Collection UW 21.014 - Gerald Dupont and Carla Davidson Collection

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Gerald Dupont and Carla Davidson Collection

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CA UWA UW 21.014

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  • 1885 (Creation)

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6 photographs : browntone prints ; 16.5 x 11.7 cm

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The material was originally retained by Carla Davidson's grandfather E.J. Pattison at his homestead at Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan. His father, John Pattison, had served with the 95th Battalion of the Manitoba Grenadiers and purportedly purchased the photographs from the photographer at the time. Davidson came into possession of the material and traded them to Dupont in exchange for a coyote fur hat and the promise to donate the photos to an archives at a later date. Dupont retained the material at his home until donating them to the Archives.

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Collection consists of 6 photographs documenting scenes of the Northwest in 1885. The first five photographs depict the 95th Battalion of the Manitoba Grenadiers and the landscape and camp at Fort Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan. John Pattison, the father of the original owner of the images, E.J. Pattison, is depicted in at least one of the images. The sixth photograph depicts Major General Frederick Middleton and members of the North-West Field Force meeting with Chief Day Star (Kīsikāwacāhk) and his Plains Cree followers for a pipe-stem ceremony near Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.

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Photographs have been digitized and are available on CONTENTdm:

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The photographs, particularly the sixth, was identified with the generous research assistance of Dr. Bill Waiser.

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Entry created -- 18th January 2022 Daniel Matthes
Finding aid created -- 18th January 2022 Daniel Matthes
Entry updated -- 9th March 2023 Daniel Matthes

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