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Nicholas Morant fonds


Assisted by Willie Morant, Nick Morant makes a portrait

of a Stoney chief at Morley, Alberta. ca.1950

(Nicholas Morant fonds - V500/C1-pa)

Nicholas Morant fonds. -- 1892-1994, predominant 1920-1981. -- ca.27,600 photographs (ca.18,000 negatives, ca.6200 transparencies, ca.3400 prints). -- 3 m of textual records. -- ca.35 sound recordings. -- Nicholas Everard Morant, 1910-1999, was a professional photographer based at Banff, Alberta, Canada.  He was a Canadian commercial photographer of international repute and Canada's premier railway photographer of the 20th century.  Morant served as Special Photographer to the CPR from 1929 to 1935 and again from 1944 to 1981. From 1935 to 1939, he was a cameraman for the Winnipeg Free Press, and from 1940 to 1944 worked with the Wartime Information Branch of the federal government.

Morant had a prolific career as a freelance commercial, portrait, magazine, landscape and documentary photographer.  Beginning in 1929, and until the end of her life, Morant's travelling and working companion was his wife, Ivy May "Willie" Morant (Young), 1910-1986.


The Nicholas Morant fonds consists of  Morant's freelance work from his early days with the Winnipeg Free Press to his retirement from the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1981.  It is national in scope and also includes some international material.  The fonds is comprised of three series:  I. Photography;  II. Professional records;  III. Personal and family records.


Detailed fonds description - Archives Network of Alberta provincial database



I.  Photography

Photography series. -- [ca.1940-ca.1980]. -- ca.28,000 photographs. -- Series contains Morant's freelance photographic work in numerous formats.  It consists of four sub-series : A. Negatives and transparencies; B. Transparencies; C. Prints; D. Other photographs.  Photographs were arranged by the photographer into broad categories based mainly on format and use.  Categories include: darkroom files, albums, black & white, colour, GD (general duplicate) files, transparencies, topical presentations, thematic presentations, general files, print files, exhibition and display prints, and other.    

File description :  A. Negatives and transparencies

      Negatives albums 

      Darkroom files b/w  

      Darkroom files col  

      Leica negatives  

      GD files

File description :  B. Transparencies

      Presentations, topical files  

      Presentations, thematic files  

      General files

      Other transparencies

File description : C. Print files

File description : D. Other photographs


II.  Professional records

     Professional records series. -- 1892-1994. -- ca.425 cm of textual records. -- Series consists of three sub-series:  A. Working records, including logbooks and notebooks; B. Career records, including binders and scrapbooks of brochures, advertising, clippings, articles, calendars and other material containing Morant photographs; C. Topical files, including numbered and general topical files pertaining to photography, railway, travel, exhibitions and galleries, and other topics of personal interest. Also includes postcard, greeting card and ephemera collection. 

File description


III.  Personal and family records

Personal and family records series. -- [before 1995], predominant 1940-1980. -- ca.95 cm of textual records and photographs. -- 33 sound recordings. -- Series consists of four sub-series:  A. Nick and Willie Morant (correspondence; personal papers; personal and family photographs; house records; business, professional, financial and legal papers; interviews, reminiscences, personal recordings); B. Nick Morant funeral and memorial; C. Francis and Mollie Morant; D. Collected material 

File description


 The Nicholas Morant was processed with financial support

of the Canadian Council of Archives, 2004-2007

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