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1st car load of tar sand

Photograph of train with a load of tar sand. After leaving the employ of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1930 Romanet was employed at various times as an agent for North Star Oil Company and Athabasca Oils Limited. The latter company focussed its efforts on developing the oil sands at Fort McMurray and Waterways.

Romanet, Louis Auguste

A few silver Foxes.

Photograph of five men sitting on the steps of a building with dead foxes hanging beside them. Left to Right: J. Sibbeston, E.P. Noonan, Bruno Galais, E.R. Gowan, Hyacynthe Cook.

A few silver Foxes. Taken at Fort Good Hope.

Photograph of two men sitting on steps of a building with dead foxes hanging beside them. Comment on back of photo reads, "A few silver foxes. Taken at Fort Good Hope, July 1925, E.R. Gowan, leftr, W. Clark, right." At the time of this photo Romanet worked as district manager of the Athabasca and Mackenzie River Districts responsible for all fur trading posts and for HBC river transportation craft.

Abasand Oil Refinery, 1940

Photograph depicts Abasand Refinery, December 1940. Note on photo reads "Temperature is -40 degrees celcius." Canadian Oil Sands Products Ltd. (later named Abasands) completed this extraction and refinery plant in 1936. Financial and technical challenges prevented the plant from full production until 1940. The company later employed Romanet as an agent.

Abasand Refinery

Caption on photo reads, "Abasand Refinery. December 1940. Temp. 40? below." Photograph shows barrels beside tracks with bulding and water (Athabasca River?) body in background. The first oil sands leases were applied for in 1930. Permits were granted to Canadian Northern Oil Company to operate on the Horse River and further south on the Athabasca river. This company becamen known as Abasand Oils Ltd., eventually Romanet's employer.

Aklavik, Northwest Territories.

Photogtraph of Aklavik. Before 1924. Canoeist at right. Until 1923 Romanet worked as a trader visiting sites across northern Canada. His focus became northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories when he was promoted to Manager of the Athabasca and Mackenzie trading districts in 1923.

Aklavik, Northwest Territories

Photograph of Aklavik, site of HBC trading post. Until 1923 Romanet worked as a trader visiting sites across northern Canada. His focus became northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories when he was promoted to Manager of the Athabasca and Mackenzie trading districts in 1923.

Alberta and Arctic Transportation Company.

Photograph of Thomas Store and warehouses, and wooden walkways, Peace River. Before 1924. Buildings owned by Lamson & Hubbard Canadian Co. In 1923 the Hudson's Bay Company promoted Romanet to district manager for the Athabasca and Mackenzie River Distritcts. He was responsible for the operation of all the fur trading posts in the two districts and for the Hudson's Bay Company's river transportation craft.

An Inuit woman wearing a "dear skin coat."

Photograph is a portrait of an Eskimo woman wearing "a dear skin coat; the lowest row of decorating devices across the top of the chest, on the arms and across the body are made of deer's front teeth. Taken at Chesterfield Inlet, H. Bay."

Guy, Father

Arctic bird nest.

Caption reads: "Eggs had been gathered during the previous summer." A photo selected and mounted on paper but never used for the publication "Kabluk of the Eskimo."

Arctic Camp After Blizzard

Photograph of person on hill; sleds and dogteams. Caption reads, "I had to climb high on top of the frozen mountain to find my direction." Romanet selected and mounted on paper this photo for his autobiographical monograph, "Kabluk of the Eskimo."

Arctic schooners at Aklavik.

Photograph of Arctic Schooner at Aklavik. Foreground: Arctic Bluenose, Flying Cloud, Henry Ford [Built in San Francisco or Seattle]. After serving in WW I Romanet returned to Canada to work as a trader for the HBC. He visited sites across northern Canada from the Hudson's Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

At Fort St. James

Photo depicts man in horse-drawn sleigh. Photo is titled "At Fort St. James." Stamped on back: "Thomas, W.S. Parsons, Deputy Inspector, B.C.P.P., South Fort George B.C."

Baby

Photograph of baby being held by woman at doorway.

Baffin Island Inuit in Kayak.

Ak-ah-walah in Kayak. Photo mounted on paper as part of layout to illustrate Romanet's autobiographical monograph, "Kabluk of the Eskimo." Romanet acquired the photo from the National Museum of Canada via an official of the Department of the Interior, Northwest Territories and Yukon Branch with the explicit purpose of publishing it in his book. It was not used in the final, published draft. Caption reads, "Well my father was a great man."

