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Duplessis, Jerry
N-1992-177 · Accession · 1978

The recordings contain interviews with Paul Wright and Fred Andrew, both elders of Fort Norman. The recordings are in Slavey and may deal with traditional stories. The stories were recorded over an eight day period at Drum Lake.

N-2014-003 · Accession · 1988-1992

Records consist of songs, stories and interview transcripts collected by ethnomusicologist Nicole Beaudry in the Sahtu communities of Deline, Tulita and Fort Good Hope in 1988-1992.

Beaudry, Nicole
G-2022-088 · Accession · 1988-2005

Accession contains records from the Programs and District Operations division of the NWT Housing Corporation, including program administration records related to rent scale review, implementation of new rent scales for public housing, and harmonization of income assessment for public housing and income assistance (social assistance). Also included are records relating to the establishment and operation of shelters for underhoused people in Yellowknife.

Northwest Territories. NWT Housing Corporation. Programs and District Operations division
Albert Faille fonds
38 · Fonds · [1940]-1973

The textual material includes correspondence from Albert Faille's son, a Nahanni Safaris brochure, and certificates belonging to Albert Faille. The photographs include images of the Nahanni Region, Albert Faille, Jean and Hal Bennett and Faille's son.

Faille, Albert
Richard Baines fonds
218 · Fonds · [ca. 1937-1944], 1963

This fonds consists of 394 photographs and 0.55 cm of textual material. The images depict the communities of Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Fort Resolution, Fort Hearne (Kugluktuk, Nunavut), and several communities in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. In addition, there are photographs of the "Distributor" (ship) and the "Northland Echo" (ship), construction of the Alaska Highway, and logging and winter freighting, particularly the use of tractor trains in the Yellowknife area during the late 1930s. Also included are hand-coloured photographs of vessels, produced for Mackenzie River Transport. The textual material includes Mackenzie River Transport schedules of sailings for 1939 and 1941, a Mackenzie Air Service schedule from 1938, a typed manuscript for a travelogue magazine article by R.H. Baines of his trip from Edmonton to Coppermine (Kugluktuk), a letter of introduction for Baines from H. W. Hayter of Mackenzie Air Service, Ltd., correspondence from Vilhjalmur Stefansson, and documents relating to Baines' service with the United States Engineer Department during the construction of the Alaska Highway.

Baines, Richard
Josephine Castonguay fonds
355 · Fonds · [1913-1940]

This fonds consists of 332 black and white photographs of Miss Castonguay's time spent in the Northwest Territories, primarily in the Mackenzie District, in her capacity as a schoolteacher. The photos cover areas of the north, including Fort Resolution, Fort Rae, Fort Smith, Fort Wrigley, Hay River, Norman Wells, Fort Simpson, Fort Norman (Tulita), Fort Good Hope, Aklavik, Fort Reliance, Fort McMurray and the Great Slave Lake area. There are images Josephine Castonguay's family members, Grey Nuns, Catholic priests (OMI), mission facilities, treaty days, and Dogrib settlements or camps. There are also images of floatplanes, travel by dogsled, and a variety of boats, paddle steamers, sailboats and schooners such as the S.S. Distributor, Northern Echo, S.S. Pioneer and Athabasca River, S.S. Northland Trader, Dease Lake, Immaculata and Ptarmigan.

Castonguay, Josephine
Sylvester Drabitt fonds
118 · Fonds · 1962-1967

This fonds consists of 391 colour slides taken by Dr. Sylvester Drabitt, 150 colour negatives that were copied from slides loaned to the NWT Archives by the donor, one videocassette and one audio cassette. Dr. Drabbit was a physician who traveled on medical trips in the eastern arctic. The images include views of people, scenery, flora, fauna, people living on the land, snow houses, medical staff and facilities, transportation methods such as dog teams and aircraft, living conditions, and images from a medical patrol on the ship, C.D. Howe. The videotape also contains scenes from the C.D. Howe and the audio cassette is entitled "Victory at Sea-Last Patrol of the C.D. Howe.

Drabitt, Sylvester
Wop May fonds
18 · Fonds · [1928-1948]

This fonds consists of 580 copy negatives (35 mm) and 196 prints which are duplicates of the negatives. These are copies of photographs which belonged to Wop May. Though many of the images are not dated, however, the original photographs appear to date from circa 1928 to 1948. Many of the photographs were taken in northern Alberta, but locations within the Northwest Territories include Aklavik, Fort Norman, Rae, Arctic Red River, Hay River, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, and Fort Resolution. The images include pilots, aircraft, and various aspects of air mail delivery.

This fonds also includes one map which appears to have been published in the Edmonton Journal. The map depicts Canada Post's inaugural air mail flight on December 10, 1929 between Edmonton and Aklavik piloted by Wop May.

May, Wop
310 · Fonds · [1957]-2014

This fonds consists of approximately 29,000 photographs, 4.38 meters of textual material and one architectural drawing.

