Collection sait-1 - Webber and Burton Photography collection

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Webber and Burton Photography collection

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  • Source of title proper: The collection title is based on both the focus of the materials contained in the collection, as well as the names of the two primary contributors, and former custodians of the collection materials prior to their being transferred to the SAIT Archives.

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SAIT sait-1

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  • 1916 -- 2004 (predominant 1980-2004) (Creation)
    Webber and Burton Photography

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980 cm photographs (ca. 26,000).

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SAIT Polytechnic:;SAIT Polytechnic began operations in Calgary, Alberta in 1916 as Canada's first publically-funded technical school, the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art. Throughout the next century, the institute would experience continual growth and undergo numerous changes in facilities and internal structure, as well as in population size and programming scope. Along with these changes, the institute would be renamed in 1960 to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and again in 2004 to SAIT Polytechnic. In 1985, the institute would also see the former Art Department be granted autonomy from the institute, giving rise to the Alberta College of Art. <p>Ron Burton: Beginning at SAIT in the early 1970s, photographer Ron Burton was a member of the SAIT staff until 1992. Throughout his nearly 20 years of service to the institute, Ron Burton was involved in numerous projects, including the production of many of the photographs included in this collection. <p>George Webber: Hired as a photographer in 1980 for the Department of Educational Services, George Webber was involved in many roles at SAIT between the years of 1980 and 2002. In addition to acting as a department supervisor, instructor, and project coordinator, George Webber's primary role was the creation of an extensive library of images for use by the institute in instructional and marketing purposes. Responsible for creating the bulk of the images stored in the SAIT Archives, George Webber is also responsible for creating various works seen in collections of the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Glenbow Museum, as well as the National Archives of Canada.

Custodial history

Materials contained within this collection were selected by Ron Burton and George Webber throughout their careers at SAIT between 1970 and 2002. Upon leaving SAIT in 2002, these materials were transferred by George Webber to the SAIT Archives.

Scope and content

This collection consists of various photographs taken or selected by Ron Burton and George Webber which relate to SAIT Polytechnic, its staff, students, activities, and role in the community. Images within this collection are broad in specific subject matter, but can be categorized into the following categories of information: images which show the changing face of the SAIT campus and the available facilities; aerial photographs; imagery from ceremonies held to mark important events such as donations, dedications, and agreements; images of historically important items, student works, and memorabilia; photographic records of important individuals in the history of the institution; records of historic visits by key individuals, politicians, and delegations; as well as images utilized for instructional and advertising purposes by the Sait teaching and administrative staff.

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Predominant 35mm. negatvies, positive film color 35mm slides, 5.8x5.8cm negative film.

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  • The material is in English.

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Digitized materials are available without restriction online. Hardcopy materials are available through the SAIT Archives office.

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A file-level finding aid is available at the SAIT Archives.

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2150 Images available via the SAIT Archives Digital Collection
Record No. 1001.004

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