Fonds jas-2590 - Joseph A. Weiss fonds

[Phil Hagens?] [Kingman Party Expedition] ,  [British Columbia?] [Rodger Party expedition], [Jasper National Park?] [Jasper Banff Ski trip], Jasper National Park [Miscellaneous ski trips] : [Columbia Icefields], [Jasper National Park] [Joe Weiss], [Jasper National Park] [Kingman Party Expedition] ,  [British Columbia?] [Rodger Party expedition], [Jasper National Park?] [Jasper Banff Ski trip], Jasper National Park [Miscellaneous ski trips] : [Columbia Icefields], [Jasper National Park]
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Joseph A. Weiss fonds

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JAS jas-2590

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  • 1896-1993; predominant 1926 - 1960 (Creation)
    Weiss, Joe

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43 cm of textual records. -- 1623 photographs. --52 glass slides. --69 artifacts. -- 8 books.

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Joseph A. Weiss (1896-1993) was a professional photographer at Jasper and Edmonton, Alberta. Weiss was born in Switzerland and moved to Jasper in 1926, where he worked as a photographer, ski guide and mountaineering guide. In the late 1920s he skied into the eastern slopes of Marmot Mountain and found the area that he later called Marmot Basin. In the 1930s he blazed the first trail into the Basin from the Athabasca Valley for downhill ski enthusiasts. The Lovat Scouts hired Weiss as one of their instructors when they trained in mountain warfare in the Jasper area during the Second World War. Weiss began his photographic business in the early 1930s, specializing in guiding, outfitting and skiing and the production of commercial postcards. From 1945 to 1955, he operated a photography shop in Jasper and after 1955 he manned a look-out at the Palisades in Jasper National Park. Weiss has a mountain in the Winston Churchill range named after him. He died in February, 1993.

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These records were a gift of the Joe Weiss Estate and were delivered to the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives by Mr. Alan Ballash.

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The fonds consists of photographs, documents, artifacts, slides and negatives. Artifacts consists mostly of camera equipement. Photographs are related to the time Joe Weiss lived in Jasper. Includes views of various expeditions such as Bedaux, Speckles, Bennett, Kingman and others. Views of skiing, fishing and hunting. Also includes buildings in the town site as well as Jasper Park Lodgeand other outlaying areas. The construction of the Astoria River dam and pipeline and the Pyramid Mountain microvave tower are also represented. Joe Weiss photographed the Lovat Scouts and the Para Rescue unit which trained in Jasper. Included in the photgraphs series is a group of portraits too numerous to list. Documents pertain to Joe Weiss and include Swiss correspondence, newspaper clippping, artistic information about his photographs, government documents and general information about his life.

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Some glass slides are in fragile condition.

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Caroline Lovig, Assistant Trust Officer


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  • The material is in English.

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The Whyte Museum and Archives, Provincial Archives of Alberta and the University of Alberta Archives also have material on Joe Weiss.

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Record No. ID89;994.56<br><br>

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