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Series 1


Diaries. — 1935-1979

M-6340-1 George Pocaterra’s diaries. — 1935-1937, 1940, 1947, 1951-1955, 1956-1960
M-6340-2 George Pocaterra’s diaries. — 1961-1969
M-6340-3 Norma Piper Pocaterra’s diaries. — 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940
M-6340-4 Norma Piper Pocaterra’s diary. — 1970- 1975
M-6340-5 Norma Piper Pocaterra’s diary. — 1976- 1979

Series 2


Correspondence. — 1903-1978. — Consists of four sub-series: letters written by George Pocaterra; letters written by Norma Piper Pocaterra; letters written to George, Norma and Dr. Piper by others; and miscellaneous letters.


Series 2-a


Letters written by George Pocaterra. — 1907-1970

M-6340-6 Correspondence. — 1907-1926. — Consists of correspondence to Ruggero Bozzi, Amelie de Vauclain, Mrs. F.N. Bedingfeld, Dr. H. J. Morlan and others.
M-6340-7 Correspondence. — 1930-1934. — Consists of correspondence to Norma, Dr. W.A. Piper, Harper Sibley and others.
M-6340-8 Correspondence. — 1935 (January – April).– Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma. Also to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-9 Correspondence. — 1935 (May – July). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma.
M-6340-l0 Correspondence. — 1935 (August – November). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma. Also to George’s mother, Ubaldina Pocaterra.
M-6340-11 Correspondence. — 1936 – 1937. — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to William Morris Agency (New York) and the Duke of Windsor regarding Norma’s career; to R.M. Patterson, and to Society Peritalia regarding Canadian fascists.
M-6340-12 Correspondence. — 1938 – 1939. — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and Norma. Includes political comments.
M-6340-13 Correspondence. — 1940 – 1942. — Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma. Also to R. M. Patterson, Harper Sibley, Bruno and others.
M-6340-14 Correspondence. — 1945 – 1949. — Consists of correspondence to family and friends, including Marta, Harper Sibley, Sergio, Emilia, R. M. Patterson, Dorothy Mather, Arthur, Aldo, Dick Wright, Dr. H. J. Morlan, Umberto and others.
M-6340-15 Correspondence. — 1950 – 1955. — Consists of correspondence to family and friends including Dorothy Mather, Betty and Ken, Marta, Bruno, Emilia, R. M. Patterson, Jack Danciger, Andy Inguagiato, Aldo and others.
M-6340-16 Correspondence. — 1956 – 1959. — Consists of correspondence to family and friends including Marta, Dr. H. J. Morlan, Jack Danciger, Andy Inguagiato, Bruno, R. M. Patterson, Harry Monahan, Emilia, Aldo, Egil Rensaa, Betty and Ken, Calgary District Planning Commission, Dan Campbell, Jack Piper and others.
M-6340-17 Correspondence. — 1960 – 1964. — Consists of correspondence to family and friends, including Laura and Edgardo, Marta, Emilia, Julio Pocaterra Martel, Harry Monahan, Dr. Quattrone, Jack and Betty Piper, Amelie Vauclain Tatnall, Sergio, Dr. H. J. Morlan, Soledad and Maurice, Dan Campbell, Bruno, R. M. Patterson, Andy Inguagiato, Touring Club Italiano, Aldo, Betty and Ken, Franco and others.
M-6340-18 Correspondence. — 1965 – 1970. — Consists of correspondence to family and friends including Amelie Vauclain Tatnall, Marta, Harry Monahan, R. M. Patterson, Bruno, Franco, Betty and Ken, Claudio, Ed and Marguerite, Sergio and others.

