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Bart Hawkins fonds

  • 19
  • Fonds
  • [1954-1971]

This fonds consists of one folder of text and approximately 865 photographs taken during the time Bart Hawkins spent in the north at various Royal Canadian Mounted Police stations, including Fort Simpson, Yellowknife, Port Radium, and Fort Liard. Included among the images are views of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) duties, some recreational activities of the RCMP and views of the scenery in the regions where Bart Hawkins was stationed. Many of the images show RCMP personnel and facilities. Also included are images of treaty payment days and Port Radium mine. The textual material consists of two pamphlets from the city of Yellowknife.

Hawkins, Bart

Salt River Settlement Oral History Project fonds

  • 20
  • Fonds
  • 1993

This fonds consists of 5 audio cassettes containing interviews with elders that lived in the Salt River area in the 1920s and 1930s, including Francois King Beaulieu, Maria Brown, Vincent Beaulieu, Liza Schaefer, Francois Laviolette and Fred Dawson. The topics of the interviews include a history of the Beaulieu family, housing construction, animal husbandry, farming and the effect of the flood that took place at the Salt River Settlement in the 1930s. The fonds also contains 3 cm of textual material which includes Chipewyan transcripts and English translations of the sound recordings.

Salt River Settlement Oral History Project

Carlton R. Appleby fonds

  • 341
  • Fonds
  • [194-?]

This fonds consists of approximately 3 cm of textual material and 10 black and white photographs. The textual material consists of a copy of a journal kept by Carleton Appleby during the summer of 1946, during a trip on the Athabasca and Slave Rivers aboard the boat 'Beaver Lake.' He also visited Yellowknife, Fort Fitzgerald and Fort Rae during his journey. The 10 photographs were probably taken that same summer and depict the communities of Fort Rae and Yellowknife, as well as individuals he met in Yellowknife and aboard the riverboat 'Dease Lake.'

Appleby, Carlton R.

J. Lewis Robinson fonds

  • 345
  • Fonds
  • 1942-1990

This fonds consists of 71 photographs, 47 colour slides, one photocopy of a map showing the settlement of Hay River in 1945, 6 original sketch maps of various other communities also from 1945, and one report entitled "Report on Physical Geography Study of the Western Arctic, 1947." The photographs show various communities across the north including, Hay River, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Fort Providence, Pine Point, Tulita, Inuvik, Aklavik, Port Radium, Rankin Inlet and Yellowknife. The photographs of Hay River show dwellings and tents; however, there are also images of the meteorological station, airfield and Hudson's Bay Company. The images of Yellowknife are primarily aerial images of the town, images of Old Town, residential areas and places of business. There are also photographs of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) barracks, Con Mine, Gordon Lake Mine, Negus Mine and commercial gardens. The photographs of Port Radium show the Eldorado uranium mine. Other photographs show pipeline activity at Inuvik. The slides are also mainly aerial images, and document communities throughout the NWT and Nunavut, including Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Fort Good Hope, Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk, Aklavik, Hay River and the Mackenzie river. Nunavut locations documented on slides include Cambridge Bay, Baffin Island, Mansel Island, Prince Charles Island, Boothia Peninsula and Arctic Bay. One colour slide is a picture of Tom Doornbos of Yellowknife, carrying his water pails. The report was generated from personal observations by Robinson during a visit to the western arctic in August of 1947. The majority of the report focuses on observations about Victoria Island, Prince of Wales Island, Somerset Island and the Boothia Peninsula; however, there are also notations concerning the topography from Yellowknife to Bathurst Inlet. The report includes a diary of the trip and contains discussions of the topography, mapping, geology, ice conditions, vegetation and animal life. The report was originally produced for the Federal Government, Lands and Development Services Branch, Northwest Territories and Yukon Services.

Robinson, J. Lewis

Gruben family fonds

  • 370
  • Fonds
  • [190-?]-2002

This fonds consists of 80 b/w and colour photographs and one folder of textual material relating to the Gruben family of the Mackenzie Delta region. Dating mainly from the 1920s to the 1970s, the photographs document the people, places and activities of the Mackenzie Delta including the communities of Tuktoyaktuk, Aklavik, Kittigaryuk, Shingle Point, and Baillie Island and the Gruben, Nasogaluak, Raddi, Pokiak, Jacob, Kikoak, Carpenter, Cockney, Wolki, and Elias families. Featured are traditional Inuvialuit clothing, including floral pattern parkas with sunburst hoods. Additional subjects include hunting, dogsledding, boats, fishing, and oil rigs. The schooner 'North Star' is also featured. The textual material includes the marriage certificate of Mary (Mercy) Talegomik and John Rubin, as well as a letter addressed to Mary Gruben from B. Sidgwick dated April 7, 1950.

