Fonds 165 Roland Pivert fonds

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[ca. 1935]-2005. — 12 cm of textual records. — 296 photographs. — 277 negatives. — 176 slides. — 4 video recordings.


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Biographical Sketch

Joseph Andre Aurile Roland Pivert was born August 7, 1929 in Castor, Alberta. He was five years old when his parents, Jeanne and Andre Pivert moved to Grande Prairie. His school years were spent at St. Joseph’s. In 1939 the family moved to the Flying Shot Lake District and Roland spent a few years at Flying Shot Lake School. He later attended St. Joseph’s High School

Roland’s first experience with the military was with the army cadets in Grande Prairie, then the reserves of the 49 Loyal Edmonton Regiment as a Private (No. M518050). He joined the reserves in 1946 after his eighteenth birthday.

From December 1949 to March 1950, Roland became part of the active force in a Canadian-American Arctic Tour called Exercise Sweetbriar. It involved 5,300 Canadian and American soldiers and airmen, and the scenario was that an enemy had seized Alaska and the combat team was assigned to secure the Alaska highway and its airfields from Whitehorse to Northway in Alaska. Summer that year was spent at the Western Command Reserve Force Corps and Command Camp at Wainwright.

On February 19, 1951 Roland joined the Princess Patricia Regiment (Service No. SM 9806) and was sent to RCEME (Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) in Kingston, Ontario for Basic Training. In 1952-53 he completed his NCO courses and Vehicle and Electrical Mechanical training at the same school. While in training, he took advantage of leave to visit New York City. In the summer of 1952, he accompanied a display of military equipment and technology, the Prairie Command Display, as it toured Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.

In 1953, Roland was sent to Korea as an electrician with 25 Canadian FD Dental Unit RCDC. He sailed on the U.S. Navy Service ship General C.C. Ballou on the 17th of April 1953, and spent the next 1 ½ years in Korea. Leave time was usually taken in Japan. Roland was discharged on October 18, 1954.

After his return from Korea, Roland apprenticed as an electrician with Canadian Comstock Electrical Contractors in Edmonton and achieved Journeyman Electrician in 1957. He then returned to Grande Prairie to work for Cookshaw Electric. In 1965 he married Elizabeth Jean “Betty” Hammer and had one son, Kurtis Andrew in 1966. He later returned to university and became first a Master Electrician, then took Electrical Engineering. After Betty died in 1982, Roland married Gillian Conroy in 1988. He died in 2005.

Custodial History

The records were preserved by Roland Pivert’s sister, Paulette Pivert Hrychiw, who deposited them in South Peace Regional Archives in 2004 and 2009.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of personal and military papers and photographs belonging to Roland Pivert. The records include photographs and documents from his time as a Boy Scout and student at St. Joseph High School; information and photographs about Exercise Sweetbriar, a joint Canadian and U.S. training exercise in the Yukon and Alaska; information and photographs of the Prairie Command Display taken from community to community in Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan; slides, photographs and paper artifacts from Roland’s tour of peace-keeping duty in Korea in 1953-1954; military service records and publications; information on Veterans’ benefits claims; documents and images of projects from his post-military electrical career; correspondence and related records on his land holdings; and personal records and photographs of family, friends, and community life.

The fonds is divided into nine series: Early Life, Exercise Sweetbriar, Prairie Command Display, Korean Service, Military Service, Veterans’ Benefits, Work and Business, Land, and Personal Life and Family.

The records have been arranged in primarily chronological order by the Archivist.

Notes

Title based on contents of the fonds.

Any copyright held by the donor (the creator’s sister) has been transferred to the Archives, and the moral rights waived. However, the copyright may not rest with the donor because the creator did have a son, who is presumably his heir. Some of the photographs are in the public domain.

Table of Contents

Series 165.01Early Life
Series 165.02Exercise Sweetbriar
Series 165.03Prairie Command Display
Series 165.04Korean Service
Series 165.05Military Service
Series 165.06Veterans’ Benefits
Series 165.07Work and Business
Series 165.08Land
Series 165.09Personal Life and Family

 

Series 165.01Early Life. — [ca. 1935]-1949. — 1.5 cm of textual records. — 27 photographs.– 18 negatives.The series consists of personal papers dating from Roland’s teen-age years in boy scouts and at St. Joseph’s High School. The records include letters from Gerald Gardner, a penpal from Mississippi, Flying Shot Lake Boy Scouts Troop certificate and booklets, two issues of St. Joseph’s Troubador, one of which tells the story of the death of Shirley Miller, photographs and negatives taken during Roland’s time at St. Joseph’s High School, including the Student Council and several of friends, two images in frames decorated with silk, and a collection of religious cards and artwork, likely assembled primarily when Roland was a child. The records have been arranged by the Archivist according to topic and type.
 
