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White Pass and Yukon Route fonds

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White Pass and Yukon Route fonds

Title Notes 


Title based on provenance of the fonds.

Accessions 82/95 and 82/101 formerly known as British Yukon Navigation Co. fonds.

Level of Description 



Dates of Creation 



Physical Description 


25.34 m of textual records and other material

Scope and Content 


The fonds consists of corporate records of the White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) and is composed of 16 administrative and functional series, most of which are further divided into component sub-series. River, Rail and Petroleum Division records are indicative of series that reflect the administrative organization of the company, whereas Financial, Freight and Land records are examples of functional series.

The fonds consists of the following series: President, Executive Vice-President and General Managers records, 1898-1902, 1939-1964; River Division records, 1898-1960; Side Streams Navigation Company records, 1913, 1916-1917; Financial records, 1897-1972, 1974-1975; Freight records, 1936-1938, 1948-1949, 1954-1955, 1957, 1960, 1963-1964; Land records, 1898-1952; Accident and insurance records, 1946-1954; Meteorological records, 1902-1957; Petroleum Division records, 1954-1957; Rail Division records, 1899-1960; Snag Airport and Radio Range Station construction records, 1942-1944; Miscellaneous records, 1906-1961; Air Service Division records, 1935-1945; Visual Records; Directors and shareholders records, 1898-1967; and Advertising, publicity & publication records.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


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White Pass and Yukon Route

Subject Access Point(s) 


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British Columbia Archives
Canada. Parks Canada
Cyr, Laurent, 1919-2006
MacBride Museum
Yukon. Heritage Branch
Whitehouse, Ed, 1909-1995

Immediate Source of Acquisition 


Accession 79/25 received from WP&YR in 1979. Accession 79/46 received from WP&YR in May 1979. Accession 81/113 received at Parks Canada’s official opening of the SS 'Klondike' in 1981. Accession 85/60 loaned by WP&YR for copying. Accession 88/22 copied by Yukon Archives from WP&YR. Accession 88/95 donated by WP&YR in 1988.

Custodial History 


Source for accessions 82/95, 82/101, 82/452, 82/472, and 85/77 not recorded.
Accession 77/6 pt. 4 purchased from Mr. Belley of Whitehorse in 1977.
Accession 77/45 received in 1977 from Bruce Harvey, Parks Canada, Whitehorse.
Accession 80/160 donated by Laurent Cyr in 1980.
Accession 81/98 donated by Alaska Historical Society in 1981.
Accession 82/12 donated by Parks Canada in 1981.
Accession 82/451 received from MacBride Museum in 1972 and Alaska State Library in Juneau in 1974.
Accession 86/88 donated by Heritage Branch in 1986.
Accession 87/94 donated in 1987 by Ed Whitehouse of Whitehorse who had been employed to dismantle the ship.

Restrictions on Access 


COR 1 (82/101) not to be copied without permission from the British Columbia Archives. No copying of the films (79/46) is allowed without prior permission of WP&YR.



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

Physical Description Notes 


Includes approx. 200 reels of film footage, 37 photographs, approx. 15 maps, 5 videocassettes, and 3 original drawings. Accession 80/160 contains 2 b&w prints. Accession 81/113 consists of 20 b&w prints. Accession 82/452 contains 7 b&w prints and 2 col. prints. Accession 85/60 consists of 6 b&w copy negs.

Availability of Other Formats 


Some of the records from accessions 82/451 and 82/452 have been microfilmed.

The photographs in accession 82/452 were digitized as Production Masters for access in 2017.

Reference prints are available for the photographs in accession 85/60.

Finding Aid 


Inventory to the White Pass and Yukon Route fonds held at the Yukon Archives, June 2017.
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Location of Original 


The originals of the records in accession 82/101 are at the British Columbia Archives.

Related Material 


British Yukon Navigation Co. fonds



Yukon Archives has received additional material (accessions 94/58 and 98/135) for this fonds that has yet to be included in this description. The material in 94/58 includes about 14.5 metres of corporate records (including correspondence and financial records), charts, maps, posters, sound recordings, films, and about 20,000 photographs. The material in 98/135 consists of about 26 metres of corporate records (including files about land ownership, leasing and sales), and approximately 100 maps. File lists are available for these two accessions. Yukon Archives expects to receive additional White Pass and Yukon Route records worthy of preservation once they are no longer required by the company.



77/6 pt. 4, 77/45, 79/25, 79/46, 80/160, 81/98, 81/113, 82/12, 82/95, 82/101, 82/451, 82/452, 82/472, 85/60, 85/77, 86/88, 87/94, 88/22, 88/95

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