The photographs were taken, collected or purchased by the photographer for the Government of the Northwest Territories, who was employed by the Systems and Communications Division of the Department of Public Works and Services. The photographs are in slide, negative and print format and depict the following subjects: images of people, communities in the Northwest Territories, scenery, wildlife, traditional land use, hospitals, Royal Canadian Mounted Police buildings, schools, infrastructure of communities, water, air and land transportation, sports and recreation, hunting, fishing, traditional clothing, political leaders, government buildings, camps, mines, DEW line sites, events such as Arctic Winter Games, Expo '86, Canada Day, churches, airports, housing, dogsledding, fauna, arts and crafts and performing arts.

The architectural drawing is of Grollier Hall in Inuvik. It shows exterior views of the boys residence and dining hall and the girls residence and chapel. The drawing was produced for the Federal Department of Public Works and Services.

The textual records includes materials from the Minister's Office, the Directorate, the Corporate Services Division, Petroleum Products Division, the Asset Management Division, and the System and Communications Division.

Records from the Minister's Office include ministerial chronos.

Records from the Directorate include ministerial and deputy minister chronos, briefing notes, and briefing meeting material, as well as committee files on infrastructure development, drinking water management, and facility requirements post-division for the Government of Nunavut, reporting on activities related to land claims, records of workshops and conferences held by the department, and performance measurement reports.

Records from the Corporate Services Division include briefing notes, files from the Inter-departmental Committee on Capital Planning, records related to the Manuals Steering Committee, procedures for appeal hearings and filing grievances, Procedure and Guideline Manual revisions, newsletters, and an employee guide. There are also records from the Records Management section of Corporate Services, including policies and procedures of records services, Records Management Tips and Bulletins, administrative and operational manuals related to records management, meeting minutes of the Public Records Committee (PRC), Recorded Information Management Committee (RIMC) and one legal opinion file related to the retention of health records.

Records from the Petroleum Products Division include correspondence regarding the transfer of responsibilities of the petroleum products division to the NWT Power Corporation.

Records from the Asset Management Division include policy and reorganization files, records of the Project Management Conferences, and a Community Maintenance Management Survey.

Also included in this fonds are pamphlets on fire prevention in public buildings, technical evaluations of facilities, a guide on engineering practices in water and sewer systems, and files related to the Community Transfer Initiative.

Northwest Territories. Department of Public Works and Services (1994-2017)
340 · Fonds · 1968-1985

This fonds consists of approximately 61.6 cm of textual material and 17 reels of microfilm from the Central Registry filing system. Portions of the records were generated by the Highways Division of the Department of Public Works (30 block) and date between 1968-1978. The textual records consist of highway maintenance files, private access road files and minutes from the Northern Road Program. The remaining files, dated between 1972-1985, relate to the development and implementation of the Northern Preference Policy. There are also copies of minutes from the 1973 Highway Supervisors' Conference. The microfilm contains records from the design division, construction division, engineering division, operations and maintenance division, highways and marine operations, utilities and accommodation services.

Northwest Territories. Department of Public Works (1968-1985)
260 · Fonds · 1958-2005

This fonds consists of 28.5 cm of textual material including school attendance registers, year books and a copy of a school opening program. The attendance registers include a sampling of the Daily School Registers kept by Sir John Franklin High School between 1958 and 1967. These registers recorded student attendance, but also record a student's racial status, disc/treaty number and parent's names. The year books, entitled "Echo" include the folowing dates: 1972, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2005. The records also includes 'Voices of the Past, Visions for the Future: A Grand Opening Celebration', an official program dating from November 9, 2000. The event was used to mark the completion of the many upgrades and renovations made to the school.

Sir John Franklin High School (Yellowknife, NT)
Terry Garvin fonds
108 · Fonds · 1954-1983

This fonds consists of 261 photographs (19 black and white slides; 242 colour slides) taken by Terry Garvin between 1954 and 1982. Many of the images were taken during Garvin's work as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer, although some were taken during trips he made after leaving the RCMP, including while working for the Arctic Pilot Project. Subjects include community views and buildings, scenic views, mines, people, Tlicho hand games, aircraft, and boats. Locations include but are not limited to Yellowknife, Behchoko, Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, and Fort Smith.

Garvin, Terry
McMeekan family fonds
250 · Fonds · [1930-1960], [1975-1984], 1985

This fonds includes records of the McMeekan family, including John "Jock" McMeekan, his wife Mildred (nee Hall) and niece Helene Acikahte (previously Giles, Henderson), dating from the 1930s to 1960, as well as an audio recording of Helene from 1985. The records consist of 5 reels of 8 mm film, 7 Umatic videocassettes copied from the films, 22 photographs, 3 DAT audiocassettes copied from the four original audiocassettes and 6 cm of textual records. These materials document their family and professional lives, including records relating to Jock's publishing and Mildred's teaching activities. The films probably date from 1939-1949, and feature family members, scenes of Yellowknife and environs and subjects such as treaty days, prospecting, and school events. The films were originally on 23 separate reels, however the Public Archives in Ottawa had the footage consolidated on five reels and copied onto 3/4 inch Umatic format videocassettes in 1986. The sound recordings consist of an interview with Helene (Giles) Henderson conducted by NWT Archivist David Rudkin on March 19, 1985 and Helene providing narration for the films. The 4 original cassettes were copied onto DAT cassettes in 1997 for preservation purposes and the audiocassettes are retained as original masters. The photographs show Jock McMeekan, Mildred Hall and other family members. The textual material consists of a typed early draft for a manuscript on the history of Yellowknife, a 325 page photocopied typewritten draft version of the book "Jock McMeekan's Yellowknife Blade", entitled "The Yellowknife Blade & other jottings" and a typed draft manuscript on material published in the newspaper "The Prospector", both written by Jock McMeekan.

