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Norman Robinson fonds
356 · Fonds · 1919-1940

This fonds consists of 709 black and white photographs and approximately 20 cm of textual material relating to Norman Robinson's travels in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Ireland between 1919-1940. The photographs are mounted in nine journals which contain narrative about Robinson's work in the Northwest Territories as a trapper and guide; his work in British Columbia as a Game Warden and two years spent in Ireland. In addition, there are two original letters that Robinson wrote to his mother while he was guiding a Survey Party in the Northwest Territories in 1924, two notebooks which contain transcribed letters that Robinson wrote to his family in Ireland between 1919-1922 and transcriptions of three narratives written by Norman Robinson.

Robinson, Norman
Peter Gordon fonds
34 · Fonds · 1961

This fonds consists of photographs of a canoe trip from Hay River to Fort Providence, Fort Simpson and Nahanni Butte. It includes portraits of Gordon Robertson and Dick Turner.

Gordon, Peter
Frank Thomas Carter fonds
397 · Fonds · 1942-1943

This fonds consists of 76 b&w print photographs taken by Frank Thomas Carter; five of the photos are hand coloured. The photos document Carter’s voyage to Norman Wells up the Mackenzie as well as the early stages of construction of the oil storage tanks at the Canol Project in Norman Wells during 1942-1943. The photos are numbered on the back in the order in which they appeared on album pages by the donor, Donald A. Davidson, Carter’s stepson. Overall themes include the Mackenzie River, construction, boats, camp life and the Canol project.

Carter, Frank Tomas, 1915-1985
John Russell fonds
45 · Fonds · 1914-1930

This fonds consists of approximately 1100 photographs, 12 cm of textual material and 4 maps relating primarily to John Russell's survey work as a Dominion Land Surveyor in Northern Alberta and in the Northwest Territories. The photo albums document specific surveys that Russell worked on and most contain detailed captions and narrative describing survey events and conditions. A number of the remaining photographs, originally mounted on photo pages, appear to be from a file labeled "1924 Great Slave Lake; 1925 Peace River-Hay River-Great Slave Lake-towards Great Bear Lake; 1926 Wood Buffalo Park in Alberta and Northwest Territories; 1927 Aerial Photography, Comorant Lake to Wood Buffalo Park." Images feature the people and communities within these regions. The textual records consist of a series of draft articles entitled: "Charting our Northern Waterways in Sub-Zero Temperatures" and "A Surveyor's Impression of Northern Canada, Parts I, II, III;" a description of Marian River and Lakes between Great Slave Lake and Great Bear Lake; lists of plants, insects, dipteral and lepidopteron specimens collected by Russell on his surveys; and a history of Wood Buffalo Park. Other textual records include "The Ballad of the Ptarmigan," a poem removed from the 1925 Peace River photo album, an initial draft of "A Surveyor's Impression of Northern Canada," a bound Daily Journal from April 23 to September 30, 1925 which documents the Peace River survey and a notebook containing Russell's writings. The maps consist of a 1928 Department of Interior map of Hay River; a map fragment of Great Slave Lake that was annotated with Russell's 1921 survey comments; two maps which remain in the 1922 Athabasca-Great Slave Lake photo album; a map of Great Slave Lake, a map of Fort Resolution to Fort Reliance which is also annotated with Russell's survey notes and a Department of Interior map of the Mackenzie and Slave Rivers. There are a few aerial photographs and images of subject matter not related to the Northwest Territories and Russell's surveying expeditions.

Russell, John
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
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
Richard Bonnycastle fonds
49 · Fonds · 1968

This fonds consists of a typescript diary of Richard Bonnycastle's 1968 journey by plane from Fort Garry (Manitoba) through Alberta and down the Mackenzie River and back to Fort Garry. The narrative includes references to the trips he made while he was district manager for the Hudson's Bay Company. Places he visited on his journey included Fort Smith, Yellowknife, Fort Simpson, Norman Wells, Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik.

