Fonds whyte-195 - Elliott Barnes fonds

Family on porch of house, [North Dakota?] Elliott Barnes and dog (Gyp) Farm buildings, [Barnes farm, North Dakota?] Elliott Barnes in front of fireplace at his Kootenay Plains cabin Children in front of school, [North Dakota?] Barnes cabin at Kootenay Plains, Elliott Barnes on step, Elliott Peak in background Children in front of school, [North Dakota?] Horses on Kootenay Plains, Indian and Barnes herding, Elliott Peak in background Soo Line boxcar with man and colt in door Horses pasturing on Kootenay Plains
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Elliott Barnes fonds

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WHYTE whyte-195

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ca.500 photographs : prints, negatives

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Elliott Chappel Barnes, 1866-1938, was a rancher, outfitter and trail guide and professional photographer at Kootenay Plains, Banff and Jumping Pound, Alberta. Barnes was born in Rochester, New York in 1866. In the early 1890s he travelled throughout the American Rockies supporting himself as an itinerant photographer. In 1905, Barnes and his family immigrated to Canada and homesteaded on the Kootenay Plains. For a short time, Barnes ran a small outfitting operation out of Banff, mostly dealing with the newly-created Alpine Club of Canada and its members. Also, while wintering in Banff during 1907-1908, he worked briefly with Byron Harmon in the photographic business. Following this association, Barnes upgraded from a small "pocket" Kodak camera to a 5x7 Graflex with a stereo adaptor. Utilizing this camera, he published a set of stereo view-cards and custom postcards. In 1908, Barnes moved to a homestead at Little Jumping Pound Creek in the foothills west of Calgary and abandoned photography as a profession. After several farming ventures near Calgary, the family moved into the city, where Elliott Barnes died in 1938.

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Fonds pertains to: Elliott Barnes and Barnes family; pack trips; wildlife; Alaska trip; Eau Claire logging operations in Spray Valley; Jumping Pound homestead, Morley and S-L Ranch; Sawback Lake trip; bear hunting trip; Banff area views; Paradise Valley ACC camp; hockey at Banff; Stoney Indians at Kootenay Plains; Bankhead mine site and operations; winter trip; Mount Rainer, Washington; other (mainly people, places and activities)

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Acquired by donation, 1976-1988


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Record No. V48<br><br>

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