St. Joseph High School Student Council, [ca. 1946]
1 photograph; b & w; 20.2 x 15.3 cm
A portrait, likely of St. Joseph’s High School Student Council or Student Union. Standing, left to right: Roland Pivert, Eugene Blais, Father ?, and ?. Seated: ?, ?, and Shirley Boucher (graduated 1947).
Location: 0165.01.01
Roland Pivert, [ca. 1946]
1 photograph; b & w; 7.1 x 9.6 cm
A portrait of Roland Pivert.
Location: 0165.01.02
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph; b & w; 6.9 x 9.4 cm
A portrait of Carol Lynn.
Location: 0165.01.03
Roland Pivert and Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph; b & w; 7.8 x 11.5 cm
A casual photograph of Roland Pivert and Carol Lynn. A house is visible in the background and a dog in the foreground.
Location: 0165.01.04.01-01
Carol Lynn and a Friend, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph; b & w; 7.8 x 11.5 cm
A casual photograph of Carol Lynn and a friend. A house is visible in the background and a dog is lying beside the girls.
Location: 0165.01.04.01-02
Carol Lynn and a Dog, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph; b & w; 7.8 x 11.4 cm
Carol Lynn and a dog, standing outside a school building.
Location: 0165.01.04.02-01
Unidentified Man, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 7.8 x 11.5 cm ; 8.3 x 5.7 cm
An unidentified man, possibly in uniform, standing in a field.
Location: 0165.01.04.02-02
School Building, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 7.8 x 11.4 cm ; 8.3 x 5.7 cm
An unidentified school building, possibly in Grande Prairie. A church with a pointed steeple is visible in the background.
Location: 0165.01.04.03-01
School Building, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 7.8 x 11.4 cm ; 8.3 x 5.7 cm
An unidentified school building, possibly in Grande Prairie.
Location: 0165.01.04.03-02
Landscape, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 7.8 x 11.4 cm ; 8.3 x 5.7 cm
A landscape view of a hill and the valley below, taken through a break in trees and brush.
Location: 0165.01.04.04-01
Carol Lynn in Dawson Creek, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 5.3 x 8.1 cm ; 8.3 x 5.7 cm
Carol Lynn seated in front of the Mile 0 marker post of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Location: 0165.01.04.04-02
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph; b & w; 5.3 x 8.1 cm
Carol Lynn dressed in formal clothing with a corsage.
Location: 0165.01.04.05-01
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 5.3 x 8.1 cm ; 8.2 x 5.7 cm
Carol Lynn dressed in formal clothing with a corsage.
Location: 0165.01.04.05-02
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 5.3 x 7.8 cm ; 8.3 x 5.7 cm
Carol Lynn standing on the railway tracks. The town of Grande Prairie is visible in the background.
Location: 0165.01.04.06-01
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph; b & w; 5.5 x 8 cm
Carol Lynn standing in front of some bushes.
Location: 0165.01.04.06-02
Picnic Group, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 5.3 x 8.1 cm ; 8.2 x 5.7 cm
A group of young people seated outside at a picnic table, including Roland Pivert and Carol Lynn (front).
Location: 0165.01.04.07-01
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 photograph; b & w; 6 x 3.8 cm
Carol Lynn standing on a driveway in the country. A house is visible in the distance.
Location: 0165.01.04.07-02
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 5.5 x 7.9 cm ; 8.2 x 5.6 cm
Carol Lynn sitting in a tree.
Location: 0165.01.04.08-01
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 5.5 x 7.9 cm ; 5.7 x 8.2 cm
Carol Lynn sitting on the ground in a forest clearing.
Location: 0165.01.04.08-02
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 8 x 5.5 cm ; 8.2 x 5.7 cm
Carol Lynn and Roland Pivert (?) sitting under a tree, presumably during a picnic.
Location: 0165.01.04.09-01
Unidentified Man, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 8 x 5.5 cm ; 8.2 x 5.7 cm
An unidentified man, possibly Roland Pivert, standing in a tree.
Location: 0165.01.04.09-02
Unidentified Girl, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 8.1 x 13.7 cm ; 8.3 x 14 cm
An unidentified girl, possibly a student at St. Joseph High School, standing beside a tree and fence.
Location: 0165.01.04.10
Unidentified Couple, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 8.1 x 13.7 cm ; 8.3 x 14 cm
An unidentified girl and boy, possibly students at St. Joseph High School, standing beside a tree and fence.
Location: 0165.01.04.11
Two Girls, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 8.1 x 13.8 cm ; 8.3 x 14 cm
Carol Lynn (right) and an unidentified girl, likely students at St. Joseph High School, standing beside a tree and fence.
Location: 0165.01.04.12
Two Boys, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 8.1 x 13.7 cm ; 8.3 x 14 cm
Roland Pivert (left) and an unidentified boy, likely students at St. Joseph High School, standing beside a tree and fence.
Location: 0165.01.04.13
Roland Pivert and Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 8.1 x 13.8 cm ; 8.3 x 14 cm
Roland Pivert and Carol Lynn standing beside a tree and fence.
Location: 0165.01.04.14
Carol Lynn, [ca. 1945]
1 ; 1 photograph ; negative; b & w; 8.1 x 13.7 cm ; 8.3 x 14 cm
Carol Lynn standing beside a tree and fence.
Location: 0165.01.04.15
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Series 165.02Exercise Sweetbriar. — 1950. — 0.5 cm of textual records. — 25 photographs.– 25 negatives.From December 1949 to March 1950, a combined force of 5,300 Canadian and Americans carried out an Arctic Tour called Exercise Sweetbriar, the biggest training operation of its kind ever to take place in the north, to date. The purpose was to test equipment of all kinds as well as the troops and their methods of warfare. The soldiers lived in tents in temperatures that went down to 50 below, so much of the time was spent just in keeping warm and fed. Patrols were done on skis and snowshoes. Roland Pivert’s job was to run the Water Truck. The exercise concluded that both Canada and America “are badly road-bound in their northern operations. While it was possible for patrols to cover considerable distances across country, heavy equipment had to be left behind on the highway. This dependence on the main artery of the north meant that a defensive force would be easy prey to strafing planes unless it first established air superiority.”The series consists of a small diary kept by Roland Pivert detailing his actions during the exercise, some daily reports from Roland’s duty as the water truck driver, a 1950 magazine article from The Standard with photographs and text about Exercise Sweetbriar, and 25 snapshots of soldiers, camps, equipment and scenery.
 
