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Arctic Flowers

Photograph depicts Arctic flowers growing in favoured areas among the rocks at Eskimo Point in Strathcona Sound, Baffin Island.

Soper, J. Dewey

Five Inuit Hunters

Photograph depicts five unnamed Eskimo hunters posing for portrait. Standing in front of an unidentifed building. Note: Although Soper does not identify him here, the man standing second from the left is ""The Eskimo, Ororeangnak, an assistant to Nukudluk during the murder of [the newfoundland trader] Janes."" A closer view is available in picture 79-21-33-62 where Ororeangnak is identified.

Soper, J. Dewey

Harpooned Narwhal at Eclipse Sound

Photograph depicts a narwhal that had been harpooned by Inuits in Eclipse Sound and secured with a line to the shore prior to skinning and cuttin up.

Soper, J. Dewey

Inuit Woman and Dog Outside Summer Tent at Pangnirtung

Photograph shows an Eskimo girl and dog standing beside an Eskimo summer tent at Pangnirtung, near the Hudson's Bay Company Post. Miscellaneous household items surround the tent. British flag is raised in the background.

Soper, J. Dewey

Aerial View of The Pas, Manitoba

Photograph depicts an aerial view of the Hudson Bay railway bridge crossing the Saskatchewan River at The Pas, Manitoba. The Soper family travelled through Manitoba on their rail journey to Ottawa, Ontario. They were returning to southern Canada after spending thirteen months living in Lake Harbour, Baffin Island. This photograph was likely a purchased postcard.

Bison at Wainwright National Buffalo Park, Alberta

Photograph depicts a herd of bison grazing in Wainwright National Buffalo Park, Alberta. Dewey Soper visited Alberta after returning with his family from a thirteen month stint at Lake Harbour, Baffin Island. This photograph is a commercial postcard likely purchased by Soper.

Kay and Jane Cooper at Jasper, Alberta

Two young girls identified as Kay and Jane Cooper at Jasper National Park. The Cooper family lived at the Government Hay Camp in Wood Buffalo Park at the same time that the Soper family lived there.

Athabasca River Scene

Photograph depicts a scene on the Athabasca River, a little above Poplar Point; a Hudson's Bay Company barge is in the foreground. Dewey Soper was enroute to Wood Buffalo Park where he had a two year position to conduct faunal investigations in the Park.

Lake Harbour Scene

Photograph depicts a "bold headland" at Lake Harbour with the "ice foot" at the base where it meets the sea. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Soper Residence in Lake Harbour

Photograph depicts Carrie Soper sitting in a part of the living room of their residence/scientific research station at Lake Harbour. A radio, table, pictures and vases are visible. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Inuit Sled Dog

Photograph depicts a view of an Inuit sled dog; an attached label provides further detail. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Skiing in the Lake Harbour Region

Photograph depicts Carrie Soper cross-country skiing in the Lake Harbour region. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Inhabitabts

Photograph depicts a group of Lake Harbour inhabitants posed for a group photograph out-of-doors; the first three rows are Inuit residents and the last row is caucasian residents. The Soper family, not present in the photograph, spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post

Photograph depicts a view of the Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post at Lake Harbour looking north from near the Soper scientific station. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Inlet Ice Barrier

Photograph depicts a view of a high 'barrier' of ice along the coast of the Lake Harbour Inlet. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Igloo

Photograph depicts an Inuit family snowhouse in "more or less" permanent quarters; the vestibule is visible at the front and the living quarters are in the rear. A harpoon shaft is stuck in the snow to the left of the igloo. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Winter Scene

Photograph depicts a winter view of the Lake Harbour district. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Winter Scene

Photograph depicts a winter view of the Lake Harbour district. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Winter Scene

Photograph depicts a winter view of the Lake Harbour district; barrier ice along the coast makes dog team travel difficult at times of low tide and the snow becomes very hard under wind pressure. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Winter Scene

Photograph depicts a winter view of the Lake Harbour district; the existence of coastal barrier ice in the area meant dog sled travel was made especially difficult during times of low tide. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Settlement

