Fonds F 712 - G.I. Norbraten fonds

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G.I. Norbraten fonds

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F 712

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  • 1911-2006, predominant 1950-2006 (Creation)
    Norbraten, Gerald Iver, 1931-2017

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ca. 3.640 m of textual records

814 architectural drawing sets on 12936 sheets

32 presentation panels

892 photographs : prints, col.

74 photographs : prints, b&w

1083 photographs : negatives, col.

176 photographs : negatives, b&w

533 photographs : slides, col.

10 computer disks (404 files : .doc; .dwg; .rtf; .xls) (13.590 MB) (13.590 MB)

4 computer optical discs (1942 files : .dwg; .doc; .jpg; .xls; .txt.; .pdf; .zip; .bmp; .wpd; .eps; .eml; .tif) (1079.620 MB) (1079.620 MB)

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Biographical history

Gerald Iver Norbraten was born on November 10, 1931 at Swift Current, Saskatchewan to Palmer and Anna (Gottfried) Norbraten. He received his early education at Neudorf, and at Luther College in Regina. He then attended Normal School at Moose Jaw and from 1953 to 1955 was a manual training instructor for public schools in Regina. From 1953 to 1958, Norbraten studied at the University of Manitoba, earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Upon graduation, Norbraten joined the architectural firm of Stock, Ramsay & Associates as an architectural assistant. He had previously been employed with the firm as a summer student while attending university. At the dissolution of the firm in 1960, he became an associate with Dan H. Stock & Associates (1960-1961) and Stock, Keith & Associates (1961-1966). He later became a partner with The D.H. Stock Partnership (1966-1971) and D.H. Stock & Partners Limited (1971-1975).

On April 1, 1975, Norbraten established his own architectural firm in Regina. It was incorporated initially as G.I. Norbraten Architect Ltd., and subsequently as G.I. Norbraten Architect (1983) Ltd. and G.I. Norbraten Architect (1987) Ltd. Norbraten's firm provided architectural services to commercial, institutional and residential clients for construction, renovation, and heritage property restoration projects throughout southern Saskatchewan. To deliver its services, Norbraten's firm employed a staff of architects, designers, technicians and administrative assistants. G.I. Norbraten Architect (1987) Ltd. was dissolved on November 16, 2006 when Norbraten retired from practice.

Awards and honours received by Norbraten include: three City of Regina Municipal Heritage Awards for restoration of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Scarth Street and Eleventh Avenue (1984), Darke Hall, University of Regina (1987), and Old No. 1 Fire Hall, Regina (1991); a Saskatchewan Association of Architects Award of Excellence, and a City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award for adaptive re-use of Old No. 1 Fire Hall, Regina (1991); and a Saskatchewan Masonry Design Award of Merit - Multi-Dwelling, for Broadway Terrace, Regina (2004). Norbraten was appointed to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's College of Fellows in 1999.

Norbraten is a past board member of the following: Saskatchewan Association of Architects; Regina's Market Square; the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation; the Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada; and the Regina Lutheran Care Society.

Norbraten died in Regina on July 8, 2017.

Custodial history

G.I. Norbraten donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 2011: 2011-209 (October 28, 2011).

G.I. Norbraten Architect Limited donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 1986: R86-068 (February 26, 1986).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by G.I. Norbraten in his architectural practice in Regina, Saskatchewan between 1975 and 2006. The records primarily reflect the approximately 350 architectural projects throughout Saskatchewan that Norbraten's firm was commissioned to design. The projects include education, housing, religious, office, administrative, financial and funerary buildings. The fonds also includes architectural drawings created by firms that employed Norbraten prior to him establishing his firm, and drawings used by Norbraten for study.

The fonds also includes a set of reproduced architectural drawings of the Music Building at Regina College, created in 1928 by J.H. Puntin (R-P48).

The fonds consists of four series: Project Files; Architectural Drawings - Other Firms; Architectural Drawings - G.I. Norbraten Architect Ltd.; and Business Records.

The types of records included are architectural drawings; presentation drawings; photographic prints, negatives and slides; reports; correspondence; tenders; invoices; contracts; progress certificates; minutes; and financial ledgers.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Some of these records are subject to access restrictions. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Finding aids

SAFA 695 consists of a fonds description, series descriptions and listings of textual records, photographs and architectural drawings.

Associated materials

GR 165 (R-P2) Clemesha, Portnall and Grolle - includes architectural drawings created by Portnall and Stock

SAFA 73 (F 50) Thomas Ferguson fonds - includes architectural drawings created by The D.H. Stock Partnership and D.H. Stock & Partners Limited

SAFA 664 (F 693) William F. Kelly fonds - includes architectural drawings created by Kelly, an employee of The D.H. Stock Partnership and D.H. Stock & Partners Limited.

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No further accruals are expected.

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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Architectural Drawings: R-P48; AD-949 (1)-(10) to AD-1761; Presentation Drawings: AD-1762 to AD-1765; Photographs: GM-PH-2859 (1)-(14) to GM-PH-2959 (1)-(24)

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Locations for retrieval: Regina - Maxwell; Regina - Hillsdale


Archival staff replaced the original file folders with acid-free folders and removed fasteners. Photographic prints, negatives and slides were placed in sleeves. Rolled drawings were wrapped in mylar and secured with cotton tape.

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