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Tom Baines with eagle at the Calgary Zoo, 1930
Tom Baines with eagle at the Calgary Zoo, 1930
NA-1538-4

Tom Baines fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Personal papers. -- 1929-1998
Series 2 Photographs. -- [ca. 1874]-1973
Series 3 Interviews and broadcasts. -- 1967-1994

Inventory

Series 1 Personal papers. -- 1929-1998
M-3254 Shares for Outwest Petroleums Ltd. and Fairview Amalgamated Gold Mines Ltd. -- 1929, 1934. -- 2 items
M-3983-8 Transcript of interview with Thomas R. Baines, conducted by George Gooderham. -- 1968. -- 11 pages. -- The actual recording is at RCT-911-(16-17).
M-4643 Notes regarding early Calgary Public Museum. -- 1975. -- 1 page
M-4843-22 Souvenirs of Tom Baines' military service in Italy during the Second World War. -- 1940-1944. -- 2 cm of textual records. -- Consists of documents, maps, newspaper clippings, programs, menus, handbills, captured Italian documents, etc.
M-4843-92 Historical essay. -- 1972. -- 4 pages. -- Consists of "History of City of Calgary Parks Department, Part 1". -- Mostly covers the period 1911-1913 when Richard Iverson was Parks Superintendent.
M-4843-218 Letters of greeting from celebrities. -- 1967-1968. -- For Chums, a yearbook for Calgary Boy Scouts and Girl Guide edited by Tom Baines. Includes letters from Gordie Howe, Nancy Greene, Bobby Gimby, George R. Pearkes, Sir Charles Maclean, Olave Baden-Powell, and John Fisher.
M-4843-233 Letter from the office of the Right Honorable Harold Wilson. -- 1976. -- 1 item. -- Consists of a reply to Baines' letter sent upon the occasion of Wilson's retirement.
M-6484 Article and lette. -- 1974 and 1987. -- Consists of an article about Dr. Stewart McNab, written by Tom Baines (1974); and letter written by Baines to Don Harvie and family (1987).
M-8930-(1-3) Tom Baines' autobiographical notes about his life and activities. -- [ca. 1980s]. -- 5 notebooks
M-8930-4 Notes, poems and quizzes used by Tom Baines in his programs. -- n.d.
M-8930-5 "Tom Baines and the Gimmick Bag". -- 1973. -- Consists of a folder of photos, letters from students, etc.
M-8930-6 Letters, photos, etc. re awards and receptions for Tom Baines. -- 1972-1991
M-8930-7 Newspaper clippings re Tom Baines and his activities. -- 1977-1998
M-8930-(8-10) Postcards collected by Tom Baines. -- [ca. 1955-1970]. -- Consists of an extensive collection of postcards whichTom Baines gave to the Don Harvie children [grandchildren of Glenbow's founder Eric Harivie], on his return from various travels.
Series 2 Photographs. -- [ca. 1874]-1973. -- 47 photographs

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PA-817 Views of Calgary. -- n.d. -- 2 photographs
PA-962 Group from Alexander School. -- 1907. -- 1 photograph
PA-969 St. George's Island bandstand, Calgary Zoo, Baden-Powell's visit to Calgary. -- 1911-1964. -- 26 photographs. -- Includes Baden-Powell's headquarters during the siege of Makking.
PA-3595 Tom Baines' activities. -- [ca. 1874]-1973. -- 12 photographs. -- Consists of Tom Baines as a child, in boy scouts, at the zoo, at the Royal Canadian Legion, with Glenbow collections, doing school programs, and getting White Hatters award.
NA-1538 Bandstand at St. George's Island. -- 1912-1942. -- 3 photographs
NA-5651 Views of Tom Baines at zoo with bears; and in uniform during Second World War. -- 1931 and 1943. -- 2 photographs
S-169 Billy Henry's 100th birthday. -- 1967. -- 1 slide
Series 3 Interviews and broadcasts. -- 1967-1994
RCT-911-(16-17) Tom Baines and Aarne Kaskeleinen interviewed by George Gooderham. -- November 8, 1967. -- 2 audio cassettes (ca. 3 hrs.). -- Baines was Director of the Calgary Zoo. Kaskeleinen was an employee of the Zoo. A typed transcript of the Bained interview is at M-3973-8.
RCT-911-63 Tom Baines doing his Gimmick Bag presentation at St. Michael's School, Calgary. -- May 21, 1968. -- 1 audio reel (ca. 22 min.).
RCT-911-64 Tom Baines doing his Gimmick Bag presentation to an audience of children. -- [June 26, 1975?]. -- 1 audio reel (ca. 22 min.)
RCT-911-65 CBC radio broadcast about Tom Baines. -- June 26, 1975. -- 1 audio reel (ca. 22 min.)
RCT-944-1 Brian Keating broadcast about Tom Baines. -- December 20, 1994. -- 1 audio cassette
RCT-944-2 Tom Baines interviewed by Sheila Baptie. -- April 7, 1987. -- 1 audio casette
RAD-54 [? - missing as of 2012]. -- 5 audio discs
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