Series PR0003.003SF.0005 - Photographs and Negatives series

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Photographs and Negatives series

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    • 1874-1990 (Creation)

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    12,804 photographs
    7,446 negatives
    434 transparencies
    47 slides
    105 glass negative plates
    256 glass lantern slides
    16 audio cassettes

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    This series consists of photographs, negatives, lantern slides and transparencies of various subjects taken in or related to the northern communities of Canada in the Vice-Province of Mackenzie. The images were created or collected by the Oblates in the course of their administrative work or personal lives, and the records often reflect their secular interests. The breadth of the subject matter is immense and unique and documents many aspects of northern Canada and its peoples. Subjects may include Oblates and sisters in the various communities, missions, religious events and activities.

    The images show communities and activities and include local landscapes, indigenous camps, missions, waterways, fauna, fishing, churches and buildings, indigenous people and families, bands and orchestras, transportation, hunting, fur trade, trapping, colleges and schools, Indian residential Schools and students, museums, sports, industries and farming.

    The subjects also focus specifically on the various communities the Oblates served in the north, including: Aklavik, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Norman, Fort Rae, Fort Resolution, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Inuvik, Yellowknife, as well as many other communities. There are many images of artists’ work at Holman (now Ulukhaktok) on Victoria Island, a cooperative the Oblates, specifically Henri Tardy, were involved in.

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    The records are in good condition.

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    The materials in this series were arranged by Oblate administration mainly by format, and many of the images have been physically filed by name, subject, or geographic locale or community.

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        The records are in English and French.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        PR1997.0109, PR2002.0075, PR2016.0001, PR2018.0050

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