Series 2-b


Letters written by Norma Piper Pocaterra. — 1931-1972

M-6340-19 Correspondence. — n.d. — Consists of correspondence to George, Leonard Brockington, Marta.
M-6340-20 Correspondence. — 1931, 1933, and [ca. 1930s]. — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and other family members. Also to George.
M-6340-21 Correspondence. — 1934. — Consists of typed copies of Norma’s letters to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-22 Correspondence. — 1934 (January – September). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-23 Correspondence. — 1934 (October – December). — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W. A. Piper and George.
M-6340-24 Correspondence. — 1935 ( January – March). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-25 Correspondence. — 1935 (April). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-26 Correspondence. — 1935 ( May). — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-27 Correspondence. — 1935 ( June). — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-28 Correspondence. — 1935 ( July). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-29 Correspondence. — 1935 ( August). — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-30 Correspondence. — 1935 ( September – November). – – Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and George.
M-6340-31 Correspondence. — 1936. — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to Lawrence.
M-6340-32 Correspondence. — 1937. — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to Jack and to Hon. Vincent Massey, High Commissioner for Canada in London.
M-6340-33 Correspondence. — 1938 ( January – June). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also letters to various people regarding career and to Jack and Lawrence.
M-6340-34 Correspondence. — 1938 ( July – December). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to Lawrence and others.
M-6340-35 Correspondence. — 1939 ( January – June). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to R.B. Bennett and others regarding career.
M-6340-36 Correspondence. — 1939 ( July – December). — Consists of correspondence mainly to Dr. W.A. Piper. Also to George and others.
M-6340-37 Correspondence. — 1940. — Consists of correspondence mainly to George. Also to Lawrence and regarding career.
M-6340-38 Correspondence. — 1941 ( January – March). — Consists of correspondence mainly to George.
M-6340-39 Correspondence. — 1941 ( June – November). — Consists of correspondence mainly to George. Also to Dick and Jack.
M-6340-40 Correspondence. — 1947 – 1972. — Consists of correspondence to George, Bruno, Marta, Amelie Vauclain Tatnall and others and also regarding teaching post at Mount Royal College.

Series 2-c


Letters written by other correspondents. — 1903-1972. — Arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent.

