Fonds whyte-278 - Boorne and May fonds

The Basin and buildings, from the hill, Banff

Ranching scene in Alberta, cattle

Three Sisters, Canmore, N.W.T.

C.P.R. Hotel & Mt. Rundell, Banff

View from Bandstand, C.P.R. Hotel, Banff

The Glacier House, Selkirks from S.E.

View from the Great Glacier, Selkirks

The Albert Canyon, Selkirks

Devil's Gap, Beaver Canyon, Selkirks

Snow scene at the Glacier House, Selkirks
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Boorne and May fonds

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WHYTE whyte-278

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1 photograph album (100 prints) -- 40 photographs : prints

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The photographic firm of Boorne and May, a portrait, landscape and architectural business, operated in Calgary and Edmonton, N.W.T. (now Alberta) between 1886 and 1893. William Hanson Boorne, 1859-1945, and his cousin, Ernest Gundry May, opened their Calgary studio in 1886, later expanding the business to Edmonton. During its short life, Boorne and May was one of the most prestigious photographic firms in western Canada.

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Fonds consists primarily of presentation album titled "Landscapes," containing one hundred views along the Canadian Pacific Railway in the Rocky and Selkirk Mountains. The album contains many popular views of the period and is inscribed to "W. Whyte Esq., General Superintendent, Western Division C.P.R., Winnipeg. With Boorne & May's Compliments. Calgary. January 1889." Also includes individual prints of similar views to those in the album and include views as far west as Yale, B.C. Twenty-two prints, attributable to Boorne and May through photographer numbers and titles on the fronts, are stamped "From J. Nicholson, Photo Artist, Boissevain, Man." on the reverse. Nicholson was a professional photographer at Boissevain, Manitoba between 1888 and 1893. His business was sold to Jas. E. Miers in 1893.

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Condition of album is fair; pages warped

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Acquired by donation, transfer and purchase, 1968-1985, 2004


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  • Language is English

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Some restrictions on access to originals;Public domain (other restrictions may apply)

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Finding aids and reference tools: basic description, selected modern reference prints, digital images in Alberta InSight database;On-line documents (click on "View photographs" below)

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Record No. V10<br><br>

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