Fonds F1151 - Light family fonds

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Light family fonds


  • 1885-2004, predominant 1884-1917 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

117 photographs. -- 1 audio reel. -- 1 cm of textual records

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Frederick Walter "F.W." Light, 1871-1964, was born in England and joined the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) at Regina, Saskatchewan in 1889. Throughout his career he was stationed at Regina, Moosomin and Battleford. He retired as a staff-sergeant in 1913. He married Phyllis Young and they had at least one child, Frederick George "Fred", 1908-1998. F.W. retired to Victoria, British Columbia. Fred was born and educated in Battleford, and then worked as a mail carrier. In 1935 he opened a service station in Battleford, and over the years was active in the community. He and his wife, Marguerita Gunn, had two sons, Douglas, 1933-2008, and Donald. Fred and Doug collected pioneer, NWMP and native artifacts, and at one time Fred was curator of the Fred Light Museum in Battleford. Doug was born in Battleford and became a professional ethnologist. He joined the staff of the Luxton Museum in Banff, Alberta in 1957 and Glenbow-Alberta Institute's Ethnology Department in 1966. He later became the department's curator. In 1976 he was appointed Curator (Western Region) of Canada's National Historic Parks and Sites, retiring in 1987. His wife's name was Meriel.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gifts of Doug Light, 1957-1975, and Meriel Light, 2010.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of photographs of NWMP barracks at Battleford and Mounties including F.W. (1886-1930s); Battleford personalities, buildings and businesses including Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) store and staff (1892-1917); and the 22nd Saskatchewan Light Horse (1913-1916). Includes miscellaneous documents from Battleford personalities; photographs of Fort Churchill, Manitoba NWMP views, and Inuit (1920s); Cree victory song by John Skeeboss from the Poor Man reserve in Saskatchewan; photographs of Norman Luxton (ca. 1950s); and reference files relating to western Canadian history and Metis genealogy.

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Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access.

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Language and script notes

The material is in English, with one sound recording in Cree.

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Finding aids

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

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Related units of description

The Doug Light Collection of Plains Indian artifacts is held by the Provincial Museum of Alberta.

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Title based on contents of records.


PA 670 were copied from Doug Light.


S 54 is missing and has not been described.


Link added to Archives Photographs on September 12, 2017.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Tuesday, December 18, 2018




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