Fonds - C.W. Mathers fonds

UAA-1978-171

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C.W. Mathers fonds

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  • [ca. 1980-1900] (Creation)

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26 photographs: b&w ; 20 x 25 cm

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(1968-1950)

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Charles Wesley Mathers was born in Lucknow, Ontario in 9 January 1968 to Irish immigrants, Christopher and Rachel (Graham) Mathers. In 1891 Mathers moved to Edmonton, Alberta to work at a photography studio. Mathers was one the the earliest photographer from Edmonton. In 1986 Mathers married Minnie Jane Magee and had one son.
Mathers photographed life in northern Canada during the turn of the century. In 1901 he accompanied William H. Connor, an independent trader from Edmonton to the mouth of the Mackenzie River and along the river routes of the Northwest Territories. Mathers documented his trip including photographing hunting and trading activities and later produced the souvenir album "The Far North" with photographs of his travels. Mathers is also known for photographs related to the Klondike Gold Rush.
Mather passed away in California in 1950.

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The photograph album was loaned to the University of Alberta Archives by Captain Julian Mills. The album was given to his father by C.W. Mathers just after the turn of the century. J.W. Mills (senior) was a riverboat captain on the MacKenzie and Athabasca Rivers.

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Photographs copied from an original album created by Edmonton photographer, C.W. Mathers. Included are photographs representing aboriginals involved in trading and hunting activities, as well as photographs of northern settlements such as Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort Providence, Fort McPherson, and Fort Good Hope.

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Materials associated with C.W. Mathers can be found at the Provincial Archives of Alberta: https://hermis.alberta.ca/PAA/Details.aspx?ObjectID=PR1631&dv=True&deptID=1

Also associated with the Julian Mills fonds at the UAA.

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Created by LMCPHERSON 11-22-2007. Updated by RFROGNER 11-25-2009.
Updated by M.Fraser 10 Feb. 2020 and 17 March 2020.

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