PETER AND CATHARINE WHYTE SOUS-FONDS :

CATHARINE ROBB WHYTE PAPERS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

Catharine Robb Whyte papers and photographs series. -- 1906-1980. -- 20.5 m of textual records (and ca.200 oversize items). -- ca.12,300 photographs (ca.5000 prints, ca.4000 negatives, ca.3300 transparencies, 3 albums of ca.1000 prints, 6 motion pictures). -- Catharine Robb Whyte, 1906-1979, was an artist, outdoor enthusiast, traveler, philanthropist and cultural worker at Banff, Alberta, Canada. -- Series consists of the following sub-series: 1. Personal papers, 1918-1979; 2. Correspondence, 1862-1979; 3. Financial, legal and business papers, 1901-1979; 4. Professional activities and interests, 1906-1980; 5. Topical files, 1881- 1978; 6. Photographs, ca.1920-1979; 7. Postcard albums, 1903- 1924.  Includes extensive diaries and correspondence between Catharine Robb Whyte and her mother, family and friends.  Of particular interest are Whyte's outgoing letters.  Other papers arise out of her business and philanthropic activities, interest and activity in art, winter sports, recreation, museums, cultural organizations, photography, environmental issues and Stoney Indians.  Photographic material was produced and collected by Catharine Robb Whyte prior to 1930 and after Peter Whyte's death in 1966.  Included are prints, albums and negatives, ca.1924-1930, pertaining to family trips, school activities, travels, home, friends and family.  The largest series consist of colour prints and negatives and colour transparencies pertaining to family and friends, mountain trips, scenics and world travels, 1966-1979.  Remaining material include prints, motion pictures and video recording collected by Catharine Whyte; mainly friends, family, personal and Banff events, ca.1920-1979. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Description of photographs is at sub-series level only. Printed in-house inventory provides additional description for photographs. -- Constitutes Sous-fonds I, Series A of Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds. Other photographs by Catharine Whyte are found in Sous-fonds I, Series C.

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Personal papers. -- 1918-1979. -- 96 cm of textual records. -- Sub-series consists of personal writings, 1917-1979, in the form of general diaries, trip diaries, notebooks, notes, calendars and a scrapbook; school papers, 1912-1931, pertaining to Catharine Whyte's childhood schools, including Concord Academy, Mary C. Wheeler School, School of the Museum of Fine Arts; and other papers, 1929-1980, including awards, certificates, memberships, identification cards, interview, newsclippings, and miscellaneous. -- Title based on contents of sub-series. -- File description available. -- Constitutes Sub-series 1 of I.A., Catharine Robb Whyte papers and photographs.

 

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Correspondence. -- 1862-1979. -- 789 cm of textual records. -- Sub-series consists of correspondence with Peter Whyte, 1927-1962; Robb family, 1862-1962; Edith Morse Robb, 1913-1962; Russell Robb Sr., 1907-1925. Also includes alphabetical people files, 1912-1979; chronological files, 1913-1979; greeting cards, 1929-1978, including letters; related materials, 1930-1978, including card file, business cards, guest book, guest register and miscellaneous.  Correspondence with Edith Morse Robb consists of Catharine Whyte's letters both to and from her mother, Edith Robb.  Outgoing letters provide a detailed account of life in Banff, including local events, personalities and travels in the Canadian Rockies. -- Title based on contents of sub-series. -- File description available. -- Constitutes Sub-series 2 of I.A., Catharine Robb Whyte papers and photographs.

 

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Financial, legal and business papers. -- 1901-1979. -- 504 cm of textual records. -- Sub-series consists of five major groups of records: a. Personal and family papers, 1901-1979, pertaining to Catharine Robb Whyte, Robb family, Peter Whyte, Whyte family and to Peter and Catharine Whyte; b. Legal and financial papers, blueprints and miscellaneous items pertaining to properties, 1902-1978; c. Business papers, 1930-1953, pertaining to Canadian Rockies Winter Sports Ltd, Ski Club of the Canadian Rockies and Skoki Lodge; d. Correspondence and financial papers pertaining to Indians, 1955-1979; e. Banking records, 1926-1973. -- Title based on contents of sub-series. -- File description available. -- Constitutes Sub-series 3 of I.A., Catharine Robb Whyte papers and photographs.

