Fonds PR2783 - Achilles Schmid fonds

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Achilles Schmid fonds

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    • 1912, Copied 1967 (Creation)

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    98 photographs. - 26 negatives.

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    Achilles Raphael Schmid was born in Rheineck, Switzerland in 1873. He came to Canada in 1892 and settled in Wetaskiwin, Northwest Territories.

    In 1912, Achilles Schmid traveled down the Athabasca River, Alberta and visited the oil sands.

    He married Mary Hladik (1878-1958) in Wetaskiwin in 1901, and together they had six children: Daniel (1902-1984), Ann (Lynn) (1904-2006), Lillian (Smith) (1910-2006), Eveline (MacPhee) (1912-2003), Rita (Johnston) (1916-1996), and Irene (Pridding)

    He died in Edmonton in 1944.

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    The fonds consists of photographs taken during Achilles Schmid's travels down the Athabasca River in 1912. The photographs feature images of Athabasca Landing, limestone, First Nations, rapids, Athabasca Valley, a moose hunt, a portage, boat travel, an oil derrick, Pelican Rapids, tar sands, Fort McMurray, the Athabasca Oil Company, Hudson's Bay Company scows, dog teams, wintery landscapes, Calling Lake, a school house at Lac La Biche, the Northwest Mounted Police Station at Lac La Biche, and settlers of Lac La Biche. The fonds also includes photographs and negatives copied by the Provincial Archives of Alberta for the purpose of displaying the material in the Achilles Schmid fonds.

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    In 1968, Achilles Schmid's children donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Includes accession PR1968.0069.

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