Archive Finding Aids

Here are detailed file-by-file descriptions of the contents of specific fonds and/or links to scanned documents.

Eleanor McMurtry (right) with her students, 1967
Eleanor McMurtry (right) and her students, 1967

Eleanor McMurtry fonds

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M-790-1Biographical data1968-1979. - Includes biographical sketch prepared by Lois Vogel, clipping and words to song re Miss McMurtry.
M-790-2Teaching career. -- 1923-1970. -- Includes letter of recommendation from Rockwood School Board of trustees; letter from University of California at Berkeley re teaching exchange; letter of welcome from Pi Lambda Theta National Association for Women in Education; letter re teaching in Germany for Department of National Defence; letters of recommendation from Miss J. C. Johnstone and Dr. Andrew L. Doucette; life membership in Alberta Teacher's Association; letters of thanks re volunteer work for Shaughnessy School, etc.
M-790-3Certificates. -- 1925-1968. -- Includes grammar and elementary school certificates from California; first class and permanent professional teaching certificates, Province of Alberta; MA from the University of California; badge of service award from Canadian Red Cross Society; Alberta Teacher's Association life membership certificate; certificate of appreciation from YWCA.
M-790-4Inspector's reports. -- 1927-1949. -- Reports prepared by inspector of schools re teaching abilities of Miss McMurtry while at schools in Red Deer, Campbell and Mount Saskatoon, Alberta.
M-790-5Teaching notes. -- 1930, 1959-1960. -- Includes pupil interview record re number test for pupils entering grade 1 (1930); lesson plans; outline of suggested seatwork prepared by Miss McMurtry while vice-principal at Cambrian Heights School to help younger teachers.
M-790-6Teaching. - 1951-1957. -- Includes record of marks from summer courses at University of California; list of teachers indicating years of service, special qualifications, salaries, etc; copy of agreement between Department of National Defence, Calgary School Board and Miss McMurtry re teaching assignment in Germany.
M-790-7Articles, speeches, etc. -- 1961-1965. -- Includes lecture notes re in-service programme on language arts for teachers taught by McMurtry; report re substitute teachers prepared for education committee of Alberta Teachers' Association; notes from speeches given to demonstration teachers at University of Alberta, Vulcan Teachers' Institute, Lethbridge Teachers' Convention, etc.
M-790-8Class notes. -- 1929-1955. -- Notes and notebooks from courses at the University of Alberta and the University of California.
M-790-9Class reports. -- 1952-1953. -- Essays prepared for courses at the University of California.
M-790-10Thesis. -- 1955. -- MA thesis re Fundamental Spelling, University of California at Berkeley.
M-790-11Stoney Language Dictionary. -- Workbook from course on Stoney language at the University of Calgary. Includes phrases and dictionary of works.
M-790-12Retired Teachers. -- 1968-1975. -- Includes report from Calgary Retired Teachers' Association; programme from retirement banquet; pages from publication including report by McMurtry re visit to German school.
M-790-13[American Reading Association?] conference, Tucson, Arizona. -- 1969. -- Notes re conference presentations.
M-790-14Plays and poetry. -- 1923-1950. -- Includes songs and music, drama exercises, poems and stories, etc used as teaching aids.
M-790-15Plays and poetry. -- 1950-1955. -- Material relating to drama and acting for children from Dr. Olive M. Fisher, lists of plays, poetry, etc.
M-790-16Miscellany. -- 1948-1978. -- Includes rhymes composed by E. McMurtry re colleagues, etc; clipping re presentation of honorary degree to Olive M. Fisher, etc.
M-790-17Papers. -- 1951-1962. -- Includes syllabus and workbook from course at University of California; papers presented at conference on higher education at University of Alberta, Calgary; Alberta Teachers Association brief on primary education submitted to Elementary School Program Commission.
M-790-18Language Sparklers. -- 1961. – Book for children on creative writing.
M-790-19Newspaper clippings. -- 1948-1977. -- Re activities.
M-790-vol.1Scrapbook. -- 1930-1954. -- Clippings and poetry; artwork by Wes Irwin; clippings re Calgary teachers Catherine Barclay, Joseph Welsh and Red Deer Teacher Mina Cole; programs re Red Deer theatre production, etc.
M-790-vol.2Scrapbook. -- 1947-1948. -- Clippings re activities and events at University of Alberta; includes artwork by Wes Irwin, letter re l'Alliance Francaise, etc.
M-790-vol.3Scrapbook. -- 1950s. -- Re attendance at University of California, Berkeley.
M-790-vol.4Scrapbook. -- 1954-1966. -- Clippings re teachers Jessie Maxwell, Mary Barclay, Catherine Barclay, Wes Irwin, Bill Hackett, G. R. Gell and other local personalities including Chief Constable Larry Partridge, Roland Gissing, Marion Carson, Eneas McCormick, Daisy Crowchild, etc. Also artwork by Wes Irwin and clippings re girl guides.
M-790-vol.5Scrapbook. -- 1956. -- Re trip to Quebec City.
M-790-vol.6Scrapbook. -- 1957-1959. -- Re travels through Germany and Europe while in teaching position at Sollingen-Baden, Germany
M-790-oversizeB. A. Diploma. - 1949. -- University of Alberta bachelor's degree.
RBT-34Stoney Language course conversation. -- ca. 1973. -- 1 audio cassette.
PA-2024Photographs. -- 1921-1972. -- 88 photographs. -- Views of school classes, teaching career and vactions.
PB-498Photographs. -- 1921-1950. -- 2 photographs. -- Calgary Normal School faculty and students and short class, Mountview School, Calgary.

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