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Series 1


Anne M. Stirling. — 1889-1978. — 25 cm of textual records. — Anne Mathilda Willison, 1889-1978, was born in Gravenhurst, Ontario, and came to Calgary, Alberta with her family in 1900. She helped out on the family farm northeast of the city as a young girl, then trained as a nurse as the Holy Cross Hospital, graduating in 1912. She worked as a school nurse for the Calgary Board of Education from 1917 until 1938, when she married Will Stirling, a widower from Hanna, Alberta. After Will’s death in 1950, she lived Edmonton, then she shared a house in Kelowna with her sister, Evelyn, from 1969 to her death. — Series consists of diaries, correspondence, and personal papers including her birth certificate, a guest book and notes on the Stirling family’s genealogy.


 


Anne Stirling: Diaries

M-8770-1 Diary and account book. — 1906-1909. — Consists of records kept while a young woman on the family farm. The accounts include money made from the sale of eggs, butter and calves. The diary portion dates from April 4-August 28, 1907.
M-8770-2 Book of Cases. — 1912-1927. — Consists of descriptions of her nursing jobs, from her graduation from the Holy Cross Hospital in December 1912 until June 1919. Her personal accounts, 1915-1927, are at the back of the book.
M-8770-3 Diary. — 1939-1946. — Consists primarily of her thoughts about her spiritual life.
M-8770-4 Diaries. — 1943-1947, 1958-1962. — 2 volumes
M-8770-5 Diaries. — 1955-1957, 1959, 1959-1960. — 3 volumes. — Consists primarily of her thoughts about her spiritual life.
M-8770-6 Diaries. — 1960, 1962. — 2 volumes. — Consists primarily of her thoughts about her spiritual life.
M-8770-7 Diary. — 1963-1966. — Consists primarily of her thoughts about her spiritual life (loose pages).

 


Anne Stirling: Correspondence

M-8770-8 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1908-1938
M-8770-9 Letters from Olaf Willison (father). — 1930. — Consists of letters about religion, insanity and faith cures.
M-8770-10 Letters from Anne to her family during trip to Sweden. — July-August 1931
M-8770-11 Letters to Anne from Will Stirling (fiance). — January-April 1938
M-8770-12 Letters to Anne from Will Stirling (fiance and husband). — May-July 1938, August 1941
M-8770-13 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1941-1948
M-8770-14 Greeting cards from Anne to her husband Will. — [ca. 1938-1950]. — Includes a few cards to Will from other relatives.
M-8770-15 Sympathy cards and letters to Anne on Will’s death. — 1950
M-8770-16 Letters from her step-son and step-daughter after Will’s death. — 1950
M-8770-17 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1951-1969
M-8770-18 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1970-1978
M-8770-19 Greeting cards from her sisters and mother. — 1939-1970 and nd. — The cards frequently include poems, written by her sisters, which relate to the gifts they accompanied.

 


Anne Stirling: Personal papers

M-8770-20 Birth certificate. — 1889
M-8770-21 Guest book. — 1954-1967. — Kept while living at 10965 – 123 Street in Edmonton.
M-8770-22 Notes and booklet on Stirling family genealogy. — 1939 and nd
M-8770-23 Miscellany. — [ca. 1912-1973]. — Includes her calling card as a nurse, account book, Will’s bank books, and 60th anniversary booklet for Stanley Jones School, where Anne served as school nurse (see page 16).

Series 2


Mary Willison. — 1912-1988. — 62.5 cm of textual records. — Mary Charlotte Willison, 1894-1988, was born in Ontario, and came to Calgary, Alberta with her family in 1900. She received a BA from the University of Alberta in 1925, and worked as a teacher for the Calgary Board of Education from 1928 until her retirement in 1959. She taught at many city schools, including Ramsay and King George. She shared the family home at 216 – 2nd Avenue NE with her sister, Hilda, for much of her adult life. — Series consists of diaries, correspondence (some addressed to both Mary and Hilda), and personal papers including her university yearbooks, scrapbook, student registers, investment records, travel documents, trip diary, various notebooks, and her will.


 


Mary Willison: Diaries

M-8770-24 Diaries. — 1933-1937, 1950-1953, 1956-1957, 1959-1962. — 3 volumes
M-8770-25 Diaries. — 1963-1971. — 2 volumes
M-8770-26 Diaries. — 1977-1980, 1990. — 2 volumes

 


