Fonds PR2546 - Beaverlodge Research Farm fonds

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Beaverlodge Research Farm fonds

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    • 1909 - 1921 (Création/Production)

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    44 photographs. -- 6 negatives

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    Histoire administrative

    In 1916, W.D. Albright received a contract from the Government of Canada to conduct agricultural experiments on his land. By 1917, the federal government established the Beaverlodge Experimental Farm with Albright as its superintendent.

    Now known as the Beaverlodge Research Station, the Station and its sub-station in Fort Vermilion are part of the Lacombe Research Centre and form the most northern agricultural research establishment in Canada. The Research Station specializes in research and development of technology for improved production systems for crops, honey bees and other pollinating insects adapted to environmental conditions in northwestern Canada. Research at the Fort Vermilion site focuses primarily on the adaptation of technologies for this northern agricultural area.

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    The fonds consists of images related to D.C Cranston's life in Alberta and features images of the staging area of Burnsites on their way to Beaverlodge, Alberta, Athabasca Landing, a wagon overturned on the trail, cutting wood, the S.S. Northern Light on Lessler Slave Lake, a wagon boarding the ferry at the Peace River Crossing, the first home of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Smith, the first post office at Lake Saskatoon, the second annual sports day at Lake Saskatoon, the first wedding in Beaverlodge, the Beaverlodge baseball team, a log cabin, Ralph Carrel and Jake Glesnet at Grande Prairie.

    The fonds also comprises photographs related to Maud Clifford including images featuring the first church at Spirit River, the Anglican mission house at Spirit River, the Hudson's Bay Company post at Dunvegan, the Roman Catholic Church at Bear Creek, and the home of Rev. Alexander Forbes at Flying Shot Lake.

    The fonds also includes photographs featuring the Beaverlodge Experimental Farm including photographs featuring the experimental; and images featuring the Beaverlodge region including images featuring a picnic day, picking currents, binding grain, the first automobile to reach Grande Prairie from Edmonton over the Edson Trail, a cutter constructer on the front bob of a sleigh, and sunflowers. The photographs date from 1909 to 1921.

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    In 1967, the Director of the Beaverlodge Research Farm donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta, which included materials from Donald C. Cranston (1886-1957) and Maud Clifford (1877-1947), two early settlers of the Beaverlodge area.


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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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        Associated materials

        For more information on Donald Cranston, Maud Clifford and W.D. Albright, please see the Peace River Country Research collection and the W.D. Albright fonds at the Glenbow Museum and Archives.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from: Beaverlodge Research Farm, (Accessed May 12, 2008).

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        Includes accession PR1967.0129.

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