Fonds PR4012 - Jack Wooders fonds

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Jack Wooders fonds

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    • 1956 (Creation)

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    36 transparencies.

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    Biographical history

    Jack E. Wooders was born in 1933 in London, UK, and moved to Wallington, Surrey County, England in 1939. Wooders arrived in Alberta in 1954, and farmed, ranched, and trapped on a quarter section near Edson. He was a photographer at Wooders Portraits in Wainwright and Vermilion from 1958-1964, and attended the Biological Sciences program at the University of Alberta from 1969-1972.

    Wooders also worked as a camp cook in the summer of 1969 in Jasper National Park, and worked as a cook on a crew building a road to Fort Simpson in 1970. He married his wife Valerie, a school teacher, in 1972.

    Custodial history

    Jack Wooders donated these records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2023.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of slides of images of activities at the Camsell Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Jack Wooders created the slides at the behest of Dr. Harold Pfeiffer, a doctor at the Camsell Hospital. Pfeiffer was a sculptor and taught some patients (largely Inuit) at the Camsell in arts and crafts, both as a social activity and for the patients to earn some money while at the hospital.

    The slides show portraits of patients with and without their carvings and sculptures, art collections and pieces, Dr. Pfeiffer at his desk and work, and several pictures of paintings.

    There are two copies of 17 of the slides, with a copy each in two different tints (red and blue). There are also two blue-tinted photos of the inside of a sculpture and of a third painting. The slides also have different details that are highlighted based on the tint.

    The first box, with blue-tinted slides, was labeled “C. Campsell [sic] Hosp. with Harold Pfeiffer on Sunday March 25/3/56, Palm Sun.” The blue slides are on Pix-A-Color slides. The second box that these slides were donated in, with red-tinted slides, was labeled as “C. Campsell [sic] Hospital Continued 1956.” These slides are on Ansco Color slides. The photos were taken using a Leica III Pentax camera.

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        The material is in English.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Art pieces, both collected by Walter Pfeiffer and created by his carving pupils can be found at the McCord Stewart Museum.


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