Mary Willison: Correspondence

M-8770-27 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1912-1917
M-8770-28 Correspondence with Tom Colwell. — 1913. — Includes Tom’s letters to Mary, and drafts of Mary’s reply to him in which she turns down his marriage proposal.
M-8770-29 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1931-1949
M-8770-30 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1950-1953
M-8770-31 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1954-1957
M-8770-32 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1958-1959
M-8770-33 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1960-1961
M-8770-34 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1962-1966
M-8770-35 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1967
M-8770-36 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1968
M-8770-37 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1969
M-8770-38 Correspondence re tax reform. — March-June 1970. — Consists of letters from Ottawa politicians regarding her views on tax reform.
M-8770-39 Correspondence re education. — April 1970. — Consists of correspondence regarding Alberta’s Education Bill.
M-8770-40 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1970-1972
M-8770-41 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1973-1975
M-8770-42 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1976-1978
M-8770-43 Correspondence with Joe Clark. — January 1978. — Consists of correspondence regarding his appointment of Duncan Edwards.
M-8770-44 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1979
M-8770-45 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1979-1987
M-8770-46 Business correspondence. — 1957-1960. — Consists of copies of Mary’s business letters to others.
M-8770-47 Outward correspondence. — 1962-1978. — Consists of copies of Mary’s letters to various people.
M-8770-48 Greeting cards from sisters. — 1954-1984 and nd. — The cards frequently include poems, written by her sisters, which relate to the gifts they accompanied.

 


Mary Willison: Personal papers

M-8770-49 Evergreen and Gold (University of Alberta yearbook). — 1922-1923. — Consists of the yearbook for Mary’s sophomore year. Her class photograph is on page 89. Autographs of her friends are in the front of the book, while the back has glued-in photographs.
M-8770-50 Evergreen and Gold (University of Alberta yearbook). — 1924-1925. — Consist of the yearbook for the year Mary graduated. Her class photograph is on page 74. Autographs of her friends are in the front of the book, while the back has both glued-in and loose photographs.
M-8770-51 Convocation programs and graduation photographs. — 1925. — The photographs are proofs only, and are very faint.
M-8770-52 Scrapbook. — 1932-1962. — Consists of dried flowers, poetry, photographs, word games, song sheets, and her retirement program. Much of the material is loose, and was never glued in.
M-8770-53 Calgary School Board / Alberta Department of Education. — 1937-1956. — Consists of correspondence, certificates and pay lists related to Mary’s educational qualifications and salary as a teacher.
M-8770-54 Notebooks. — 1939-1950. — Consists of seven notebooks which include addresses, personal accounts, notes taken at conferences, miscellaneous notes to herself, and “The History of the Calico Part-Siamese Cat”.
M-8770-55 Ramsay School student register. — [ca. 1938-1941]
M-8770-56 King George School student registers. — 1948-1959
M-8770-57 Memberships, driver’s licence, etc. — 1953-1982, predominant 1970s
M-8770-58 Membership lists of the Economic Group of the University Women’s Club. — 1955-1957
M-8770-59 Trip diary, Sweden and Europe. — July-August 1955
M-8770-60 Passports and vaccination records for travel. — 1955-1964
M-8770-61 Investments. — 1952-1957
M-8770-62 Land and investments. — 1959-1986
M-8770-63 Income tax returns. — 1969-1971
M-8770-64 Miscellaneous. — [ca. 1939-1955]. — Consists of a recipe, bills for radio repair and jumper, program for Grand Theatre, sheet music (Wish Me Luck), and opera libretto.
M-8770-65 Will, statement of death, and funeral program. — 1984, 1988

Series 3


Hilda Willison. — 1914-1983. — 50 cm of textual records. — Hilda May Willison, 1898-1984, was born in Huntsville, Ontario, and came to Calgary, Alberta with her family in 1900. Her nickname with her sisters was “Willyum”. She was engaged for a time to Art Stromberg, but never married. She worked as a teacher for the Calgary Board of Education for 37 years, at several schools, including Riverside, 1921-1931, North Mount Pleasant, 1934-1945, and Balmoral, 1946-1959. She went on a teacher exchange to Toronto in 1933-1934, and took a sabbatical in 1945-1946. In 1959 she retired. For virtually all of her adult life she shared the family home with her sister, Mary. — Series consists of diaries, correspondence (some addressed to both Hilda and Mary), and personal papers including school diplomas and teacher’s certificates, scrapbook of teacher exchange to Toronto, and notebooks.


 


Hilda Willison: Diaries

M-8770-66 Diaries. — 1928-1930, 1933-1937. — 4 volumes
M-8770-67 Diaries. — 1938-1947. — 3 volumes. — Hilda wrote in two diaries from September 1945 to July 1946. The brown diary has much more detailed entries than the black diary.
M-8770-68 Diaries. — 1948-1962. — 3 volumes
M-8770-69 Diaries. — 1963-1971. — 3 volumes
M-8770-70 Diaries. — 1972-1974. — 2 volumes
M-8770-71 Diaries. — 1975-1979. — 2 volumes

 


