Collection N-2022-004 - Michael Mechell (Mitch) Jacob collection

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Michael Mechell (Mitch) Jacob collection

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  • Textual record
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  • [1932-1936] (Creation)
    Jacob, Michael Mechell (Mitch)

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0.1 cm of textual records
76 photographs (black and white prints)

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(October 29, 1912 - October 17, 1988)

Biographical history

Michael Mechell Jacob, known mainly as Mitch Jacob, was born on October 29, 1912, in Roanoke, Virginia, United States. Jacob’s parents, both of Syrian descent, were Najeeb Jacob, a merchant, and Rosa Joseph Jacob, a housewife. Jacob spent the first years of his childhood in Roanoke. In approximately 1932, Jacob travelled to the Northwest Territories and settled in Behchoko (formerly Fort Rae), where he worked as a bookkeeper for independent trader Jim Darwish. Jacob spent approximately four years in the Northwest Territories before moving south to Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

On November 29, 1940, Jacob married Louise Veronica Jacob (nee Abdo), and they had three children: Mechell Paul Jacob, Frederick Richard Jacob, and Thomas Michael Jacob. Jacob worked as a salesman for Kaufman Knitting Co. in Minneapolis from 1940 to 1988. Mitch Jacob died October 17, 1988.

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The records were kept by Mitch Jacob's children. Jacob's son Tom donated them to the NWT Archives in 2020.

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The records consist of 0.1 cm of textual records and 76 photographs (black and white prints) that were created by Mitch Jacob during his time in the NWT, primarily in Behchoko (formerly Fort Rae). The textual records consist of Jacob’s mining claims and related materials. The photographs document Jacob’s time and activities in the NWT, and include the tugboat ‘Dease Lake’, barges, dog teams, and prospecting. Communities and locations documented include Behchoko, the Mackenzie River Ramparts, and Fort Fitzgerald, Alberta. The photographs feature Mitch Jacob himself and many members of the Darwish family, particularly Jim Darwish.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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