M-6340-41 Adams and Crowle, Barristers and Solicitors. — 1931. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding coal leases.
M-6340-42 Aitken & Co. — 1928. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding stocks and securities.
M-6340-43 Anderson, Madge. — 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding recitals.
M-6340-44 Ange, Marie. — 1939 – 1962. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma ( in Italian).
M-6340-45 Arnott, O.C. & Co. — 1927 – 1930. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding stocks and securities.
M-6340-46 Bedingfeld, Frank and Josephine. — 1914 – 1938. — Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-47 Bennett, R.B. — 1928 – 1939. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and to Norma, mainly regarding Norma’s career.
M-6340-48 Betty and Ken. — 1955 – 1968. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma, mainly regarding property and financial loan.
M-6340-49 de Bevec, R. Brandli. — 1933 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Norma, and George from her former music teacher.
M-6340-50 Bizzarri, Claudio. — 1965. — Consists of correspondence to George ( in Italian).
M-6340-51 Bowen, R.J. and Susan. — 1929 – 1958. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma.
M-6340-52 Bozzi, Ruggero. — 1916 – 1918. — Consists of correspondence too George ( in Italian).
M-6340-53 B.C. Dental Supply Co. — 1929 – 1930. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding stocks and other matters.
M-6340-54 Brockington, Leonard W. — 1933 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her career.
M-6340-55 Bryenton, Percy R. Barrister. — 1939 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding estates of Dr. W.A. Piper and Aunt Susan Davy.
M-6340-56 Calgary Allied Arts Council. — 1957 – 1964. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her organization of and participation in local musical events.
M-6340-57 Calgary District Planning Commission. Later Calgary Regional Planning Commission.– 1958 – 1969. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding the Ghost River property.
M-6340-58 Calgary Power Ltd. — 1956. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding radio commentary show on the Kananaskis area.
M-6340-59 Calgary Stock Exchange. — 1929 – 1930. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding shares, membership, etc.
M-6340-60 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. — 1933 – 1958. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her career.
M-6340-61 Carlile & McCarthy Ltd. — 1930 .– Consists of correspondence to various members of Piper family regarding stocks.
M-6340-62 Charlesworth, Hector. — 1933 – 1940. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her career.
M-6340-63 Cromarty et al, Barristers. — 1941 – 1972. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma regarding the estate of Dr. W.A. Piper, Ghost River property and other concerns.
M-6340-64 Danciger, Jack. — 1955 – 1956. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding Indian tribes.
M-6340-65 Davy, Susie. — 1930 – 1933. — Consists of correspondence to Norma from her aunt.
M-6340-66 Di Fouerelli, Robert (?). — 1938. — Consists of correspondence to Norma and George ( in Italian).
M-6340-67 Dippie, Fred. — 1920 – 1926. — Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-68 Ellis, L.R. — 1929 – 1937. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding Paramount Royalty Syndicate and oil business.
M-6340-69 Elma. — 1948 – 1949. — Consists of correspondence to Norma.
M-6340-70 Emilia. — 1932 – 1960. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma from George’s sister (in Italian).
M-6340-71 Eveliha. — 1933. — Consists of correspondence to George (?) (in Italian)
M-6340-72 Francesca and Louisa. — 1939 – 1966. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-73 Giaquinto, Paolo. — 1941 – 1968. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-74 Giocasta. — 1939. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-75 Giovanni. — 1939. — Consists of correspondence to George (in Italian).
M-6340-76 Glyndebourne Opera, London. — 1938 – 1939. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding music festival.
M-6340-77 Government of Alberta. — 1907 – 1972. — Consists of correspondence mainly to George from various departments including Agriculture, Lands & Forests, Provincial Planning Advisory Board, etc. Includes instructions for crop correspondents, copies of George’s cattle and horse brands, etc.
M-6340-78 Guiva, (?). — 1945. — Consists of correspondence to George (in Italian).
M-6340-79 Hal, J. — 1929 – 1930. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding difficulties in paying account.
M-6340-80 Hocking, H.J. — 1929 – 1930. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-81 Hollinrake, T.I. — 1935 – 1940. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding investments and securities.
M-6340-82 Inguagiato, Andy. — 1955 – 1956. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-83 Irving, . — 1932 – 1939. — Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-84 Iselin, O’Donnell. — 1921 – 1922. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding coal.
M-6340-85 Johnson, C.N. — 1928 – 1930, 1937. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-86 Johnston, Violet A. — 1931 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma.
M-6340-87 Kellogg, Edmund H. — 1941 – 1942. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding pack trip.
M-6340-88 Knudsen, Jim. — 1929 – 1935. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and Norma.
M-6340-89 Laura and Edgardo. — 1958 – 1964. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-90 Lewis, Mrs. A.C. — 1946. — Consists of correspondence regarding Ghost River property.
M-6340-91 London Women’s Music Club, Ontario. — 1940. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding musical engagement.