Hilda Willison: Correspondence

M-8770-72 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1917, 1919
M-8770-73 Letters from Carrie Northover. — 1920. — Consists of letters from Carrie Northover, a close friend and fellow teacher who taught at Plainview School at Kew. In the letters she describes her courtship with Fred Kosling. They married in 1922 and farmed at Millarville.
M-8770-74 Letters from Carrie Northover Kosling. — 1921, 1926, 1927, 1937, 1943, 1956
M-8770-75 Letters from Marion McNeil. — 1920. — Hilda boarded with the McNeils when she taught at a rural school near Coronation.
M-8770-76 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1920-1921, 1924-1927
M-8770-77 Letters regarding Art Stromberg. — 1925-1916. — Consists of a letter from Evelyn encouraging her to accept Art’s marriage proposal, and drafts of Hilda’s letters to Art saying she did not want to marry. See also Hilda’s letter to Evelyn, June 7, 1925 (M-8770-103) and Ellen’s letter to Hilda, September 4, 1926 (M-8770-76).
M-8770-78 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1937. — Consists primarily of Christmas cards received.
M-8770-79 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1941-1946
M-8770-80 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1952-1969
M-8770-81 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1970-1974
M-8770-82 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1975-1979
M-8770-83 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1980-1983
M-8770-84 Greeting cards from sisters. — 1961-1979 and nd. — The cards frequently include poems, written by her sisters, which relate to the gifts they accompanied.

 


Hilda Willison: Personal papers

M-8770-85 Passports, calling cards, and memberships. — 1933-1974
M-8770-86 School diplomas, teacher’s certificates and teaching contracts. — 1914-1958
M-8770-87 Teacher exchange to Toronto. — 1933-1934. — Consists of letter of acceptance and scrapbook.
M-8770-88 Notebook. — 1957-1973. — Includes lists of gifts given to sisters, addresses, notes on painting techniques, draft of her will, recipes, accounts, etc.
M-8770-89 Notebooks. — 1918-1973. — 6 volumes. — Consists of domestic science notes (1918), travel diary for trip to Sweden (1938), household and personal accounts, and lists of books read.
M-8770-90 Book of Robbie Burns poems. — 1916. — The book was a 1916 Christmas gift.
M-8770-91 Miscellaneous. — 1957, 1976, 1979. — Consists of a statement of oil shares (1957), University of Alberta newsletter featuring a photograph of Hilda and Mary Willison on the back (1976); and a 1979 electors’ list.
M-4641 Reminiscences of Hilda Willison, Katherine Patterson and Daniel Palmer regarding early life in Calgary. — 1974. — Prepared for a Century Calgary history project.

Series 4


Evelyn Willison. — 1912-1993. — 1.38 m of textual records. — Evelyn Augusta Willison, 1902-1993, was born in Calgary, Alberta. Her nickname with her sisters was “Duck”. She was educated at the Calgary Normal School and the University of Alberta. She taught in Alberta schools for 39 years, including Coaldale, 1928-1935, Morley Indian Residential School, 1938-1939, Didsbury High School, 1944-1952, and the School for the Deaf in Edmonton in 1956. She retired in 1960. She was very involved in the Oxford Group in the 1930s, and in its successor, Moral Re- Armament in later years. Her book, Pauline Johnson Still Lives was published in 1992. She lived in Kelowna from 1969 until 1982, sharing a house with her sister, Anne, who died in 1978. From 1982 until her own death in 1993 she lived in Calgary, for most of this time with her sister, Gladys, who died in 1991. — Series consists of diaries; correspondence (some addressed to both Evelyn and Gladys); manuscripts of her short fiction and her Pauline Johnson book; papers related to her Oxford Group / Moral Re-Armament activities; and personal papers including school diplomas, teaching certificates, sketches (pastels), Willison family genealogical material, records regarding her sisters’ estates, and reports of the home care nurses who cared for Evelyn and Gladys during the final years of their lives.


 


Evelyn Willison: Diaries

M-8770-92 Diaries. — 1930, 1932-1937. — 3 volumes
M-8770-93 Diaries. — 1938-1942, 1944-1947, 1949-1953. — 3 volumes
M-8770-94 Diaries. — 1955, 1961-1964, 1969, 1975-1978. — 3 volumes
M-8770-95 Diaries. — 1979-1980, 1982-1984. — 3 volumes
M-8770-96 Diary-notebooks. — 1933-1935. — 7 volumes
M-8770-97 Diary-notebooks. — 1939, 1941, 1944-1946, 1949. — Primarily loose pages.
M-8770-98 Diary-notebooks. — 1953-1958. — Primarily loose pages.
M-8770-99 Diary-notebooks. — 1958-1962. — Primarily loose pages.
M-8770-100 Diary-notebooks. — 1962-1969. — Primarily loose pages.
M-8770-101 Diary-notebooks. — 1976, 1981, 1983. — Primarily loose pages.

