Fonds PR2711 - Frank Oliver Studios fonds

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Frank Oliver Studios fonds

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    • 1953-1955 (Creation)

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    5486 negatives and other materials

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    Frank Oliver Junior (Jr.) (1932-2008) began working in the field of journalism in 1951. In the 1950s, the Edmonton Journal did not employ a staff photographer, but contracted photographic work to independent studios. In 1952, Laddie Ponich received a contract with the Edmonton Journal; Oliver apprenticed under Laddie Ponich.

    In 1953, Oliver established the Frank Oliver Studio at 11220 Jasper Avenue. The studio completed commercial work such as portraits, and weddings. He also maintained a contract with the Edmonton Journal from 1953 to 1955. Oliver left journalism in 1955 and closed his studio.

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    The fonds consists of 5486 negatives Frank Oliver Jr. shot while working on contract for the Edmonton Journal dating from 1953 to 1955. The negatives include images of news items such as accidents, fires, robberies, cornerstone ceremonies, and construction; images of sport items such as boxing, wrestling, basketball, baseball, swimming, football, hockey, bowling, stock car racing, curling, tennis and badminton; and images of social events such as balls, banquets, luncheons, conventions, teas, retirements, anniversaries, winter carnivals, reunions, fashion shows, alumni gatherings, contest winners, presentations, groups and associations. The fonds also includes invoices, business cards, envelopes, desk calendars, and photo mats of the Frank Oliver Studio dating from 1953 to 1955 as well as some amateur photographic work by Frank Oliver dating from the 1950's.

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    In 1992, Frank Oliver Jr. donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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

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        Associated materials

        For more material on the Frank Oliver family, please see the Frank Oliver family fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

        Also see the Frank Oliver fonds at the City of Edmonton Archives.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

        General note

        Information for the administrative history is from the fonds. Personal records of the Frank Oliver family were also intermingled in this accession. These materials are included in the Frank Oliver family fonds.

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        Includes accession PR1992.0261.

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        The fonds also includes 221 photographs, 0.30 m of textual material and 1 audio reel.

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