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[194-]-2018, predominant 1966-1979 (Creation)
- Anthony Carter
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9.4 cm textual records
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Anthony Lawrence Carter, the late author, publisher and photo-journalist, was born on October 22, 1920 in Somerset, England. He and his family emigrated to Wallaceburg, Saskatchewan in 1926 and later moved to Goodsoil, Saskatchewan . The Carter family leased an acre on Lac des Isles where they farmed for a living. In 1938, Carter purchased his first camera and learned how to develop his own pictures using an old developer and instructions from a Kodak booklet. In 1939, he applied to the Royal Canadian Air Force and was accepted a year later. He continued with the RCAF and the British Institute of Sciences and Engineering until he was discharged in 1945. Following his time in the Air Force, Carter held his first public exhibit in Ontario of images he had taken across Canada. He also spent time at the First Nations village in Fort Rupert where he began building a collection of his own photographs of the community. In 1948, Carter began working for MacKenzie Barge & Derrick as a shipwright where he took his first commercial photograph and began selling prints widely. In 1951, he decided to go into child photography, which he did exclusively for three years. Carter was also an active photo-journalist in the marine and logging fields, which led to his contributions to journals such as Western Fisheries, Canadian Truck Logger and The British Motor Journal.
While photography was Carter’s main source of income during the 1950s, he also spent his summers fishing to make a living. Around 1960, Carter purchased a 60 foot fish packer, the Wamega. He was based in Klemtu at this time and collected the history and legends of the Kynoc and Kit-is-tu people, which appeared in his first book. Carter’s publications, which include This is Haida (1969), Somewhere Between (1968), From History's Locker (1968), Wamega (1960s), and Abundant Rivers (1972), were directly inspired by First Nations people and their culture. He also wrote a book called Snowshoeing for Everyone (1975). Carter was a poet and accompanied his photos with his own text. Additionally, he undertook all aspects of designing his books for publication. Carter also worked with the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, Japan to develop its Northwest Coast collection, and was a consultant to the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, B.C.
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At the time of accessioning, the arrangement of the fonds was generally indiscernible; it is possible there were multiple intervening hands prior to its arrival at the archives. Thus, the archivist has imposed a new order which better reflects the functions of the creator. The 2018 accession was arranged into the existing series and two new series (Photojournalism records and Personal records) were created to reflect Carter's work in these areas.
The contents arrived in seven binders which were rehoused in archival holdings at the time of accessioning. Photographs had been generally grouped according to subject matter (e.g., location, community members, event), with a Xeroxed copy of the original housing (e.g., envelope, folder) stapled to each grouping. The new (intellectual and physical) order imposed by the archivist primarily follows these groupings and chronology. For the 2018 accession, materials arrived in binders, slide trays and boxes, and files. These materials were also rehoused, however, arrangement generally followed the original order.
The original order of the fonds for both accessions was documented and can be found along with the finding aid in both physical and electronic formats.
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722 photographs : col. transparencies ; 10 x 13 cm or smaller
82 photographs : col. negatives ; 10 x 13 cm or smaller
ca. 2000 photographs : b&w negatives ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller
667 photographs : col. slides ; 6 x 6 cm or smaller
184 photographs : b&w slides ; 35 mm
284 photographs : b&w and col. ; 28 x 35 cm or smaller.
7 photographs : b&w and col., mounted ; 41 x 51 cm and smaller
1 laminated press pass
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- Anthony Carter (Creation)