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Marion and Jim Nicoll, street photo, Calgary, Alberta, [1943-1944?]
PA-2435- 4

Marion and Jim Nicoll fonds

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Table of Contents

Series 1Correspondence with friends. - 1925, 1932 and 1950-1982
Series 2Correspondence between Jim and Marion. - 1934-1941, 1952, 1966 and 1973
Series 3Correspondence with family. - 1891, 1902-1920, 1932-1941, 1954-1970 and 1978-1984
Series 4Personal photographs. - [ca. 1880s-1980]
Series 5Christmas cards. - 1931 and 1940s-1970s
Series 6Pet records. - 1952- 1980
Series 7Financial and legal records. - 1946 and 1954-1975
Series 8Community involvement records. - 1934, 1951, 1959-1966 and 1973-1974
Series 9Teaching records. - 1950, 1943-1945, 1959-1961 and 1964-1967
Series 10Articles written by Jim and Marion. - 1959-1966
Series 11Professional affiliations records. - 1931-1932 and 1948-1974
Series 12Art judging notebook. - [ca. 1960s]
Series 13Studio and home renovation records. - 1957-1963 and 1967
Series 14Biographical data. - [1950s]-1986
Series 15Engineering work diaries and photographs. - 1920, 1932, 1936-1942, 1950s and 1961-1963
Series 16Art commission and grant records. - 1957-1960, 1965-1968, 1970 and 1975-1976
Series 17Marion's plans and designs. - 1951, 1967, 1969-1970 and [ca. 1983]
Series 18Jim's sketches and ink renderings. - [ca. 1930s] and [1960s]
Series 19Jim's poetry. - 1930 and [1950s-1980s]
Series 20Correspondence on dissemination of Marion's art. - 1942, 1944, 1958-1978 and 1982
Series 21Correspondence on dissemination of Jim's art. - 1951, 1958, 1961-1977 and 1979-1980
Series 22Correspondence on dissemination of Jim and Marion's art. - 1960, 1962, 1964-1965, 1967, 1969-1973, 1976 and 1980
Series 23Completed artwork. - 1920, 1943 and [1950s-1970s]
Series 24Publicity photographs of Marion's art. - [1930s-1970s]
Series 25Publicity photographs of Jim's art. - [1960s-1970s]
Series 26Publicity photographs of Jim and Marion. - 1926 and [1940s-1980s]
Series 27Marion and Jim's art show brochures. - 1937-1973 and 1982
Series 28Art reference files. - [1950s-1970s]

Inventory

Series 1

Correspondence with friends. - 1925, 1932 and 1950-1982. - 22 files. - Consists of correspondence with friends and colleagues. Original order retained in some files; most of records reordered to reflect dates of creation.

M-6642-1Will and Elena Barnet. - 1957-1978
M-6642-2Trudy Carlyle. - 1959-1966 and 1981
M-6642-3Michael Davidson. - 1960-1977
M-6642-4-7Dorothy Dowhan. - 1966-1976
M-6642-8J. Russell Harper. - 1963-1975
M-6642-9Peter Fitzgerald-Moore. - 1958- 1969
M-6642-10Gwen Lamont. - 1963-1965, 1969, 1975 and 1978
M-6642-11Carl and Ruth Lineau. - 1961-1979
M-6642-12Jock and Barbara Macdonald. - 1957, 1959 and 1961-1977
M-6642-13-14ManWoman (Pat Kemball). - 1965- 1969
M-6642-15Janet Mitchell. - 1953, 1959 and 1966- 1973
M-6642-16Personal correspondence. - 1925, 1932, 1950- 1951, 1957 and 1959-1963
M-6642-17-22 Personal correspondence. - 1964- 1982. - Includes letters from Max Bates, among other correspondence.
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Series 2

Correspondence between Jim and Marion. - 1934-1941, 1952, 1966 and 1973, predominant 1935-1941. - 8 files. - Consists of letters from Marion to Jim (ca. 1934-1941) and correspondence between Marion and Jim (1952, 1966, 1973). Original order retained. - Call numbers M-6642-23-30.

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Series 3

Correspondence with family. - 1891, 1902-1920, 1932-1941, 1954-1970 and 1978-1984, predominant 1916-1930, 1958-1970. - 6 files and oversize. - Consists of WWI postcards from Jim and his brothers to their family, photos of army friends and George Nicoll's war diary (1916-1920): postcards from Marion to her father (1937-1938); correspondence between Marion and Jim and his family (1958-1970, 1976-1984); and miscellaneous family records (1891, 1902-1911, 1930s-1980s). Original order of some files retained; files brought together artificially to form series. - Call numbers M-6642-31-35 and M-6642-oversize.

