Fonds PR1233 - Lucien Mercier fonds

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Lucien Mercier fonds

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    • [ca. 1916-ca. 1938] (Creation)

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    126 photographs and other material

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    Biographical history

    Born in Quebec in 1888, Lucien Mercier was a carpenter who moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1903. During the 1920s Mercier and his wife Ida (1898-1975) traveled in the Northwest Territories and Mercier built a number of mission churches along the Mackenzie River.

    In the early 1930s they moved to a homestead near Hines Creek in the Peace River, Alberta area. Mercier worked as a carpenter at Fort McMurray and in the salt mines and at the Abasand and Bitumount oil plants circa (ca.) 1938. After 1943 he moved north to work in the Northwest Territories and in 1950 he moved to Edmonton, Alberta. He retired in 1967.

    He and Ida had a son, Andre (d. 2011). Lucien died in Edmonton in 1974.

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    Fonds consists of photographs and mechanically and photographically produced postcards depicting Lucien Mercier and his wife, as well as various people, buildings, and views in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories, including Inuit women, First Nations men and women, dredges, ferries, mills, rivers, churches, airplanes, stores, railroad stations and accidents, hotels, floods, fishing and fish drying, caribou, trading posts, trucks, street views, aerial and panoramic views, banks, hospitals, shipyards, post offices, bituminous oil production plants, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, fires, dogsleds, and houses. Fonds also includes a caribou skin map depicting Slave Lake, Alberta, and newspaper clippings about Lucien Mercier.

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    A.J. Mercier, son of Lucien Mercier, deposited these records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1975.


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        The postcards are in French.

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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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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Includes accession PR1975.0449.

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        Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the records.

        Reference prints of photographs in this fonds can be found in A File under location numbers A10261-A10284.

        Included with the records of accession PR1975.0449 are photographs of A.J. Mercier taken by the Provincial Archives of Alberta upon the occasion of his donation to the Archives in 1975.

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        Fonds also includes 3 postcards, 0.01 m of textual records, and 1 map.

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