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Mary Schaffer fonds

 

Mary Schaffer

(Mary Schaffer fonds - V527/PS-151)

     Mary Schaffer fonds. -- 1893-[ca.1935]. -- 35 cm of textual records. -- ca.2025 photographs : transparencies, negatives, prints. -- 7 photograph albums. -- Mary Townsend Sharples (Schaffer) (Warren), 1861-1939, was a traveler and explorer in the Canadian Rockies and Selkirk Mountains beginning in 1888.  In 1908, she reached Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, and returned in 1911 to survey the region.  Schaffer settled in Banff, Alberta, Canada in 1912.  Fonds consists of three series: I. Personal, literary and research papers, 1907-ca.1930;  II. Photography, 1893-ca.1920;  III. Other material, 1895-1928. -- Also known as Mary Schaffer Warren fonds. -- Location: M79 / V527.

Detailed fonds description - Archives Network of Alberta provincial database

 

I.  Personal, literary and research papers

Personal, literary and research papers series. -- 1907-ca.1930. -- 24 cm of textual records. -- Series consists of four sub-series: A. Correspondence, 1908-1922; B. Literary manuscripts (original and published), 1907-ca.1925; C. Maps of Maligne Lake; D. Other, 1905-ca.1930.  Literary manuscripts pertain to the Athabasca River; Maligne Lake; Howse, Yellowhead and Athabasca passes; hunting; Dr. Gilbert Atkin and Nurse Fulcher's medical mission to Ya Ha Tinda Ranch; Banff; Revelstoke, British Columbia; Stoney Indians; Saskatchewan River; Palliser Expedition and Mary Schaffer life and activities. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series I of the Mary Schaffer fonds.    

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II.  Photography

Photography series. -- 1893-[ca.1920]. -- ca.2025 photographs (ca.1550 transparencies, ca.400 negatives, 75 prints). -- 7 photograph albums (ca.1760 prints). -- 1 cm of  textual records. -- Series consists of four sub-series: A. Lantern slides; B. Photograph albums; C. Negatives; D. Prints.  Lantern slides pertain to Mary Schaffer's trips to Maligne Lake and Yellowhead Pass, mountain scenics, nature subjects (animals, birds, flowers); and includes Mary Schaffer's lantern slide presentations "In the Heart of the Canadian Rockies", accompanied by scripts; Philip Moore's Indian lecture series, mainly copies from books and other graphic sources; and Mary Schaffer's slides of China and Japan.  Photograph albums, 1908-ca.1921, pertain mainly to trips in the Canadian Rocky and Selkirk Mountains, especially expeditions to the Yoho and Ptarmigan Valleys, Nakimu Caves, North Saskatchewan River, Wilcox Pass and Maligne Lake. Two albums pertain to travels in Mexico and Asia.  Negatives pertain mainly to Schaffer's trips and explorations, Glacier House and environs, alpine flora and fauna, mountain views, portraits, Sampson Beaver family, 1902-1911.  -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series II of the Mary Schaffer fonds.   

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III.  Other material

Other material series. -- 1895-1928. -- 11 cm of textual records. -- Series consists of diaries of Mollie Adams, 1908, and Mrs. H. H. Sharples, 1911, and original manuscripts and published reports by other writers, 1895-1928. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes Series III of the Mary Schaffer fonds.    

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 The Mary Schaffer fonds was processed with financial support

of the Canadian Council of Archives, 1998-1999.

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

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