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Fonds F3168 - Dan McCowan fonds
ACU GBA F3168
Dan McCowan fonds
- 1923-1952 (Creation)
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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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No restrictions on access.
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The material is in English.
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Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material. https://glenbow.ucalgary.ca/finding-aid/dan-mccowan-fonds/
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Friday, October 05, 2018