M-6340-92 Magdalene. — 1939 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Norma.
M-6340-93 Margaret and Isabella. — 1939. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-94 Marian. — 1933 – 1936. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper.
M-6340-95 Marta and Bruno. — 1905 – 1970. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma from George’s sister (in Italian).
M-6340-96 Marttie. — 1954 – 1955. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-97 Mary. — 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Norma.
M-6340-98 Mary Belle. — 1941 – n.d.- – Consists of correspondence to Norma.
M-6340-99 Massey, Vincent.– 1936 – 1937. – – Consists of correspondence regarding Norma’s career.
M-6340-100 Mather, Dorothy. — 1946 – 1965. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-101 Maurice and Soledad. — n.d. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-102 Monahan, H.W. — 1956 – 1969. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding coal interests.
M-6340-103 Moore, Margery. — 1909 – 1911. — Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-104 Morlan, Dr. H.J. — 1930 – 1962. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding Norma’s career and other topics.
M-6340-105 Mount Royal College. — 1949 – 1955. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding her teaching position at the college.
M-6340-106 Muir, Jephson, Adams & Brownlee, Barristers. — 1918. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding application for grazing land.
M-6340-107 New York Sun. — 1932 – 1940. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding Norma’s career and other topics.
M-6340-108 Nilson, Aileen. — 1938. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding exhibition of etchings.
M-6340-109 Park, W.S. — 1934 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to George mainly regarding Norma’s career. Includes letter of introduction for George to Norma.
M-6340-110 Parnell, Olive. — 1939 – 1940. — Consists of correspondence to Norma from Dr. W.A. Piper’s housekeepers
M-6340-111 Patterson, R.M. — 1930 – 1969. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding Buffalo Head Ranch and other topics.
M-6340-112 Peebles, Arthur. — 1935 – 1939. — Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-113 People’s Loan & Savings Corp. — 1929 – 1930. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding investment.
M-6340-114 Pettinella, Riccardo. — 1934 – 1935. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding Norma’s career.
M-6340-115 Piper, Dick. — 1929 – 1959. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma from Norma’s brother.
M-6340-116 Piper, Jack. — 1928 – 1970. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma from Norma’s brother. Also includes letters from Jack’s wife and daughter.
M-6340-117 Piper, Lawrence. — 1926 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper, George and Norma from Norma’s brother.
M-6340-118 Piper, Miriam (Min). — 1926 – 1936. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper from his sister.
M-6340-119 Pocaterra, Giuseppe. — 1903 – 1933. — Consists of correspondence to George from his father.
M-6340-120 Pocaterra, Jose Rafael. — 1924 – 1932. — Consists of correspondence to George (some in Italian).
M-6340-121 Pozzo, Franco. 1961 – 1980. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma
M-6340-122 Quattrone, Dr. Giuseppe. — 1959 – 1960. — Consists of correspondence to George (in Italian).
M-6340-123 Rensaa, Egil and Tuck. — 1954 – 1959. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-124 Rosabelle. — 1936 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and Norma.
M-6340-125 St. Paul’s Residential School, Cardston, Alberta. — 1940 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Norma from principal Rev. Canon S. H. Middleton regarding musical engagements.
M-6340-126 Schetky, Geo. L. Ltd. — 1929. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding property in Vancouver.
M-6340-127 Scott & Milvain, Barristers. — 1929 – 1930. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding collection of accounts.
M-6340-128 Sergio. — 1918 – 1965. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma (in Italian).
M-6340-129 Shidray, Mary B. — 1939 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper and Norma.
M-6340-130 Sibley, Harper. — 1932 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding ranching and other matters. Includes reference to William Aberhart and Social Credit Government.
M-6340-131 Smith, Harlan.– 1932. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding Indian Archaeology of Kananaskis area.
M-6340-132 Sterne, Fens. — 1933. — Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-133 Thompson, J.S. — 1930 – 1938. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding coal, William Aberhart, Social Credit government, etc.
M-6340-134 Touring Club Italiano. — 1961 – 1968. — Consists of correspondence to George (in Italian).
M-6340-135 Tull & Andern Ltd. — 1927 – 1929. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding investments.
M-6340-136 University of British Columbia. — 1930. — Consists of correspondence to Dr. W.A. Piper regarding Norma’s schooling.
M-6340-137 Vancouver Women’s Musical Club. — 1941. — Consists of correspondence to Norma regarding musical engagement.
M-6340-138 de Vauclain, Amelie. — 1926, 1961-1965. — (Later Mrs. Francis Tatnall). Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-139 de Vauclain, Samuel. — 1926. — Consists of correspondence to George regarding arrangements for holiday at Buffalo Head Ranch.
M-6340-140 Weadick, Guy. — 1935 – 1952. — Consists of letters of introduction etc. regarding George.
M-6340-141 White, Mercedes. — 1909 – 1915. — Consists of correspondence to George.
M-6340-142 Wilkings, Ruth. — 1935 – 1941. — Consists of correspondence to George and Norma.
M-6340-143 Wright, Richard. — 1946 – 1948. — Consists of correspondence to George.