Photograph depicts a view of the Lake Harbour settlement on the west side of the harbour. In the far distance is the scientific station of the Department of the Interior (which also served as the Soper residence); the Anglican church in the middle-distance; and in the foreground is the Hudson's Bay Company Post. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Anglican Mission House

Photograph depicts the Anglican Mission house located on the east side of the harbour at Lake Harbour. Three individuals identified as Reverend C. Bailey, Mrs. Bailey and an eskimo visitor are visible to the left of the house. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Dewey Soper Reading Weather Instruments

Photograph depicts Dewey Soper reading the weather instruments at Lake Harbour. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Area Terrain

Photograph depicts a view of the rugged, snow-blown terrain to the northwest of the scientific research station at Lake Harbour; an attached album label provides further detail. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Inuit Woman with Child on Her Back

Photograph depicts an Inuit woman, with her child on her back in a pouch of "duffel steegee", standing outside at Lake Harbour. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Baffin Island.

Moosa at Lake Harbour

Photograph depicts a portrait of Moosa, Dewey Soper's Inuit assistant. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Inuit Boy (Noah) at Lake Harbour

Photograph depicts a head and shoulders portrait of Noah, the son of Dewey Soper's Inuit assistant Moosa and his wife Neve. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Roland Soper at Lake Harbour

Photograph depicts Roland Soper standing outside on Christmas day at Lake Harbour with his cap in his hands. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait. Roland Soper celebrated his third birthday while living in Lake Harbour.

Lake Harbour Settlement

Photograph depicts a view of the Lake Harbour settlement on the west side of the inlet looking south. The Anglican church and scientific station are visible in the distance; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detachment is in the forefront and the schooner "Nanook" is in the left of the picture while the Hudson Bay Company residence is on the extreme right of the photograph. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract.

An Inuit Man Named Simonee at Lake Harbour

Photograph depicts a head and shoulders portrait of Simonee of the Lake Harbour district; he is wearing a fur parka with the hood pulled up over his head. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Dewey Soper Taking Surveying Observations

Photograph depicts Dewey Soper taking observations with a Watt theodolite for latitudes by sun and pole star at headquarters; a snow wall surrounding him offers protection from bitterly cold winds. An attached album label provides further detail. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Lake Harbour Settlement

Photograph depicts a panorama (two photographs are joined) of the west side of the Lake Harbour settlement showing the Hudson's Bay Company buildings in the foreground, the Anglican church in the middle distance, and the Soper house and warehouse beyond. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Kodak Camera and Film

Photograph depicts a postcard size Kodak camera with film. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait. In his exploration, he recorded his observations with a camera, drawings, and notebooks.

Lake Harbour Hudson's Bay Company Post

Photograph depicts a distant view of the Hudson's Bay Company Post with the Schooner "Nanook" hauled up for its winter quarters. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Baffin Island.

Schooner "Nanook"

Photograph depicts a view of the Hudson's Bay Company Schooner "Nanook" in winter quarters at Lake Harbour. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Hudson's Bay Company Post Employee Jack Ford

Photograph depicts a view of Jack Ford, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company Post at Lake Harbour. The Soper family spent a year at Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait,

Lake Harbour Settlement

Photograph is a paper negative that provides a view of the western part of the Lake Harbour settlement with the Anglican church in the forefront. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Itivirk Bay Area, Baffin Island

Photograph depicts the rugged rocky terrain in the area of Itivirk Bay, a few miles south of MacKeller Bay; an attached album label explains that the area was once severely glaciated. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour, where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Cape Dorset Plants

Photograph depicts flowers blooming near Cape Dorset. Soper spent a spring and summer conducting zoological and geographical investigations in the Foxe Peninsula region for the Victoria Memorial (later National) Museum of Ottawa.

Cape Dorset Birds

Photograph depicts a young herring gull at Aitkin Lake near Cape Dorset; Soper named a chain of four lakes "Aitken Lakes" in honour of the manager of the HBC Dorset Post. Soper spent a spring and summer conducting zoological and geographicical iinvestigations in the Foxe Peninsula region for the Victoria Memorial (later National) Museum of Ottawa.

