Fonds PR2238 - Joe Atkinson fonds

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Joe Atkinson fonds

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    • copied 1993 (Creation)

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    20 photographs

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    Born in 1917, Joe Atkinson trained as a nurse at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. While working at the infirmary he met his future wife, Margaret (1930-2012). Margaret worked as a clerk at the Infirmary.

    In 1954, the Atkinsons immigrated to Canada, and moved to Edmonton. The Government of Alberta hired Joe, and he worked at Charles Camsell Hospital for ten months from 1954- 1955. During this period, he also took a month-long course in midwifery at the Cardston Hospital. In October of 1954, he traveled to Fort Chipewyan as part of an x-ray team, and in 1955, the Atkinsons moved to Fort Chipewyan. Joe worked for the Indian Affairs Office as a nurse for Indigenous peoples. As a nurse he performed a variety of duties including attending patient's homes, holding clinics, pulling teeth, suturing, and administering inoculations.

    In 1957, the Atkinsons left Fort Chipewyan to attend to other communities. In 1957, the Atkinsons moved to Saddle Lake, Alberta. From 1958 – 1959, Joe attended the University of Alberta and took a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Nursing. From 1959 – 1961, the Atkinsons lived in High Prairie. Following High Prairie, they lived in Yellowknife for three years. After Joe suffered a heart-attack while in Yellowknife, the Atkinsons relocated to Edmonton, and Joe resumed work at the Charles Camsell Hospital. Joe Atkinson retired in 1982.

    Joe and Margaret had four children: Paul (1953-1997), Lyle, Ian and Ross. Joe died in Edmonton in 1992.

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    The fonds consists of 20 photographs documenting Joe Atkinson’s work as a nurse for Indigenous peoples in Northern Alberta throughout the 1950s.

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    In 1993, Margaret Atkinson allowed the Provincial Archives of Alberta to copy the photographs via Pat McCormack of the Provincial Museum of Alberta.


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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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        Associated materials

        For more information on tuberculosis and Indigenous peoples, please see the H.H. Stephens fonds, the Charles Camsell Hospital fonds, and the Baker Memorial Sanatorium fonds at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from the Joe Atkinson accession file at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. The images can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A20758 through A20777.

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        Includes accession PR1993.0399.

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