Fonds 203 - Alfred Preble fonds

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Alfred Preble fonds

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  • 1903 (Creation)
    Preble, Alfred

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1 folder of textual material

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Alfred E. Preble was born on August 11, 1880 in Wilmington, Massachusetts. He attended Tufts College in Medford, Mass. from 1900 to 1904, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Science. While in College, he was an assistant on three surveys organized by the Bureau of Biological Survey of the United States Department of Agriculture, led by his brother, Edward A. Preble. The first survey in 1900 was to Fort Churchill, the second in 1901 to Fort Resolution and the third in 1903, to continue a survey of the Athabasca and Mackenzie river regions to Fort Good Hope. The expedition, consisting of Edward Alexander Preble, Alfred E. Preble and Merrit Carey left Washington in May 1903 and arrived in Athabasca Landing mid May. The party traveled to Fort Resolution and then split with Merrit Carey and Alfred E. Preble traveling to the Mackenzie River and northward towards Fort Wrigley. They reached Fort Wrigley on July 20, 1903 and set out for the return trip on July 22, 1903. During the course of their trip, they made numerous observations on both flora and fauna. Alfred Preble was also a participant in a faunal survey to Fort George, James Bay in 1912. This survey was sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh and led by W.E. Clyde Todd. He devoted the majority of his life to teaching high school chemistry and physics. He died at Center Ossipee, New Hampshire, July 11, 1950.

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This fonds consists of one photocopy of the typescript version of Alfred E. Preble's journal of his trip from Athabasca Landing to Fort Wrigley back to Athabasca Landing. Included in the journal are descriptions of the flora and fauna observed and collected. There are also descriptions of Fort Resolution, Hay River, Fort Simpson and people he met during the journey. Also included are some photocopies of black and white photos taken by Preble during this trip.

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