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H.C. Barley fonds

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H.C. Barley fonds

Title Notes 


Previously titled H.C. Barley photographs.

Title based on provenance of fonds.

Level of Description 



Dates of Creation 



Physical Description 


929 photographs : glass plate negatives

Scope and Content 


The fonds consists of 929 glass plate negatives, primarily the work of H. C. Barley, official photographer for the White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) during the period 1898-1902, and as such mainly document the construction and early operation of the WP&YR railway. The work of F. A. Callarman, a photographer based in Skagway, is also represented. Callarman's photographs date from c. 1899-1912 and consist of images of Skagway and other communities along the Yukon River system and scenic views both near Skagway and along the WP&YR railway. Besides extensive coverage of the actual construction of the WP&YR narrow-gauge railway, Barley's photographs also depict the activities of related organizations: the Red Line Transportation Company; the Canadian Development Company (views of roadhouses which were taken over by White Pass in April 1901) and the British Yukon Navigation Co. (BYNCo.) (views of sternwheelers and their construction). Subjects include early operation of the WP&YR, railway repairs, snow removal, construction crews and camps, accidents, blasting, surveying, excursion groups on the railway, officials and ceremonies, stations and trains. A large group of photographs relate to Skagway and include street scenes, fires, houses, businesses, schools, churches, the wharf area and steamships near the Skagway harbour. The fonds also includes images of Atlin, boat building at Bennett, Canyon City, Carcross, Dalton Trail (including Porcupine City), Five Finger Rapids, glaciers, leisure activities, mines and mining, North West Mounted Police (NWMP) roadhouses, Fort Selkirk, sternwheelers, White Pass City, White Pass Summit, Whitehorse, and the Alaskan communities Chilkat, Douglas, Fort Yukon, Haines, Juneau, New Metlakatla, Petersburg, Rampart, Sitka and Wrangell. Other locations include Green River, Wyoming; Port Townsend, Washington; San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


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Barley, H.C.

Other Names Access Point(s) 


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Callarman, F.A.

Custodial History 


The fonds was originally in the custody of the White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR). The WP&YR retained ownership of the fonds until it was donated to the Yukon Archives through arrangements made by the company president Mr. A.P. Friesen and Vice-president, Roy Minter, in 1972.

Restrictions on Access 


There are no donor-imposed restrictions on this material. General copyright or institutional or legal restrictions may apply.



Some of the images are attributed to F. A. Callarman.

Physical Description Notes 


Earlier descriptions of this fonds have included the reference prints and copy negatives as well as the original glass plate negatives in the extent.

Availability of Other Formats 


Reference prints are available.

Finding Aid 


Catalogued photographs #4640-5568 (82/298) have been digitized and are available online for research and viewing.
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There is an inventory which describes each photograph (Inventory #33). Its information duplicates what is available online.

Photocopies of the photographs are filed alphabetically by subject in the Photograph Visual Finding Aid.

Related Material 


H.C. Barley photographs are also found in the White Pass and Yukon Route fonds; Roy S. Minter fonds, series 1: White Pass and Yukon Route Photograph albums contain prints from 227 of Barley's glass plate negatives. Copy negatives and b&w prints are also in the Paul Sincic fonds (79/102).




Specific Location 


4640-5568 (82/298) : Catalogued photographs

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