 


Evelyn Willison: Correspondence

M-8770-102 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1916, 1919. — Consists of two postcards.
M-8770-103 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1920-1929
M-8770-104 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1932-1936
M-8770-105 Letter from Carl B. Johnson. — 1934. — Consists of a letter suggesting that he would like to get to know her better. It is tucked into the empty envelope of her reply to him, which was “Not Called For”.
Note Evelyn’s correspondence from 1935-1936, regarding her Oxford Group activities, is in M-8770-152 and M-8770-153.
M-8770-106 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1936-1937
M-8770-107 Correspondence with family and friends. – 1942-1949
M-8770-108 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1953-1959
M-8770-109 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1960-1969
M-8770-110 Correspondence re CBC. — 1963-1964. — Consists of correspondence with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and federal politicians about CBC programming.
M-8770-111 Correspondence with Glorin and Vyona Hawkins. — 1970-1981
M-8770-112 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1970-1972
M-8770-113 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1973-1977
M-8770-114 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1978-1979
M-8770-115 Incomplete letters from family and friends. — [ca. 1970s]
M-8770-116 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1980-1982
M-8770-117 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1983-1984
M-8770-118 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1985-1988
M-8770-119 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1989-1993
M-8770-120 Greeting cards from mother and sisters. — [ca. 1915-1989]. — The cards frequently include poems, written by her sisters, which relate to the gifts they accompanied.

 


Evelyn Willison: Manuscripts
(short fiction, biography of Pauline Johnson, poetry)

M-8770-121 Notes taken during play writing course. — 1943
M-8770-122 Notes taken during creative writing class. — 1962
M-8770-123 Notes taken during Johnny Gilleese’s class on writing. — 1968
M-8770-124 Poems written by Evelyn. — 1909-[ca.1960s]
M-8770-125 Correspondence regarding writing. — 1962-1968. — Consists of correspondence with the Canadian Authors’ Association, and regarding her submissions of poetry and fiction.
M-8770-126 Manuscript: Auld Lang Syne
M-8770-127 Manuscript: Better Be Breadless than Resourceless
M-8770-128 Manuscript: Fair Carcassonne
M-8770-129 Manuscript: The Homestead and the Heart
M-8770-130 Manuscript: The Honorable Frank Oliver, Pioneer of Pioneers
M-8770-131 Manuscript: The Impossible
M-8770-132 Manuscript: It’s a Crime
M-8770-133 Manuscript: The Jailbird [a play]
M-8770-134 Manuscript: Kanga, the Kangaroo Kitten
M-8770-135 Manuscript: Life I am Ready Now
M-8770-136 Manuscript: A Miss and a Miracle
M-8770-137 Manuscript: Mutiny at Pine Flats
M-8770-138 Manuscript: Pantywaist’s Destiny
M-8770-139 Manuscript: Pinocchio
M-8770-140 Manuscript: The Royal Gift
M-8770-141 Manuscript: So the Girls Could Sew
M-8770-142 Manuscript: Tomorrow is Concert
M-8770-143 Manuscript: The Wall and the Key
M-8770-144 Manuscript: The Will to Live
M-8770-145 Manuscript: Pauline Johnson and her Kith and Kin, p. 1-249 (handwritten). — [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-8770-146 Manuscript: Pauline Johnson and her Kith and Kin, p. 250-427 (handwritten). — [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-8770-147 Manuscript: Pauline Johnson of Canada : A Biography for Children of All Ages, table of contents and chapters I-XII. — [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-8770-148 Manuscript: Pauline Johnson of Canada : A Biography for Children of All Ages, chapters XIII-XXV. — [ca. 1960s-1980s]
M-8770-149 Manuscript: Pauline Johnson Still Lives, chapters I-VIII only, “rough copy”. — [ca. 1980s]. — This version of the manuscript was published by Centre Peak Productions, Calgary, in 1992.
M-8770-150 Correspondence regarding her Pauline Johnson manuscripts. — 1966-1980
M-8770-151 Research for Pauline Johnson book. — [ca. 1960s-1980s]. — Includes early drafts of chapter I and a partial bibliography.

 


Evelyn Willison: Oxford Group / Moral Re-Armament (MRA)

M-8770-152 Correspondence regarding Oxford Group activities. — 1935. — Much of the correspondence is with Guy Morton and Tom Sturdy of the “Soul Clinic” in Calgary. There is also significant correspondence with William “Billy” Warner in the provincial jail in Lethbridge.
M-8770-153 Correspondence regarding Oxford Group activities. — 1935-1936. — Much of the correspondence is with Guy Morton and Tom Sturdy of the “Soul Clinic” in Calgary.

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M-8770-154 New World News (MRA magazine). — February and November 1947
M-8770-155 Moral Re-Armament, Calgary Chapter. — 1948-1954. — Consists of account book. Includes contributions to the making of the film, “The Good Road”.
M-8770-156 Circular regarding conference and birthday address by Dr. Frank N.D. Buchman. — 1950
M-8770-157 The College of the Good Road. — [ca. 1950]. — Consists of a promotional booklet, which includes information on the making of the film, “The Good Road”.
M-8770-158 When I Point my Finger at my Neighbor. — 1951. — Consists of sheet music.
M-8770-159 MRA Pictorial. — 1960. — See pages 14 and 15 regarding Canada and Chief Walking Buffalo.
M-8770-160 MRA reports, publications and circulars. — 1971-1979
M-8770-161 List of films by MRA Productions. — [ca. 1975]. — Includes information on renting these films in Edmonton.
M-8770-162 Song of Asia. — 1976. — Consists of program and promotional material for a musical presented by MRA and sponsored by Treaty 7.
M-8770-163 Letter from W.R. Bennett (British Columbia premier) about MRA. — 1978
M-8770-164 MRA Information Service (newsletter). — 1971-1972. — See vol.20, no.40 for Canadian content.
M-8770-165 New World News for Moral Re-Armament (newsletter). — 1973-1976. — See vol.24, nos. 11, 28, 31, 42 and 46; and vol.25, no.3 for Canadian content, particularly about Chief David Crowchild and First Nations.
M-8770-166 New World News for Moral Re-Armament (newsletter). — 1977-1982. — See vol.26, no. 25; vol.27, no.1; vol.28, no.34; and vol.29, no.2 for Canadian content, particularly about Chief David Crowchild and First Nations.
M-8770-167 Canadian Newsletter. — 1979-1982
M-8770-168 MRA miscellany. — 1938-1989. — Consists of bookmark, song sheets, postcards, and the outline for a play, “It can Start with the Biggest”.

