Collection yuk-29 - Aaro Aho collection

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Aaro Aho collection

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yuk yuk-29

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  • [ca. 1925-ca. 1975] (Creation)
    Aho, Aaro, 1925-1977

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955 photographs;.06 m of textual records

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Dr. Aaro E. Aho was a prominent geological engineer and mining executive who explored the Yukon for mineral deposits from 1944 to 1960. He was born in Ladysmith, B.C. on June 25, 1925. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1949 and received his Ph D from the University of California at Berkeley in 1954. He was the exploration manager for White Pass and Yukon Corporation and later began an independent consulting business. In 1964, Aho formed Dynasty Explorations and headed the exploration team that discovered the large Anvil lead-zinc mine in Faro, Yukon in 1965. He discovered many other large mineral deposits in the Yukon and other parts of the world, including the Sierra Gorda copper-molybdenum deposit in northern Chile. Aaro Aho's wife's name was Sylvia. He died in a farming accident in Ladysmith, B.C. on May 27, 1977.

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Accession 94/39 received from Sylvia Aho.

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The collection consists of an unprocessed accession (94/36) which includes approximately 955 photographs, brochures, periodicals, newspaper clippings, certificates and a press release documenting Dr. Aaro Aho's exploration and field work in the Yukon, especially related to Dynasty, Cyprus Anvil, Aex and Grumm, Goda and Plata projects. The collection also contains a copy of Dr. Aho's unpublished manuscript, "Notes on Keno Hill", written ca. 1972. In 27 chapters he details the history of the Keno Hill Silver District.

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Approximately 955 prints and slides. Some photographs are duplicates.

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