Fonds whyte-671 - A. J. Smyth fonds

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A. J. Smyth fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on credits on photographs

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WHYTE whyte-671

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  • [1884-1885] (Creation)
    Smyth, A. J.

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Physical description

16 photographs : prints. -- 1 textual record

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Biographical history

A. J. Smyth was an itinerant photographer who worked along the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1884-1885 he was working at the end of track in the Rocky and Selkirk Mountains. By 1885, A. J. Smyth was working with his brother, S. A. Smyth, as Smyth Brothers of Calgary, Alberta.

Custodial history

Material is thought to have been the property of Ed Mead, who worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. The prints and letter were acquired together by Brindle Fine Arts of Thomaston, Maine.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of photographic views of railway construction in the Kicking Horse Valley and life at Donald, B.C. Accompanied by letter from Bob [Mead], Spring Valley, Minnesota, to brother Ed Mead, Saw Mill Siding, End of C.P.Ry., Track west via Winnipeg, Man., Canada, May 17, 1885. Views are credited as A. J. Smyth, Artist, Rocky Mountains, B.C. or A. J. Smyth, Photographer, Rocky Mountains, B.C.

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Physical condition

Condition: fair. All prints are faded and some are badly stained. Mounts are stained and damaged at edges. Copy prints are for reference use.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired by purchase, 1992


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  • Language is English

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No restrictions on access;Public domain (other restrictions may apply)

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Finding aids and reference tools: modern reference prints

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Other prints by A. J. Smyth retained by the Glenbow Archives, Calgary

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Record No. V41<br><br>

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