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Gillis family fonds

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Gillis family fonds

Title Notes 


Title based on provenance of the fonds.

Level of Description 



Dates of Creation 


1885-1935, [1972-1974], 1997-1998

Physical Description 


103 photographs : 94 copy negs., 9 b&w prints
1 album : (31 photographs) : b&w prints
0.09 m of textual records

Scope and Content 


The fonds consists of textual records and photographs from the family of Dr. A.J. Gillis.

Included are dentist's diplomas, certificates and licenses; mining and marriage certificates; the diary Gillis kept when first travelling to the Klondike in the Yukon, in 1898; personal incoming correspondence, 1912-1935 from Robert Service, Martha Black, and Mrs. Gillis; financial records; notes of congratulations for the birth of their daughter; and a folder of newspaper clippings that mention the Gillis's or Robert Service.

The photographs include Bennett, an avalanche at Chilkoot Pass, the Gillis house in Dawson City, Dawson City street scenes, family gatherings, Robert Service at his cabin, mining activity on the Bonanza and Dominion creeks, and a Robert Service cairn. The photograph album contains various Klondike related scenes (98/78).

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


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Gillis family

Other Names Access Point(s) 


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Gillis, A.J., b. 1865

Subject Access Point(s) 


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Service, Robert

Immediate Source of Acquisition 


Mrs. Alexandria (Alix) Jane Wennekens donated accession 82/40 to Yukon Archives in February 1974. The photographs in accession 80/148 were given to Mrs. Wennekens by Mrs. Marie Dewey DeWitt, the daughter of Mrs. Sherman (Peggy) Dewey, a former resident of Dawson City. Mrs. Wennekens donated these in December 1976.

Custodial History 


Accession 98/78 was donated by Florence Johnson in 1998.

Restrictions on Access 


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



File and item level Title, Scope and Content, and Dates of Creation information taken from photographs and photograph album. Information in square brackets [ ] provided by Archivist.

Availability of Other Formats 


Reference prints are available for the catalogued photographs.

Finding Aid 


There is a content listing for the textual material in Accession 82/40.

There is an inventory which describes each catalogued photograph #4449-4542 (82/40) (Inventory #31). Photocopies of the photographs are compiled in the Subject Visual Finding Aid.

Related Material 


An article in "The Alaska Sportsman", February, 1948, called "The Lady Went North in '98", is the story of Frances Gillis' trip to the Klondike, as she told it to Patricia McKeever. (PAM 1948-3)



80/148, 82/40, 98/78

Specific Location 


MSS 3 (82/40) : Textual records
MSS 402 (98/78) : Textual records
MSS O/S 1 (82/40) : Textual records
P-502 (82/40) : Textual records
4449-4542 (82/40) : Catalogued photographs
PHO 1 (82/40) : Photographs
PHO 213 (80/148) : Photographs
PHO 508 (98/78) : Photographs

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