 

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Professional activities / interests papers. -- 1931-1979. -- 419 cm of textual records. -- Sub-series consists of files pertaining to the Wa-Che-Yo-Cha-Pa Foundation and Peter Whyte Foundation, 1953-1978; alphabetical files, 1931- 1979, pertaining to organizations. travel, conservation and parks, Indians, cancer research, Gray's Publishing and magazines and books. -- Title based on contents of sub-series. -- File description available. -- Constitutes Sub-series 4 of I.A., Catharine Robb Whyte papers and photographs.

 

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Topical files. -- 1881-1978. -- 176 cm of textual records. -- Title based on material. -- File description available. -- Constitutes Sub-series 5 of I.A. Catharine Robb Whyte papers and photographs.

 

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Negatives. -- [ca.1924-1930] -- ca.400 photographs : negatives; b/w. -- Consists of photographs taken at home in Concord, Mass., and Mary C. Wheeler School, Providence, Rhode Island; on vacation at Seal Harbor, Maine; and on trips to Atlantic City, Gorham, Maine, and Washington, D.C.  Includes photographs of family members, school friends, sailing companions - in particular John D. and Nelson Rockefeller - the Robb home and grounds. -- Title based on contents of sub-series.

 

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Prints. -- [ca.1924-1930] -- ca.750 photographs : prints; b/w. -- Consists of prints generated from negatives, also additional prints taken by and filed by Catharine Robb Whyte from this period.  Includes photographs of social events, art school, trip to Glacier Park, Montana, and Banff, 1929, and trip to Scotland, 193O, where she met up with Peter Whyte prior to her marriage. -- Title based on contents of sub-series.

 

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Colour photographs. -- 1969-1979. -- 1969-1979. -- ca.7200 photographs : prints, negatives; col. -- Consists of approximately 3600 colour negatives and accompanying prints by Catharine Robb Whyte.  Material is entirely Kodacolor 35mm negatives and corresponding prints taken with Leica IIIa and M5 cameras. Includes travel, family, friends, ski trips and competitions, Whyte Museum, mountain travels, skiing, Banff, events. -- Title based on contents of sub-series. -- List of topics available.

 

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Collected photographs. -- [ca1920-1930], 1966-1979. -- 1966-1979. -- ca.1600 photographs : prints; b/w, col. -- Consists of: i. prints collected by Catharine Whyte, ca.1920 until her marriage to Peter Whyte in 1930, and ii. prints collected after Peter Whyte's death in 1966.  Early prints concern school activities and friends.  Later prints are primarily portraits sent to Catharine by friends and miscellaneous photographs reflecting her interests, in particular the Catharine Robb Whyte Multicultural Centre in Cold Lake, Alberta.  Also included are photographs of Catharine Robb Whyte relating to her receipt of an Honorary Doctorate, University of Calgary, the Order of Canada and other awards. -- Title based on contents of sub-series.

 

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Photographs albums. -- 1920-1924. -- 1920-1924. -- 3 photograph albums (ca.1000 prints) -- Consists of: one album of family and friends sailing at Seal Harbor, Maine, school days, Rockefeller brothers, 1920 - 1923; two albums of trip to Europe, 1924, similar to album attributed to Russell Robb Sr. in Robb/Morse family photographs. -- Title based on contents of sub-series.

 

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Transparencies. -- 1966-1978. -- 1966-1978. -- ca.3300 photographs : transparencies; col, 35mm. -- Consists of transparencies by Catharine Whyte from the period between Peter Whyte's death in 1966 and autumn 1979.  Material is entirely Kodachrome 35mm taken with a Leica IIIa and M5 cameras.  In addition to general scenic views from in and around Banff, includes material on family, friends, activities, museum construction, travels, cabins, buildings and huts, hikes and climbs, Stoney Indians and events. -- Title based on contents of sub-series. -- List of topics available.

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