Collection C0179 - Hugh and Pauline Dempsey’s First Nations Posters collection

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Hugh and Pauline Dempsey’s First Nations Posters collection


  • 1924-2002, predominant 1960-2002 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

313 posters

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Hugh Dempsey, former chief archivist of the Glenbow Archives, and his Blood wife, Pauline Dempsey, collected these posters over the years, at various predominantly First Nations sporting, cultural and political events which they and their family attended. The events were held primarily in Western Canada and north-western American states, especially in Alberta and Montana, but include other locations in Canada and the United States, and a few international events in England and France.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Hugh Demspey, 2003.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of posters advertising and promoting pow-wows, rodeos, sports (boxing, basketball, wrestling and hockey), various “Indian Days” and “Native

Awareness” events, art and museum exhibits, dance competitions (especially Prairie Chicken), conferences and seminars, Indian Association of Alberta meetings, and Treaty 7-related commemorations.

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Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access. Glenbow does not hold copyright for these posters.

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Language and script notes

The material is in English.

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Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Friday, March 04, 2016




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