Fonds P993.11.1 to P993.11.4 - Wally West fonds

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Wally West fonds

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CA FFG P993.11.1 to P993.11.4

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  • 1910-1925, 1946-1991 (Creation)
    West, Wally

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44,000 photographs: prints;22,000 photographs: negatives

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Mr. Wally West opened his photography studio called "WD West Studios", in Prince George, British Columbia in 1946, at which time he also purchased the Jacob Simonson Photograph Studio. Mr. Wally West sold his photography business in 1991. Mr. West was named "Photographer Emeritus" in 1996 by the Canadian Professional Photographers Association. As a long-time Prince George resident and a former Prince George Rotary Club President (1968), Mr. West is highly regarded as having made a significant contribution to documenting growth in the community.

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The fonds consists of documentation of the commercial, industrial, educational and social developments within the region and outlying areas, including the City of Prince George, British Columbia. Many of the images were taken "on spec" for the use in the Prince George Citizen Newspaper. The fonds is arranged in the following series: 1. General, 1946-1991; 2. Simonson, 1910-1925; 3. Pulp Mill, 1964-1969, 1974-1975; 4. Schools, 1946-1960.

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BCAUL control number: FFG-3700

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