Fonds PR-2194 - John Irvine fonds

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John Irvine fonds

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  • graphic material

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  • 1894-1910 (Creation)
    Irvine, John, 1868-1911

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219 photographs

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John Irvine was a CPR/CNR surveyor and amateur photographer. He was born in Ontario on March 27, 1868. He worked as a surveyor for various railway lines in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and California. He died from a fall while working on the North Thompson river near Round Prairie on August 11, 1911.

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Donated by Andrew Macauley in 2005.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of three photo albums created by John Irvine between 1894 and 1910. Many of the photographs are of railway survey campsites and features in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and California but some of the earlier photographs are city views of buildings in Ottawa, including the Parliament buildings after the fire in February 1897. The albums are uniform in size and appearance: black, pebbled covers with the "Photographs" embossed in gold on the top left front. The pages, which are stiff gray cardboard, are bound with red cord. The albums measure 18 by 30 cm. The mounted prints vary in size and tone from 7 x 12 cm to 19 x 15 cm, and from b&w to sepia. Nearly all of the photographs have a double white line border drawn around them and almost all are captioned in white ink. Several of the photographs are identified with "Yours truly Jno Irvine" and may be portraits of Irvine himself.

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Some of the photos show fading and others are in excellent condition. Although the ink identification has faded on many of the mounts, because the information was written with quill or fountain pen, it is still possible to read most of the caption.

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Item is in the public domain

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Archives code(s): 95-1836.

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Accession number(s): 95-1836

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