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Fonds F3168 - Dan McCowan fonds

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Dan McCowan fonds


  • 1923-1952 (Creation)

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1031 photographs

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Dan McCowan, 1882-1956, was born in Perthshire, Scotland. In 1907 he came to Canada to visit his brother in Banff, Alberta and decided to stay. He was a naturalist, author and lecturer who worked for the pubicity department of the Canadian Pacific Railway for 26 years. He promoted Banff and the Rocky Mountains by giving lectures illustrated with slides in Canada, the USA and Europe. During the Second World War he did a lecture tour to armed services camps across the country. He published six books, including A Naturalist in Canada (1941), Outdoors with a Camera in Canada (1945) and Upland Trails (1955). He was made a Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of England in 1938. He and his wife, Mary, had no children.


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Gift of Mary McCowan and the Norman Luxton estate, 1956-1963.

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The fonds consists of slides (536) and negatives (495) for photographs, taken by McCowan, which he used in his lecture tours. The views include Banff, mountains scenery, lakes, rivers, flowers, plants, birds and animals in the Canadian Rockies. There are also extensive images of the Stoney people, especially during Banff Indian Days.

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The material is in English.

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The bulk of the McCowan fonds is held by the Whyte Museum in Banff.

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Friday, October 05, 2018




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