 


Evelyn Willison: Personal papers

M-8770-169 Grade five report card, Forest Lawn School. — [ca. 1912]
M-8770-170 High school diplomas and marks. — 1917-1920
M-8770-171 Autograph book. — 1920-1921
M-8770-172 Teaching certificates and inspectors’ reports. — 1921-1957
M-8770-173 Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) camp. — 1924. — Consists of camp “themes” and “plays”, and souvenir address book of camp participants.
M-8770-174 Miscellaneous programs, membership cards, greeting cards, etc. — 1924-[1970s]
M-8770-175 Evergreen and Gold (University of Alberta yearbook). — 1926-1927. — Consists of the yearbook for Evelyn’s sophomore year. Her class photograph is on page 161. Autographs of friends are in the back of the book.
M-8770-176 Evergreen and Gold (University of Alberta yearbook). — 1927-1928. — Consists of the yearbook for Evelyn’s junior year. A photograph of her as a member of the Students’ Christian Movement is on page 91.
M-8770-177 Evergreen and Gold (University of Alberta yearbook). — 1928-1929. — Consists of the yearbook for Evelyn’s graduating year. Her class photograph is on page 123. Autographs of friends are in the back of the book.
M-8770-178 Miscellaneous University of Alberta papers. — 1926-1929. — Consists of programs, newspaper clippings, etc, which had been tucked into her yearbooks.
M-8770-oversize Batchelor of Arts degree. — 1929
M-8770-179 Poem written by her father, Olaf Willison. — 1930
M-8770-180 United Church Training School, Toronto. — 1937-1938. — Consists of a yearbook in which Evelyn has glued in photographs, and added annotations. Includes some loose photographs and negatives.
M-8770-181 United Church Training School miscellany. — 1937-1938, 1955. — Consists of notes, newsletters and programs. Includes a 60th anniversary commemorative publication (1955).
M-8770-182 United Church Training School essay. — 1938. — Consists of an essay about St. Francis of Assisi and the Reformation.
M-8770-183 Farewell card from Evelyn to her mother, Augusta Willison. — 1938. — Also consists of Augusta’s diary-notebook, 1938-1939 (in Swedish).
M-8770-184 Notebooks. — 1947-1963 and nd. — 5 volumes. — Consists of an address book; dialogue from a Tolstoy play; notes taken from historical sources about western Canada; and notes taken possibly at an education conference.
M-8770-185 Didsbury students’ writings. — 1951. — Consists of “Christmas Paragraphs” written in English class by Evelyn’s students in Didsbury.
M-8770-186 Calmar students’ writings. — 1953-1954. — Consists of compositions by students taught by Evelyn in Calmar.
M-8770-187 Sketches. — 1963-1969 and nd. — Consists of pastels, primarily landscapes, by Evelyn.
M-8770-188 Northern Alberta Pioneers and Old Timers’ Association. — 1963-1990. — Consists of Evelyn’s application for membership, circulars, and Christmas cards from the association.
M-8770-189 Willison family historical sketches, genealogical notes and obituaries. — [ca. 1965-1988]. — These were written and/or gathered by Evelyn.
M-8770-190 Legal and business papers. — 1969-1989. — Consists of papers about properties and sisters’ estates.
M-8770-191 Income tax returns. — 1969-1970
M-8770-192 Income tax return. — 1976
M-8770-193 Anne Stirling estate, part 1. — 1978-1980. — Evelyn was executor.
M-8770-194 Anne Stirling estate, part 2. — 1978-1981. — Evelyn was executor.
M-8770-195 Household account book. — 1982-1983. — Consists of Gladys and Evelyn’s expenses while sharing the apartment at 104, 316 – 1st Street NE, Calgary.
M-8770-196 Hilda Willison estate. — 1983-1984. — Evelyn was executor. Includes Hilda’s death certificate.
M-8770-197 Mary Carlyle estate. — 1981-1985. — The estate owed a large amount of money to Evelyn and Gladys Willison.
M-8770-198 Daily reports on Evelyn and Gladys by their home-care nurses. — July-December 1990
M-8770-199 Daily reports on Evelyn and Gladys by their home-care nurses. — January-August 1991
M-8770-200 Daily reports on Evelyn and Gladys by their home-care nurses. — September-December 1991. — Gladys died November 4, 1991.
M-8770-201 Daily reports on Evelyn by her home-care nurses. — January-May 1992
M-8770-202 Daily reports on Evelyn by her home-care nurses. — June 1992-March 1993. — Evelyn died April 27, 1993