Elik River Rapids

Photograph depicts rapids on Elik River; this river is about half a mile long and has a descent of 300 feet to the sea. Soper spent a spring and summer conducting zoological and geographical investigations in the Foxe Peninsula region for the Victoria Memorial (later National) Museum of Ottawa.

Elik River Fish

Photograph depicts Dewey Soper posing with two Arctic char caught at the mouth of the Elik River near Cape Dorset. The Elik River is about half a mile long and has a descent of 300 feet to the sea. Soper spent a spring and summer conducting zoological and geographical investigations in the Foxe Peninsula region for the Victoria Memorial (later National) Museum of Ottawa.

Fort Chimo Nascopie Indians

Photograph depicts a group of Nascopie Indian women and children from the Fort Chimo area, standing by a tepee whose outer covering has been stripped from its lodge poles. After spending a spring and summer exploring in the Foxe Peninsula region of Baffin Island, Soper returned to Amadjuak Bay where he boarded a ship on August 11th and began his return trip to Ottawa, arriving there on October 4th.

Ship in Harbour

Photograph depicts a view of a ship in a harbour. After spending a spring and summer exploring in the Foxe Peninsula region of Baffin Island, Soper returned to Amadjuak Bay where he boarded the steamship S.S. Nascopie to begin his return journey to Ottawa.

Edmonton Area Birds

Photograph depicts a Horned Grebe at McKernon's Lake near old Strathcona. Soper moved from Ontario to Strathcona, later a district of Edmonton, in 1912, and he began investigating and photographing the wildlife of Central Alberta.

Soper, J. Dewey

Edmonton Area Birds

Photograph depicts a nest and eggs of the Canvasback at a slough near Edmonton. Soper moved from Ontario to Strathcona, later a district of Edmonton, in 1912, and he began investigating and photographing the wildlife of Central Alberta.

Soper, J. Dewey

Edmonton Area Birds

Photograph depicts an immature American Robin perched on a tree branch. Soper moved in 1912 from Ontario to Strathcona, later a district of Edmonton, and began investigating and photographing the wildlife of Central Alberta.

Soper, J. Dewey

Edmonton Area Birds

Photograph depicts a nest of the Yellow Warbler. Soper moved in 1912 from Ontario to Strathcona, later a district of Edmonton, and he began investigating and photographing the wildlife of Central Alberta.

Soper, J. Dewey

Preston Area Birds

Photograph depicts a nest and eggs of the Marsh Hawk. Soper spent time investigating and cataloguing birds and wildlife in Ontario (Wellington and Waterloo Counties).

Soper, J. Dewey

Edmonton Area Bird Specimens

Photograph depicts bird mounts of the Common Merganser and an autumn specimen of the Horned Grebe done by J. Dewey Soper; the birds were taken in the Edmonton area. Soper moved from Ontario in 1912 to Strathcona, later a district of Edmonton, and began investigating and cataloguing the wildlife of Central Alberta.

Soper, J. Dewey

Preston Area, Ontario Bird Specimens

Photograph depicts a Goshawk mounted by J.D. Soper on the farm near Preston, Ontario. Soper spent time investigating and cataloguing birds and wildlife in Ontario (Wellington and Waterloo Counties).

Soper, J. Dewey

Edmonton Area Landscape

Photograph depicts a small balsam poplar tree felled by beavers along a stream southwest of Edmonton. Soper moved in 1912 from Ontario to Strathcona, later a district of Edmonton, and began investigating and photographing the wildlife in Central Alberta.