Gruben (family)

Paul Trudel fonds

  • 373
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1983

This fonds consists of 223 b&w and colour photographs and 0.2 cm of textual records. The majority of the photographs were taken by Paul Trudel while he was in Fort Smith and the surrounding area in the 1920s. Officials of the government, including J.A. McDougal, N.W. Champagne, and Gerry Murphy, are prominently featured. Other photographs taken at the Slave River, Pine Lake or in Wood Buffalo National Park relate to the recreation activities and picnics of colleagues' families. Some of the photographs were taken in Yellowknife and the surrounding area in the 1940s. These photographs include family snapshots as well as prominent Yellowknife families and individuals, including Dr. Oliver Stanton, Father Gathy and Bishop Breynat. Several of the photographs document Paul Trudel's day to day activities at the district's mining recorder's office on Latham Island in Yellowknife. The textual material includes letters, one recipe card, a colour photocopy of a 1928? Waterways train schedule, a colour photocopy of a map showing the communities of the Mackenzie River valley, memorabilia including scanned copies of two Christmas cards, an engagement announcement from Edmonton Journal, and editions of the Yellowknife Blade newspaper (annotated by Paul Trudel), Vol. 1, No.3 and Vol. 1, No. 4.

Trudel, Paul

Bern Will Brown fonds

  • 381
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1999

This fonds consists of 0.6 cm of textual records, ca. 13,000 photographs (col. slides, col. negatives, and b&w negatives), and 45 reels of 16 mm film.

The textual records comprise two newsletters produced by Bern Will Brown and a series of letters written by Capt. C.T. Pederson. The newsletters give a brief overview of life in the community of Colville Lake during 1991 and 1992, including items of interest relating to various members of the community. The Pedersen correspondence is autobiographical, including reminiscences of C.T. Pederson of some of his activities in the north; the majority are addressed to Father Brown of Our Lady of the Snows Mission in Colville Lake, but one letter is addressed to Commander Ransom.

The photographs include images of a wide variety of subjects, particularly activities of the Catholic Church and traditional activities of the Dene, Inuvialuit and Inuit, including hunting, trapping and transportation. There are photos of many locations throughout the NWT as well as some locations in Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The films and videocassettes include footage of dog teams, life at Colville Lake, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Aklavik, Husky Lakes, Whitefish Station, Tulita (Fort Norman), Nahanni Butte, Fort Simpson, Bern Will Brown, various Catholic priests and bishops, fishing, children at play, aircraft, construction of the mission, reindeer, whaling, trapping, hunting, church services, many local families including: Kochon, Codzi, Masuzumi, Cotchilly, Oudzi and political visitors such as Governors-General.

Brown, Bern Will

Sam Otto fonds

  • 382
  • Fonds
  • 1927 - [197-?]

This fonds consists of 0.1 cm of textual records, 859 photographs (242 black and white negatives, 300 black and white prints - original masters; 766 black and white digital files (TIFF), 15 colour digital files (TIFF) - archival masters; 55 black and white negatives, 23 black and white prints - original and archival masters), 15 8mm film reels (original masters), four 16mm film reels (original masters), 19 Betacam SP videocassettes (archival masters), and one 8mm film reel (original and archival master).

The textual records consist of a membership certificate. The majority of the photographs document Sam’s life prospecting, mining, and trapping between 1930 and 1950, while a smaller selection document Sam’s nuclear family life beginning in 1952. There are five main series of photographs: work in the Great Bear Lake region with the Northern Transportation Company and uranium mines in the early to mid-1930s; gold mining, camping, and prospecting in the Great Slave Lake area in the mid-1930s through the 1940s; work on the Canol project in 1942-1943; trapping on the barren lands (tundra) of the Keewatin region near Clinton-Colden Lake and the Back River area in the late 1930s to 1950; and Sam’s nuclear family life from 1952 onwards. Communities documented in this fonds include early images of Yellowknife’s Old Town and Latham Island, Fort Franklin (Deline), Cameron Bay camps, Norman Wells, Fort Resolution, and Fort Smith. The moving images document being on the land, prospecting, and hunting between 1930 and 1960, and town and family life between 1950 and 1970.

The digital files (TIFF) are scans of the original black and white negatives, black and white prints, and colour negatives, while the videocassettes are transfers from the original 8mm and 16mm film reels, all created by Sam Otto and loaned by his son Sheldon in 2000. The majority of the originally loaned items were returned by Sam Otto's daughter Lorraine in 2015, in addition to some newly offered materials.