Series 2-d


Miscellaneous letters. — 1905-1978

M-6340-144 Miscellaneous correspondents to George Pocaterra. — 1905 – 1932.
M-6340-145 Miscellaneous correspondents to George Pocaterra. — 1933 – 1945.
M-6340-146 Miscellaneous correspondents to George Pocaterra. — 1947 – 1971.
M-6340-147 Miscellaneous correspondents to Norma Piper Pocaterra. — 1925 – 1940. Includes letter on National Italian Fascist Party Letterhead.
M-6340-148 Miscellaneous correspondents to Norma Piper Pocaterra. — 1941 – 1978
M-6340-149 Miscellaneous correspondence. — 1926 – 1964. — Consists of correspondence to and from individuals other than George, Norma or Dr. W.A. Piper. Includes letters to Dr. Roy Thorpe (Dr. Piper’s partner).

Series 3


Financial records. — 1907-1963

M-6340-150 Accounts with Indians. — 1907 – 1947. — Accounts regarding George.
M-6340-151 Bankbooks. — 1919 – 1939.
M-6340-152 Receipt Book. — 1925 – 1927. — Receipts regarding Buffalo Head Ranch.
M-6340-153 Insurance Policies. — 1929 – 1930, 1953. — Also stocks.
M-6340-154 Expense Books. — 1930 – 1943.
M-6340-155 Expense Books. — 1944 – 1958.
M-6340-156 “Countess Maritza”. — 1945. — Accounts regarding production of operetta.
M-6340-157 Income tax returns. — 1945 – 1962.
M-6340-158 Income tax correspondence. — 1947 – 1963.
M-6340-159 Income tax estimates. — 1948, 1950 – 1962.

Series 4


Legal records, etc. — 1900-1969. — [Includes one 1848 family certificate].

M-6340-160 Letters of introduction and recommendation. — 1901. — Regarding George.
M-6340-161 Agreements. — 1905 – 1933. — Regarding George (ranching matters).
M-6340-162 Certificates. — 1917 – 1969. — Regarding Norma.
M-6340-163 Letters of introduction. — 1931 – 1941. — Regarding Norma.
M-6340-164 Passports. — 1933 – 1967. — Regarding George and Norma.
M-6340-165 Affidavits. — 1937 – 1939. — Regarding George and his activities during the First World War.
M-6340-166 Agreements. — 1937 – 1939 and n.d. — Regarding Norma (singing career).
M-6340-167 Certificates. — 1848, 1900 – 1954. — Regarding George and Pocaterra family.

Series 5


Business ventures. — 1905-1977

M-6340-168 Homesteading and ranching. — 1905 – 1971. — Regarding George.
M-6340-169 Coal. — 1910 – 1976. — Regarding George.
M-6340-170 Buffalo Head Ranch. — 1924 – 1931. — Regarding George. Guest register.
M-6340-171 Italian Etchings. — 1932 – 1936. — Regarding George.


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M-6340-172 Publicity. — 1934 – 1939. — Regarding Norma’s singing career.
M-6340-173 “Countess Maritza”. — 1945. — Regarding Operetta directed by Norma.
M-6340-174 Student lists. — 1956 – 1957. — Regarding Norma’s teaching career at Mount Royal College.
M-6340-175 Student lists. — 1960s. — Regarding Norma’s teaching career.
M-6340-176 Music examinations. — 1961 – 1975. — Regarding Norma’s teaching career.
M-6340-177 Music certificates. — 1967 – 1977. — Regarding Norma’s teaching career.

Series 6


Biographies, reminiscences, and other writings. — 1932-1983

M-6340-178 Reminiscences and writings. — 1937 – 1963. — Regarding George.
M-6340-179 Biographical sketches and reminiscences. — [ca. 1950s – 1960s]. — Regarding Norma.
M-6340-180 Biographical sketches. — 1956 – 1972. — Regarding George.
M-6340-181 Manuscript: “The Son of the Mountains”. — 1970. — Consists of a biography of George Pocaterra written by Norma Piper Pocaterra. M-4132 and M-6752 are also versions of this.


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M-4405 Articles. — 1932 and nd. — Consists of articles written by George Pocaterra: “The Last Buffalo Hunt, as told by a Stony Chief [Stoney Chief David Bearspaw], which was published in the Calgary Herald on January 23, 1932; and “Lone Warrior Defies Tribe for Revenge” (nd).


