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W.A. Chisholm fonds
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- Source of title proper: Previously titled the W. A. Chisholm Collection. Title based on provenance of the fonds.
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Copied 1975 (originally created [1899-1909]) (Creation)
- Chisholm, W.A. (Alec)
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27 photographs : b&w copy negs.
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W.A. (Alec) Chisholm Q.C. (1873-1940) practiced law in Oakville, Ontario and was the town solicitor there for many years. He was the founding president of the Oakville Rotary club, and was a devout Anglican and a keen trout fisher. In June 1909, convalescing from an illness, he took a trip to the Yukon. He passed through Whitehorse and met Robert W. Service on the sternwheeler to Dawson City. While in Dawson City he explored the area on foot and by bicycle, taking many photographs. He stayed at St. Andrew's Church manse with Dr. Andrew S. Grant, a close friend. While there he won the St. Andrew's Tennis Club tournament and was presented with an autographed leather bound copy of Service's "Ballads of a Cheechako in the Klondyke" with his initials engraved on the front cover. He returned to Oakville in the early fall of 1909.
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The fonds consists of copy prints of the work of several amateur and professional photographers: Eric A. Hegg; Ken James; E. O. Ellingsen, as well as W. A. Chisholm. The majority of the photographs were taken in 1909 when Chisholm was visiting the Yukon. The photographs include various images of Dawson City: the library; houses; the curling club; North West Mounted Police (NWMP) barracks; the public school; residents; street scenes; the tennis club and courts; Dawson Amateur Athletics Association. Other subjects include Grand Forks street scenes; Klondike mines and mining; pack trains; churches and a photograph of W. A. Chisholm.
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There are no donor-imposed restrictions on this material. General copyright or institutional or legal restrictions may apply.
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Inventory of the photographs is available (Inventory #35)