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Series 4

Personal photographs. - [ca. 1880s-1980], predominant 1930s-1970s. - 10 files of photographs; 2 oversize photographs; 20 slides. - Consists of photos of Marion and Jim, their family, friends and colleagues. Photos reordered to reflect approximate dates of creation. A few photoprints have copy negatives; see NA 4557 and NA 4992.

PA-2435-1Nicoll family. - [ca. 1880s-1950s]
PA-2435-2Mackay family. - [ca. 1890s-1930s] and [1960s]
PA-2435-3Marion's friends at convent school and art school, and sketch trips in southern Alberta. - 1924-1939
PA-2435-(4-5)Marion's trip and stay in Britain. - 1937- 1938
Jim and Marion. - [1940s-1950s]
Bowness. - [1940s-1950s]. - (See also PC 248)
PA-2435-6Jim and Marion. - 1956-1967 and 1982. - At Emma Lake, New York and Sicily (1956-1959); and Jim and Marion (1960-1967, 1982)
PA-2435-7Friends. - 1916-[1920s] and [1940s]- 1976
PA-2435-8Will Barnet. - 1963
PA-2435-9Jock and Barbara Macdonald, A.Y. Jackson and Marion; Banff Summer School staff. - [1940s]
PA-2435-10Family and friends. - [1940s- 1950s]
S-82-(1-20)Family and friends. - [1960s- 1970s]
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Series 5

Christmas cards. - 1931 and [1940s-1970s]. - 12 files and oversize. - Consists of primarily hand-crafted cards from friends and colleagues. Also includes a file of Christmas cards created by Jim and Marion, collected by Marion's uncle Roy Gingras. Original order retained. - Call numbers M-6642-(36-46a) and M-6642-oversize.

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Series 6

Pet records. - 1952-1980. - 1 file. - Consists of pedigree record and lists of the Nicolls' pets. - Call number M-6642-47.

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Series 7

Financial and legal records. - 1946 and 1954-1975; (predominant 1960- 1975). - 3 files. - Consists of income tax returns (1954, 1960-1965, 1967, 1969-1976), application for home improvement subsidy (1977); old age security pension records including records documenting Jim's war service (1959-1960); and miscellaneous financial and legal records (1946, 1965, 1966, 1972). Original order retained. - Call numbers M-6642-48-50.

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Series 8

Community involvement records. - 1934, 1951, 1959-1966 and 1973- 1974, predominant 1959-1966. - 8 files. - Consists of Bowness Rec Centre records (1959-1963, 1965); Bowness Library records (1959-1960, 1962-1964); correspondence regarding Bowness community concerns (1961-1966); and records from other community organizations with which the Nicolls were involved. Original order retained.

M-6642-51-53Bowness Rec Centre board minutes, agendas, reports, proposals, correspondence, newsclippings, activity schedules and newsletters. - 1959-1965
M-6642-54Bowness Library correspondence, newsclippings, and drawings of library furnishings. - 1959-1964
M-6642-55Correspondence regarding Bowness community concerns. - 1961-1966
M-6642- 56-5Records from other community organizations. - 1934, 1951 and 1963
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Series 9

Teaching records. - 1950, 1943-1945, 1959-1961 and 1964-1967. - 3 files of text and 1 file of photographs. - Consists of course reference material from courses Marion taught at ACA; recommendation letters for students; photos of ACA students; and photos and newsletters from the Central Alberta Sanatorium where Marion taught. Files brought together artificially to form series. - Call numbers M-6642-59-61 and PA- 2435-11.

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Series 10

Articles written by Jim and Marion. - 1959-1966. - 2 files. - Consists of Marion's articles on art and crafts (1960, 1962-1963, 1966); Jim's articles on Stanford Blodgett, J.S. Perrott and Janet Mitchell (1959); and a satire on Jim and Marion possibly written by Jim (ca. 1959). Records brought together artificially to form series. - Call numbers M-6642-62-63.

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Series 11

Professional affiliations records. - 1931-1932 and 1948-1974. - 10 files. - Consists of records from professional affiliations to which the Nicolls belonged: Allied Arts Council (1948-1949, 1959-1965, 1969); Alberta Society of Artists (1931-1932, 1948-1973); Old Cabin Crafts Society (1966-1968); Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1976-1977) and Royal Drawing Society (1932). Original order retained.

