Fonds - J. Dewey Soper Fonds

UAA-1978-108 UAA-1979-021 UAA-1982-028

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J. Dewey Soper Fonds

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  • 1982 (Creation)
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    Soper, J. Dewey

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(1893-05-05 - 10.2.1982)

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Zoologist (1893-1982). Joseph Dewey Soper worked as a naturalist with the National Museum of Canada (1923-1927) and led Baffin Island expeditions for the Northwest Territories Branch of the Department of the Interior. Later he served as chief Federal wildlife officer, Canadian Wildlife Services, for the Prairie Provinces (1934-1948) and Alberta, Northwest Territories and Yukon (1948-1952). As an explorer, he made corrections to the map of Baffin Island. As a zoologist, he was one of the first scientists to study the wildlife of the Arctic, discovering a new sub-species of ringed seal and the breeding ground of the blue goose on Baffin Island. Three geological features on the island and several zoological sub-species were named after him. For his contribution to the field of Arctic and Prairie Zoology, in 1960 he was given an honorary doctorate and research associateship in zoology by the University of Alberta.

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The J. Dewey Soper fonds consists of field books, photographs and illustrations, correspondence, and manuscripts. The material covers the years 1908 to 1981. The photographs document his Arctic expeditions for the Canadian government and his work as an officer of the Federal Wildlife Services Department and comprise predominantly the years 1920 to the early 1950s. The textual material more completely documents the span of his lifetime with diaries and field notes from the 1910s to his post 1960s research for the University of Alberta's Department of Zoology. Title is based on the content of the fonds. No further accruals are expected.

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J. Dewey Soper's records are described in four series:

  1. Field Books, Notebooks and Catalogues
  2. Manuscripts and Reports
  3. Photographs and Sketches
  4. Correspondence

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  • English

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The J. Dewey Soper fonds is open for research. Restrictions on Use The University of Alberta Archives holds copyright on all of the material in the J.Dewwy Soper fonds. Permission to reproduce, transmit, or distribute material from the J. Dewey Soper fonds must be obtained from the University of Alberta Archives in writing. Certain documents in the J. Dewey Soper fonds are subject to third-party licensing and distribution agreements. Researchers obtaining access to J. Dewey Soper material for reproduction purposes are responsible to secure any third-party licensing or distribution rights.

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Finding aid written by Raymond Frogner with Elizabeth M. McCrum. Encoded by Raymond Frogner on September 04, 2002. Revised on June 21, 2004.

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