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Prentiss Nathaniel Gray Collection

Accession No. 2000.19.1.55
Prentiss Nathaniel Gray (1884-1935) of Oakland California was the archetypical model of a heroic hunter of big game.  After receiving accreditation for outstanding military service in Belgium during WWI, he embarked upon a highly successful career as an international banker for J. Henry Schroder Banking Corporation. In exchange for securing the bank’s first $100,000 profit, Gray was granted unlimited vacation time which he effectively used to travel the world in search of big game.  During Gray’s 1928 big game expedition to the Barbara Lakes in B.C., he was accompanied by H.G. Dimsdale, an Edmonton civil engineer; together they undertook a feasibility assessment for a railroad route along the B.C.- Alberta border. Gray also developed the official measurement and scoring system for trophy animals and served as the first editor of the Boone and Crockett Club’s Records of North American Big Game. The Prentiss Gray Collection consists of over 300 photographs. (1926-1932)

The Phipps-Mackenzie Photo Collection

Accession No. 2004.5.1.6
The 398 black & white photographs included within the Phipps–Mackenzie Collection tell of many journeys into unknown, uncharted territory that was Northern BC in the inter-war period.  One such tale is of the Bedaux Sub-Arctic Expedition of 1934 when both surveyor, A.H. Phipps and survey crewman, J.R. Mackenzie were in the employ of Charles Bedaux, shrewd businessman, flamboyant millionaire and ardent adventurer. This attempted expedition from Edmonton to Telegraph Creek on the Stikine River in northwest BC, took the well-stocked Bedaux entourage through the wilds of the Rockies and into Northern BC using, at that time, cutting edge all-terrain Citröen vehicles to traverse the unforgiving landscape. Four months into the trek the expedition was abandoned as a failure due to  weather, gumbo, and hoof rot. Collection consists of 398 photographs and 6.2cm of textual and other materials. (1920-1990)

Fort Fraser Historical Photograph Collection

Fort Fraser: "The Eden of the North" was first established in the early 1800s as “Fraser Lake Post’” a trading post of the Hudson Bay Company, and in 1824 was designated a “Fort” to meet the operational needs of the HBC. In 1865, Fort Fraser received the Collins Overland Telegraph, and in 1914 the last spike of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was driven in at Fort Fraser. With the influx of such amenities and the economic need to bring settlers into the interior of BC, the Dominion Stock & Bond Corporation Ltd. acted upon opportunity and took on the commercialization of a new Fort Fraser town site, located 3.5km east of the original Fort.  In its’ advertisements the Dominion Stock & Bond Corporation Ltd. urged potential buyers and settlers with 5 and 10 acre garden tracts of land. It is speculated that the 86 black & white photographs within the photograph album were commissioned by the Dominion Stock & Bond Corporation Ltd. to illustrate their prediction that Fort Fraser would become “the Hub of British Columbia on the Grand Trunk Pacific.” This collection consists of 86 photographs. (1914)


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