Collection 439 - John McCollum collection

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John McCollum collection

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  • 1954-1988 (Collection)
    McCollum, John Turquand
  • 1899, 1920-1948 (copied ca. 1987), 1968, 1973 (Creation)
    McCollum, John Turquand

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117 photographs (110 black and white copy negatives, 3 black and white prints, 4 colour slides)

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Biographical history

John Turquand (Turq) McCollum was born May 12, 1923, in Toronto, Ontario. In 1953, he married Joan (nee Watson), and they had four children: Peter, Jenny, Kathy, and Maggie.

From 1954-1963, the McCollums lived in Fort Smith, where John was an Anglican minister of the Diocese of the Arctic. In 1963, the family moved to Beaverlodge, Alberta, where they lived until 1970. In 1970, the McCollums returned to the north and lived in Hay River. In 1975, John McCollum became Archdeacon of the Diocese of the Arctic. The McCollums continued to live in Hay River until their retirement to Calgary, Alberta, in 1988.

John McCollum died June 14, 2020, in Calgary, Alberta. He was buried with his wife Joan in Hay River.

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This collection consists of photographs largely collected by John McCollum during his time as an Anglican minister and Archdeacon of the Diocese of the Arctic (1954-1988). The photographs include missions, schoolchildren, and Anglican church officials, and document various locations including Shingle Point (Yukon), Aklavik, Hay River, and Tulita. The majority of the materials are copies from the Missionary Society in Canada (MSC)/Canadian Missionary Society collection.

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      Some, if not all, of the original Missionary Society in Canada (MSC) photographs may be held by the Anglican Church of Canada, General Synod Archives.

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      Copyright status varies. N-1987-020 is in the public domain. Copyright for N-1989-012 and N-1992-261 is unknown.

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      Northwest Territories Archives

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