Collection 0057 - G. Roger Graham photograph collection

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G. Roger Graham photograph collection

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CA GPR 0057

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  • 1969 (Creation)
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    Canadian National Railways

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19 photographs

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Administrative history

In May 1969, the second Northwest Resources Conference was held in Grande Prairie, sponsored by the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce in co-operation with the Government of Alberta and Canadian National Railways. This conference marked the completion of North America's newest railway, the Alberta Resources Railway (ARR), a 234 mile line between Hinton and Grande Prairie. G. Roger Graham, former vice president of Canadian National Railways, was in attendance at the conference. The three-day event began with the official opening of the ARR by premier Harry Strom on Wednesday, May 28. For the opening ceremonies, Mr. Graham and former premier, the Right Honorable Ernest C. Manning, were presented with hard hats and gloves. They performed the final, symbolical act of clearing away the last obstacle in the path of the construction of the ARR by sawing through a tree trunk spanning the new track in front of the engine. Thursday's program featured speakers from across Canada who addressed conference delegates at the St. Joseph's High School in Grande Prairie. The highlight of the conference was a three-hour ride on the new railway the last day of the conference, with four passenger cars pulled behind the engine. Photographs of this event were taken by an unidentified photographer, reproduced for the participants, and later given to them in albums embossed with their names.

Custodial history

This collection origninally belonged to G. Roger Graham. It fell into the hands of Dorothy Walker from Innisfail, who gave it to Bertha and Elmer Chugg, living in Grande Prairie. The Chuggs donated the photographs to the Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2000.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of 19 color photographs of the inaugural run on the Alberta Resources Railway—the three hour trip on the final day of the conference. Photographs show the train, the scenery and the dignitaries who were passengers on this trip. A few of the photographs are of a welcoming banquet at St. Joe’s High School and ceremonies marking the opening of the railway.

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Bertha & Elmer Chugg donated the photographs to the Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2000.

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  • The material is in English.

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Copyright restrictions apply--no reproductions available.

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Accession number: 2000.40

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0057

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South Peace Regional Archives

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  • English

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