Bonnycastle, Richard
John Day fonds
90 · Fonds · [1937-1939]

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.

Day, John
Poole Field fonds
201 · Fonds · 1913-1939

This fonds consists of three letters written by Poole Field to Jack La Flair and one letter written to a member of the Geological Survey of Canada. The letters relate stories of the customs and beliefs of the Mountain Dene and Field's trips in the Nahanni region.

Field, Poole
Otto Lahser fonds
125 · Fonds · 1898-1899

This fonds consists of a copy of a typed version of the diary of Otto Lahser. The diary describes the journey taken in 1898 and 1899 down the Athabasca and Slave Rivers to Great Slave Lake and then down the Mackenzie River to the Peel River aboard the boat "Enterprise." The diary includes details on weather, people they encountered and their attempts to locate gold.

Lahser, Otto
Ole Hagen fonds
119 · Fonds · [1928 - 1959]

This fonds consists of 134 photographs depicting images of Fort Resolution, Great Bear Lake, Fort Rae, Yellowknife and the Negus Mine site. In addition there are photocopies of a standard employee's contract at Yellowknife Gold Mines, Ltd., dated 1934; a list of supplies required to sustain 2 men for 2 months; 2 plane tickets from Edmonton to Yellowknife dated 1936 and from Yellowknife to Edmonton dated 1937; and a 19-page diary written by Mr. Hagen during his trip to Bear Lake. There is also a copy of a release form in which Mr. Hagen released Admiral Yellowknife Mines, Ltd. Bear Exploration and Radium Ltd, Burwash Yellowknife Mines, Ltd. and Atlas Yellowknife Mines Ltd from his stakers interest in the group of claims in the Yellowknife area.

Hagen, Ole
McCall family fonds
360 · Fonds · [1940-197-?]

This fonds consists of 299 colour slides, 19 colour prints and 273 black and white prints. The majority of the photographs are of Frank and Grace McCall's time spent in the Mackenzie Delta (Aklavik - Reindeer Station) in the 1940s, Yellowknife (1940s - 1970s) and Ft. Smith in the (1950s and 1960s). The series of print photographs focussing on Yellowknife include images relating to transportation, recreation, mining, and scenery. Negus Mine, Con Mine, Jolliffe Island, the Wildcat Café, water taxis, floatplanes, and cat trains are featured, along with Yellowknife residents Tom Doornbos and John Anderson Thomson. The series of print photographs focussing on Aklavik include images relating to reindeer herding, transportation, and aerial photographs. A third series of print photographs, entitled Northern Miscellaneous, covers various subjects, including a trip Frank McCall took in his capacity as Regional Administrator to communities such as Banks Island, Holman Island, Coppermine (Kugluktuk), Spence Bay (Taloyoak) and Pelly Bay to talk to residents about a Resource Program. The two textual documents are programs for the official openings of the Yellowknife United Church in 1958 and Bristol Memorial Park in 1970.

McCall (family)
Mary Saich fonds
112 · Fonds · 1940-[1942]

This fonds consists of 291 photographs and 6.2 cm of textual material. There are images of Aklavik and the surrounding area, as well as images that document Mary Saich's trip to Tuktoyaktuk. In addition, there is one scrapbook compiled by Mary Saich; one notebook that includes historical and geographical notes on the Northwest Territories, her curriculum ideas and a manuscript entitled "A Year in Canada's North" which includes copies/originals of articles on the north and copies/originals of Mary Saich's correspondence with her parents.

Saich, Mary
Lex Miller fonds
74 · Fonds · 1942, 1986

This fonds consists of copies of 72 photographs taken by A.K. Miller between 1940 and 1942 and one audio reel containing an interview with Miller conducted by the NWT Archives in 1986. The photographs document Miller's trip from northern Alberta down the Slave and Mackenzie Rivers. The images depict a vareity of water transportation, such as the S.S. "Radium King," S.S. "Distributor," M.S. "Liard River," S.S. "Mackenzie River" and different barges. As well, there are several images of CANOL crews and construction, including African-American servicemen. There are also images of Canadian Pacific Airways aircraft, camps and dog teams. The interview contains biographical information on Miller and an explanation of river transportation in the north.

