Fonds PR1533 - Dan Campbell fonds

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Dan Campbell fonds

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    • 1932-1949 (Creation)

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    0.03 m of textual records. -- 735 photographs. -- 730 negatives.

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    Biographical history

    Daniel (Dan) Eldon Crozier Campbell was born in Banff, North-West Territories on October 17, 1897. He enlisted in the army in 1915 shortly after he turned eighteen; he served with the Overseas Alberta Battalion No.192 and helped organized the Canadian Corps Cyclists.

    After the First World War he returned to Calgary, Alberta and in 1923 undertook publicity and bookings for the Grand Theatre. He later worked as press photographer for the Calgary Herald and in 1928 was the editor of the newspaper. In 1933, he joined the editorial staff of The Albertan. He was later the first Canadian commercial news broadcaster for CFCN.

    In 1939 he was asked by Premier William Aberhart to open a government information bureau in Edmonton, Alberta and was appointed Director of Publicity and was later Director of the Alberta Travel Bureau. During the Second World War, Dan served as the liaison officer between the Alberta Government and the American troops building the Alaska Highway. He retired in 1962.

    Dan married Mae L. Studer in 1926. After their divorce in 1936, he married Florence Varley (1908-1984) in 1937, and they had one son, Eric.

    Dan Campbell died September 26, 1969 in Edmonton.

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    The fonds consists of photographs and negatives that depict various people, views, aerial views, buildings, and events in Alberta, as well as includes an index compiled by Dan Campbell. The fonds also includes photographs of Lieutenant-Governor John J. Bowlen, Premier William Aberhart, a scenic view around Banff, Alberta by Ernest Brown, and two of the Cascade River.

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    Mr. Bruce W. Hogle deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1976. Mr. Hogle's relationship with Dan Campbell is unknown. Mrs. Daniel Campbell donated photographs to the Archives in 1981.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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

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        Information for the biographical sketch is from Dan Campbell's Edmonton Journal obituary on September 29, 1969. Reference prints of photographs in this fonds can be found in C File under location numbers C001-C472. The William Aberhart photograph can be located in the A file under the number A2043, which is part of accession PR1970.0239, the personal papers of William Aberhart.

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        Includes accession PR1976.0419.

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