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Gertrude (Seidel) Gillis fonds

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Gertrude (Seidel) Gillis fonds

Title Notes 


Title based on provenance of the fonds.

Level of Description 



Dates of Creation 


Copied 2007 (originally created 1939-1945, 2005)
, predominant 1943-1944

Physical Description 


124 photographs : 123 b&w copy negs, 1 col. TIFF digital file
1 folder of textual records

Scope and Content 


The fonds consists of 123 photographs copied from an album, documenting Gertrude (Seidel) Gillis' experiences in the Yukon while working in Whitehorse during the construction of the CANOL (Canadian American Norman Oil Line) project. The photographs, taken around Whitehorse, Carcross, Teslin and Kluane and other areas of the Yukon, include images relating to the building of the CANOL road and refinery: Quonset huts, offices of the United States Engineer Department (USED) and Bechtel-Price Callahan, civilian barracks, army vehicles, and soldiers. Also included are scenes of people skiing, hiking, boating, First Nations families, and homes and stores in the communities. Identified individuals include Gertrude Gillis, Ma Simmons, Gudrun (Goody) Sparling, Ruth "Pete" Jacquot (nee Dickson), Buddy Watson, and possibly Linch Van Bibber. The fonds also contains copies of four articles written by Pat Ellis and published in the Whitehorse Star, in May 2005, about the 60th anniversary of the closure of the Canol oil refinery. Gillis' memoirs of her time with the project during the 1940s are included in the series of articles.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


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Gillis, Gertrude, ca. 1920-1993

Custodial History 


The photograph album was loaned to the Yukon Archives by Gertrude Gillis' daughter, Susan Gillis via Pat Ellis.

Restrictions on Access 


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

Physical Description Notes 


A b&w copy neg. was made for the colour photograph.

Availability of Other Formats 


Reference prints are available for some of the photographs.

Finding Aid 


Caption list is available. A photocopy of the album can be found in MSS 382.

Location of Original 


Original album returned to Susan Gillis in 2007.




Specific Location 


PHO 627 (2006/151) : Photographs
CD 129 (1) (2006/151) : Photograph
MSS 382 (2006/151) : Textual records

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