatory of Music and continued adding to it when she returned to Calgary several years later to resume her musical career.
M-9408-104 Scrapbook kept by Dulcie Bishop Payne. -- 1927-1948. -- Consists of programs, clippings, etc. relating to musical events and personalities in Toronto and Calgary. Includes local Calgary musicians: Margaret Parsons, Doris Maclean, Jessie Cadman, Mary Makar, Mary Shortt, etc. Also includes Dulcie's public school leaving diploma and her Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examination results.
Series 11 Photographs. -- [ca. 1910]-1970. -- 51 photographs. -- The series consists of views of Mary Shortt, her students, and her parents, Less and Annie Shortt.

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PA-3911-1 (1-11) Photographs. -- 1918-1939. -- 11 photographs. -- Consists of views and portraits of Mary with her mother Annie Shortt; growing up in Calgary; and in England while attending the Royal College of Music.
PA-3911-2 (12-23) Photographs. -- 1941-1949. -- 12 photographs. -- Consists of views of Mary in Calgary; playing with the Jean Cotton Trio; and Mary's students Mary Gusella, Donald McGreer and Grace Gowdy.
PA-3911-3 (24-36) Photographs. -- 1954-1970. -- 13 photographs. -- Consists of views of Mary in Calgary and on holiday in the mountains; and Mary's students Duncan Hamilton, Jane Sanjenko, Timmy Mayer and Johannes Jansonius.
PA-3911-4 (37-45) Photographs. -- [ca. 1910-ca. 1940s]. -- 9 photographs. -- Consists of views of Less and Annie Shortt.
PA-3911-5 (46-50) Photographs. -- 1913-1915. -- 5 photographs. -- Consists of views of St. Martin's Anglican Church, Calgary.
PB-980-1 Photograph. -- n.d. -- 1 photograph. -- Consists of a view of the Officers' Mess, No. 37 S.F.T.S., Calgary.
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