Series SCM-RG-0024-0004 - Swift Current Museum

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Swift Current Museum

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  • 1937-01-01 - ? (Accumulation)
    Swift Current Museum
    Swift Current (Sask.)

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ca. 25 cm of textual records and other materials

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(fl. 1990-1998)

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(fl. 1938-1956)

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(20th/21st cent.)

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Swift Current Museum records creation are ongoing.

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The fonds, related to the Swift Current Museum were accumulated by the source. No other information was captured at the time of transfer to the Swift Current Museum for records not generated by the Museum.

The content has not been professionally appraised, arranged, or described. The following is a basic listing of the unprocessed contents:
Box #1.

  • ledger, Swift Current School Museum Catalogue, contains information on collections, 1933 - 1934
  • museum guest book, 1984 - 1990
  • report, "Report on Development of Swift Current Museum", 1960
  • Swift Current Museum profile, December 31 1988
  • Swift Current Museum Board receipt book, June 4 1966 to June 30 1989
  • ledger, SC Museum, January 1 1983 to May 18 1991; record of gift shop sales

  • folder #1: miscellaneous correspondence between Museum representative and other parties, 1968-1970; bylaw "to provide for the appointment of a Board of Governors of the Thoreson Memorial Museum"; notes on some of the collections; article re: move of museum in 1977

  • folder #2, Gala 85: museum trivia contest, 1985; ad for Heritage Gala'85, 1985; list of "Pioneers";

Heritage Week, 1985

  • folder #3, Correspondence: miscellaneous correspondence between representatives of the museum and various recipients, 1971 - 1974

  • folder #4, Swift Current Museum Newsletters 1960 & 70s: copies of the Swift Current Museum Newsletter from volume 1, number 1 to volume 11, number 8

  • folder #5, correspondence re: Curator Vera Wilson enrollment in a Canadian Museums Association Training Program

  • folder #6: Museum and Gallery (Operating) Grant Applications Forms, 1982 - 1989; Operating Budget Document, 1990; City of Swift Current Financial Statements, December 31 1982; City of Swift Current Financial Statement, December 31 1988

  • folder #7: miscellaneous correspondence between representatives of the museum and various recipients, 1974 - 1991

  • folder #8: minutes of Board meetings, 1964 to 1990; financial and budget documents, 1969 to 1991 (not every year); 1989 Activity Report; correspondence re: Board members, City Councillors, re: Holderbein collection, re: curators Lillian McBean and Vera Wilson, re: finance, etc.; "A Brief regarding a new Swift Current Museum"; memo from Director of Finance, re: Six Year Capital Budget, 1989; Annual Reports, 1965 - 1966 to c. 1974

  • folder #9 Merlin: resume; museum report, 1993, re: museum accomplishments and what still needs to be done, short and long term initiatives; employment paperwork for Merlin Rosser re: going to meetings, conferences

  • folder #10, 75th Anniversary Souvenirs: receipts, ledgers, stock requests, etc. re: City of SC 75th Anniversary souvenirs, 1989

  • folder #11, Financial Statement: City of SC Account Inquiry, 1994; City of SC Budget Appropriation for Museum, 1993, 1994; City of SC Listing of Program Distributions, 1989 - 1991, 1993; City of SC Budget Appropriation for Art Gallery, 1993

  • folder #12, Glenbow Museum: correspondence with Glenbow Museum re: traveling exhibitions (Eskimo Life - Lomen Brothers, Contemporary Indian Artists, The Totem, The Bufffalo, Eskimo Prints - Cape Dorset, Africa, Mineral, Plains Indian); "Glenbow Art Circuit 1970 - 1971; SC Museum newslettter, vol. 1, no. 8; "Glenbow Art Circuit 1971 - 1972"

  • folder #13, Electronic Tour: the museum and the SC Lions Club purchased an electronic audio tour of the displays, 1967

  • folder #14, Casual Staff, "Swift Current Museum Board Requisition For Payment To City Of Swift Current" forms requesting staff payment; correspondence with John Dyer re: staff payment

(1990 - Sun article about potential upgrades to RC Dahl centre)

Box #2.

Folder #1, Museum History (Swift Current): correspondence between Dr. C.R Strother-Stewart, Chairman of the SC Museum Board, and Fred Bard, Director of the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History, re: labels, cases specimens, for the SC museum, 1969; floor plan of SC Museum; bylaw, "A By-law of the City of SC respecting an Agreement between the City of SC and the Executors of the Estate of the late Charles Thoreson, Deceased"; brochure for the Official Opening of the "Swift Current Museum (Thoreson Memorial)", located beneath the public library in the W.A. Beatty Collegiate,1964; document, "A Brief History Regarding A New Swift Current Public Library", 1965; brochure for the SC Museum at the Chaplin St. location, 1983; map, SC Downtown Tourist Guide, c. 1964 - 1973; document, "The Societies Act // Application For Incorporation" for the Swift Current Museum (Thoreson Memorial Museum), 1968; correspondence between Dr. Strothers-Stewart, Chairman of the Museum Board, and the Library Inquiry Committee, re: a request to increase the interaction between the SC Museum and Library, 1966; speech re: campaign for a Museum-Library complex to be situated in the former Armoury building, 1968; document, "A Brief regarding a new Swift Current Museum, to be considered in conjunction with the Brief regarding a new Swift Current Public Library", c. 1964 to 1973; documents and correspondence pertaining to the incorporation of the Thoreson Memorial Museum under the Societies Act; documents pertaining to goals of the SC Museum, hiring a full time Director; speech, "Large and Small Museums: A Subjective View", J.D. Herbert, Winnipeg, MB, 1966; correspondence from Mrs. Vera Wilson (Clarence) who became curator in 1971; newsletter, Saskatchewan Natural History Society, May 1971

Folder #2: correspondence re: appointment of Vera Wilson as curator, 1971; misc. correspondence between City Commissioned Murray Butterfield and Secretary-Treasurer J.A. Dyer, pertaining to the SC Museum, 1973, 1974; Annual Report of the Swift Current Museum, 1967 - 1968, 1973; descriptions of firearms in the Museum collection; applications for the position of curator at the SC Museum; job advertisement in the SC Sun; financial information for the SC Museum, 1967 - 1970; correspondence re: an Electronic Guide, supported by the Lions Club; SC Museum board meeting minutes, August 1965, March, October 1967; correspondence re: insurance of the contents of the SC Museum; recorded hours of Museum paid staff; SC Museum Newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 1, features information about the Museum's passenger pigeon

Folder #3, Museum File: SC Museum Newsletters, Vol. 9 Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 1974; Vol. 10 Nos. 1, 2, 4, 7; correspondence pertaining to Museum financial information, highway signs, sound system, wages for part-time staff, seating, etc. 1974 - 1975

Envelope #1: financial statements for "The Swift Current City Museum Board", August 1963 - December 1972

Envelope #2: deposit slips for the Bank of Montreal, 1966; handwritten deposit record; Bank of Montreal deposit book for "The Swift Current City Museum Board", 1965 - 1966

Envelope #3: six cheque stub books, from April 1961 - June 1975; one blank cheque book; three Bank of Montreal deposit slip books, April 1961 to September 1974

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, reproduction, and/or publication of records are subject to the Copyright Act and the Terms and Conditions of the Swift Current Museum. Please consult the Swift Current Museum for further information.

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Minimal fonds level description is listed in AtoM. Until fully appraised and arranged record lists are available through the Swift Current Museum.

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