Fonds F1700 - Harry Snyder Barren Lands Expedition fonds

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Harry Snyder Barren Lands Expedition fonds


  • 1935-1936 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records. -- 124 photographs

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In July and August of 1935 an expedition, sponsored by Harry Snyder of Montreal, was organized to carry out investigations of the musk ox and caribou in the Mackenzie District of the NWT, in particular the area northeast of Great Slave Lake. The main objectives were to survey and photograph the musk ox, to determine if poaching was a threat to the herds, and to secure specimens of caribou and mountain sheep for the American Museum of Natural History and National Museum of Canada. Lt.-Col. H.M. Steel of the Canadian Department of the Interior joined the expedition as a government observer. C.H.D. Clarke was another expedition member. The group travelled, primarily by airplane, from Edmonton to Fort Resolution, Fort Reliance, and finally the Thelon River area.

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Gift of H.M. Steel, 1957.

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The fonds consists of F.M. Steel's report of the Snyder Expedition, including hand-coloured photographs and maps; F.M. Steele's diary of the expedition; Harry Snyder's report of the expedition; and C.H.D. Clarke's report on the investigation of the Thelon Game Sanctuary, including his recommendations. Includes miscellaneous correspondence, and reference copies of reports by David T. Hanbury (1904) and James W. Tyrrell (1908) about the Arctic.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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No finding aid, but some of the photos have been digitized.

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Title based on contents of records.


NA 16 are copy negs made from the original prints in the report.


Link added to Archives Photographs on October 24, 2017.

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Thursday, June 07, 2018




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