Bands of walrusses

Photograph of Walrusses off Nottingham. Caption reads, 'bands of walrusses rendered the approach of the coast difficult for kayaks (see chapt IV)." Photograph chosen for Kabluk of the Eskimo. Illustrations from manuscript drafts. Appears in "Kabluk of the Eskimo" on page 90.

Bear, Buffalo and Wolf Tracks

"Bear, buffalo and wolf tracks near Pine Lake, N.W.T." Romanet acquired this photograph from the National Museum of Canada to illustrate his monograph "Kabluk of the Eskimo." The photo was not used in the final published version.

Boat at Smith Portage.

Photograph of tractor pulling sailboat across Smith Portage from Fort Fitzgerald. Deep keeled boat [probobly R. C. M. P schooner "Aklavik" ]. Bike and person walking in foreground of boat, with buildings in background.

Gaskell, Harold

Boat at Smith Portage

Photograph of tractor pulling sailboat across Smith Portage from Fort Fitzgerald. Deep keeled boat [probobly R. C. M. P schooner "Aklavik" ].

Gaskell, Harold

Canadusa.

Photograph of H.B.C. vessel M.B. Canadusa with barge-rigged up to meet the Governor General's party. Originally owned by Lamson & Hubbard. Lamson & Hubbard was one of the largest buyers of raw furs in the United States. The firm moved into the Athabasca and Mackenzie River Districts in 1918 and set up a transportation system to rival the Hudson's Bay Company's. In 1921 these transportation activities evolved into the Alberta and Arctic Transportation Company which employed Romanet as an agent.

Canadusa.

Photograph of "Canadusa", Originally owned by Lamson & Hubbard. Lamson & Hubbard was one of the largest buyers of raw furs in the United States. The firm moved into the Athabasca and Mackenzie River Districts in 1918 and set up a transportation system to rival the Hudson's Bay Company's. In 1921 these transportation activities evolved into the Alberta and Arctic Transportation Company which employed Romanet as an agent.

Career Papers.

Includes documents from L.A. Romanet's work with the Hudson's Bay Company, Revillon Freres Trading Company, North Star Oil Company, and Abasand Oils Ltd. Most of the material is typed and includes company letterhead. A small amount of material is handwritten. The documents are in chronological order by employer.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Celebrating a Community Event

Photograph of a group of Inuit children posing for portrait. The girls are wearing white dresses and hats; the boys are wearing suits. Gathered for community picnic or sports day.

Chief Akpek, with Snow Goggles

Photo depicts Inuit man with snow goggles. Caption reads "The chief was an elderly man, tall alert, and sad." Photo selected for use in monograph "Kabluk of the Eskimos." In the monograph the man is named Akpek although the physical description in the book does not match the image in the photo.

Herodier, Gaston

Commuity of Hay River

Photograph of Hay River. Unidentified houses, buildings, tepee. Unitl 1937 Hay River's St. Peter Mission was the residential school for the Diocese of Mackenzie River. Until the late 1930s the settlement numbered 150 permanent residents with Hudson's Bay Company fur trade activity brought infrequently by the H.B.C. steamers, 'Distributor,' 'Mackenzie River,' and 'Laird River.'

Constructing a Tent

Photograph of three Native women, one child, standing in front of a tent. Two log building with willow strapped roofs in background. The women appear to be erecting the tent.

Correspondence.

Includes letters concerning his publication work, military service, northern expeditions, lectures, and personal letters. The letters are unbound, some are typed and some handwritten.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Coutts Inlet, Baffin Island

Photograph depicts "Looking east from Coutts Inlet - Cape Jamieson on left - Baffin Island." on June 1, 1927. Caption reads "The male White Bear retires to almost inaccessible rocky cliffs for his long sleep."

Cutting stone, Ft. Prince of Wales.

Photograph of Cutting on stone at Fort Prince of Wales." "John Kelley from the [Isle] of Wight, John Croat..." Picture of hanged man on gallows. In 1765 John Kelley was hanged at Churchill for stealing a goose. Photo description provided by Mr. Robert Walker. Following WW I Romanet returned to Canada to work for the HBC. As a trader he visited HBC sites across northern Canada from Hudson's Bay to the Pacific coast until he was promoted in 1923 to manager of the Athabasca and Mackenzie Districts

Walker, Robert

Dog and Sled

Photograph of an unidentified building in a clearing. Dog and sled in foreground. Winter scene

Dog Team Pulling Plow

Photo of dog team pulling small plough to cultivate garden. Three men guiding team. Windmill and river in background. Hay River - St. Peter's Anglican Mission.

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