Exercise Sweetbriar, 1949-1950
25 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5
Exercise Sweetbriar involved 5,300 Canadian and American soldiers and airmen. The scenario was that an enemy had seized Alaska and the combat team was assigned to secure the Alaska highway and its airfields from Whitehorse to Northway in Alaska.
Location: 0165.02.01-.25
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Series 165.03Prairie Command Display. — 1952. — 0.5 cm of textual records. — 34 photographs.– 34 negatives.Prairie Command was formed in 1948, comprising of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario with headquarters in Winnipeg. From June to October in 1952, Roland Pivert accompanied a display of military equipment and technology, called the Prairie Command Display, from community to community in Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and back to Winnipeg, where he was headquartered. In 1959, Prairie Command Headquarters at Winnipeg closed and Northwestern Ontario reverted to Central Command, while Saskatchewan and Manitoba came under control of Western Command.The series consists of the itinerary the Prairie Command Display Team followed on its tour, several attraction passes, a news clipping, and 33 photographs of the team members and the display in parades, in parks and amphibious portions on beaches. The series includes a photo of Roland beside the poster advertising the display, and one of his aunt and uncle in Sedley, Saskatchewan, one of the towns they passed through.
 
Prairie Command Display, 1952
32 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5
In the summer of 1952, Roland Pivert accompanied the Prairie Command Display, a collection of military technology and equipment, through Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Location: 0165.03.01-.31
Gervais Family, Sedley, Saskatchewan, 1952
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Jean-Louis GERVAIS & Maire-Claire MARCIL and their five children: André b. 1937; Arnold b. 1940; Edmond b. 1942; Jeannine b. 1943; Laurette b. 1945; and Denis b. 1950.
Location: 0165.03.32
Sedley Memorial Arena, 1952
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Memorial Arena in Sedley, Saskatchewan, the home of Jean-Louis Gervais and his family.
Location: 0165.03.33
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Series 165.04Korean Service. — 1953-1954. — 2 cm of textual records. — 142 photographs. — 142 negatives. — 62 slides.The series consists of a map of Korea and Japan; newsletters published on board the U.S. Navy Service ship General C.C. Ballou; three postcards of the Ballou; a booklet from “The Crown News” for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953; and some information regarding how soldiers should spend their leaves in Tokyo, including some Japanese tourist information and postcards. The subjects of the slides and photographs are the peace-keeping soldiers and camp life in Korea, Korean village life, entertainment in the camps and visits to Japan on leave.
 
Camp Life in Korea, 1953-1954
43 photographs; colour; 3 x 5
Life in the camp of a Peace-keeping mission in Korea shows camp buildings, equipment, soldiers and events.
Location: 0165.04.001-.040c
Peace-keepers in Korea, 1953-1954
30 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5
Soldiers of the Princess Patricia Regiment No. 25 in Korea on peace-keeping duties, including one of a Canadian Red Cross station.
Location: 0165.04.041-.070
Korean Life, 1953-1954
16 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5
People, villages and landscape surrounding 23 WKSP, the camp of Princess Patricia Regiment No. 25 in Korea.
Location: 0165.04.071-.087
Entertainment, 1953-1954
7 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5
Entertainment troups, some of which are identified, visited Korea to entertain the troops.
Location: 0165.04.088-.093
On Leave in Japan, 1953-1954
49 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5
Canadian Peace-keepers in Korea spent most of their leaves in Japan. Sub-series consists of soldiers traveling and buildings, people, street scenes and water scenes in Japan.
Location: 0165.04.094-.142
Camp Life in Korea, 1953-1954
38 slides; colour; 35 mm
Life in the camp of a Peace-keeping mission in Korea shows camp buildings, equipment, soldiers and events.
Location: 0165.04.143-.180
Korean People, 1953-1954
15 slides; colour; 35 mm
Korean people working and performing at the Canadian Peacekeepers’ camp.
Location: 0165.04.181-.194
USO Camp Show, 1953-1954
4 slides; colour; 35 mm
Four slides showing scenes of a USO camp show entertaining the peacekeeping troops in Korea.
Location: 0165.04.195-.198
Trip to Vancouver, 1953-1954
5 slides; colour; 35 mm
A trip to Vancouver, possibly at the end of Roland’s tour of duty in Korea. Scenes include the interior and exterior of the airplane, the Vancouver airport, and a downtown building.
Location: 0165.04.199-.203
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Series 165.05Military Service. — 1947-1954. — 4.5 cm of textual records. — 28 photographs. — 21 negatives.The series consists of records relating to Roland’s military service in the Canadian Army. The records include an Application for Service in Canadian Army (Active Force), a Canadian Army Certificate of Service, a Clothing and Equipment Card and List from 1952, a Soldier’s Service and Pay Book from Korea, passes and receipts, a clothing and equipment statement upon his return from Korea, an information leaflet on the Maple Leaf Club in Tokyo, a Release Certificate dated October 18, 1954, an income tax return from 1949. The records also include travel postcards collected on trips in Eastern and Western Canada during his time with the army, photographs, and pamphlets on the 1952 Funeral Ceremony of the Late King George VI, Information Regarding Mounting and Wearing of Decorations, Campaign Stars and Medals, and a 1954 Programme of Competitions for Rifle and Pistol Shooting. The photographs are Roland’s formal coloured army portrait, taken after he had enlisted in 1951, a group photograph of his unit taken at Basic Training, a photo of Roland and two friends in uniform, five snapshots of his barracks and room during basic training, 13 of training exercises on the Alaska Highway ca. 1952, two taken while he was on leave in Grande Prairie, and four taken on a trip to New York while Roland was in training in Kingston.
 
