Fonds PR-2265 - M.M. Stephens fonds

The Phoenix jail. View of Phoenix. Unidentified mining operation. Unidentified mining town. Unidentified mine and settlement. "Merryfield & Co., Groceries, Wholesale, Produce"; Prince Rupert. The Le Roi Mine and the Black Bear Mine; trestle-tramway running between them. Copy negative of four photos; left to right, top to bottom; mine operations; Phoenix firehall; lo... The No. 1 Josie Mine and the Le Roi Mine, seen from above. The Old Nickel Plate Mine; Rossland. Left side of a view of Rossland; see I-67906 for the right side. Right side of a view of Rossland; see I-67905 for the left side. Mrs. French. Two dogs; known as Iago and Coon. Phoenix. The Brooklyn Mine in winter; Phoenix. Deckhands unloading fish at Prince Rupert. "B.A.C. Machine Shop"; Rossland. Left side of a view of Rossland; see I-67894 for the right side. Melvin McKay Stephens and O.H. Ellinore. Cabins near Marshall Lake. Two unidentified boys. View of the Le Roi Mine; including the shafthouse. Sheep Creek Falls. Nickle Plate Mine; Rossland. Arrow Lake. Arrow Lake. Cliff House, San Francisco The school at Rossland. The War Eagle Mine; Rossland.
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M.M. Stephens fonds

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  • [between 1890 and 1910] (Creation)
    Stephens, Melvin McKay, 1872-1962

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113 photographs : b&w glass negatives ; 20 x 6 cm or smaller

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Melvin McKay Stephens, a real estate and investment agent, as well as an amateur photographer, was born in Beaton, Ontario, on 28 Dec 1872. He moved to British Columbia in the 1890s and married Dora Edwards in Field, BC, on 12 Sep 1900. The couple lived in Rossland in 1903 when a son was born. M.M. Stephens at that time was manager of a telegraph company. He relocated his family to Prince Rupert around 1907 and lived there for 50 years before retiring to Summerland. He died in Summerland on 12 May 1962.

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The fonds was acquired by Richard Gough as a gift in the early 1960s from a descendant of M.M. Stephens. Richard Gough donated the fonds to the Royal BC Museum Corporation in 2004.

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The fonds consists almost entirely of negatives taken by M.M. Stephens of various communities, businesses, and families, chiefly in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions (Rossland, Phoenix, Grand Forks, Greenwood), and Prince Rupert. The fonds also includes blank, labeled negative envelopes, a blank cardboard mount from the Panama Studio (Prince Rupert), and a 1960 receipt from Stocks Camera Shop.

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Two negatives broken or emulsion lifted, I-67895 "Rossland" and I-67933 "Freddie & Dor" not scanned November 22, 2004.

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All negatives except for two damaged ones available in digital form.

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There are no access restrictions. The donor transferred copyright and all other rights to the Royal BC Museum Corporation in 2004.

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Archives code(s): Visual Records I-67890 to I-68002; Briefly known as AAAA1445.

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Accession number(s): 94-9698

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