Fonds 89 - Reverend Smith Stanley Osterhout fonds

Xmas decoration at Fort Simpson Girls' Home. P.S Settlement seen from offshore Rev. J.B. McCullagh, Miss Chambers & a porpoise Deserted village - Q. C. Islands Simpson School Old house Hydah [Haida?] Chief and frame of house King of the Wolves -- Skadin -- Naas R Chief Alert Bay, 1893. Princess Louise at Wharf Funeral of Tommy Gray Skidegate Totems -- Q. C. Is. Indian Funeral Pt Simpson Totems Q.C.I. - House about 50 x 60' Two dead houses - Masset - Indian Elevated Burial Chief Kiteek's House - Naas River B.C. Totem - when birds were semi-human Indian Schooner Hyda [Haida] Chiefs Kincolith [Gingolx] Band
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Reverend Smith Stanley Osterhout fonds

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44 photographs : b&w glass-plate lantern slides ; 8 x 8 cm
1 photograph : hand-coloured glass-plate slide ; 8 x 8 cm

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Smith Stanley Osterhout was born in Murray Township, Ontario on June 30, 1968. He was ordained by the Methodist Church in 1894 and was stationed in British Columbia at the Nass River mission between 1894 and 1898, then at the Port Simpson mission between 1898 and 1903. During the latter period, Osterhout received an M.A. (1898) and PhD (1903) from Illinois Wesleyan College. After Church Union in 1925, the United Church of Canada gave Osterhout charge of Home Missions in the Kootenays, and by the time he retired in 1939, he was Superintendent of Indian and Anglo-Saxon missions in Prince Rupert Presbytery, of Japanese work in the BC Conference, and of Chinese work west of the Great Lakes. Osterhout was President of the British Columbia Conference in the Methodist Church between 1916 and 1917. He was also President of the BC Conference within the United Church between 1939 and 1940.

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Fonds consists of 45 glass-plate lantern slides featuring scenes from Osterhout's work with B.C. First Nations, including Haida, Tsimshian and Kwakwaka'wakw. Images document First Nations individuals, communities, totem poles and landscapes of British Columbia.

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Robert H. Stevens donated the negatives to AHHLA in 2012 via his daughter Susan Godey, the great-granddaughter of Smith Stanley Osterhout.


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Access restricted to some items in this fonds due to presence of culturally sensitive material. Consult archivist for details.

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Fonds includes two numbered lists of captions for photographs. Some captions describe numbered photographs within the fonds; others describe photographs which have not been included.

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