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Claude and Mary Tidd fonds

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Claude and Mary Tidd fonds

Title Notes 


Title based on provenance of the fonds.

Level of Description 



Dates of Creation 


[ca. 1900]-1947, predominant 1913-1946

Physical Description 


ca. 1,700 photographs and other material

Scope and Content 


The fonds consists of four series: Photographs - Claude Tidd; Textual Records - Claude and Mary Tidd; Films - Claude Tidd; and Sound Recordings - Claude and Mary Tidd. The fonds also includes a map of the Yukon Territory annotated by Claude Tidd.

The photographs series includes original black and white photographs taken by Claude Tidd between 1916 and 1947, as well as early photographs of Mary Tidd and her family. Textual records consist of letters written primarily by Mary Tidd to her family, and many clippings of articles written by and about Claude Tidd. The films, also shot by Claude Tidd, document many Yukon communities and people. The sound recordings consist of two phonograph recordings of homemade interviews of Claude and Mary Tidd. See series, sub-series and file level descriptions for further details.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


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Tidd, Claude Britiff, 1886-1949; Tidd, Mary, 1897-1959

Other Names Access Point(s) 


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Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962

Custodial History 


Mark H. Ryder, Mary Tidd's brother, donated these records in 1977 and 1991.

Restrictions on Access 


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



Also donated was "My Life with the Eskimo" by Vilhjálmur Stefánsson and this was transferred to the Yukon Archives Library.

The Yukon Archives and the Whitehorse Public Library have copies of a publication containing some of the Tidds' correspondence and article: Claude and Mary Tidd, Life in the Yukon: a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer and his Wife, a Nurse. Edited by Mark and Myra Ryder, 1993.

Physical Description Notes 


Photographs include: ca. 1,200 b&w prints in 5 albums (most have captions in the albums); 119 loose prints, many of which are duplicates of those in the albums; and 393 nitrate negatives. Other material: 3 films (duplicates, b&w, silent, 16 mm); 2 phonograph recordings (78 rpm); .02 m of textual records; and 1 map.

Availability of Other Formats 


See series descriptions.

Finding Aid 


Catalogued photographs #7008 to #8555 (77/19) have been digitized and are available online for research and viewing. See also printed Inventory #54.
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Photocopies of the photographs are filed alphabetically by subject in the Photograph Visual Finding Aid.

There are detailed shot lists for the films.

Caption list is available for the photographs in accession 91/112.



Yukon Archives has received additional material for this fonds that has yet to be included in this description. The material is in accession 93/2.



77/19, 91/112

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Records contained in this level of description 

Photographs - Claude Tidd
Textual Records - Claude and Mary Tidd
Films - Claude Tidd
Sound Recordings - Claude and Mary Tidd
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