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Dave Kay photograph collection

  • CA FTST FS 438
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1967

The collection consists of photographs documenting the East Kootenays. Cranbrook is well documented in this collection by photographs predominantly dating from 1905 to 1920. Subject matter includes: domestic and commercial interiors and exteriors, school buildings and classrooms, streets, the lumber mill, the post office, the St. Eugene hospital, the print shop, St. Mary's Church, a Methodist Bible Class, a nurses' home and the Women's Institute. Several of the photographs depict Cranbrook residents-only some of which are identified. The first plane to land in Cranbrook in 1919 is photographed as well as the opening of the Cranbrook airport in 1966. Images of war- time activities include the 54th Battalion send-off and victory parades. The lumber industry is documented with photographs of the Lumberton flume, Crestbrook Forest Industries, Staples' Lumber Company, King Lumber Mills (Yahk), Taylor Lumber Company (Kimberley), Adolph Lumber Company (Baynes Lake), the CrowsNest Pass Lumber Company, the Ross-Saskatoon Lumber Company and other mills in Waldo, and logging in Windermere. Several of the photographs include portraits of loggers. The mining industry is documented with photographs of the Perry Creek gold mine, Coal Creek mining, Sullivan mining, and a St. Eugene mine marker. The construction of the Baillie-Grohman Canal in Canal Flats is documented. There is one photograph of Baillie-Grohman himself. There are several photographs of Fort Steele, including both the buildings and the people. The opening of Fort Steele in 1967 is also documented. Photographs of Wildhorse Creek include buildings, people, the Fort Steele Mercantile Company, Thomas Walker's grave, the Wildhorse trail marker, roads, landscapes, and a Chinese cemetery. Photographs documenting the Ktunaxa Nation include various portraits, the St. Eugene Mission, and petroglyphs. There are also two pictures of Father Coccola. Photographs of steamboats include a steamboat at Pigeon's Landing, a steamboat at Arrow Lakes, the "S.W. Kootenay", and the "Annerly" and "North Star" steamboats at Fort Steele. There are generally no photographs in which trains and railroads are the main focus. Many of the photographs in this collection document railways as an activity in the background. Other photographs documenting Kootenay towns include: Waldo (the flood of 1916, domestic exteriors, the lumber industry, and steamboats), Goat River (the CrowsNest Railway crossing and the Goat River Hospital, Wardner (automobiles and commercial enterprises), Marysville (town pioneers and road construction), Kimberley (North Star Hotel, Taylor Lumber Company, and Sullivan Mining activities), Moyie (newspaper office and St. Eugene Church), Radium Hot Springs, Sinclair Hot Springs, Roosville (Michael Phillips' grave), Hosmer (aerial views), Wasa (Wasa Hotel and Estella Mine), Fernie, Baynes Lake, Wyndel (bridge), Nakusp (St. Leon Hotel), Windermere and Wycliffe (remains of the Wycliffe Mill Engine House, demolition of Wycliffe bridge, and Staples' Lumber Company). There are two photographs of the local filming of "Hearts Aflame" in 1923. There is one photograph of the famous "lost elephant" escapade. There are a few miscellaneous photographs of places outside the Kootenays, including Banff National Park.

Bruce Ramsey photograph collection

  • CA FTST FS 439
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1960?

This collection mostly documents areas outside the Kootenays. Such areas photographed include: Walhachin, Caribou (Caribou Hydraulic Mining Company), Vancouver, and Barkerville. Photographs relating to the Kootenays include: Main Street (Fort Steele), Coal Creek, and Rossland. Specific subjects include: mines, lumber yards, Chinese labourers, Galbraith's ferry marker, the Garneau Tunnel, Father Coccola, de Smet's cross, and Simon Gun-a-noot's grave and portrait.

Ruth Bailey fonds

  • CA FTST MS 1
  • Fonds
  • [photocopied 197-?]

Fonds consists of a photocopied diary written by Ruth Bailey, 1910.

Bailey, Ruth

Candace House fonds

  • CA FTST MS 10
  • Fonds
  • [photocopied 197-]

Fonds consists of the correspondence from the Galbraith family to Candace House from 1903-1908. Includes a letter from Imo to Ida, 1887.

House, Candace L.

Annie Colton fonds

  • CA FTST MS 11
  • Fonds
  • [photocopied 197-]

Fonds consists of the correspondence from Alice Levett to Annie Colton, 1892-1893.

Colton, Annie

Department of Indian Affairs Kootenay Agency fonds

  • CA FTST MS 12
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1905, 1921

Fonds consists of the textual records of the Kootenay Agency from 1898-1905, 1921. Includes a register of the residents of five of the East Kootenay reserves, listing names and content of each family. Register also includes lists of government property on East Kootenay reserves, 1898-1905 and expenses for R.L.T. Galbraith, 1921.

Canada. Dept. of Indian Affairs. Kootenay Agency

Steele House fonds

  • CA FTST MS 13
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1897

The fonds consists of the financial records of Steele House from 1894-1897. Includes charges for room and board plus charges for stabling of animals.

