Fonds PR0084 - Viewegar family fonds

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Viewegar family fonds

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    • 1913 - 1974, predominant 1913 - 1914 (Creation)

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    23 photographs. - 8 negatives. - 1 audio reel

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    The Viewegar family immigrated to Canada from Leipzig, Germany in 1912, and Hugo Viewegar (1873-1930) began a short-lived real estate business in Edmonton. He then opened a photography business in 1913, which had an auspicious beginning. He was commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta to photograph official functions at Government House. He was also perhaps the only local photographer to capture some area images with an early colour process, the autochrome, which he learned from the Lumiere Brothers in France before his departure to Canada. Due to the conflict of WWI and his German nationality, he was forced to leave his photographic business in 1914. He and the family took up a homestead at Edgerton in northern Alberta.

    Hugo's son, Lute (1907-1987), helped out on the homestead, but eventually left home to work on a ship and then in a logging camp. He returned to Edgerton to go into a partnership with his older brother operating a threshing crew and a land breaking business, which perished in the Depression. He worked further in the boating and airplane industry and spent much of his time in the Northwest Territories, where he also became an avid amateur photographer. At this time, the spelling of the Viewegar name changed to Vieweger.

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    The fonds consists of photographs taken by Hugo Viewegar and his son, Lute Vieweger. Of particular note are nine autochromes, 1913 - 1914, taken by Hugo Viewegar. The autochrome is a very rare early colour photographic process. The originals are 5"X7" and 3 1/2"X5" transparencies on glass plates. Copy negatives and prints have been produced from the fragile originals by the Provincial Archives of Alberta as reference copies. The subject matter is native people, Royal North West Mounted Police (RNWMP), family portraits, a house and a still life, all taken in Edmonton. Also by Hugo Viewegar are nine black and white photographs and four black and white negatives, 1913 - 1914, of homesteading, RNWMP, the City of Edmonton paddle steamer, and Edmonton scenes. Two of the prints are vintage albumen prints (RNWMP). The remainder are modern prints. Also included are five black and white photographs and four black and white negatives, [193-], by Lute Vieweger, of riverboats, airplanes and Fort Chipewyan. All five prints are modern prints. Also included is an audio reel recording of an interview with Lute Vieweger about his life, recorded in 1974.

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    The records were received Phyllis and Dale Vieweger (grandson of Hugo Viewegar) and Lute Vieweger (son of Hugo Viewegar) in several accessions.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required.

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        Biography supplied by Dale Vieweger.

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