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N-1991-047 · Accession · 1942

This accession consists of two reports on agriculture in the Northwest Territories. A sixteen page report, dated November 14, 1942, from Albert Lawrence to E.S. Archibald recounts Lawrence's July to October, 1942 trip to the Northwest Territories to inspect Sub-Stations. His stops included Fort Smith, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Fort Norman, Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope, Arctic Red River, Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Fort Wrigley, and Hay River. Lawrence comments on gardens in those localities, environmental conditions, and dairy farming. His report concludes with recommendations. A two page report, dated December 14, 1942, from W.D. Albright to the director of Central Experimental Farms, in Ottawa, is a review of the report by Albert Lawrence.

The description in the reports may cause offense because the creators use outdated language to describe Indigenous Peoples and peoples with mixed heritage. We have reproduced the original as is because it is a part of the original historical record. If you have feedback or questions, please contact the NWT Archives.

Canada. Department of Agriculture

This accession consists of a video made by the Parks and Visitor Services division of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, entitled "The Thelon & The Kazan - Canoeing Canada's Heritage Rivers". The video is a documentary introduction to paddling the Thelon River and the Kazan River.

Williams, S.R. collection
N-1992-216 · Accession · [19-?]

[This accession consists of one cairn document in fragile condition. Very little of the penciled text message survives. Cairn was located near Franklin Pierce Bay (now) Nunavut by C.P.O. Steve Williams of the Joint Services Expedition to Princess Marie Bay, Ellesmere Island, 1980. See Accession file for coordinates]

N-2002-008 · Accession · 1930

The map was produced and sold by the Mundy Map Company of Edmonton. The map shows travel routes from Edmonton into the NWT up to Great Bear Lake and as far north as Kugluktuk. The map includes many place names and travel hints, including directions and distances between locations. It also shows air travel routes, RCMP stations, missions, hospitals, mining claims, wireless radio stations, gas caches and the boundaries of mining districts. It shows the position of claims at Echo Bay, Hunter Bay, Dismal Lake and the Camsell River and provides rough information on landmarks such as mountain ranges, the tree line, waterfalls and rapids.

N-1992-148 · Accession · 1847

This accession consists of one letter from Sir John Richardson to Reeve, Benham & Reeve, dated December 25, 1847, regarding illustrations from his latest book. Attached to the letter is a newspaper clipping of another letter written by Richardson in 1848.

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
N-2015-002 · Accession · 1913-1946

The textual records include a diary and a notebook written by John Paterson, a letter from Jack Stark to John Paterson and a pamphlet of the Northern Transit Service. The diary recounts Mr. Paterson's time as a trapper and fur trader in the Snowdrift (Lutselk'e) area from the fall of 1924 to the summer of 1925. The notebook describes Mr. Paterson's arrival in Canada and how he came to be in the North.

Paterson, John
G-1992-035 · Accession · 1979
Part of Northwest Territories. Office of the Commissioner fonds

The film documents the 1977 visit of His Royal Highness Prince Andrew to the Northwest Territories. Entitled "Journey to the Top of Canada," the film was commissioned by Commissioner Stuart Hodgson and was produced by Bill Roozeboom Productions Ltd., of Vancouver in 1979. The film is narrated by Prince Andrew and describes a three day visit to Yellowknife, Dettah, Beechey Island, Grise Fiord, Alert, Cape Columbia (to erect a cairn), and Cambridge Bay; and a two week canoe trip on the Coppermine River. Noted people in the film include Stuart Hodgson, Bob Pilot, Chief Joe Sangris, Chief Joe Charlo, Dr. George Gibson, James MacPhee and Pat Parr.

N-2022-003 · Accession · 1821, 1834, [ca. 1895]-2017

This accession consists of W.D. Addison's collection of material related to the Nahanni area, including his own photographs, trip journals, and maps, the annotated bibliography and literature review he compiled, oral-history interviews he conducted, transcripts and catalogues he compiled and edited, photographs, documents, and maps he gathered from various sources, and correspondence he conducted with Nahanni old-timers and others.

Addison, W.D.
McClintock, Nicholas C.
N-1979-044 · Accession · [185-?], copied [1974]

This accession consists of a bound scrapbook containing reproductions of materials relating to early British arctic expeditions and explorers, ca. 1850s. The book contains items such as: photographs of paintings of Horatio Austin, Henry Kellet, James Clark, and Lt. Hobson; copies of textual material on medical practices and diet; copies of correspondence from Commander McClintock to James Ross; a copy plan of the "H.M.S. Intrepid"; drawings of sledge flags from Austin and Kellett expeditions; and hand bills for entertainment events aboard ship. [Nicolas Cole McClintock (1916-2001) was the grandson of Admiral Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, K.C.B., D.C.L., L.L.D., F.R.S., V.P.R.G.S.]

The sound recordings consist of seven scripts of Christmas stories from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut researched and written by Erica Tesar (PWNHC) and produced by the Department of Information with technical production by Pat Monahan of the Native Communications Society. Performers included Bob MacQuarrie, Clive Tesar, Barbara Dillon, Val LeBlanc, Candice [Candace] Savage, Cathy MacQuarrie, Pat Monahan, Fred Norwegian, Margaret Mackenzie, Leonie Kannuk, and the Gumboots. The stories include dramatizations of New Year's 1799-1800 at Fort Chipewyan, a 1917 RNWMP patrol on the barrenlands, Christmas 1821 and 1822 on the ships Fury and Hecla, Christmas 1872 on an ice floe during the Polaris expedition, Dene Christmas celebrations, the opening of Kativik Community Hall in Iqaluit in 1974,Inuit Christmas celebrations, and Christmas in Yellowknife 1938.

Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services. Museums and Heritage division
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
G-1992-026 · Accession · 1961, 1965, 1967, 1970-1978
Part of Northwest Territories. Office of the Commissioner fonds

This accession consists of records from the Commissioner's Office during the tenure of Commissioner Stuart Hodgson. The records include alphabetical subject files, records relating to Commissioner's Tours of communities, including tour packages, briefing information, meeting transcripts, notes, and follow-up actions, records from other tours, case studies of communities, correspondence, funding requests, Rules of the Council of the Northwest Territories (adopted March 13, 1967), A Consolidation of The British North America Acts 1867 to 1964, and an Office Consolidation of the Indian Act.

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
Jean Wright photographs
N-2013-016 · Accession · 1912?

The photographs depict a "traditional" travel route through northern Alberta to Fort Resolution. Some images show what might be Tlicho style teepees. Two of the photos are described as showing the RCMP and coroner taking Jim Hislop's body back to Athabasca Lodge.

Wright, Jean
Rae, Sir John, 1764-1848
N-1992-095 · Accession · 1877

Records are comprised of letter from John Rae to Mr. Hyde Clarke, signed and dated, 2 Addison Gdns. [London], 25 April, 1877, extending an invitation to Rae's lecture at the Royal Institute.

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
N-1993-005 · Accession · 1938

This accession consists of two pamphlets produced by the Mackenzie River Transport Company in 1938. The first is a Schedule of Sailings for the 1938 season, and the second is an advertisement entitled "To the Arctic: A Summer Trip Through Canada's Northwestern Waterways in Thirty-Five Days".

Mackenzie River Transport Company