Steele House

Charles Mair fonds

  • CA FTST MS 14
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1929

Fonds consists of personal and business records of Charles Mair from 1886-1929. Includes correspondence, financial records, legal records, list, and publications.

Mair, Charles, 1838-1927

R.J. McDougall fonds

  • CA FTST MS 15
  • Fonds
  • 1912, 1921-1965

Fonds consists of the textual records of R.J. McDougall. Includes correspondence, mining notes, a prospector's course, yearbook, and ephemera.

McDougall, R.J., 1888-1982

Arthur Thomas Bushby fonds

  • CA FTST MS 16
  • Fonds
  • [Photocopied 198-]

Fonds consists of diaries kept by Arthur Thomas Bushby while travelling to and from the Kootenays in 1864 and 1874.

Bushby, Arthur Thomas, 1835-1875

Fort Steele Liberal Association fonds

  • CA FTST MS 18
  • Fonds
  • 1898

The fonds consists of a letterbook belonging to the Fort Steele Liberal Association, 1898.

Fort Steele Liberal Association

Upper Columbia Navigation and Tramway Company fonds

  • CA FTST MS 19
  • Fonds
  • 1896

The fonds consists of a diary/logbook recording weather, temperature, water levels, mail delivery, stage arrivals, and steamboat arrivals for 1896.

Upper Columbia Navigation and Tramway Company

Fort Steele Presbyterian Church fonds

  • CA FTST MS 2
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1917, 1933

The fonds consists of the business records of the Presbyterian Church in Fort Steele. Includes minutes, correspondence, financial records, and a list of new members for 1933.

Presbyterian Church (Fort Steele, B.C.)

Walter van Arsdalen fonds

  • CA FTST MS 20
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1909, 1916

Fonds consists of correspondence from Charles W. Freeman to Walter van Arsdalen, 1907-1909 and 1916.

Van Arsdalen, Walter

Globe Mining Company fonds

  • CA FTST MS 21
  • Fonds
  • 1916, 1919-1928

Fonds consists of records of the Globe Mining Company from 1916 and 1919-1928. Includes financial records and stock certificates.

Globe Mining Company

Fort Steele Government Agent fonds

  • CA FTST MS 22
  • Fonds
  • 1901-1904, 1914-1915

Fonds consists of records of the Fort Steele government agent and assessor. Includes correspondence, financial records, and lists.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Fort Steele, B.C.)

St. Eugene Mission fonds

  • CA FTST MS 23
  • Fonds
  • photocopied 1983

Fonds consists of textual records of St. Eugene Mission from 1908-1970. Includes history, diaries, correspondence, financial records, Ktunaxa census lists, reports, programs, building specifications, clippings, and ephemera.

St. Eugene Mission

Leask & Johnson Lumber Company fonds

  • CA FTST MS 25
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1912

The fonds consists of textual records of Leask & Johnson Lumber Company. Includes correspondence and a telegraph manifold book and shareholders' register.

Leask & Johnson Lumber Company

Fort Steele Restoration Foundation fonds

  • CA FTST MS 26
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1972

Fonds consists of textual records of the Fort Steele Restoration Foundation. Includes constitution, minutes, correspondence, reports, and clippings.

Fort Steele Restoration Foundation

JEH fonds

  • CA FTST MS 27
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1895

Fonds consists of a diary written by JEH from 1886-1895.


Otis Staples fonds

  • CA FTST MS 28
  • Fonds
  • Photocopied 1998

Fonds consists of a diary written by Otis Staples in 1896.

Staples, Otis, 1847-1912

Robert T. Richardson fonds

  • CA FTST MS 29
  • Fonds
  • [photocopied 197-?]

The fonds consists of textual records of Mr. R.T. Richardson from 1951. Includes correspondence and two histories of Bull River.

Richardson, Robert T., 1881-1952

Michael Phillipps fonds

  • CA FTST MS 3
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1892, copied [1996]

This fonds consists of the records of Michael Phillipps. Includes a diary, correspondence, financial records, water license, and ephemera.

Phillipps, Michael, 1840-1916

Nation family fonds

  • CA FTST MS 30
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1907, 1983

Fonds consists of textual records of the Nation family from 1900-1907. Includes original correspondence to family members in England, 1902-1907, a draft typescript of the correspondence, 1900-1903, and a "bound" copy of the correspondence from 1900-1907 edited by Philip T. Nation in 1983. Bound copy includes notes, acknowledgments, and references.

Nation (family)

Wayne Choquette fonds

  • CA FTST MS 33
  • Fonds
  • photocopied [1985]

Fonds consists of copies of textual records of Wayne Choquette from 1971-1974, 1976, 1977, 1982, and 1984. Includes reports on the Libby Dam, 1971-1973; Kootenay River, 1972; Elk River, 1973; Kootenay region, 1974, 1977, 1982; coal developments, 1976, and the Wild Horse River, 1984.

Choquette, Wayne

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