Series 5


Gladys Willison. — 1919-1991. — 62.5 cm of textual records. — Gladys Alberta Willison, 1904-1991, was born in Calgary, Alberta. Her nickname with her sisters was “John”. She worked as a teacher at many schools, primarily in Calgary, including Riverside, 1928-1933, Tuxedo Park, 1934-1945, and McDougall, 1947-1952. In 1952 she moved to Edmonton, where she taught primarily at Rutherford School until her retirement ca. 1967. Like her sister, Evelyn, she was active in Moral Re-Armament. She was also an author. Her book, Land of the Chinook : Stories of Early Alberta was published in 1955. From 1982 until her death she lived in Calgary with her sister, Evelyn. — Series consists of diaries; correspondence (some addressed to both Gladys and Evelyn); manuscripts of her short fiction, biography of Chief Walking Buffalo and her poetry; and personal papers including school diplomas and income tax returns.


 


Gladys Willison: Diaries

M-8770-203 Diary of trip to Banff. — July 1920. — Consists of a diary kept while taking a summer vacation in the Rockies with her mother and some of her sisters. She was 15 years old.
M-8770-204 Diaries. — 1923-1930. — 8 volumes
M-8770-205 Diaries. — 1932-1936, 1946. — 2 volumes
M-8770-206 Diaries. — 1972-1975. — 2 volumes
M-8770-207 Diaries. — 1976-1980. — 2 volumes
M-8770-208 Diaries. — 1983-1985, 1988. — 2 volumes
M-8770-209 Diaries. — 1986-1988. — 2 volumes
M-8770-210 Diary-notebooks. — 1946-1948. — 3 volumes. — Primarily related to Moral Re-Armament activities.
M-8770-211 Trip diary and notebook. — 1966. — Consists of a diary of a trip to Europe, including Caux, Switzerland (the headquarters of Moral Re-Armament), and to Sweden, and a notebook with details of her parents’ homes and relatives.
M-8770-212 Diary-notebooks. — 1979-1987. — 4 volumes. — Consists primarily of her thoughts about her spiritual life.

 


Gladys Willison: Correspondence

M-8770-213 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1921-1933
M-8770-214 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1940-1969
M-8770-215 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1970-1979
M-8770-216 Correspondence with family and friends. — 1980-1991
M-8770-217 Letters to others. — 1988-1990 and nd. — These may be drafts of letters which Gladys sent to others, or perhaps these letters were never sent.
M-8770-218 Greeting cards from sisters. — [ca. 1960s-1980s]

 


Gladys Willison: Manuscripts
(short fiction, Chief Walking Buffalo biography, poetry)

M-8770-219 Manuscript: The Advent Candles
M-8770-220 Manuscript: Alberta’s Birthday
M-8770-221 Manuscript: The Black Monarch
M-8770-222 Manuscript: The Blue Scarf
M-8770-223 Manuscript: Christmas Eve Relived (The Man with the Scar)
M-8770-224 Manuscript: Dr. McQueen – A Landmark
M-8770-225 Manuscript: Even a Little Child
M-8770-226 Manuscript: Half a Horse for a Quarter
M-8770-227 Manuscript: Homemade Brother
M-8770-228 Manuscript: The Long Day
M-8770-229 Manuscript: The Mounted Police Arrive
M-8770-230 Manuscript: A New Leaf. — 1930
M-8770-231 Manuscript: Peace
M-8770-232 Manuscript: Robert Rundle
M-8770-233 Manuscript: Some Day You’ll Get Left
M-8770-234 Manuscript: Steamboat A-Comin’!
M-8770-235 Manuscript: Success
M-8770-236 Manuscript: A Tree for Connie
M-8770-237 Manuscript: This is Not the End (play)
M-8770-238 Manuscript: We Need a School
M-8770-239 Manuscript: When Christmas was Born (play); True Cat Tales
M-8770-240 Manuscript: When My Turkey Comes
M-8770-241 Manuscript: The Winner
M-8770-242 Incomplete manuscripts
M-8770-243 Manuscript: Warrior on the Trail, part I. — Biography of Chief Walking Buffalo.
M-8770-244 Manuscript: Warrior on the Trail, part II. — Biography of Chief Walking Buffalo.
M-8770-245 Drafts and inserts for biography of Chief Walking Buffalo
M-8770-246 Manuscript: Warrior on the Trail (typed draft)
M-8770-247 Notes and research material for biography of Chief Walking Buffalo
M-8770-248 Correspondence regarding Warrior on the Trail manuscript. — 1971-1972. — Consists of correspondence with Jean Chretien, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.
M-8770-249 Manuscript: Walking Buffalo’s Headdress (puppet play)
M-8770-250 Land of the Chinook scrapbook. — 1954-1955. — Consists of letters from the publisher, and letters of congratulations on the publication of her book, Land of the Chinook : Stories of Early Alberta, which was published by Macmillan (Toronto) in 1955.
M-8770-251 Notes for history of the Social Credit Women’s Auxiliaries. — The resulting book, Stars in Time : A History of the Alberta Social Credit Women’s Auxiliaries, was published in 1973.
M-8770-252 Correspondence with McClelland and Stewart. — 1955. — Regarding the publication of her articles in the Alberta Golden Jubilee Anthology.
M-8770-253 Poetry notebooks. — 1979-1986. — 3 volumes
M-8770-254 Poetry notebooks. — 1986-1990. — 4 volumes

