Fonds yuk-448 - Alan Innes-Taylor fonds

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Alan Innes-Taylor fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Photographs formerly titled the Innes-Taylor Collection Photographs. Title based on provenance of the fonds.

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yuk yuk-448

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7.09 m of textual records;160 photographs : b&w and col. prints ; 10 x 13 cm or smaller;1 audio tape cassette : (ca. 8 min.)

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Alan Innes-Taylor was born at Birkhamstead, England on February 12, 1900. His family moved to the United States in 1906, and later to Ontario where he was educated. He first came to the Yukon in 1919 and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1921, serving with them in the Yukon for five years. He was a purser on a steamship between Whitehorse and Dawson City. He organized the Yukon Airways and Exploration Company, which he ran until 1929 when he journeyed to New Zealand to join Admiral Byrd's Antarctic expeditions (1930 and 1935). He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army during World War II, while retaining his Canadian citizenship. He was in command of a search and rescue station in Greenland, 1942-1943, and of Arctic Training Schools at Echo Lake, Colorado, 1943-1944, and at Chip Lake and Jasper, Alberta, 1944-1946. In 1948 he took on the task of constructing a joint Canada-US weather outpost on Isachsen Land, Ringnes Island, NWT. He then returned to the US Army as a lieutenant colonel in command of survival schools and other northern programs until about 1961. From 1957-1964 Innes-Taylor acted as Arctic Operations Consultant for several international airlines. Prior to his retirement, he served as a consultant to both the territorial and federal governments on rivers, maps and historic sites in the Yukon. He became General Manager of the 1962 Dawson City Festival Foundation and also helped to organize the Yukon Archives. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1977 and in 1978 the Queen's Anniversary Medal. Alan Innes-Taylor died in 1983, leaving his wife Elizabeth and three children, Ranolf, Catherine and Kristin.

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The textual records in accession 95/32 were transferred from the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta.

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The fonds consists of textual records, photographs and a recording, created or collected by Alan Innes-Taylor. The majority of the textual records (ca. 1890-1974) include personal correspondence; survival notes and lectures; Byrd expedition records; Vilhjalmur Stefansson correspondence and reports; Belmore Brown correspondence and reports; and an alphabetical death register from the Klondike area (accession 95/32 in-process). Also included are copies of maps, catalogues of Innes-Taylor's library, manuscripts on Yukon history and a script of a play. The photographs consist of 159 black and white and colour prints from an album compiled by Innes-Taylor, who, between the years 1964 and 1969, attempted to visually record what he considered to be the locations of some the territorial historic sites. The cost of the project was assumed by the Cassier Asbestos Corporation. Subjects include Bonanza and Hunker creeks; the site at Fort Francis; the restored Fort Yukon; Dalton Post; historic plaques; First Nations villages; cemeteries, gravesites and markers in Aishihik, Bennett, Carcross, Dawson City, Tagish, etc.; log cabins in various locations; and dredges, churches and old abandoned machinery along the creeks. Another accession includes a single image of a moose in water. The sound recording is Innes-Taylor reading an article from the Klondike Nugget, July 2, 1902, describing the newly installed organ in the Dawson City Presbyterian Church.

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The photographs were originally in an album and remain on the album page.

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An inventory of the photographs is available (Inventory #12). There is a file list of the textual material.

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