M-6642-64-65Allied Arts Council. - 1948-1949, 1959- 1969. - Includes minutes (1964), financial statements (1949, 1962), director's meeting minutes (1962), Visual Arts Committee minutes and reports (1959-1961, 1963), correspondence (1961- 1963, 1965, 1969), circulars and brochures (1948, 1962).
M-6642-66-70Alberta Society of Artists. - 1931-1932 and 1948-1975. - Includes constitution (1931, 1948-1949, 1957, 1971), minutes and agenda (1953, 1962, 1964, 1969, 1972), president's report (1968-1969), membership lists (1950-1952), correspondence (1948-1951, 1961-1963, 1967, 1969, 1972), newsletters and article (1948-1949, 1951, 1962-1963, 1966, 1968, 1970-1973, 1975), ASA exhibition catalogues (1932, 1962, 1963), lists of ASA exhibition artists (1950-1952, 1962), ASA exhibition booking notebook and correspondence (1956-1957), and news clippings.
M-6642-71Old Cabin Crafts Society minutes, financial statements and newsletter. - 1966-1968
M-6642-72Royal Canadian Academy of Arts correspondence regarding Marion's appointment. - 1976-1977
M-6642-73Marion's Royal Drawing Society certificates. - 1932
M-6642-oversizeJim's Royal Canadian Academy of Arts award. - 1981
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Series 12

Art judging notebook. - [ca. 1960s]. - 1 file. - Consists of Marion's notebook used for judging art competitions. - Call number M-6642-74.

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Series 13

Studio and home renovation records. - 1957-1963 and 1967. - 1 file and oversize. - Consists of plans, drawings, lists of materials and estimates for studio and home renovations. Includes photos of finished studio. Original order retained. - Call numbers M-6642-75 and M-6642-oversize.

Related There is a sound recording of a visit to the home of Jim and Marion Nicoll by the host of the radio show "Calling Card" in the CFCN fonds at Glenbow, call number RAD-50-137.
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Series 14

Biographical data. - [1950s]-1986. - 11 files and oversize. - Consists of biographies, interviews and newsclippings of Jim and Marion. Includes memorial booklets (1985, 1986). Files brought together artificially to form series. - Call numbers M-6642-76-87 and M-6642-oversize.

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Series 15

Engineering work diaries and photographs. - 1920, 1932, 1936-1942, [1950s] and 1961-1963, predominant 1936-1942. - 5 files of text and 1 file of photographs. - Consists of Jim's work diaries, notebooks and photos from engineering projects in Nordegg, Big Valley and Cluny, Alberta and Mossbank, Saskatchewan. Includes photos of Glenbow archaeological dig and newsclippings about J.O.G. Sanderson. Files brought together artificially to form series.

M-6642-88Work diary from Big Valley and Cluny project. - 1932
M-6642-89Work and expenses diary from Nordegg project. - 1936-1939
M-6642-90Notebook on army construction project at Mossbank. - [ca. 1940-1941]
PA-2435-12Photos of Jim. - 1920, 1937-1961. - Jim on CPR construction project (1920), working in the field (1937-1938), construction project (possibly at Mossbank) (ca. 1940-1941), construction scenes (ca. 1940s-1950s), Jim and Home Oil employees (1950s), and Glenbow dig (1961).
M-6642-91-92News clippings. - 1957 and 1963
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Series 16

Art commission and grant records. - 1957-1960, 1965-1968, 1970 and [1975-1976]. - 4 files. - Consists of correspondence and applications for Marion's Canada Council grants, and diaries and reports on trips funded by grants (1957-1960, 1965-1967); correspondence regarding Marion's provincial park art commission (1967); and correspondence regarding Jim's art commissions (1968, 1970, 1975-1976). Original order retained within files; files brought together artificially to form series. Designs for Marion's provincial park art commission held by Glenbow Art Department. - Call numbers M-6642-93-96.

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Series 17

Marion's plans and designs. - 1951, 1967, 1969-1970 and [ca. 1983]. - 5 files of text and 1 file of photographs. - Consists of sketches, drafted plans, correspondence, and photos of plans and model of Marion's YWCA playground design (1969-1970); sketches and photos of her costume designs (nd); portrait for Michael Davidson brochure (1967); printing plate (1951); and miscellaneous sketches (ca. 1983). Original order retained within files; files brought together artificially to form series. - Call numbers M-6642-97-101 and PA 2435 file 13.