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M-6112 Biographical pamphlet. — [ca. 1955]. — Consists of a biographical sketch and international tributes about Calgary soprano and music teacher, Norma Piper Pocaterra.
M-4843-91 Obituary of George Pocaterra. — March 16, 1972. — Consists of transcript of CBC radio broadcast by Temple Sinclair.
M-6340-237 Obituary notice and funeral guest book. — 1983. — For Norma Pocaterra.

Series 7


Clubs and associations. — [ca. 1930s]-1978

M-6340-182 Miscellaneous clubs. — [ca. 1930s], 1975. — Includes Alberta Music Educators Association, Calgary Canadian Club, Calgary Italian Club, Calgary Film Society.
M-6340-183 Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association. — 1949 – 1968. — Includes minutes of conventions, reports, membership lists, etc.
M-6340-184 Calgary Allied Arts Council. — 1955 – 1963. — Includes minutes of meetings, reports, events, etc.
M-6340-185 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Associations. — 1957 – 1962. Includes newsletters, etc.
M-6340-186 Calgary musical events. — 1957 – 1978. — Includes Coste House recitals, Christmas carol festivals, Alberta Musical Festival, etc. Includes photograph of the Pocaterra Rose Bowl, presented by George Pocaterra for excellence in Italian Opera Solo.
M-6340-187 Jeunesses Musicales. — 1959 – 1965. — Includes newsletters, etc.

Series 8


Miscellaneous records. — 1897-1975. — Includes music, postcards, poetry, programs, pamphlets, and Christmas cards. — Some of the documents from this series have been digitized and may be viewed via links in the descriptions below.

M-6340-188 Opera synopses. — n.d.
M-6340-189 Maps and blueprints. — n.d.


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M-6340-190 Postcard album. — 1897 – 1900.
M-6340-191a Music. — 1898 – [ca. 1950s]. — Sheet and bookmusic (printed and manuscript).


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M-6340-191b Music. — [ca. 1930s]. — Printed music for Romeo and Juliet, Faust, and the Passion of the Lord. Includes a Grand Theatre program for Faust (1938).
M-6340-192 Notes, poetry, etc. — 1899 – 1970.
M-6340-193 Artwork. — 1900 – 1930s. — Mainly sketches by George.


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M-6340-194 Calling cards, blotters, etc. — 1903 – 1972. — Includes George and Norma’s wedding announcement; blotters; advertiques; business cards; gift enclosures from George and Norma, etc.


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M-6340-195 Postcards. — 1905 – 1968.
M-6340-196 Letterhead. — 1907 – [ca. 1940s]. — Includes letterhead for Buffalo Head Ranch, Italian Etchings venture, Pocaterra Mines Ltd., Piper family, Selected Investments Ltd., Foster & Foster Ambulance Service, Empress Hotel (Calgary), Shatto Construction Co., Premier Laundry, Meredith & Melville Hardware (High River), Murray Tailoring Ltd. (Calgary) etc.
M-6340-197 Programs. — 1909 – 1975. — General, including Mount Royal College, Calgary Symphony Orchestra, Calgary District Indian School Festival, American Women’s Club, Central United Church, Calgary Allied Arts Council, Banff Indian Days, Grand Theatre, Lyric Operatic Society, Calgary Women’s Musical Club, etc. Also includes list of passengers travelling from New York to Genoa, 1909 (lists George), and programs relating to associates and students of Norma.
M-6340-198 Pamphlets. — [ca. 1920s – 1950s]. — Regarding Buffalo Head and Valnorma guest ranches.

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M-6340-199 Miscellaneous speeches. — 1926, 1952.
M-6340-200 Menus, calendars, etc. — 1929 – 1957.
M-6340-201 Address books, etc. — [ca. 1930s] – 1967.
M-6340-202 Programs. — 1930 – 1968. — Regarding Norma’s teaching career.


