Fonds 233 - Isaac Seymour Hadwen fonds

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Isaac Seymour Hadwen fonds

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  • [1920-1939] (Creation)
    Hadwen, Isaac Seymour

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1 map
196 photographs : b&w prints and negatives

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Isaac Seymour Hadwen was born on June 27, 1877 in Lees, England. Annie Hadwen was his mother, and his father, Gaylord Hadwen, was a textile manufacturer. When Dr. Hadwen was a young boy, his family moved to France for a few years where his father established a silk weaving business. The family immigrated to Canada in 1891 when Seymour was 14 years old. Dr. Hadwen attended McGill University between 1899 and 1902 and graduated with a D.V.Sc. in 1902. Upon leaving university, he joined the sixth Canadian Mounted Rifles and served as a Captain in South Africa. In 1904, Dr. Hadwen returned to Canada and became a veterinary inspector at West Kootenay, British Columbia. In 1906, he joined the biological laboratory of the Department of Agriculture at Ottawa. After a short time at the universities of Cambridge and Liverpool, he was appointed head of the Department of Agriculture's research laboratory at Agassiz, British Columbia. In 1917, he was promoted to Dominion Animal Pathologist.

Between 1920 and 1923, Dr. Hadwen studied the reindeer industry in Lapland for the United States Bureau of Biological Survey. Between 1923 and 1929, he was the professor of veterinary research at the University of Saskatchewan. From 1929 until his retirement in 1942, he was employed as the director of pathology at the Ontario Research Foundation. In this capacity, he spent much time researching reindeer and Eskimo dogs in the Northwest Territories. He also spent time in Alaska, Lapland and Finland studying reindeer herding. In 1945, in recognition of his contributions to science, Dr. Hadwen was made an honorary member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He was also a fellow of the Canadian and American Veterinary Medical Association, the Royal Entomological Society, and the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Hadwen died on April 18, 1947.

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This fonds consists of 196 photographs in both print and negative format and 1 photographic reproduction of a map. The photographs were taken in Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska and Lapland and document reindeer herding activities. One of the images is a reproduction of a map of the Richardson Islands that Dr. Hadwen used in 1939. The images are the result of numerous trips to the circumpolar north during the 1920s and 1930s when he was studying the potential for reindeer herding for both the Canadian and United States governments. Traditional Yupik villages and clothing are also documented.

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