McMeekan (family)
N-1979-071 · Accession · [1969]

Ten of the photos appear in Schwarz's book "Elik: and other stories of the Mackenzie Eskimos" and are portraits of the storytellers. These include Archie (Headpoint) Erigaktuk, Kenneth Peeloolook, Sarah Raddi, Jessie Olorgrak, Susie Tiktalik, Felix Nuyaviak, William Firth, Elizabeth Blake, Alik Alubuk Stefansson, and Alex Kakianen. Other images are of Herbert Schwarz and the gravemarker for Constable R. O. H. Taylor of the "Lost Patrol."

Schwartz, Herbert T.
284 · Fonds · 1886-1916, 197-

This collection consists of copies of books, articles, maps, photographs and other materials, created by or about Father Emile Petitot. The material was accumulated by Donat Savoie in the 1970s during his employment with the federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. The materials include approximately 2 meters of textual records, over 150 photographs, 13 maps and other ephemera. The textual materials consist of photocopies of writings of Petitot and articles, notes and bibliographies on Petitot's works by other authors. There are copies of letters by Father Jean Sequin, who was at Fort Good Hope with Father Petitot, and Donat Savoie's notes on the Metis taken from Petitot's works. The photographs consist primarily of images of engravings and drawings by Petitot, and a few by other artists, depicting the Dene, Metis, Inuit, and their cultures. Many of the illustrations appear in Petitot's and Savoie's books. Also included are photographs of Petitot and the Fort Good Hope church. There are additional images of a 1975 plaque ceremony honouring Emile Petitot at Mareuil-les-Meaux, France and Anglican Church photographs collected by Savoie. The maps consist of copies of maps by Emile Petitot, 5 maps produced for Annexe 2 'Inventaire toponymique: Cartes geographiques d'Emile Petitot' of "L'Occupation territoriale chez les amerindiens du nord-ouest canadien au XIXe siecle selon Emile Petitot: Land Occupancy by the Amerindians of the Canadian Northwest in the 19th Century, according to Emile Petitot" by Rachelle Castonguay and another 4 maps related to volume two of that publication. The latter represent Petitot's interpretation of native land use and occupancy in the Athabasca-Mackenzie region up to the 1880s and illustrate: Indigenous toponymy; land occupancy; native activities and native groups in various areas. Additional materials in this collection include copies of birth certificates for Emile Petitot and members of his family and copies of newspaper clippings on Petitot.

Father Emile Petitot Research Collection
N-1979-014 · Accession · [ca.1960?]

The photographs depict the Museum of the North, as well as two Henry Busse photographs, one of a weasel and one of men working on a boat. The postcard depicts Yellowknife with an image of a crane, and the drawing is of the Museum of the North building.

Zuckerman, George
N-1979-012 · Accession · [1946]

The prints feature river transportation, the Canol Project, Norman Wells, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Fort Providence, and Aklavik. They are believed to have been taken by George Zuckerman to illustrate the book "The Great Mackenzie".

Zuckerman, George
G-2022-034 · Accession · 1974-1982

Accession consists of copies of reports detailing scientific research licences from 1974 to 1982. There are also copies of listings documenting all Scientific Research Reports that were submitted pursuant to Section 5 of the Scientists Ordinance 1974. The accession also includes Information for License Applicants that was revised in 1982 that described what is required to obtain a scientific research license.

431 · Collection · 1945-1950

Records include photographs of the Viking Yellowknife Gold Mines Limited property at Morris Lake, and a variety of aircraft such as the Gypsy Moth, Bellanca Air Cruiser, and a Biplane among others in Yellowknife and at Giauque Lake. There are also photographs of Norman W. Byrne, his wife Rose, and his son Donald.

Byrne, Norman W.
Government of Canada
G-2022-035 · Accession · 1967, 1972, 1975, 1982, 1987

Accession consists of Northern Rental Housing Program Operations & Maintenance Costs from 1969 to 1972. There is also a Regional Income Analysis of Northwest Territories Fishing Lodges released by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 1982. The accession also consists of Policing Agreements in the Northwest Territories dating from 1975. Additionally, there is a 1987 report of the Canada/USSR Arctic Science Exchange Programme documenting the visit by Soviet Delegation in 1987 with Ethnography and Education as the theme and Contemporary Social Change as the topic. There is also an Interdepartmental Committee on Federal-Territorial Financial Relations Report on the Northwest Territories from 1967.