Fonds F1566 - Arnold Roberton fonds

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Arnold Roberton fonds


  • 1927-2017 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

31.5 cm of textual records
80 photographs
2034 photonegatives : black and white
1566 photoprints : black and white
1 photoprint : colour
117 slides : colour
3 slides : black and white
2 photopositives : colour
1 glass slide : colour
61 postcards : black and white
11 8 mm open reels
5 16 mm open reels

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Biographical history

Arnold Roberton, 1903-1993, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, moved to Canada in 1923 and to Calgary, Alberta in 1936. He established Photocrafts, a camera and photographic supplies store, at 816 Centre Street, Calgary, Alberta in 1940. In the late 1940s Photocrafts also sold reproductions of photos by Gerda Christofferson and Roland Gissing. In 1948 Arnold expanded into wholesale by establishing the Canadian Photographic Supply Company at 811-1 Street SE. He also opened Bunny Photo Service, a photofinishing shop at the same location. He sold Photocrafts in 1953, and ran the other two businesses until the early 1980s with his wife, Helen, as bookkeeper. He and Helen had two daughters, Joann (Goldthorpe) and Lesley. They retired ca. 1985.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Arnold Roberton, 1990 and Leslie Roberton in 2022.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of photographs of Calgary, Banff and Lake Louise (ca. 1940s); slides of mountain landscapes by Roland Gissing (1940s); slides of Stoneys by Gerda Christofferson and her model release forms (1940s); and correspondence regarding sales of slides (1949, 1950); as well as photographic material depicting Calgary and greater Alberta with various events and mountain scenes, images by others, films of a 1972 skating event, and commercial films related to Roberton's involvement with democratic organizations. Includes agreement and list of creditors related to sale of Photocrafts (1953), miscellaneous financial records (1949, 1950), and photographs of Sarcee (Tsuut'ina) by Arnold Lupson (1940s).

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No restrictions on access.

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The Emma Goldman Papers correspondence in 2022.43 cannot be reproduced.

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The material is in English.

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Finding aid for 2022.43 available.

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Related units of description

Additional and related material for accession 2022.43 can be found in the Lorne Edward Burkell fonds, Holy Cross School of Nursing fonds, and Rosettis Studio fonds.

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A duplicate set of slides were transferred to the Art Department.

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Thursday, September 06, 2018




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