Fonds paa-8888 - Beaverlodge Research Farm fonds

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Beaverlodge Research Farm fonds

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PAA paa-8888

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  • 1909 - 1921 (Creation)
    Beaverlodge Research Farm

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44 photographs. - 6 negatives

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The Beaverlodge Experimental Farm began in 1916 when W.D. Albright received a federal government grant to continue his experimental agricultural work of several years. The farm is now known as the Beaverlodge Research Farm. The farm as well as its sub-station in Fort Vermilion form part of the Lacombe Research Centre and form the most northern agricultural research establishment in Canada. The Beaverlodge Research Farm specializes in research and development of technology for improved production systems for crops, honey bees and other pollinating insects adapted to environmental conditions in northwestern Canada. Research at the Fort Vermilion site focuses primarily on the adaptation of technologies for this northern agricultural area.

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In 1967, the Director of the Beaverlodge Research Farm donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. The Farm also obtained materials from D.C. Cranston and Maud Clifford, two early settlers of the Beaverlodge area.

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The fonds consists of images related to D.C Cranston's life in Alberta and features images of the staging area of Burnsites on their way to Beaverlodge, Alberta, Athabasca Landing, a wagon overturned on the trail, cutting wood, the S.S. Northern Light on Lessler Slave Lake, a wagon boarding the ferry at the Peace River Crossing, the first home of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Smith, the first post office at Lake Saskatoon, the second annual sports day at Lake Saskatoon, the first wedding in Beaverlodge, the Beaverlodge baseball team, a log cabin, Ralph Carrel and Jake Glesnet at Grande Prairie; photographs related to Maud Clifford including images featuring the first church at Spirit River, the Anglican mission house at Spirit River, the Hudson's Bay Company post at Dunvegan, the Roman Catholic Church at Bear Creek, and the home of Rev. Alexander Forbes at Flying Shot Lake; and photographs featuring the Beaverlodge Experimental Farm including photographs featuring the experimental; and images featuring the Beaverlodge region including images featuring a picnic day, picking currents, binding grain, the first automobile to reach Grande Prairie from Edmonton over the Edson Trail, a cutter constructer on the front bob of a sleigh, and sunflowers. The photographs date from 1909 to 1921.

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  • The material is in English.

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There are no restrictions on access. Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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For more information on Donald Cranston, Maud Clifford and W.D. Albright, please see the Peace River Country Research collection and the W.D. Albright fonds at the Glenbow Museum and Archives.

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Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from: Beaverlodge Research Farm, <a href="" target="_blank"></a> (Accessed May 12, 2008).<br><br>Record No. The fonds includes the following accession: PR1967.0129<br><br>

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