Miller, Lex
Edward Lloyd fonds
69 · Fonds · 1871-1921

This fonds consists of one microfilm reel of Edward Lloyd's correspondence, travel diaries and various other family letters. He travelled extensively across the country including a trip (ca. 1897-1899) from Edmonton, to Hay River via the Peace and Hay Rivers, down the Mackenzie River through communities such as Wrigley and Fort Good Hope to Fort McPherson, across the Yukon to Old Crow and on to Alaska.

Lloyd, Edward
Dr. Paris B. Stockdale fonds
361 · Fonds · 1946

This fonds consists of one Betacam video containing footage of Yellowknife, Peg Tantalum mine, a plane taking off and landing in Port Radium, an aerial view of Fort Smith and footage of Coppermine. Dr. Paris B. Stockdale, a geologist from the University Of Tennessee, shot the original 16 mm film in July 1946. A BetaCam copy was made in October 2002. In addition, there is also footage of the Fort McMurray, Alberta airport, Noranda/Val D'or Mining District in northwestern Quebec, the Noranda District in Ontario and Flin Flon, Manitoba.

Stockdale, Dr. Paris B.
Irene Spry fonds
164 · Fonds · 1935

This fonds consists of 3 cm of textual material and one photo album containing 626 photographs of Irene Spry's (at that time Irene Biss) trip through the western Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory. The bulk of the photographs show scenery in the various locations that she visited. The textual material consists of two notebook diaries that contain many descriptions of the people she met and the places she visited.

Spry, Irene
George Rysgaard fonds
136 · Fonds · 1966-1973, 1990-1991

This fonds consists of three 16 mm films, sound recordings which are narrations for two of the films, 69 photographs and some correspondence. The films are about the following subjects: the topography, flora and fauna of the Thelon River area, Colville Lake and Victoria Island. The narration for the Colville Lake and Victoria Island films is on 4 audio cassettes, which were reformatted to DAT audio cassette in 1993. The 69 colour slides (a few are duplicates) document locations including Great Bear Lake, Colville Lake, Victoria Island and the Thelon Refuge. There are also images of Duncan Pryde, Father Bern Will Brown, and George Rysgaard. The accession also contains correspondence from Father Brown (Bern Will Brown) to George Rysgaard and correspondence with Dr. Breckenridge, concerning the 1970 trip to the Thelon River area. The correspondence includes lists of mammals and birds observed, and plant specimens collected.

Rysgaard, George
G.H.U. Bayly fonds
71 · Fonds · [1973]

This fonds consists of a diary written by G.H.U. Bayly during a canoe trip from Campbell Lake to Beverly Lake via the Thelon Game Sanctuary. All members of the party were experienced canoeists and some had completed trips in the Northwest Territories on previous occasions. One of the aims of the trip was to record via 16 mm movie camera and sound recorders the sights and sound of their experiences with particular emphasis on natural aspects of the route, including wildlife and terrain. Included in the details of the diary are weather reports, observations of wildlife, including caribou and various bird species, and observations on topography. The diary also contains photocopies of photographs of including members of the party, maps, and excerpts from appropriately related reading materials (i.e. re: John Hornby). Included at the end of the diary is an index, equipment list and list of temperatures.

Bayly, G.H.U., [1907]-1998
Alfred Preble fonds
203 · Fonds · 1903

This fonds consists of one photocopy of the typescript version of Alfred E. Preble's journal of his trip from Athabasca Landing to Fort Wrigley back to Athabasca Landing. Included in the journal are descriptions of the flora and fauna observed and collected. There are also descriptions of Fort Resolution, Hay River, Fort Simpson and people he met during the journey. Also included are some photocopies of black and white photos taken by Preble during this trip.

Preble, Alfred