Collection mac-46 - Unidentified personalities photograph collection

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Unidentified personalities photograph collection

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mac mac-46

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291 photographs : 263 b&w prints, 6 b&w negs., 3 col. negs., 19 b&w postcards.

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The Yukon Historical Society was established in Whitehorse in 1950 by a group of residents who saw the need to preserve the history of the community and the Yukon Territory. In 1976 the name was changed to the MacBride Museum Society in honour of William D. MacBride who devoted much of his time to the museum. The museum collects artifacts, archival records and photographs, geological and natural history specimens, and ethnographic materials that reflect the history of the Yukon Territory.

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The photographs were part of unidentified collections and were organized by "Personalities, Unidentified" for research and exhibit purposes. The scope of this collection is broad with a wide variation in format, size, subject matter, and dates. The images were taken by many different photographers, professional and amateur, in studios and natural settings, with people posing or candid. Some of the prints are professionally mounted and others extracted from an album, and many are loose prints. The subject matter portrayed includes people posing with big game trophies, riverboat crews, a work crew at the shipyard, life on the creeks, outings on frozen Lake Laberge, mine disaster survivors, individual and class photos, crowning of a school Queen, back stage of various amateur theatre productions, kids in a park, Rendezvous 1962, interiors of cabins or roadhouses, dance hall girls, prostitutes of Dawson City, young boys in uniform, a bridge party at Justice Macaulay's home, 1912 champion hockey team, reception for the Governor General Vincent Massey, men in fur coats, American service men in combat fatigues, first truck convoy from Whitehorse to Fairbanks November 20 1942, and the Yukon Order of Pioneers (YOOP). There are various photographs of prospectors en route to the Klondike, out of doors concerts of the 18th Engineers Corps at Silver City, a series of midnight sun spectator group photos on the Midnight Dome in Dawson City, mining engineer's banquet 1905 in Whitehorse, a dance hall scene in Dawson City, and the Whitehorse Band. There is a series of North West Mounted Police (NWMP) group pictures at various stations, and the lost McPherson Patrol and the search party. The collection includes many images of First Nation people including a woman dancing accompanied by a man drumming, an Eskimo woman at St. Michael, Alaska, women at Moosehide Creek, women with birch bark baskets, Whitehorse July 1st 1967 celebrations with a man in a dance shirt and bear claw hat, Chief of the Teslin Indians with several other people in traditional dress, and Skookum Jim and the Carcross potlatch dancers.

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