Corporal Roland Pivert, 1951
1 photograph; colour; 8 x 10
Official army portrait–head and shoulders, in uniform.
Location: 0165.05.01
Princess Patricia Regimental Photograph, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Regimental photograph of Roland Pivert and his Basic Training Unit of the Princess Patricia Regiment at the RCEME school in Kingston, Ontario.
Location: 0165.05.02
CFN Roland Pivert and Friends, 1953 c.
1 photograph; b & w; 8 x 10
Casual portrait of Roland Pivert and two army mates in Korea.
Location: 0165.05.03
Military Barracks, Kingston, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
“This is 228 WKSP. The building to the right is the auditorium, to the left is the mess hall, and those in the background are the hangers.
Location: 0165.05.04
Military Barracks, Kingston, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Note written on back by Roland Pivert says, “The top row of windows is my room.”
Location: 0165.05.05
Soldier’s Room, Military Barracks, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Roland Pivert’s room in the military barracks at the RCEME School in Kingston, Ontario.
Location: 0165.05.06
Soldier’s Closet, Military Barracks, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Roland Pivert’s closet in his room in the military barracks at the RCEME School in Kingston, Ontario.
Location: 0165.05.07
Princess Pats on Parade, Hamilton, 1951
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Princess Patricia Regiment soldiers attending a parade in Hamilton, Ontario.
Location: 0165.05.08
“The Duck” at Fort Churchill, 1952
1 photograph; b & w; 3 x 5
Roland Pivert’s army buddy, Peter, with a School Bus called “The Duck” at Fort Churchill, Manitoba.
Location: 0165.05.09
Training Exercises, 1952 c.
13 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5
Vehicles and soldiers in uniform on the Alaska Highway.
Location: 0165.05.10-.22
At Home On Leave, 1952 c.
2 photographs; b & w; 3 x 5
Roland Pivert, in uniform, at the front door of the Pivert family log home in Flying Shot Lake, and the Christmas Tree inside the house that Christmas.
Location: 0165.05.23-.24
Trip to New York, 1951
4 photographs; colour; 4 x 2.75 in.
Scenes of New York City taken when Roland took a trip there while he was training in Kingston.
Location: 0165.05.25-.28
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Series 165.06Veterans’ Benefits. — 1960-1976. — 1 cm of textual records.The series consists of correspondence with the Department of Veterans Affairs and associated records (including summaries of evidence, notifications of hearings and decisions, certification of VLA qualification legal agreements, and certificates of title) relating to benefits Roland was entitled to receive due to his military service. Topics addressed include Veterans Insurance, Re-establishment Credit, Pension, and Veterans’ Land Act. Although the records of all benefits have been combined in one file by the Archivist, original order has essentially been maintained since the records were mostly chronological and application for different benefits date from different time periods.
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Series 165.07Work and Business. — 1944-[ca. 1960]. — 1 cm of textual records. — 40 photographs. — 37 negatives. — 89 slides.The series consists of records relating to Roland’s work, primarily as an electrician in the 1950s. The records include a receipt book for the R. J. Pivert Wood Work Shop (1944-55), a 1956 Contract of Apprenticeship, a 1956 Apprenticeship Board qualification report, a newspaper clipping about the building of the North Western Pulp and Power Mill in Hinton, a letter from the Federal Electric Corporation regarding a job, an undated Residential and Farm Wiring Permit, a blank application form for the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, and photographs, negatives, and slides showing the construction of the Hinton mill, the Grande Prairie Hospital, the Dunvegan Bridge, and the Wapiti River Bridge, and work at a forestry bush camp and George Stephen’s Sawmill. The records have been arranged in chronological order, as far as possible, by the Archivist.
 