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M-6340-203 Notebooks. — 1931 – 1939. — Regarding Norma.
M-6340-204 Greeting cards. — 1931 – 1975.
M-6340-205 Notebooks. — 1933 and n.d. — Regarding George.
M-6340-206 Pocaterra Christmas cards. — [ca. 1940s – 1970s].– Consists of photographic cards prepared and sent by George and Norma.
M-3104 Pocaterra Christmas card. — 1971. — Consists of a family Christmas card, illustrated by a photograph of a painting of George Pocaterra.
M-8432 Pocaterra Christmas cards. — [ca. 1950s-1960s]. — Consists of cards sent to Kay and Bea Armstrong, featuring the Pocaterras and their home.
M-6340-207 Programs. — 1943 – 1974. — Regarding Norma’s students’ recitals.
M-6340-208 Notebooks. — 1952 – 1969. — Regarding Norma

Series 9


Scrapbooks and clippings. — 1914-1972. — Some of the items from this series have been digitized and may be viewed via links in the descriptions below.

M-6340-209 Scrapbook. — 1914 – 1917. — Includes recipes, home remedies and family grocery accounts.
M-6340-210 Scrapbook. — 1919 – 1928. — Mainly loose clippings regarding local events.
M-6340-211 Clippings. — [ca. 1920s]. — Regarding coal.
M-6340-212 Scrapbook. — 1924 – 1026. — Regarding local events (E.P. Ranch, Turner Valley Oilfield, etc. )
M-6340-213 Scrapbooks. — 1928 – 1932. — Three volumes, 1928-1929, 1930-1932, 1930-1933, mainly regarding Norma’s singing career.
M-6340-214

Scrapbooks. — 1930 – 1938. — Three volumes, 1930-1933, 1937-1938, regarding Norma’s singing career. Some items have been scanned.


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M-6340-215 Clippings. — 1935 – 1972. — Regarding Pipers and Pocaterras.

Series 10


Dr. W.A. Piper papers. — 1920-1957

M-6340-216 Correspondence. — 1927 – 1929 and n.d. — Consists of business and personal correspondence. Includes stocks, oil industry, etc.
M-6340-217 Correspondence. — 1930. — Consists of business and personal correspondence. Includes oil industry, Norma’s career, etc.
M-6340-218 Correspondence. — 1931-1933. — Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma and to R.B. Bennett and others regarding Norma’s career. Also includes comments regarding oil industry and depression.
M-6340-219 Correspondence. — 1934 – 1937. — Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma and George. Also to R.B. Bennett.
M-6340-220 Correspondence. — 1938 – 1939. — Consists of correspondence mainly to Norma and George. Also to King George VI regarding Norma’s career.
M-6340-221 Correspondence. — 1926 – 1929. — Consists of correspondence from miscellaneous correspondents.
M-6340-223 Speeches. — [ca. 1920s – 1930s].
M-6340-224 Share certificates. — 1920 – 1945. — Includes Reddendum Ltd., Albertan Federated Oils Ltd., Great West Oils Ltd., North Star Oil Co., etc. Also includes lists of Dr. Piper’s oil stocks.
M-6340-225 Certificates. — 1921 – 1931.
M-6340-226 Oil papers. — 1925 – 1957. — Includes prospectuses etc. regarding Sentinel Oils, Alberta Gas Trunk Line Co. , Royalite Oil Co., Anaconda Oil Co., Home Oil Co., Yukon Gold Co., Selected Investments Ltd., Baxter Lake Oil Co., Highwood Petroleum and Natural Gas Co., Ribstone Oils, Anglo-Indian Oils, Mineral Mountain Mines Ltd., Canadian Royalties, Madison Oils Ltd., Spray Oils Ltd., etc.
M-6340-227 Miscellaneous Stock dealings. — 1926 – 1929. — Consists of statements, reports etc. from various investment companies.
M-6340-228 Agreements. — 1926 – 1930 and n.d.
M-6340-229 Miscellaneous Stock dealings. — 1927 – 1930. — Consists of statements, reports etc. from various investment companies.
M-6340-230 Inventories of dental office. — 1929.
M-6340-231 Miscellaneous stock dealings. — 1929 – 1930l. — Consists of statements, reports etc. from various investment companies..
M-6340-232 Dental associations. — 1929 – 1930. — Includes constitution of Calgary Dental Society; Alberta Dental Register.
M-6340-233 Notebook. — [ca. 1936].
M-6340-234 Estate. — 1940 – 1948. Consists of the Estate of Dr. Piper.
M-6340-235 Richard Mill Piper. — 1920, 1940. — Copies of will.
M-6340-236 Roy Clarence Thorpe. — 1929 – 1931. — Certificates of partner of Dr. Piper.