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Series 18

Jim's sketches and ink renderings. - [ca. 1930s] and [1960s]. - 3 files of text; 1 file of photographs; oversize. - Consists of sketches, ink renderings, printing plate, photo studies for Jim's artwork, and prints of other artists' renderings. Original order retained within files; files brought together artificially to form series. - Call numbers M-6642-102-105 and PA-2435-14.

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Series 19

Jim's poetry. - 1930 and [1950s-1980s]. - 9 files. - Consists of notes on philosophy, poetry and Greek mythology; poems in progress; drafts of poems; and final drafts of poems, some of which appeared in Paintings and Poetry: Jim Nicoll. Includes poetry journals in which Jim's poems were published (1950-1953, 1957, 1959). Original order retained. - Call numbers M-6642-106-114.

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Series 20

Correspondence on dissemination of Marion's art. - 1942, 1944, 1958-1978 and 1982, predominant 1962-1973. - 8 files. - Consists of correspondence with art dealers and government agencies on exhibition, sale and rental of Marion's art. Includes Marion's record book of paintings (ca. 1958-1978). Original order of creation restored. - Marion's record book is restricted due to fragile condition. Photocopy is available for research purposes.

M-6642-115 Correspondence (1942, 1944, 1955- 1963). - Includes lists of the Nicolls' prints.
M-6642-116Correspondence (1964-1965)
M-6642-117Correspondence (1966-1967)
M-6642-118Correspondence (1968-1969)
M-6642-119Correspondence (1970-1973)
M-6642-120Correspondence (1974-1978, 1982)
M-6642-121Record book of paintings (restricted)
M-6642-122Photocopy of record book
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Series 21

Correspondence on dissemination of Jim's art. - 1951, 1958, 1961-1977 and 1979-1980. - 2 files. - Consists of correspondence and contracts with art dealers and government agencies on exhibition, sale and rental of Jim's art. Includes record book of Jim's paintings [ca. 1962-1967]. Original order of creation restored. - Call numbers M-6642-123- 124.

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Series 22

Correspondence on dissemination of Jim and Marion's art. - 1960, 1962, 1964-1965, 1967, 1969-1973, 1976 and 1980. - 1 file. - Consists of correspondence with art dealers on exhibition, sale and rental of Jim and Marion's art. Original order of creation restored. - Call number M-6642-125.

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Series 23

Completed artwork. - 1920, 1943, and [1950s-1970s]. - 4 files. - Consists of Jim's drypoint and other drawings (ca. 1920, 1969-1970), his bookplates, Christmas card artwork and lettering proof (ca. 1960s); and Jim and Marion's watercolours and woodcuts (ca. 1950s-1960s). Original order retained within files; files brought together artificially to form series. - Additional artwork by the Nicolls held by Glenbow Art Department.. - Call numbers M-6642-126-129.

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Series 24

Publicity photographs of Marion's art. - [1930s-1970s]. - 232 slides and 5 files of photographs. - Consists of slides and photos of Marion's art made for publicity purposes. Includes slides and photos of automatic drawings, early sketches, batiks and crafts. Original order retained. - Call numbers S- 91-(1-119); S-82-(21-133);and PA-2435-(15- 19).

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Series 25

Publicity photographs of Jim's art. - [1960s-1970s]. - 15 slides and 1 file of photographs. - Consists of slides and photos of Jim's art made for publicity purposes. Original order retained.. - Call numbers S-82-(134-141); S-91-(120-126); and PA-2435-20.

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Series 26

Publicity photographs of Jim and Marion. - 1926 and [1940s-1980s]. - 14 slides; 3 files of photographs; oversize. - Consists of slides and photos of Jim and Marion used for publicity purposes. Includes photos of Nicoll art shows (ca. 1960s-1980s). Some photographs added to existing series. - Call numbers S-91-(127-138); S-82-(142-143); PA-2435- (21-23); and PB-599.

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Series 27

Marion and Jim's art show brochures. - 1937-1973 and 1982. - 4 files. - Consists of brochures from Jim and Marion's art shows. Original order retained. - Call numbers M-6642-130-133.

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Series 28

Art reference files. - [1950s-1970s]. - 6 files of text; 1 file of photographs; 8 slides. - Consists of poetry and prose written by other artists including Janet Mitchell, Helen Wright, Peter Fitzgerald- Moore and Joy Ariss; and photos and slides of art by artists including ManWoman and Wes F. Irwin. Includes newsclippings and brochures on art in Alberta. Original order retained within files; files brought together artificially to form series. - Call numbers M-6642-(134-139); PA-2435- 24; S-82-144; S-91-(139-145)

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