Fonds PR1104 - John Gilpin fonds

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John Gilpin fonds

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    • 1914-1956 (Creation)

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    83 photographs. – 6 negatives. – 0.02 m of textual records

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    John Frederick Gilpin received his Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Arts (MA) and Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in history from the University of Alberta. He worked as an archivist at the University of Alberta Archives and at the Provincial Archives of Alberta before working for the Alberta government as the Designation Research Coordinator for Historic Sites Service.

    Gilpin was also a member of the Canadian Historic Association, and a member and past president of the Historical Society of Alberta, Edmonton Chapter.

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    Fonds consists of records mainly pertaining to the Northern Alberta Railways Company (NAR), Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CPR), and Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway (ED&BC), and other railway companies and includes copied menus dating 1920, operation manuals, blank report forms, trainmen’s wages and merit tickets, a conductor’s ticket report book, and photographs, copied photographs and negatives depicting various railroad cars, locomotives, employees, trackage, accidents and stations in various parts of Alberta, including Peace River, Dunvegan Yards, Edmonton, Waterways, Grouard, Sexsmith, Watino, Grand Prairie, Sawridge, Smoky River, Nordegg, McLennan, Slave lake, Lesser Slave Lake, Widewater, Dog Island, and Salteaux Landing. Fonds also includes images of Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) boats and trading posts, tennis players, coal mine employees, buildings, equipment and machinery at Nordegg, Alberta, hotels, street views, sawmills, missions, houses, and a Dominion Land Office.

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    Mr. John Gilpin deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in two separate accessions in 1975.


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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

        Other records deposited by John Gilpin can be found in accessions PR1976.0327 and GR1984.0251.

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        Some photographs from this fonds can be found in A File under location numbers A.10,168-A.10,201. Information for the biographical sketch was taken from Edmonton, Gateway to the North: an illustrated history, by John F. Gilpin and Stanley Arthur Williams, located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library under location number 971.233 G427e PAA.

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        Includes accessions PR1975.0191 and PR1975.0601.

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