Fonds 90 - John Day fonds

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John Day fonds

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  • [1937-1939] (Creation)
    Day, John

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155 photographs : b&w prints

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John Reid Day was born in Dealy, Saskatchewan on April 19, 1912. In 1937, he was hired by Cominco to assist in the construction of the camp at Yellowknife. In 1938, he worked as an independent contractor in Yellowknife and employed by various companies, including Cominco. In 1939, he worked for Cominco and Thompson-Lundmark in Goldfields, Saskatchewan. He left the north in 1940 but returned in 1945 to supervise construction at Negus mine until 1948, when he again left the north. From 1959 to 1960, he worked at a Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line site in the eastern arctic. In 1970, he retired to Anglemont, British Columbia.

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This fonds consists of one photo album containing 102 prints and 53 loose prints taken by John Day. Many of the images depict Day's 1938 trip by boat from Athabasca to Yellowknife. Other images show Yellowknife in the late 1930s, Negus and Cominco camps and construction crews, mine sites and locations such as Fort Fitzgerald and Fort Smith.

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      No copyright restrictions. Photographs are in the public domain.

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