Collection C0001 - Campbell Aird Petroleum Industry Film collection

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Campbell Aird Petroleum Industry Film collection


  • [ca. 1940s-1987] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 film reel. -- 1 audio cassette. -- 0.5 cm of textual records

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Name of creator

Biographical history

J. Campbell Aird worked for Imperial Oil during the 1940s and 1950s. While in the field he filmed well-site activities and events for home movies.


Archival history

After Aird's death the film was given to Allan Carr who subsequently gave it to Willis Gibson. Gibson and his friend, Labby LaBerge, gave it to the Energy Resources Conservation Board which donated it to the Glenbow in 1987.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Energy Resources Conservation Board, 1987-1992.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of film footage of petroleum industry related views (ca. 1940s-1955) including Atlantic #3 blowout and fire at Leduc field, Alberta in 1948; recorded interview with Aird's colleagues, Willis Gibson and Labby LaBerge, about the film (1987); and photocopy of letter to LaBerge and a colleague, Allan Carr, about the film (1987).

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No restrictions on access.

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Language and script notes

The material is in English.

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Finding aids

Interview outline available.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

The film is also available on video cassette.

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