Item - PE000850 - "A Souvenir from the Edmonton District By C.W. Mathers" Photo Album

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PE000850 - "A Souvenir from the Edmonton District By C.W. Mathers" Photo Album

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  • [before 1959] (Creation)

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13.2 x 17.8 cm photo souvenir. The cover is made of light green cardboard bound to the album by a decorative ribbon.

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(1868-1950)

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Charles Wesley Mathers was born in Lucknow, Ontario in 9 January 1868 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 1896 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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Cover page reads "A Souvenir from the Edmonton District By C.W. Mathers." Inside the album there is a brief note with the Adelphi Book Shop letterhead, addressed to a Mr. Dyde, informing him that another copy of this album has become available, so the recipient may have the current copy. The note is signed but the signature is illegible. Note is stamped Aug 11, 1959.
Photo album includes photographs of various locations and activities within the Edmonton District area, for example: the Saskatchewan river, riding with a dog train, farm yards, St. Albert, the Athabasca landing, among others.

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Document is in very good condition. 

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Bruce Peel Special Collections is part of the University of Alberta Libraries.

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F-4-0-0-22

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