Series 11


Oversize certificates, blueprints, etc. — [ca. 1910s-1960s]

M-6340-oversize Music certificates. — 1955-1957. — 4 items
M-6340-oversize Advertising poster. — 1911. — 1 item. — Regarding the sale of stock from the E.C. Brown Store in High River.
M-6340-oversize Blueprints, plans and drawings. — [ca. 1910s- 1960s]. — 32 items. — Regarding coal, Turner Valley, Ghost River property, etc.

Series 12


Sound recordings. — 1935-1978

RAD-14-(1-2) Norma Piper Pocaterra’s opera recordings. — 1935. — Consists of “The Mad Scene” from “Lucia di Lammermoor”.


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RAT-33 Cassette copies of RAD-14-(1&3), listed above.
RAD-14-3 Norma Piper Pocaterra’s opera recordings. — [ca. 1940s]. — Consists of three selections: “Caro Nome”, “Vissi d’Arte”, and “Un Bel Di”.


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RCT-136 Address by George Pocaterra to the Historical Society of Alberta. — 1963. — Consists of a speech about the way of life of the Stoneys.


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RCT-85 Address by George Pocaterra to the Calgary Kiwanis Club. — November 16, 1965. — Regarding reminiscences of life and High River district.


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RCT-132 Interview with Norma Piper Pocaterra. — May 22, 1973. — Consists of an interview regarding her singing career, and husband George Pocaterra. The interview was done by Gerry Dunsmore on behalf of the Glenbow Archives.


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RCT-207 Interview with Norma Piper Pocaterra. — January 17, 1978. — Consists of an interview about the Buffalo Head Ranch, operated by her husband, George Pocaterra. The interview was done by Tom Gooden on behalf of the Glenbow Archives.


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Series 13


Photographs. — [ca. 1890s-1960s]



Many of the photographs have been scanned. View now.

NA-695 Pocaterra / Piper family photographs. — [ca. 1890s-1960s]. — 90 photonegatives. — Consists of views of ranching, hunting, southern Alberta, Stoneys, Italy, Ghost River, Piper family, etc.
PA-2393 Pocaterra family photographs. — [ca. 1890s-1960s]. — 1650 photoprints. — Consists of views of George and Norma in Italy and Alberta, the Buffalo Head Ranch in Kananaskis country, Valnorma Ranch on the Ghost River, Kananaskis views, friends, and members of the Piper and Pocaterra families.
PB-589 Pocaterra family photographs. — [ca. 1920s-1950s]. — 13 photoprints. — Consists of portraits of George and Norma; Norma in opera costumes; Pocaterra Valley in Kananaskis; and scenic views.
PC-201 Pocaterra family photographs. — [ca. 1920s]. — 2 photoprints. — Consists of a hand-tinted portrait of Norma; and a view of Elpoca Mountain and Pocaterra Valley.
PD-184 Pocaterra family albums. — [ca. 1905-1950s]. — 10 photograph albums. — Consists of views of George and Norma in Italy; their Christmas cards; scenes of Valnorma Ranch on the Ghost River; Norma in opera costumes; ranching; and Kananaskis country.
S-80 Pocaterra family slides. — 730 slides. — Consists of views of Norma in opera costumes; views of Italy; views of Valnorma Ranch and Calgary home; scenic views of Kananaskis country; and scenes from the shooting of an Alan Ladd movie.
NA-4390 Hundreds of unidentified film rolls
NC-58 First Nations hunter with game. – n.d. – 1 glass plate negative.
AR-19 Four portraits (art) of George and Norma Pocaterra.