Fonds paa-8405 - A.L. Wilk fonds

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A.L. Wilk fonds

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PAA paa-8405

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  • 1907-1979 (Creation)
    Wilk, A.L.
    The migration notes begin in 1907 when Frank L. Farley arrived in Camrose, and end in 1951, after Farley's death. The notes were possibly begun by Farley and continued by Wilk, or were compiled by Wilk at a later date based on Farley's notes. Wilk's name appears on the notebook.

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0.02 m of textual records. -- 3 negatives

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Albert Lawrence Wilk was born October 3, 1914, likely in Round Hill, Alberta; he was the son of Lawrence B. and Julia (Stefura) Wilk. At an early age he came under the influence of Frank L. Farley, noted ornithologist in the Camrose, Alberta area. Albert completed his Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta in 1942 in the Zoology department; his thesis was entitled "Studies on the Breeding Cycles of Tropical Birds Collected at 5º South Latitude." He did postgraduate work at the University of California. He was the co-author of <em>Birds of the Lake St. John region, Quebec</em>, with W. Earl Godfrey (1948) and <em>The Birds of Alberta</em> with W. Ray Salt (1958). Albert participated in scientific expeditions across Canada, from the Canadian arctic, the Queen Charlotte Islands to Labrador.

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The fonds consists of records relating to A.L. Wilk's interest in ornithology and includes migration notes, note cards, notices of dead birds, and "A Provisional List of the Birds of Alberta" prepared by William Rowan for the Edmonton Bird Club. The fonds also includes image of Frank L. Farley, Frank's great-nephew Farley Mowat and A.L. Wilk in Churchill, Manitoba, originally dating from 1936.

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A.L. Wilk donated the records to the Natural History section of the Provincial Museum of Alberta in 1972 and the Museum passed along the archival materials to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Wilk allowed the Archives to copy others in 1978.


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  • The material is in English.

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Access Conditions: None. Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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See also The Birds of Alberta in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 598.2 S176. See also an interview with A. L. Wilk in PR1979.0130.

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Information for the biographical sketch is taken from <em>Salute the Pioneers: Round Hill & District</em>, which is available in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library, 971.233 Sa38, from <em>The Birds of Alberta</em>, from a transcript of the interview in PR1979.0130 and from the records. The images can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the numbers A.3471 through A.3473. Included in accession PR1972.0294 are records belonging to the Frank L. Farley fonds (PR2004).<br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1972.0294, PR1979.0188<br><br>

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