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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

Louis Auguste Romanet fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1945

The Romanet papers consist of correspondence, notebooks and reports on the fur trade, and the manuscripts of Kabluk of the Eskimo including several revisions. When the collection was received by the Archives in 1972, only a small part was preserved in Louis Romanets own meticulous arrangement. Care has been taken to maintain these files in their original order; but it was necessary to sort and arrange the bulk of the collection to define Romanet's career. One of the journals he composed during his first winter in Canada exists only as a carbon copy on tissue sheets. It is so fragile that a transcription has been made for the use of researchers. The 860 photographs in the collection depict the Hudson's Bay Company's employees, trading posts, and stern-wheel steamships; the native population of Northern Canada including the Arctic Islands; and the Romanet family. Almost 100 of the photographs were collected from Government and Hudsons Bay Company sources to illustrate Kabluk of the Eskimo, although only sixteen were used in the published version. A descriptive inventory was prepared in 1975. This inventory was revised and reprinted in 1997, however, the physical arrangement of the fonds was not altered.

Romanet, Louis Auguste


Louis Auguste Romanet, 1884-1964; Writings, correspondence, photographs. Includes MSS "Kabluk of the Eskimo." Glass plate negatives of Gaston Herodier, 1880s - 1940s.

Romanet, Louis Auguste