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Illustration from "Impressions on Life", 1981
M-8776-44

Irene McCaugherty fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Personal memoirs. - [1973-1996]
Series 2Children's literature. - [ca. 1958]-1975
Series 3Fiction. - [1980?- 1992?]
Series 4Verse. - [ca. 1972]- 1996
Series 5Other literary works. --1947- 1996
Series 6Personal papers. - 1945- 1996
Series 7Artwork. - 1958, 1993 and n.d.
Series 8 Scanned Document Photographs. - n.d.

Inventory

Series1

Personal memoirs. - [1973-1996], predominant [1982-1996]. - 36 cm of textual records. - Consists of manuscripts of diaries and journals recording her daily activities. Also includes essays about a trip to Eastern Canada, "Off to Market"and of a bus trip to United States and Mexico, "Travelling South". "Tidbits" is a collection of journals that chronicles her battle with cancer. Also includes drafts of her published autobiography "The Ladders We Climb". Some manuscripts are illustrated with slides of the original watercolour paintings or with pen/ink drawings.

M-8776-1Back to the Drawing Board. - [1983- 1986].
M-8776-2Journal 6. - 1989-1990.
M-8776-3Keys to My Yesterday. - n.d. - Illustrated.
M-8776-4Off to Market. - [1973].
M-8776-5Paragraphs from Life. - 1991-1992.
M-8776-6Rungs on the Ladder. - [1987-1988]. - Illustrated.
M-8776-7The Crooked Road Home. - [ca. 1982]. - Illustrated.
M-8776-8The Ladders We Climb. - [ca. 1994].
M-8776-9The Leaves Are Still Green : Journal 3. - 1982-1983.
M-8776-10Tidbits Journal 1. - [1994]. - Pp. 1- 199.
M-8776-11Tidbits. - [1994-1995]. - Pp. - 200- 313.
M-8776-12Tidbits. - [1995]. - Pp 314-365.
M-8776-13Tidbits 2. - [1995-1996].
M-8776-14Travelling South. - [1978?].
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Series 2

Children's literature. - [ca. 1958]-1975. - 23 cm of textual records. - Consists of draft manuscripts of children's stories written by Irene McCaugherty. Some manuscripts are illustrated with slides or photographs of the original watercolour paintings. The manuscript, "Cat and Dog County : Third Book in the Series" includes illustrations by Bert Armstrong. Also includes the draft version of "Cindy's Story". Please consult the Glenbow Art Department for reproductions of artwork in their possession.

M-8776-15Big Bull the Grasshopper. - n.d.
M-8776-16Big Bull the Grasshopper : The Prehistoric Hopper's Venture. - n.d.
M-8776-17Bimbo at School. - n.d.
M-8776-18Bimbo's Album : The Story of a Farm Dog. - n.d.
M-8776-19Cat and Dog County : Third Book in Series. - n.d. - Illustrated.
M-8776-20Cat Valley. - [ca.1958].
M-8776-21Catville and Dogville : Book Four in Series. - 1975.
M-8776-22Catville and Dogville : Book Five in Series. - n.d.
M-8776-23Cindy's Story. - n.d. - Photographs.
M-8776-24Dog Valley. - n.d.
M-8776-25Fun on the Farm. - n.d.
M-8776-26Happy Joe the Scarecrow. - [ca. 196-] - Illustrated. - Original watercolours transferred to Glenbow Art Department.
M-8776-27Jerry Leaves Home. - [ca.196-].
M-8776-28Joey's New Home. - [ca.196-].
M-8776-29Miss Kitty. - n.d.
M-8776-30Miss Kitty : Children's Story Christmas Idea. - n.d.
M-8776-31Mousetrap. - n.d.
M-8776-32Paddy the Gopher. - [1974?]
M-8776-33The Cat Who Wanted to Fly. - n.d.
M-8776-34The Underground Gardeners. - n.d.
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Series 3

Fiction. - [1980?-1992?] - 13 cm of textual records. - Consists of draft manuscripts of literary fiction. The manuscript, "Portrait of an Immigrant" is based on her mother's life.

M-8776-35Deal Me In Partners. - [1983?].
M-8776-36Politics in the County : Book Four in Series. - n.d.
M-8776-37Portrait of an Immigrant. - [1980?]. - Photograph.
M-8776-38Seth's Feline Friends ; The Silver Spur Saloon ; Henry's Prayer ; A Last Request. - n. d.[Short Stories].
M-8776-39When Names Were Trump. - [1992?]
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Series 4

Verse. - [ca. 1972]-1996. - 21 cm of textual records. - Consists of manuscripts of poems and verse. "Untitled" are loose drafts of poetry. Some manuscripts are illustrated with slides or photographs of the original watercolour paintings or pen/ink drawings. No reproduction permitted of artwork that is not in Glenbow's possession. Please consult the Glenbow Art Department for reproductions of artwork in their possession.

