Collection jas-2555 - Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society Byron Harmon photograph collection

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Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society Byron Harmon photograph collection

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JAS jas-2555

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  • [ca. 1911] (Creation)
    Harmon, Byron

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28 photographs : b&w prints

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The Jasper Historical Society was formed in 1963 by a group of interested members that included Fred Brewster, Constance Peterson as the first historian and Mel Taylor as the first president. The Society was later named the Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society (JYHS). The Society was incorporated in 1977. Monthly meetings included guest speakers, films, field trips relating to local and national history. The objectives of the Society are to encourage the study of the history of Alberta in general and Jasper in particular; and to locate, preserve and mark the local points of historical interest. The first archives and Society office was established in the Municipal Library in 1974. Planning for a permanent Museum and Archives began in 1978; in 1985 a partially completed building on Pyramid Lake Road was purchased and renovated. The Archives moved into the lower floor in 1990; the Museum opened on the upper floor in 1992. The Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives reports to the Board of Directors of the Society.

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In the early 1960s the Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society began collecting photographs on various subjects pertaining to Jasper's history. These photographs taken by Byron Harmon were gathered from unknown sources to form this collection.

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The collection consists of a series of photographs taken by Byron Harmon in [1911]. Includes views of railroad construction, Summit City, Fitzhugh (later known as Jasper), the Alpine Club of Canada camp at Mount Robson, Jasper House ruins, a cable ferry over the Athabasca River, the Lewis Swift homestead, the Ewan Moberly buildings and early residences in Jasper National Park.

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  • The material is in English

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These may be copies from other institutions. See also the Byron Harmon fonds at the Glenbow Archives and the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

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Byron Hill Harmon, 1876-1942, was a professional photographer and businessman at Banff, Alberta. Born in Tacoma, Washington, USA, he settled in Banff in 1903. In 1906 he opened a photo studio and later operated several businesses. He was also a charter member of the Alpine Club of Canada and its official photographer from 1906-1913. He traveled extensively producing photographs and motion pictures for commercial sale.<br><br>Record No. ID97<br><br>

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