Building the North Western Pulp and Power Mill, Hinton, [ca. April 1956]
4 photographs; b & w; 9.3 x 6.5 cm
Four photographs showing various stages in building the North Western Pulp and Power Mill in Hinton.
Location: 0165.07.001-.004
Jasper, [ca. August 1956]
8 ; 17 photographs ; negatives; b & w; 10.2 x 6.8 cm ; 35 mm
Images taken in Jasper National Park, including scenery, a waterfall, a car at a viewpoint, Miette Hot Springs, the town of Jasper, and wildlife, while Roland was working on the North Western Pulp and Power Mill construction project in Hinton.
Location: 0165.07.005-.021
Building the North Western Pulp and Power Mill, Hinton, [ca. August 1956]
8 ; 18 photographs ; negatives; b & w; 10.2 x 6.8 cm ; 35 mm
Images showing various stages in the building of the North Western Pulp and Power Mill in Hinton, a project Roland worked on as an employee of Standard Electric Co., and some of the workers on the project.
Location: 0165.07.022-.023, .026-.041
Street Scenes, [ca. August 1956]
2 ; 2 photographs ; negatives; b & w; 10.2 x 6.8 cm ; 35 mm
Street scenes of an unidentified town, possibly Hinton, taken while Roland was working on the North Western Pulp and Power Mill construction project.
Location: 0165.07.024-.025
Building the North Western Pulp and Power Mill, Hinton, 1956
5 photographs; b & w; 10.2 x 6.8 cm
Images showing various stages in the building of the North Western Pulp and Power Mill in Hinton, a project Roland worked on as an employee of Standard Electric Co.
Location: 0165.07.042, .044-.047
Street Scene, 1956
1 photograph; b & w; 10.2 x 6.8 cm
A street scene of an unidentified town, possibly Hinton, taken while Roland was working on the North Western Pulp and Power Mill construction project.
Location: 0165.07.043
Building the North Western Pulp and Power Mill, Hinton, 1956
4 photographs; b & w; 24.1 x 19.7 cm
Aerial photographs showing various stages in the building of the North Western Pulp and Power Mill in Hinton, a project Roland worked on as an employee of Standard Electric Co.
Location: 0165.07.048-.051
Building the North Western Pulp and Power Mill, Hinton, 1956
6 photographs; b & w; 24 x 19.1 cm
Aerial photographs showing various stages in the building of the North Western Pulp and Power Mill in Hinton, a project Roland worked on as an employee of Standard Electric Co.
Location: 0165.07.052-.057
Building the North Western Pulp and Power Mill, Hinton, 1956
34 slides; colour; 35 mm
Slides showing various stages in the building of the North Western Pulp and Power Mill in Hinton, a project Roland worked on as an employee of Standard Electric Co., and some of the workers on the project.
Location: 0165.07.058-.091
Unidentified Dam, [ca. 1956]
4 slides; colour; 35 mm
Four slides showing various views of an unidentified dam (or possibly two different dams). The dam may or may not be related to the building of the North Western Pulp and Power Mill in Hinton, a project Roland worked on as an employee of Standard Electric Co.
Location: 0165.07.092-.095
Aerial Views, [ca. 1956]
3 slides; colour; 35 mm
Three aerial views showing a town (possibly Hinton), a river and a city (possibly Grande Prairie).
Location: 0165.07.096-.098
Sightseeing, [ca. 1956]
2 slides; colour; 35 mm
Two slides of groups of men sightseeing in the Jasper-Hinton area, likely in connection with the building of the North Western Pulp and Power Mill in Hinton, a project Roland worked on as an employee of Standard Electric Co.