M-8776-40Enjoy My World. - 1975.
M-8776-41Enjoy My World. - 1975. - (Publication).
M-8776-42I Just Couldn't Say Goodbye. - 1975, 1982, 1987-1988, n.d. - Draft copies.
M-8776-43I Just Couldn't Say Goodbye. - [ca. 199- ].
M-8776-44Impressions on Life. - [1981?]. - Illustrated.
M-8776-45Meditations. - 1989. - Illustrated.
M-8776-46Memories are Treasures of the Mind : In the Heart of the Soul. - n.d.
M-8776-47Painting Clouds of Doubt with Sunshine. - 1972, 1995. - Illustrated. Original sketches transferred to Glenbow Art Department.
M-8776-48[Picture of the Day]. - n.d.
M-8776-49[Picture of the Day]. - n.d.
M-8776-50Reflections. - 1982, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994, n.d.
M-8776-51The Fallen Leaves. - 1985-1988. - Illustrated.
M-8776-52The Land Rewards its Keeper. - n.d. - See M-8776-98 for a recording of Irene McCaugherty reading this poem.
M-8776-53Treasures of the Mind. - 1992. - Illustrated. - Some original artwork transferred to Glenbow Art Department.
M-8776-54Untitled. - 1982, 1996, n.d. - (Helen and Tom, et al).
M-8776-55Untitled. - n.d. - (Mother, etc.).
M-8776-56Untitled. - n.d. - (The Lantern, et al).
M-8776-57Untitled. - n.d. - (The Old House).
M-8776-58Untitled. - n.d. - (The Photograph).
M-8776-59Untitled. - n.d. - (The Shooting Star). - Illustrated.
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Series 5

Other literary works. - 1947-1996. - 32 cm of textual records. - Consists of anecdotes, articles, biographies of southern Alberta pioneers, newspaper columns, notes, exhibition catalogues, photographs and photo negatives of paintings, etc. The column, "Diary of a Farmer's Wife" was published in the Lethbridge Herald. "Picture of the Day" was published in the Chinook Reporter. "Paragraphs from Life" were published in the Fort Macleod Gazette and also in the Pincher Creek Echo. Some of the manuscripts are illustrated with slides or photographs of the original watercolour paintings. No reproduction permitted of artwork that is not in Glenbow's possession. Please consult the Glenbow Art Department for reproductions of artwork in their possession.

M-8776-60Anecdotes. - n.d. - (Yarnin', etc).
M-8776-61Articles, Family Herald. - 1957. - Photocopies.
M 8667/62Biographies of Southern Alberta Pioneers. - 1977-1978. - Photographs. Consists of biographies of : Hyssop Family ; Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Furman ; George Bastien ; Bill Boyce ; Jim Bailey ; George Firth ; Howard Lietner ; Mrs. Macdonnel ; Leo Butcher ; Mrs. Fred Botsford ; Mike Mountain Horse ; Mr. J. Boulton ; Ove Trapness ; Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Vaile ; Joe McNabb ; [Tom Bratton] ; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Niven ; James Gregory ; Writing on Stone ; [Mr. Brown] ; Provost Family (Peigan) ; English Family ; James Wallwork ; Jane Whipple ; [Cliff Garrett] ; Warren Cooper ; Hunter Family ; Charlie Edgar ; Pat Bad Eagle.
M-8776-63Commentary for Art Exhibit, Lethbridge Sketch Club. - 1954.
M-8776-64Draft notes for text, "Yesterday's Memories". - n.d.
M-8776-65Essay, "An Eight Hour Day Down On The Farm". - n.d.
M-8776-66Essay, "Fred Botsford". - n.d.
M-8776-67Essay, "September Winds". - n.d.
M 9776/68Essay, "The Source of my Supply". - n.d.
M-8776-69Essay, "W.T. McCaugherty" - n.d.
M-8776-70Essays, "Cleaning the Closet, et al". - n.d.
M-8776-71Essays, "Depression Tourist, et al". - n.d.
M-8776-72Essays, "Moments of Meditation" and "Humour Flavours the Day" - n.d.
M-8776-73Essays, "Texas Long Horn, et al". - n.d. - Illustrations. - Original watercolours transferred to Glenbow Art Department.
M-8776-74Exhibition Catalogues, "Yesterday's Memories", - [1989?] ; "The Voice of Time", - [1990?].
M-8776-75Explanatory Notes. - n.d.
M-8776-76Explanatory Notes. - 1992-1993. - Illustrated.
M-8776-77Explanatory Notes, "Shopping at Eatons". - n.d.
M-8776-78Manuscript, "Everyday Chuckles". - n.d.
M-8776-79Manuscript, "The Law Rides West : A Story of the North-West Mounted Police, 1874-1904." - [1983?]. - Illustrated. - Includes negatives.
M-8776-80Miscellaneous, "Men of Yesterday", "Yarning Charlie", et al - n.d.
M-8776-81News clippings, articles and poems. - 1954, 1962-1976, n.d. - Photocopies.
M-8776-82News clipping, "Diary of a Farmer's Wife". - [1954]. - Photocopies.
M-8776-83News clippings, "Paragraphs From Life". - 1964. - Photocopies.
M-8776-84News clippings, "Paragraphs From Life". - 1968, n.d. - Photocopies.
M-8776-85Notes. - ca. 1970. - With Marginalia (Fair Time and Current Events).
M-8776-86Notes. - n.d. - With Marginalia (A Little Box).
M-8776-87Picture of the Day. - [ca.1978-1981?]. - Carbon copies.
M-8776-88Picture of the Day. - [ca. 1979]. - Illustrated. - Draft copies.
M-8776-89Picture of the Day. - 1979. - News clippings.
M-8776-90Picture of the Day. - 1979. - (Trip to Europe).
M-8776-91Photographs of paintings, "Eaton's". - 1992. - Colour. - Includes negatives.
M-8776-92Photographs of paintings, "Wheelerville". - 1987-1996. - Colour. Photographs used for illustrating literary works.
M-8776-93Photographs of paintings. - 1991, 1994-1995. - Colour.
M-8776-94Photographs of paintings. - 1992-1993. - Colour. - Includes negatives. Photographs used for illustrating literary works.
M-8776-95Photographs of paintings. - 1995. - Colour. Photographs used for illustrating literary works.
M-8776-96Photographs of poems. - n.d. - With Marginalia. - Black and White. - Negatives.
M-8776-97Sheet Music written by Irene McCaugherty, "Come to Me Lonesome Baby" and "Dream Waltz Tonight". - 1947.
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Series 6

