Fonds PR2487 - Fern Gully fonds

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Fern Gully fonds

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    • 1944-1965 (Creation)

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    9 photographs. - 0.01 m of textual records

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    William Fernley "Fern" Cose Gully was born in Kingswear, South Devon, England in 1892. After graduating from public school, he worked in a lumber company office from 1905-1912. Following his position in the lumber company, he immigrated to Canada and joined the staff of the Calgary Herald in Calgary, Alberta in 1913. He became Chief Accountant at the Calgary Herald and held this position until his death.

    Fern practiced amateur photography and held membership with the Calgary Photo Forum. Fern's photographic subjects often included Indigenous peoples of Alberta. In 1941, the Nakoda Nation declared Fern a “Blood Brother”.

    In 1917, Fern married Vera Farley (1895-1996). Fern and Vera had two daughters: Edna May (Binns) (1919-2002) and Dorothy (Bourne) (1924-2009). He died in 1951.

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    The fonds consists of nine photographs capturing the Siksika Tabbaco Society ceremony in Gleichen, Alberta in 1944 taken by Fern Gully.

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    In 1965, Puis Three Sons of the Siksika Nation Reserve of Gleichen, Alberta donated material comprising PR1965.0071. In 1965, the Provincial Archives of Alberta received material comprising PR1965.0020 from John C. Hellson.


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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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        Please see the Fern Gully fonds at the Glenbow Archives.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the Glenbow Archives Fern Gully fonds description. The images can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A1585 through A1590.

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        Includes accessions PR1965.0020 and PR1965.0071.

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