Otto, Sam

Miriam Leith fonds

  • 73
  • Fonds
  • [1959-1967]

This accession consists of 7.5 cm of textual records comprised of academic publications authored by Miriam Leith, as well as a large number of draft and research notes produced by Ms. Leith in her research on northern food and nutrition as well as housing programs. Files also contain correspondence and reports concerning northing housing programs. Related to Ms. Leith's work with the Adult Housing Education Program. Also included in the collection are copies of diet information and recipes distributed to the local people. Some of these materials are written in syllabics.

Leith, Miriam

Harrison, David A.

  • N-1979-560
  • Accession
  • [1977-1978]

This accession consists of photocopies of 2 manuscripts by David A. Harrison, "A History of Development of Hay River, Northwest Territories Between 1800 & 1967" and "The Fur Trade and the Growth of Hay River."

Harrison, David A.

Cunningham, Frank J.G.

  • N-1988-023
  • Accession
  • 1946-1948

This accession consists of 110 photographs documenting the construction of Yellowknife buildings and services in the late 1940s, and a visit from Governor General Viscount Alexander in 1946, attributed to Frank J.G. Cunningham. Also within this accession is a poster, dinner menu and a letter written by miner Daniel L. Davis.

Cunningham, Frank J.G.

Haley, Susan, b. 1949

  • N-1988-505
  • Accession
  • [1987?]

This accession consists of an incomplete translation by Susan Haley of Father Emile Petitot's journal. Documented are Petitot's observations around Great Bear Lake and Fort Franklin.

John H. Parker, Ephemera Collection

  • N-1988-509
  • Accession
  • 1960-1967

This accession consists of a variety of unrelated files primarily collected by John Parker. These files include: a copy of a speech given by Parker in 1967 to the Fourth National Northern Development Conference in Edmonton entitled "Local Government for Northern Communities"; documents relating to a Board of Inquiry on proposed labour standards legislation for the Northwest Territories (1965); information sheets on Inuvik [1965?], and records relating to tourism development in the Northwest Territories. Included among these records is material from the Northwest Territories Tourist Association, including minutes and conference reports.

Parker, John Havelock

Ted A. Shutsa film collection

  • N-1989-013
  • Accession
  • 1987-1988

The video is entitled "Pine Point Memories" and was produced by T.A. Shutsa in 1988. Although most of the video footage was shot by Mr. Shutsa, the opening 8 minutes consists of a reproduction of a video produced by Cominco which details the development of the mine at Pine Point. Cominco sold copies of this video to the residents of Pine Point in 1987. The footage taken by T.A. Shutsa documents the community of Pine Point in the final months before the mine was closed and the townsite abandoned. There are interviews with many of the towns' residents at their work sites. Footage includes the interior of such community facilities as the arena, the I.G.A. grocery store, the hardware store, and Galena Heights School. It also depicts the exterior of many of the buildings in Pine Point. The video also shows some of the buildings being destroyed. Also depicted is the last wedding and the last high school graduation ceremony held in the community. Included in this accession is a hand-written manuscript authored by Ted Shutsa in which he identifies many of the people and events depicted on the video.

Shutsa, Ted A.

Canada. Department of National Defence

  • N-1989-026
  • Accession
  • 1951-1953

This accession consists of two file folders labelled Aklavik and Port Radium and site plans for Aklavik and Yellowknife. Inside the folders are charts illustrating daylight/twilight/darkness distribution at 66 degrees and 68 degrees North and two internal memorandums about Aklavik and Port Radium written by Margaret R. Montgomery for the Northern Operational Research Section, Department of National Defence. Also in the folders are three maps (0001) Hydrographic chart of Great Bear Lake, (0002) site plan of Port Radium, and (0003) Road & Rail Routes in the Northwest.

Pine Point Proclamation

  • N-1999-022
  • Accession
  • April 1, 1974

Records are comprised of a proclamation published on the occasion of changing the status of Pine Point, Northwest Territories, from a village to a town.

Yellowknife Information Pamphlet

  • N-1999-041
  • Accession
  • 1949

Records are comprised of one pamphlet of general information on Yellowknife dated 1949. The pamphlet was published by the Department of Mines and Resources, Lands and Development Services Branch, Ottawa, Canada.

Canada. Department of Mines and Resources

Helene Caufield Collection

  • N-2020-002
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1950]-1963

The collection consists primarily of slides taken by Helene Caufield during her time working as a nurse stationed in the Northwest Territories. Photograph locations include: Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Reindeer Station, Inuvik, Fort Simpson, and Yellowknife. Topics include scenery and community views, Anglican churches, hospitals, and hostels, students and patients, and activities including sewing, harvesting ice, making dryfish, picnics, and walks. The collection also includes a portrait of Helene during her training and a two page list of photograph captions.

Caufield, Helene