Fonds whyte-1073 - Alpine Club of Canada fonds

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Alpine Club of Canada fonds

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WHYTE whyte-1073

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  • 1906-2005 (Creation)
    Alpine Club of Canada

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ca.41 m of textual records and other material

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The Alpine Club of Canada, the national mountaineering club, was founded in 1906 by A. O. Wheeler and other like-minded climbers. The club espoused scientific study and exploration, cultivation of art, public education, acquisition of climbing skills, and preservation of natural areas within the mountainous regions of Canada. Through a national executive, local sections and volunteer committees, the club provided climbing camps, clubhouse, huts, and publications, including the Canadian Alpine Journal. ACC expeditions and projects resulted in pioneer exploration, first ascents, and included mountain warfare training during the Second World War. In recent years, the club's membership has increased dramatically with the popularity of climbing and its programs have evolved to serve the needs of unguided climbers using sophisticated technical aids.

Custodial history

Portion of the records (ca.28 m of textual records, ca.13,500 photographs) were housed by the Vancouver Public Library until 1971, when it was transferred by the Alpine Club of Canada to the Archives of the Canadian Rockies (now the Whyte Museum) in 1971 and maintained as a long-term loan until 1986

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Fonds constitutes the principal resource for the study of the history of Canadian mountaineering. It provides a wealth of information on individual alpinists, expeditions, mountains, national parks, conservation, climbing, alpine organizations, publications, guiding, scientific study and the Alpine Club itself. The fonds consists of four Sous-fonds: I. Alpine Club of Canada records; II. Mount Everest Expedition (1982) records; III. Personal papers and photographs; IV. Other material. Club administration records (series I.A.) pertain to executive positions; head office; finance; camps, climbing and treks; expeditions; huts and properties; clubhouses; library; publications; photography; other committees; other activities; and other. Other club records include section records (series I.B.), hut registers and summit records (series I.C.).

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Includes ca. 12,000 photographs: prints, stereographic prints, transparencies, negatives, postcards, 85 photograph albums, 8 motion pictures: films, video recordings, and 3 sound recordings. Textual records include oversize items. Extents are estimated

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Acquired by donation, 1986 and later;Gift of the Alpine Club of Canada, 1986-1995. Some executive, committee and expedition records have been transferred directly from members


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  • Language is English

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Some section records are maintained in other Canadian repositories

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Further accruals are expected: material is transferred periodically by the ACC main office

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Record No. M200 / S6 / V14<br><br>

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