Fonds whyte-1013 - Jean Knox Petrie fonds

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Jean Knox Petrie fonds

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WHYTE whyte-1013

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  • 1938-1940 (Creation)
    Petrie, Jean Knox

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2 photograph albums: 281 prints. -- 1 cm textual records

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Dr. Jean Knox (McDonald) Petrie, b.1913, was an active member of the Alpine Club of Canada, Edmonton section during the 1930s and 1940s, attending the ACC summer camps from 1937-1940, 1942 and 1946 as well as making many weekend climbs in the Jasper area with Captain E.R. Gibson. In 1938 she was one of the four women to make a first ascent of Mount Columbia by women, as well as Mount Forbes in 1940. Married in 1960 to Robert Petrie (d. 1966), Dr. Jean Petrie worked in Ottawa, Ontario (1940-1945) in munitions gauge testing for the National Research Council. Following the war, she worked as an astrophysicist for the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, B.C. (1945-1966) and taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. (1966-1971).

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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.

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Records were in the custody of their creator until transfered to the archives.

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Fonds relate to mountaineering with the Alpine Club of Canada. Textual records consist of 8 newsclippings from July 1938 pertaining to the first ascent of Mount Columbia by women: Lillian Gest, Kathleen Chapman, Christine Reid, Jean McDonald, and Jean Petrie as well as a photocopied "Guide to the Tonquin" signed by K.G. Chapman ca.1935. Photographic records include an unbound album of 44p: 111 prints divided by the donor into 3 sections: 1. To the Tonquin Valley, July 1938; 2. Alpine Club Camp, Columbia Icefields, July 12-31, 1938; 3. Alpine Club Camp Tonquin Valley, April 1939. The album also includes artwork and map. A second unbound photograph album of 28p: 170 prints is divided into 5 sections: 1. ACC camp in the Ice River Valley, July 1939; 2. Acc ski camp in Little Yoho Valley, March 23-31, 1940; 3. Our climb of Roche Miette, May 24, 1940; 4. Our summertime journey into the Little Yoho Valley, July 1940; 5. Our climb of Mts. Fitzwilliam & Bucephelas, September 3, 1940.

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Some mounted photograph prints are falling out of album pages

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Acquired by donation, 2003;Jean K. Petrie, gift 2003


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Record No. M237 / V281<br><br>

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