Collection jas-2562 - Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society Historian's photograph collection

A herd of elk, which had been shipped in by rail and fed by the Federal Government, Jasper Nation... Unidentified cowboys at the Rodeo in Jasper, Alberta. Jasper town site and old coal docks, Jasper National Park, Alberta. The Hargreaves brothers with Charlie Burch, Jasper, Alberta. Jasper's lobstick tree, Jasper National Park, Alberta. The Victory Bond Headquarters in Jasper, Alberta. The Lobstick, Jasper National Park, Alberta. Mr. George Camp interviewing Mr. Art Hughes, Jasper, Alberta. Jasper Rooms, Jasper, Alberta. Mr. and Mrs. Art Hughes, Jasper, Alberta.
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Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society Historian's photograph collection

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JAS jas-2562

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455 photographs : b&w prints and negatives

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Biographical history

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.

Custodial history

In the early 1960s the Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society began collecting photographs on various subjects relating to Jasper's history. This artificial collection was formed as a result. In 1989 the Jasper Yellowhead Archives began using a new system for accessioning photographs and no longer added photos to this collection.

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The collection consists of photographs pertaining to the history of Jasper. Includes views of many of the residents as well as the activities they were involved in day to day; employment, schools, churches, hospital, sports, clubs and organizations. Also includes views of famous visitors to Jasper: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (1939), Governor General Athlone and his wife Lady Athlone [1942-1943], Governor General Alexander and his wife (1947), Governor General Vincent Massey (1952), Prime Minister Louie St. Laurent [between 1948-1957] and Pierre Elliot Trudeau (1967-68). The collection also consists of photographs of various buildings in the Jasper town site and surrounding area (1900-1960). Included are: Jasper Rooms, Clint's Pony Barn, Astoria Hotel, Pyramid Hotel, Jasper Post Office, Otto's Store, Otto's Hall, Otto Brother's Garage, Athabasca Hotel, Jeffery Store, Jasper Legion, Jasper Motors, McDowell Store, Totem Service Station, Save-rite Grocery Store, Dr. O'Hagan's home and medical clinic, the Jasper schools, Spero's Hall, Jasper National Park Administration Building, Fred Brewster Building, Markell's barber shop, Pocahontas, Miette Hot Springs, Snapes Hill, YMCA camp, Jasper Park Lodge and various residences. The collection also contains views of fire fighting (1910-1930); Jasper National Park employees (1931 and 1940's); the internment camp at Old Fort Point (1916); the isolation hospital at Old Fort Point (1910's); early automobiles in JNP (1920's); various bridges including Miette, Cottonwood and the Athabsca; the rock quarry east of Jasper (1920's); a moose team pulling a wagon (1898) and the Anglican, United and Catholic churches and clergy. Included in the collection is a series of photographs relating to the railway: railroad accidents [1915-1930]; railroad station (1910-1940); the lobstick cut during railway surveying (1935-1960); Foley Welch & Stewart railroad construction depot (1913); and the Jasper rail yard, coal docks and water tower.

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These photographs remain in the original order as created by the Jasper Yellowhead Historical Society historians. They are grouped in series (artificial collections), some have a distinct topic others do not.

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Some of the images belong to the National Archives.

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Record No. ID189<br><br>

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