Location: 0165.07.099-.100
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
An exterior view of part of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, in an unidentified location.
Location: 0165.07.101
George Stephen’s Sawmill, [ca. 1959]
9 slides; colour; 35 mm
Slides showing forestry operations including cutting and transporting trees, a bush lumber camp, and a scenic view of mountains.
Location: 0165.07.102-.110
George Stephen’s Sawmill, [ca. March 1959]
11 slides; colour; 35 mm
Slides showing forestry operations at George Stephen’s sawmill in winter.
Location: 0165.07.111-.121
Building the Grande Prairie Hospital, [ca. March 1959]
5 slides; colour; 35 mm
One exterior view and four interior views depicting the construction of the Grande Prairie Hospital. Roland worked on the project as an electrician.
Location: 0165.07.122-.126
Building the Wapiti River Bridge, [ca. March 1959]
4 slides; colour; 35 mm
Four slides showing the Wapiti River valley and the construction of the Wapiti River bridge at O’Brien Park.
Location: 0165.07.127-.130
Grande Prairie Hospital, [ca. 1959]
11 slides; colour; 35 mm
Interior views of the completed Grande Prairie Hospital. Roland worked on the construction project as an electrician.
Location: 0165.07.131-.141
Roland Pivert at the Grande Prairie Hospital, [ca. 1956]
1 photograph; colour; 11.7 x 7.9 cm
Roland Pivert standing beside an electrical panel at the Grande Prairie Hospital. Roland worked on the hospital construction project as an electrician.
Location: 0165.07.142
Norman Cookshaw at the Grande Prairie Hospital, [ca. 1956]
1 photograph; colour; 11.7 x 7.9 cm
Norman Cookshaw standing beside an electrical panel and equipment at the Grande Prairie Hospital.
Location: 0165.07.143
Building the Dunvegan Bridge, [ca. 1960]
5 slides; colour; 35 mm
Five slides showing the construction of the Dunvegan Bridge over the Peace River. Two were taken from a distance, two from the bridge deck, and one possibly of the underside of the deck.
Location: 0165.07.144-.148
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Series 165.08Land. — 1959-1981. — 0.5 cm of textual records.The series consists of correspondence and associated records, including forms, notices, agreements, Grazing Lease Regulations, caveats, permit and release forms, and a drill shift report, relating to land owned or leased by Roland or the Pivert family. Topics addressed include grazing leases, easements, and geophysical operations. The records are arranged in chronological order, essentially their original order.
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Series 165.09Personal Life and Family. — 1949-1978, 2005. — 0.5 cm of textual records. — 25 slides. — 4 video recordings.The series consists of Roland and other Pivert family members including his father Andre, mother Jeanne, and brother Paul. The records include correspondence, invoices and receipts, 1953 list of County of Grande Prairie Public Sales of Lands Under the Tax Recovery Act, calfhood vaccination certificates, purchase agreements and contracts, land titles search letter, income tax return for 1961, a copy of Roland’s 1965 will, slides of family, friends, and community events, and a funeral card and obituary announcing Roland’s death in 2005. The records have been arranged in chronological order by the Archivist.
 
