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Ron Spickett by his mural in the J.J. Bowlen building, Calgary, [ca. 1969]
Ron Spickett by his mural in the J.J. Bowlen building, Calgary, [ca. 1969]
PB-1000-1

Gyo-Zo (Ron Spickett) fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Youth and family. -- 1919-1938
Series 2 Navy service. -- 1937-1945
Series 3 Provincial Institute of Technology and Art / Alberta College of Art and Design. -- 1948-1958
Series 4 Instituto Allende. -- 1956-1957
Series 5 University of Calgary. -- 1969-1981
Series 6 Exhibition Catalogues. -- 1950s-1960s
Series 7 Exhibitions, commissions and sales correspondence. -- 1950-2013
Series 8 Personal correspondence. -- 1955-2000s
Series 9 April Rain Zendo. -- [ca. 1976-1992]
Series 10 Clippings. -- 1940s-1990s
Series 11 Publications with articles re Spickett. -- 1943-1999
Series 12 Poetry, notebooks, and sketchbooks. -- 1976-2006
Series 13 Greeting cards. -- 1980s-2000s
Series 14 Awards. -- 1947-2002
Series 15 Biographies. -- 1980-2011
Series 16 Miscellany. -- 1949-2011
Series 17 Sound recordings. -- [ca. 1989-1999]
Series 18 Slides. -- 1950s-1970s
Series 19 CDs (compact discs). -- [ca. 2009]
Series 20 Oversize items. -- 1942-1969
Series 21 Photographs. -- 1943-2010