 


Gladys Willison: Personal papers

M-8770-255 School diplomas, grades 8-12. — 1919-1923
M-8770-256 University of Alberta, Political Economy notes. — 1926-1927. — Includes notes about quizzes in other classes.
M-8770-257 Notebook about students and teaching school (McDougall School). — 1948
M-8770-258 Paper for university course, on realism and fantasy in children’s literature. — 1956
M-8770-259 Record book of Christmas cards and gifts sent and received. — 1966-1975
M-8770-260 Income tax returns. — 1968-1979
M-8770-261 Political commentary on Zimbabwe, submitted to the High River Times newspaper. — 1979
M-8770-262 Miscellaneous. — 1919-1972. — Consists of an invitation to a Women’s Missionary Society event, list of publishing companies, a note of forgiveness from Evelyn, receipts for donations to the Oxford Group, and uncashed Old Age Security cheque.

Series 6


Photographs. — [ca. 1901]-1989. — 37.5 cm of graphic material (1412 photographs). — Series consists of photographs and slides of all six sisters, their parents, homes, cats, friends, students, trips, farm, and activities.


 


Photographs: Parents, homes, childhood

M-8770-263 Olaf and Augusta Willison. — [ca. 1920s]-1944. — 27 photographs. — Consists of views of the parents of the Willison sisters.
M-8770-264 Early family photograph album. — [ca. 1904-1920]. — 1 album (70 photographs). — Consists of views of the Willison sisters as young girls on the family farm and at their Calgary home (326 – 2 Avenue NE).
M-8770-265 Farm at Rocky View. — [ca. 1905-1915]. — 12 photographs. — Consists of views of the Willison sisters and their mother on the family farm.
M-8770-266 Calgary house (326 – 2 Avenue NE). — [ca. 1915-1920]. — 13 photographs. — Consists of views of family and friends, in front of the family home.
M-8770-267 Calgary house (216 – 2 Avenue NE). — 1931. — 1 photograph. — Consists of a view of the house being built. This is the house which Mary and Hilda shared for virtually all of their adult lives, and which Evelyn and Gladys moved into after Mary and Hilda died.

 


Photographs: Anne Stirling

M-8770-268 Anne Willison Stirling. — [ca. 1910-1978]. — 26 photographs. — Consists of views of Anne throughout her life.
M-8770-269 Anne and Ellen Willison. — [ca. 1910-1912]. — 6 photographs. — Consists of views of Anne and Ellen and fellow nursing students, Holy Cross Hospital.
M-8770-270 Will Stirling and son. — [ca. 1938]-1965. — 6 photographs. — Anne Willison married Will Stirling in 1938. — Consists of views of Anne’s husband, Will Stirling, his son Don, and his house in Hanna.

 


Photographs: Ellen Hall

M-8770-271 Ellen Willison Hall and family. — [ca. 1910]-1977. — 76 photographs. — Ellen C. Willison, 1891-1980, was born in Ontario, and came to Calgary, Alberta with her family in 1900. She trained as a nurse at the Holy Cross Hospital, and served overseas during the First World War. She subsequently worked at the Balfour and Brett Sanatoriums. In 1925 she married Victor Hall, and they lived in Idaho. Their daughter, Margaret, was born in 1932. Margaret married Vern E. Herzog in 1955. — Consists of views of Ellen throughout her life, and views of her husband and daughter.

 


Photographs: Mary Willison

M-8770-272 Mary Willison. — [ca. 1908-1979]. — 51 photographs. — Consists of views of Mary throughout her life.
M-8770-273 Mary Willison – Trip to Europe. — [ca. 1920s]. — 1 photograph album (86 photographs). — Consists of views of Mary in various European locations.
M-8770-274 Mary Willison – Students. — 1949-1958. — 15 photographs. — Consists of views of her classes at King George School.
M-8770-275 Mary and Hilda Willison – Farm. — 1951-1975. — 32 photographs. — Consists of views of the farm just northeast of Calgary (Rocky View), which was originally homesteaded by their father, Olaf Willison.