Soper, J. Dewey

Carolyn Soper Nursing at Lake Harbour

Photograph depicts Carolyn (Carrie) Soper in her nurses's uniform standing beside a seated Inuit woman named Martha at Lake Harbour. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Carolyn Soper Nursing at Lake Harbour

Photograph depicts Carolyn (Carrie) Soper nursing a seated Inuit woman named Martha. An attached album label states that Carrie Soper attended to over 300 nursing cases during her stint at Lake Harbour. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Soper Scientific Station Warehouse, Lake Harbour

Photograph depicts a newly constructed warehouse built for the Soper scientific station, Department of the Interior at Lake Harbour. The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Picnic at Glasgow Falls, Baffin Island

Photograph depicts a group picnicking below a cliff near Glasgow Falls; l to r: Carrie Soper, Roland Soper, Mackenzie, Frazer, [Jack] Ford, and Bell (the last four men were all Hudson's Bay Company employees). The Soper family spent a year in Lake Harbour where Dewey Soper had a federal government contract to explore the north coast of Hudson Strait.

Soper, J. Dewey

Log Cache and Cabin on Buffalo River

Photograph depicts a view of a log cache and cabin belonging to Indians living on upper Buffalo River; an attached album label provides further detail. Dewey Soper had a two year position (1932-1934) to conduct geographical and biological investigations in Wood Buffalo Park.

Rapids on Boundary Creek

Photograph depicts rapids on Boundary Creek about three miles from its mouth at Buffalo Lake. Dewey Soper had a two year position (1932-1934) to conduct geographical and biological investigations in Wood Buffalo Park.

Buffalo River Scene, Wood Buffalo Park

Photograph depicts a view of the Buffalo River looking upstream from the mouth of Boundary Creek; a beached canoe is visible in the foreground. Dewey Soper had a two year contract (1932-1934) to conduct biological and geographical investigations in Wood Buffalo Park.

Canoe on Banks of Buffalo River, Wood Buffalo Park

Photograph depicts a scene on Buffalo River below Boundary Creek; the Soper party is pulling their canoe to the bank so they can "halt for noonday mugup of tea, bannock, and a smoke". Dewey Soper had a two year position (1932-1934) to conduct biological and geographical investigations in Wood Buffalo Park.

Driftwood on South Shore of Great Slave Lake

Photograph depicts a beach covered in driftwood on the south shore of Great Slave Lake near Sulphur Point; a man is visible standing beside a beached canoe. Dewey Soper had a two year position (1932-1934) to conduct biological and geographical investigations in Wood Buffalo Park.

Young Bald Eagle at Big Buffalo River

Photograph depicts a young bald eagle photographed near the nesting tree at the mouth of Bg Buffalo River. Dewey Soper had a two year position (1932-1934) to conduct biological and geographical investigations in Wood Buffalo Park.

Slave River Scene

Photograph depicts a view of the Slave River a few miles north of Fort Smith. Dewey Soper had a two year position (1932-1934) to conduct biological and geographical investigations in the Wood Buffalo Park region.

Little Buffalo River Forest Scene

Photograph depicts a view of a wide sweep of forest near the Little Buffalo River. Dewey Soper had a two year position (1932-1934) to conduct biological and geographical investigations in the area of Wood Buffalo Park.

Chief Warden Cabin at Government Bay Camp, Slave River

Photograph depicts the chief warden cabin at Government Bay Camp in Slave River, Alberta; an attached label explains that at this time the cabin was occupied by Warden and Mrs. Charlie Cooper. Dewey Soper had a two year position (1932-1934) to conduct biological and geographical investigations in the Wood Buffalo Park region.

Soper Tent at Government Hay Camo, Slave River

Photograph depicts J. D. Soper's tent at Government Hay Camp in Slave River; Soper stayed in the tent while the central warden cabin was being prepared for the Soper family to move into. Dewey Soper had a two year position (1932-1934) to conduct biological and geographical investigations in the Wood Buffalo Park region.

J. Dewey Soper in Parka

Photograph depicts J. Dewey Soper in his parka at Government Hay Camp, Slave River. The Soper family lived at the Hay Camp from 1932-1934 while Dewey Soper conducted biological and geographical investigations in Wood Buffalo Park.

Roland Soper on Snowshoes

Photograph depicts Roland Soper on snowshoes at Government Hay Camp, Slave River. The Soper family lived in a cabin at Government Hay Camp during the two year period (1932-1934) that Dewey Soper conducted biological and geographical investigations in Wood Buffalo Park.

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