Inventory

Series 1 Youth and family. -- 1919-1938
M-9642-1 H. J. Spickett. -- 1919-1924. -- Invoices for wedding carriage in England, and piano from Heintzman.
M-9642-2 Personal correspondence. -- 1933-1938. -- Re charity dance performances in Regina.
Series 2 Navy service. -- 1937-1945
M-9642-3 Letter. -- 1944. -- To parents from H.M.C.S. Waterford re travels in England.
M-9642-4 Manual of Seamanship, 1937. -- Incribed to Ron Spickett.
M-9642-5 Miscellany. -- 1944-1945. -- Includes English-Faroese phrasebook. Spickett’s navy service included posting in the Faroe Islands.
Series 3 Provincial Institute of Technology and Art / Alberta College of Art and Design. -- 1948-1958
M-9642-6 Art Department prospectus and statement of grades. -- 1948-1949. -- Received by Spickett.
M-9642-oversize box Diploma. -- 1948. -- Successful completion of two-year course in general art.
M-9642-7 Teaching manual. -- 1957
M-9642-8 Summary of questionnaire returns in Life Drawing course. -- 1958. -- Student feedback.
Series 4 Institute Allende. -- 1956-1957
M-9642-9 Instituto Allende. -- 1956-1957
Series 5 University of Calgary. -- 1969-1981
M-9642-10 “Seeing Anatomy: an aid to drawing and understanding the human figure for the art minded”. -- n.d. -- Draft of booklet (likely written by Spickett).
M-9642-11 Lecture notes “Anatomical Drawing”. -- n.d.
M-9642-12 Lecture notes “Anatomy. -- n.d.
M-9642-13 Lecture notes. -- [ca. early 1970s]
M-9642-14 Lecture notes. -- n.d
M-9642-15 Lecture material. -- 1979 and n.d. -- Essays from various sources on art.
M-9642-16 Magazine clippings. -- [ca. 1969-1978]. -- Re sculpture, photography, architecture.
M-9642-17 Magazine clippings. -- [ca. 1971-1978]. -- Re illustration.
M-9642-18 Magazine clippings. -- [ca. 1971-1981]. -- Re surfaces, materials.
M-9642-19 Magazine clippings. -- [ca. 1971-1978]. -- Re figures.
M-9642-20 Magazine clippings. -- [ca. 1971-1981]. -- Re realist and non-objective contemporary art.
M-9642-21 Magazine clippings. -- [ca. 1973-1974]. -- Re nature and landscape.
M-9642-22 Magazine clippings. -- [ca. 1970-1979]. -- Re socio-political art.
M-9642-23 Magazine clippings. -- [ca. 1971-1980]. -- Re science.
Series 6 Exhibition Catalogues. -- 1950s-1960s
M-9642-24 Exhibition catalogues. -- 1950s
M-9642-25 Exhibition catalogues. -- 1960-1965
M-9642-26 Exhibition catalogues. -- 1966-1969
M-9642-27 Exhibition catalogues. -- 1970s
M-9642-28 Exhibition catalogues. -- 1980s-1990s
M-9642-29 Exhibition catalogues. -- n.d. -- For exhibitions at Alberta House, London.
M-9642-30 Exhibition catalogues. -- n.d.
Series 7 Exhibitions, commissions and sales correspondence. -- 1950-2013
M-9642-31 Exhibition and sales correspondence. -- 1950s
M-9642-32 Exhibition and sales correspondence. -- 1960s
M-9642-33 J. J. Bowlen Building commission. -- 1967-1969
M-9642-34 Government House event. -- 1983
M-9642-35 Exhibition correspondence. -- 1990s
M-9642-36 Exhibition correspondence. -- 2000s
M-9642-37 Exhibition correspondence. -- n.d.
M-9642-38 Geoffrey Simmons biography and exhibition. -- 2009
Series 8 Personal correspondence. -- 1955-2000s
M-9642-39 Personal correspondence. -- 1955
M-9642-40 Howard Wilson correspondence. -- 1968-1995. -- Wilson was a friend who lived in Japan.
M-9642-41 Personal correspondence. -- 1980
M-9642-42 Personal correspondence. -- 1990s. -- Correspondents include Roy Hamill, Louise Page, ManWoman, Nancy Townshend, George Wood
M-9642-43 Clint Roenisch correspondence. -- 1992-1997
M-9642-44 Personal correspondence. -- 2000s
M-9642-45 Personal correspondence. -- n.d.
Series 9 April Rain Zendo. -- [ca. 1976-1992]
M-9642-46 Correspondence, circulars, etc. -- [ca. 1976-1992]. -- Re Buddhism education and Buddhist friends.
M-9642-47 Ten directions -- 1987-1990. -- Newsletter of the Buddhist Centre of Los Angeles, where Spickett received some of his education.
M-9642-48 Societies Act incorporation documents. -- n.d.
M-9642-49 Services, circulars, etc. -- n.d. -- Includes items such as the marriage service offered Services, circulars, etc. -- n.d. -- Includes items such as the marriage service offered
M-9642-50 Dokuritsu Zen: the practice of self reliant zen: a Buddhist gesture. -- n.d. -- By Gyo-zo.
M-9642-51 Reflection: art as a mirror of Tathagata Dhyana. -- n.d. -- By Gyo-zo
Series 10 Clippings. -- 1940s-1990s
M-9642-52 Clippings. -- 1940s
M-9642-53 Clippings. -- 1950s
M-9642-54 Clippings. -- 1960s
M-9642-55 Clippings. -- 1970s
M-9642-56 Clippings. -- 1980s
M-9642-57 Clippings. -- 1990s
M-9642-58 Clippings. -- n.d.
Series 11 Publications with articles re Spickett. -- 1943-1999
M-9642-59 Leader-Postalgram. -- April, 1943
M-9642-60 Publications with articles re Spickett. -- 1950s. -- Includes Calgary Herald Magazine, 1957; Art Gallery of Toronto 76th exhibition, 1956; Canadian Art, spring, 1958; and Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, December, 1951.
M-9642-61 Publications with articles re Spickett. -- 1960s. -- Includes Canadian Art, July, 1960, January/February 1961, and September/October 1962.
M-9642-62 Publications with articles re Spickett. -- 1990s. -- Includes Calgary Artwalk Magazine, autumn, 1999; and ArtsBridge, May, 1994.
Series 12 Poetry, notebooks, and sketchbooks. -- 1976-2006
M-9642-63 Notebook and sketchbook. -- [ca. 1976-1979]
M-9642-64 Notebook. -- [ca. 2005]
M-9642-65 Notebook. -- [ca. 2005-2006]
M-9642-66 Notebook and sketchbook. -- n.d.
M-9642-67 Notebook and sketchbook. -- n.d.
M-9642-68 Notebook and sketchbook. -- n.d.
M-9642-69 Sketchbook. -- n.d.
M-9642-70 Notebook. -- n.d. -- Includes primarily poetry.
M-9642-71 Notebook and sketchbook. -- n.d.
M-9642-72 Notebook. -- n.d. -- Re trip to Japan.
M-9642-73 Notes and sketches. -- n.d.
M-9642-74 Poetry and notes. -- n.d.
M-9642-75 Poetry and notes. -- n.d.
M-9642-76 Poetry. -- n.d.
M-9642-77 Poetry. -- n.d.
M-9642-77A Poetry. -- n.d.
M-9642-77B Correspondence and poetry. -- 2010 and n.d. -- Correspondence with University of Calgary Press.
M-9642-78 Sketches. -- n.d.
Series 13 Greeting cards. -- 1980s-2000s
M-9642-79 Greeting cards. -- 1980s
M-9642-80 Greeting cards. -- 2000s
M-9642-81 Greeting cards. -- 2000s
M-9642-82 Greeting cards. -- n.d.
Series 14 Awards. -- 1947-2002
M-9642-83 Award. -- 1947. -- Paul Webster Memorial Award from the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art.
M-9642-84 Award. -- 2002. -- ACAD Alumni Award of Excellence.
Series 15 Biographies. -- 1980-2011
M-9642-85 Curriculum vitae. -- [ca. 1980]
M-9642-86 Who’s Who in Alberta. -- 1994
M-9642-87 Canadian Who’s Who. -- 1998-2011
Series 16 Miscellany. -- 1949-2011
M-9642-88 Canadian Who’s Who. -- 1998-2011
M-9642-89 Clippings, etc. removed from scrapbook in file 88. -- 1950s
M-9642-90 Vaccination certificate. -- 1956
M-9642-91 “Cultural comment and observation”. -- 1970
M-9642-92 Babble. -- 1971. -- By Dennis ??; draft of a booklet.
M-9642-93 Pets. -- 1973. -- Veterinary information.
M-9642-94 “Moon” notes. -- 1975-1976
M-9642-95 Essay by Karen Robb. -- 1984. “A Study of Ron Spickett’s mural”.
M-9642-96 Home renovations. -- 1993-1999
M-9642-97 Leslie Kawamura funeral. -- 2011
M-9642-98 Creative Arts Studio and Showrooms. -- [ca. 1953]. -- Business operated by Ron Spickett and Harvey Cole.
M-9642-99 Hawaiian Buddhist temples. -- n.d.
M-9642-100 Prairie Habitats inc. -- n.d. -- Source of plants.
M-9642-101 Memberships. -- n.d. -- Calgary Indian Friendship Society.
M-9642-102 Copyright. -- n.d.
M-9642-103 Japanese calendar. -- n.d.
M-9642-104 Card. -- n.d. --  Possibly a greeting card painted by Gyo-Zo.
Series 17 Sound recordings. -- [ca. 1989-1999]
M-9642-105 “Figures in time and space: a conversation with Ronald (Gyo-Zo) Spickett. -- n.d. -- 1 compact disc.
Series 18 Slides. -- 1950s-1970s
M-9642-106 Slides. -- 1950s-1960s. -- 30 slides. - Large format (7 cm X 7 cm) views of paintings and three-dimensional projects.
M-9642-107 Slides. -- n.d. -- 108 slides. -- 35 mm views of paintings and art projects.
M-9642-108 Slides. -- 1950s-1970s. -- 141 slides. -- 35 mm views of family, activities, homes, etc.
Series 19 CDs (compact discs). -- [ca. 2009]
M-9642-109 Compact discs. -- [ca. 2009]. -- Images assembled for Geoffrey Simmons book and exhibition. See also PA-4017-(120-150) below for photographs.
Series 20 Oversize items. -- 1942-1969
M-9642-oversize box Consists of the following:

Scrapbook. -- 1942-1943. -- Of cartoons in Regina Leader-Post and other publications.
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts certificate. -- 1965
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts certificate. -- 1968
Clippings re Stampede
Poster for exhibition at ACA Gallery. -- March 10-21, ? [black and white copy of poster in oversize folder]
Transparencies and draft text for catalogue of exhibition above
Western Producer. -- July 23, 1953. -- Cartoon by Spickett of rodeo.
Scrapbook. -- ca. 1967-1969. -- Includes photos of artworks and exhibition programs.
Diploma from Provincial Institute of Technology and Art, 1948
Series 21 Photographs. -- 1943-2010. -- 444 photographs

Some of these photos have been scanned.link to scanned images View now.
PA-4017-(1-46) Navy service. -- 1943-1946
PA-4017-47 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. -- 1956. -- See also PA-4017-(314-334).
PA-4017-(48-112) Photographs. -- [ca. 1960s-2000s]. -- Of people, events, zendo, etc. (small format).
PA-4017-(113-119) Photographs. -- [ca. 1940s-1970s]. - Of people, events, etc. (larger formats).
PA-4017-(120-150) “Spirit Matters” opening. -- 2009. -- Exhibition that accompanied book on Gyo-Zo by Geoffrey Simmons. See also M-9642-109 above.
PA-4017-151 Photographs of works. -- 1965
PA-4017-(152-156) Photographs of works. -- 1966
PA-4017-(157-168) Photographs of works. -- 1967
PA-4017-(169-174) Photographs showing completion of Frontier Rider. -- [ca. 1964-1965]
PA-4017-(175-234) Photographs of works. -- n.d. -- Small format.
PA-4017-(235-260) Photographs of works. -- n.d. -- Larger format.
PA-4017-(261-313) Nature photographs. -- n.d.
PA-4017-(314-334b) San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. -- 1956. -- See also PA-4017-47.
PA-4017-(335-389) Photographs of works. -- n.d. -- Small format.
PA-4017-(390-431) Photographs of studio, exhibitions,etc. -- n.d. -- Small format.
PA-4017-(432-442) Photographs of mannequins at Luxton Museum, Banff. -- [ca. 1957].
Transparencies of works. -- n.d.
Negatives of works. -- n.d.
PB-1000-1 J. J. Bowlen mural with Spickett in front. -- [ca. 1969].
PB-1000-2 Bay’s record bar. -- n.d. -- Display in store window.
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