Christmas Concert at Dimsdale Hall, [ca. 1955]
10 slides; colour; 35 mm
A view of the audience and several views of the performers at a Christmas Concert at Dimsdale Hall in the 1950s.
Location: 0165.09.01-.10
Group on Steps, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Four unidentified young people sitting on the steps of a stuccoed house.
Location: 0165.09.11
Group on Couch, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
Three unidentified young people and Roland Pivert (right) sitting on a couch looking at a magazine.
Location: 0165.09.12
Dancing Couple, [ca. 1956]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
An unidentified couple dancing in a house.
Location: 0165.09.13
Bear Creek Footbridge, March 1959
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
A low, white footbridge spanning Bear Creek in Grande Prairie. A house is visible in the background.
Location: 0165.09.14
Swimming at Lake Saskatoon, 1959
4 slides; colour; 35 mm
Four views of water activities at Lake Saskatoon. The slides show people water skiing, in boats, on the beach, and in the water.
Location: 0165.09.15-.18
Unidentified Man and Woman, [ca. 1955]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
An unidentified woman and older man sitting on a chair inside a house.
Location: 0165.09.19
Two Women, [ca. 1955]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
A young woman and an older woman standing outside a stuccoed house.
Location: 0165.09.20
Unidentified Family, [ca. 1955]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
A young couple and a baby on the grass outside a house and beside a picket fence.
Location: 0165.09.21
Unidentified Girl, [ca. 1955]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
A female toddler plays with a cat in a garden.
Location: 0165.09.22
Grande Prairie Aerial, [ca. 1955]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
An aerial photograph of Grande Prairie showing the refinery.
Location: 0165.09.23
Grande Prairie Aerial, [ca. 1955]
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
An overall aerial view of the City of Grande Prairie.
Location: 0165.09.24
Catholic School 50th Anniversary, 1978
1 slide; colour; 35 mm
A group photograph, presumably of nuns and other teachers, taken in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Catholic schools in Grande Prairie.
Location: 0165.09.25
 
Wedding and Honeymoon, [ca. 1963-1965]
8 mm film
The film shows scenes of the Pivert farm including the barn, house, cattle, and deer feeding, a historical museum/village in an unidentified location, Roland and Betty Pivert’s wedding, and their honeymoon in Hawaii, including two commercial films “Pele Goes Wild at Puna” (volcanic eruptions) and “Kodak Hula Show” (hula dancing).
Location: 0165.09.26
Travel and Family, [ca. 1967]
8 mm film
The film shows scenes of a landscape garden, tentatively identified as the Japanese Garden in Lethbridge, baby Kurtis Pivert in a Jolly Jumper, and an unidentified landscape.
Location: 0165.09.27
Excavation, Pioneer Days, Parade, [ca. 1970]
8 mm film
The film shows scenes of an excavation project using a backhoe, steam machinery at Pioneer Days including steam engines and a threshing machine, and a band with a parade.
Location: 0165.09.28
Races and Pioneer Days, [ca. 1970]
8 mm film
The film shows scenes of chuckwagon races and Pioneer Days, including steam engines, a threshing machine, and a sawmill.
Location: 0165.09.29
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