Fonds PR2868 - Arthur Balmer Watt fonds

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Arthur Balmer Watt fonds

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    • [ca.1905] (Creation)

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    5 photographs

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    Arthur Balmer Watt was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1876, the son of William Watt, who was part owner of the Brantford Expositor newspaper. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1897. After working as a reporter for various Ontario newspapers, he moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1905.

    He established and published several local papers: the Edmonton Saturday News, the Edmonton Capital, and Alberta Homestead. In 1912, he began working for the Edmonton Journal as Associate Editor, and served as Editor from 1921 until his retirement in 1945. A.B. Watt served as President of the Alberta and Eastern B.C. Press Association (1907-1908), and as President of the Edmonton Canadian Club (1932-1933).

    He married Mary Gertrude Hogg (1879-1963), who also worked as a reporter and was one of the charter members of the Canadian Women's Press Club. Together they had three children: Ernest Frederick Balmer "Ted" (1901-1996) , Naomi (Radford) (1908-2002) and Lois (Fuog) (1913-2021).

    A.B. Watt died in Edmonton in 1964.

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    The fonds consists of 5 photographs featuring images of the fur trade and transportation in Northern Alberta dating from ca. 1905.

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    In 1996, R.A. Watt donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. R.A. Watt found the photographs in his father's, Frederick Balmer Watt, belongings after his death. R.A. Watt believed the photographs previously belonged to his grandfather, Arthur Balmer Watt.


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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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        For more material on the Watt family, please see the Frederick Balmer "Ted" Watt fonds, the Gertrude Balmer Watt fonds, and the Arthur Balmer Watt fonds at the University of Alberta Archives.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the University of Alberta Arthur Balmer Watt fonds description.

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        Includes accession PR1997.0243.

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