Collection - Ben William Leeson collection

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Ben William Leeson collection

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  • Copied ca. 1972 (originally created ca. 1914) (Creation)
    Leeson, B.W.

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39 photographs
0.2 cm of textual records

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B.W. Leeson of Vancouver, B.C., was a scholar and photographer who studied the Quatsino peoples of Vancouver Island. His article "A Quatsino Legend" appeared in the Canadian Geographical Journal.

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No information is available on the donor or custodial history of the original accession. A second accession was produced by the Vancouver Public Library.

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The fonds consists of 16 photographic prints, some of which are hand-coloured, stamped “B.W. Leeson Quatsino, B.C.”, labelled on the front or back with explanatory information, or signed in ink. One print of a longhouse is stamped “The Leeson Collection Copyright 1914.” The photographic subject matter relates to British Columbia’s Kwakiutl First Nations and the British Columbia landscape. Also included is a copy of Susan Roper's Portraits of the Indians of Quatsino by Benjamin W. Leeson, produced by the Research Project on Early B.C. Photography at the Vancouver Public Library around 1972, and 23 duplicate slides which accompany it.

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Other photographic prints by Ben William Leeson can be found in the British Columbia Archives Visual Records Catalogue. The Vancouver Public Library also has a large collection of Leeson photos in its BC Multicultural Photograph Collection.

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16 photographs : b&w and hand-coloured, 23 photographs : col. slides ; 35 mm, 0.2 cm textual records

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Created 20 December, 2012

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