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Andy Russell fonds

Andy Russell and daughter Anne, ca.1958

(used with permission)

(Andy Russell fonds  V555 / I.D.1./ PA)

     Andy Russell fonds. -- [1867]-1993, predominant 1908-1993. -- 6 m of textual records and printed material. -- ca.6100 photographs : prints, negatives, transparencies. -- 1 photograph album (49 prints). -- 29 motion pictures. -- 5 sound recordings. -- Andy Russell, 1915-2005, was a trapper, guide, outfitter, writer, photographer, cinematographer, lecturer and environmental advocate in Alberta, Canada.  Russell was employed by outfitter and guide Bert Riggall in 1936, became Riggall's partner in 1939 and took over the business when Riggall retired in 1946.  Andy Russell and Kathleen (Kay) Riggall married in 1938 and raised five children at their ranch bordering Waterton Lakes National Park.  After 1960, Russell concentrated upon writing, photography, film making, lecturing and ranching. -- Fonds consists of seven series:  I.  Personal and professional, 1937-1993;  II. Business, 1948-1982;  III. Writing, broadcasting and public appearances, 1908-1990;  IV. Photography and cinematography, 1909-1989;  V. Wildlife study and conservation activities, 1945-198-;  VI. Other activities, 1931-199-;  VII. Russell family, [1867]-1983. -- Location: M153 / S43 / V555.

Detailed fonds description - Archives Network of Alberta provincial database

 

I.  Personal and professional

Personal and professional series. -- 1937-1993. -- 2.5 m of textual records. -- Series relates to Andy Russell's Personal and professional writing.  Consists of seven sub-series:  A. Diaries, 1937-1977;  B. Correspondence, 1939, 1946-1993;  C. File systems, 1966-1989;  D. Awards, 1970-1979;  E. Memberships, 1949-1982;  F. Biography, 1954-1983;  G. Other material, [ca.1960-ca.1980]. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series I of the Andy Russell fonds.

File descriptions - Sub-series A. Diaries

File descriptions - Sub-series B. Correspondence

File descriptions - Sub-series C. File systems

File descriptions - Sub-series D. Awards

File descriptions - Sub-series E. Memberships

File descriptions - Sub-series F. Biography

File descriptions - Sub-series G. Other material

 

II.  Business

Business series. -- 1948-1982. -- 25 cm of textual records. -- Series relates to Andy Russell's guiding business and Andy Russell and Sons Productions Ltd.  Consists of two sub-series:  A. Guiding, outfitting, trail riding, ranching, 1948-1967;  B. Andy Russell and Sons, royalties, lecturing, [ca.1958]-1982. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series II of the Andy Russell fonds.        

File descriptions

 

III.  Writing, Broadcasting, public appearances

Writing, broadcasting and public appearances series. -- 1908-1990. -- 2.25 m of textual records. -- ca.410 photographs. -- Series relates to Andy Russell's career as a writer and public figure.  Consists of six sub-series:  A. Notebooks, 1958-[ca.1990];  B. Articles, [ca.1945]-1984;  C. Book projects, [ca.1908]-1990 (includes Grizzly Country, Trails of a Wilderness Wanderer, Horns in the High Country, The High West, The Rockies, Andy Russell's Adventures with Wild Animals, Men of the Saddle, Alpine Canada, Memoirs of a Mountain Man, The Life of a River, and The Canadian Cowboy);  D. Columns and broadcasts, [1971]-1981;  E. Reviews, advertising and promotion, 1949-1984;  F. Other, 1963-1977. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series III of the Andy Russell fonds.

File descriptions

 

IV.  Photography and cinematography

Photography and cinematography series. -- 1909-1989. -- ca.4220 photographs. -- 28 motion pictures. -- .5 cm of textual records. -- 22 items of printed matter. -- Series pertains to Andy Russell's activities as a photographer and film maker.  Consists of the following sub-series:  A. Bert Riggall / Andy Russell photographs, 1909-1962, predom.1938-1959;  B. Andy Russell and Sons Productions Ltd. / Andy Russell, [ca.1940-ca.1990] (still photography and motion pictures);  C. Personal photographs, 1916-1989;  D. Collected photographs, [ca.1940-197-]. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series IV of  the Andy Russell fonds.                         

File descriptions

 

V.  Wildlife study and conservation activities

Wildlife study and conservation activities series. -- 1945-[198-]. -- 10 cm of textual records. -- 15 cm of printed matter. -- Series pertains to Andy Russell's interest in and active participation with environmental and conservation activities.  Consists of four sub-series:  A. Sheep studies, 1950-1958;  B. Grizzly bear studies, 1961-1962;  C. Foothills Protective Association, 1969-1977;  D. Printed matter, 1945-[198-]. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series V of the Andy Russell fonds.

File descriptions

 

VI.  Other activities

Other activities series. -- 1931-[199-]. -- ca.40 cm textual records. -- 6 photographs. -- 5 sound recordings. -- 1 motion picture. -- Series consists of three sub-series:  A. Politics, 1972;  2. Interviews, [ca. 1970]-1988;  C. Information files, 1931-[199-] (1. General, 2. Other writers). -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series VI of the Andy Russell fonds.                 

File descriptions 

 

VII.  Russell family

Russell family series. -- [1867-1895], 1924-1983. -- 11 cm of textual records. -- Series consists of four sub-series:  1. Kay Russell, 1947-1961;  2. Correspondence, 1924-1983;  3. Hawk's Nest and Russell Ranch, 1963-1970;  4. Other, [1867-1895], [1970?]-1984. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series VII of the Andy Russell fonds.

File descriptions

The Andy Russell fonds was processed with financial support

of the Canadian Council of Archives, 1994-1995.

On-line finding aid funded by the Archives Society of Alberta, 2002-2003

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