Fonds PR4025 - Albert LeRoy Kvarnberg fonds

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Albert LeRoy Kvarnberg fonds

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  • 1936-1943, 2006 (Creation)

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0.01 m of textual records. – 198 photographs.

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Albert LeRoy “Roy” Kvarnberg was born in Calmar, Alberta on 18 July 1918 to Swedish immigrants Emil and Mathilda Kvarnberg. As a child he worked on the family farm before working as an engineer in the Thorsby power plant and then the Vilna power plant. He then became the assistant engineer in the engine room of the Mackenzie River Transport vessel, the SS Slave River. It was in this capacity that he participated in the joint Canada-United States Canol Project, which was undertaken to create a secure source of oil through the North West Territories into Alaska in support of Allied efforts in the Second World War. Kvarnberg worked the Athabasca River-Mackenzie River supply waterway between the railhead at Fort McMurray and the oil camp at Norman Wells, NWT.

Albert Kvarnberg died on 2 December 2017.

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The fonds consists of a photo album created by Kvarnberg that documents his time working on the Canol Project. The photos depict transportation of supplies via portage, riverboat, and Caterpillar trains through the bush of northern Alberta and the North West Territories. There are also photos of camps and towns along the supply route, including Fort McMurray, Waterways, Norman Wells, Fitzgerald, Fort Smith and others. There are also images of pipeline and supply depots as well as U.S. soldiers and Indigenous people supporting the Canol Project.

There is also one photograph of the 1935-1936 Luscar Hockey Club. Kvarnberg’s connection to this team is unclear, as he was not listed on the photograph as a team member.

The textual records consist of a brief, hand-written explanation of the photos written by Kvarnberg and three articles about the history of the Canol Project from Arctic Journal, Alberta Oil magazine, and the Hougen family history website.

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The records were maintained by Albert LeRoy Kvarnberg until he donated them to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2017.


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  • English

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    Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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    Includes the following accessions: PR2018.0194

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