Personal papers. - 1945-1996. - 19 cm of textual records. - Consists of news clippings, correspondence, exhibit guides, biographical data and an audio cassette of Irene reading her poem, "The Land Rewards its Keeper" on CBC radio.

M-8776-98Audio cassette, "The Land Rewards its Keeper". - [1992?] - Irene McCaugherty reading her poetry for CBC Radio.
M-8776-99[Auto]biography. - [198-?].
M-8776-100Biography. - 1983.
M-8776-101Birth Certificate of Irene McCaugherty. - 1946
M-8776-102Certificates. - 1950, 1968.
M-8776-103Correspondence. - 1945-1960.
M-8776-104Correspondence. - 1961-1994, predominantly 1961-1979.
M-8776-105Correspondence, re: McCaugherty brand and homestead. - 1952.
M-8776-106Exhibit Guide, Sir Alexander Galt Museum. - 1978. - Includes colour photographs of the exhibit, "Romance of the Land".
M-8776-107Greeting Cards. - [1959], 1975, 1982, n.d.
M-8776-108News clippings. - 1964, 1971-1979, 1983.
M-8776-109Newsletter, Gallery - Southern Alberta Art Gallery. - November/December 1982.
M-8776-110Notebook. - n.d.
M-8776-111Prince George Art Gallery, "Irene McCaugherty Watercolours". - 1987.
M-8776-112Receipts. - 1953, 1996.
M-8776-113Sample of notepaper. - n.d.
M-8776-114Scrapbook. - 1945-1959.
M-8776-115Trip Diary, Exhibitor's Tag and Business Card. - n.d.
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Series 7

Artwork. - 1958, 1993 and n.d. - 40 cm of artwork. - Consists of cartoons, water colours and pen and ink drawings by Irene McCaugherty.

M-8776-116Cartoons, "Mac's Chicken Cartoons". - n.d.
M-8776-117Cartoons, "Jimmy Leghorn's Hens". - n.d.
M-8776-118Cartoons, untitled. - n.d.
M-8776-119Illustrations, untitled. - 1958, n.d.
M-8776-120Illustrations, untitled. - n.d.
M-8776-121Illustrations, "My Garden of Memories". - 1993
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Series 8

Photographs. - n.d. - Consists of 95 photographs of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride, ranching and farming scenes, First Nations and personal photographs.

Many of the photographs have been scanned. Scanned Document View now.

PA-3543-1RCMP Musical Ride, Horses, Rodeo scenes, branding
PA-3543-2Ranching views, First Nations
PA-3543-3 Personal photos. - 1958. - 4 photogtraphs. - Consists of views of the family cat.
NA-5633-(1-29) Family photographs. - [ca. 1920]-1982. - 29 photographs. - Consists of views of the Wheeler and McCaugherty families, especially of Irene.
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