Fonds PR-2204 - A.C. Hirschfeld fonds

Exterior of the A.C. Hirschfeld home, 1963 Comox Street, Vancouver Exterior of the A.C. Hirschfeld home, 1963 Comox Street, Vancouver Interior of an unidentified home Golden Gate Midwinter Fair, San Francisco; Cafe Riche cigar stand concession front. Golden Gate Midwinter Fair, San Francisco; Cafe Riche cafe and cigar stand. Golden Gate Midwinter Fair, San Francisco; Electric Tower ticket booth. Golden Gate Midwinter Fair, San Francisco; Electric Tower ticket booth "Royal Pavilion", at the Golden Gate Midwinter fair, San Francisco, California Section of Muir glacier, Alaska, reflected / LaRoche Photo Seattle Dawson City, N.W.T. Dawson, N.W.T. Looking down Yukon below Dawson Interior of sawmill, Atlin, BC Miles Canyon, White Horse Hitchcock Creek from bench of Discovery, Atlin, BC Man outside a cabin aiming a rifle, and a dog Four women, a man and a dog in a forest setting Two women outside a cabin, one is aiming a rifle Four men, two aiming rifles from the porch of a building Four women standing on a plank bridge over a creek Golden Gate Midwinter Fair, San Francisco; man on a kneeling camel Through a Glacier Window Golden Gate Midwinter Fair, San Francisco; scene at the fair, with electric tower base in the bac... Golden Gate Midwinter Fair, San Francisco; two men looking at two kneeling camels and their handlers Johnson Glacier, Alaska Crevasse in Denver Glacier Church of England, Atlin, BC, Christmas 1900 Crystal Lake near Skaguay, Alaska Totem poles, Chief Kat-a-shan's house, Fort Wrangel, Alaska; Winter and Pond no. 282 Nine mounted photographs on an easel identified as "A.C. Hirschfeld & Co. Photographers&...
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A.C. Hirschfeld fonds

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  • 1889-[ca. 1910] (Creation)
    Hirschfeld, A.C., 1866-1926

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81 photographs : b&w negatives : glass, 11 photographs : b&w : neg, 10 photographs : b&w

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Alfred Cyril Hirschfeld was born on June 8, 1866 in London, England. He came to British Columbia in 1897 and was engaged in mining in Atlin. He was also a photographer and took photographs in Atlin, Alaska, Vancouver and San Francisco. He married Marguerite Ethel Miller in 1902 and died in San Francisco on November 8, 1926.

Custodial history

The 10 copy negatives and associated prints in accession 198308-010 were acquired by the BC Archives from Frank Barr of Portland, Oregon. 27 glass negatives are in accession 198202-063, provenance unknown. The 37 glass negatives in accession 95-7267 were found in 1956 in Atlin, BC by Don A. Huntley. They were donated in 2011 by Lorraine Huntley. The 17 glass negatives in accession 2014.115 were found individually wrapped in a wooden negative box in the basement of a house in Agassiz, BC ca. 1965 by James Percival Bennewith (died 2013) and were donated by his grandson David Harrison and his family in 2014.

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The fonds consists of 81 glass negatives and 1 negative taken or copied by A.C. Hirschfeld between 1894 and 1910. The photographs include images of the Golden Gate Midwinter fair in San Francisco in 1894; photographs of Alaska, Atlin and Dawson City as well as interior and exterior shots taken ca. 1910 of the Hirschfeld home in Vancouver. The fonds also includes 10 copy negatives and 10 prints showing the Klondike Gold rush. Some show gold rush people on their way through a unknown pass to the gold fields, some Dawson City and the mines circa 1898. Other pictures show "The Scales," and the horse train.

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Handle with cotton gloves.

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The items are in the public domain

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Copies of photographs taken by A.C. Hirschfeld form part of the BC Archives visual records collection and are catalogued individually.

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Accession number(s): 198202-063,198308-010, 95-7267 and 2014.115

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