 


Photographs: Hilda Willison

M-8770-276 Hilda Willison. — [ca. 1908-1975]. — 47 photographs. — Consists of views of Hilda throughout her life.
M-8770-277 Hilda Willison – Students. — [ca. 1921-1959]. — 33 photographs. — Consists of views of her various classes at a rural school (ca. 1921), North Mount Pleasant School (ca. 1934-1945) and Balmoral School (ca, 1946-1959)

 


Photographs: Evelyn Willison

M-8770-278 Evelyn Willison. — [ca. 1926]-1989. — 56 photographs. — Consists of views of Evelyn throughout her adult life.
M-8770-279 Evelyn Willison – Travels and camps. — [ca. 1920s]. — 1 photograph album ( 239 photographs). — Consists of views of trips to Vancouver, the Grand Canyon [?], Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountains, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Also consists of photographs of summer camps (CGIT and Tuxis), including views of swimming, tents, picnics, and canoeing. A few of the photographs have been hand-tinted. Many of the pages are loose, so the original order of the album is not clear.
M-8770-280 Evelyn Willison – Students and camps. — [ca. 1920-1925]. — 1 photograph album (55 photographs). — Consists of views of school children in rural schools, and camps in the Rockies.
M-8770-281 Evelyn Willison- University of Alberta. — 1929. — 13 photographs. — Consists of views of Evelyn’s roommate and friends from Pembina Hall, the women’s residence at the University of Alberta.
M-8770-282 Evelyn Willison – Morley students. — 1939. — 2 photographs. — Consists of views of children at the Morley Residential School, in costumes and on the playground.
M-8770-283 Evelyn Willison – Calmar views. — 1953-1956. — 5 photographs. — Consists of views of Calmar, Alberta (water tower, churches and oil well), where Evelyn taught.
M-8770-284 Evelyn Willison – School for the Deaf. — [ca. 1956-1959]. — 8 photographs. — Consists of views of girls she taught at the School for the Deaf in Edmonton.

 


Photographs: Gladys Willison

M-8770-285 Gladys Willison. — 1921-1985. — 46 photographs. — Consists of views of Gladys throughout her adult life.
M-8770-286 Gladys Willison – Trips. — 1945. — 1 album (42 photographs). — Consists of views of trip to Ottawa and New York. Hilda Willison appears in some of the photographs.
M-8770-287 Gladys Willison – Moral Re-Armament. — [ca. 1946-1955]. — 5 photographs. — Includes of views of a group at Mackinac, M.R.A. headquarters in London, and a meeting in the Royal Festival Hall in London.
M-8770-288 Gladys Willison – Students. — [ca. 1947-1952]. — 4 photographs. — Consists of MacDougall School children.

 


Photographs: All sisters

M-8770-289 Six Willison sisters. — [ca. 1940s], 1950. — 4 photographs. — Consists of a studio portrait of all six sisters (1940s), plus three views taken in 1950 when all six sisters were together. Two of the latter include all six sisters, while the third one was taken by Ellen, and therefore includes only five sisters.
M-8770-290 Group shots of the Willison sisters. — [ca. 1901-1973]. — 73 photographs. — Consists of views of the sisters in various views with other sisters, throughout their lives.

 


Photographs: Friends, cats, and miscellany

M-8770-291 Jean Trotter. — 1962-1973. — 16 photographs. — Consists of views of Jean Trotter, a former school teacher, who was a very close friend of Mary and Hilda Willison.
M-8770-292 Friends. — [ca. 1930]-1977. — 19 photographs. — Consists of views of the Koslings, Pickerings, Hawkins, Parlbys, Beers, and Jeffreys.
M-8770-293 Cats. — 1945-1976. — 47 photographs. — Consists of views of cats owned by various Willison sisters.
M-8770-294 Calgary buildings and landmarks. — 1962-1971. — 19 photographs. — Consists of views of Dinny the Dinosaur at the Calgary Zoo, Braemar Lodge, James Short School, Thomson Block, Doll Block, Hull Opera House, Neilson’s Furniture, Firehall No. 1, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Depot, Rex Barber Shop, and the Oddfellows Temple.
M-8770-295 Miscellaneous. — 1933-1958. — 15 photographs. — Consists of views of elocution students, the 1939 Royal Visit, bears in the mountains, Banff Springs Hotel, Zion United Church, the halfway house beyond Midnapore, and Walking Buffalo.

 


Photographs: Slides

M-8770-296 Slides. — 1942-1950. — 113 slides. — Consists of views of the sisters, Augusta Willison (their mother), Augusta’s grave, cats, Banff, St. George’s Island (Calgary Zoo), Calgary Stampede parade and Indian Village, Eau Claire mill, Lesser Slave Lake (Widewater), Salt Lake City, and New York. — Arranged chronologically.
M-8770-297 Slides. — 1958-1977. — 130 slides. — Consists of views of the sisters, Mary and Hilda’s farm, Ireland, England, Mexico, Walking Buffalo’s school, Rundle Mission, Klondike Days parade, crocuses, Sarcee (Tsuut’ina) barbecue, and New Zealand. — Arranged chronologically.