Photographs depicting Creighton's life and career

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Photographs depicting Creighton's life and career

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1987-187; 1990-035; 1992-351; 1992-352; 1995-362

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  • [1850]- 1989 (Creation)

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2788 photographs and other graphic material

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(1899-1989)

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Series forms part of Helen Creighton fonds and consists of photographs (albums, prints, negatives, glass slides, postcards) created and accumulated by Creighton in the course of her personal and professional life. From ca. 1910-1920 the Creighton family operated a private darkroom in their home, and the early period of Helen's life is subsequently well-documented. Images include portraits of several generations of Creighton family members and friends taken mostly between ca. 1850-1930 (some unidentified); Creighton's childhood activities and family travels; college and early work experiences including the Royal Flying Corps and Nova Scotia Red Cross Caravan; scenes of Nova Scotia, including Halifax and Dartmouth after the Halifax Explosion; her informants at Devils Island, Cape Breton and other communities; Mi'kmaq singers; musicians, friends, and associates; folk festivals and conferences attended; Canadian Authors' Association tours; honourary degree and awards ceremonies; productions based on her publications and life such as "The Collector"; and her family home "Evergreen". Several family photographs and publicity photographs were taken by professional photographers. Series also includes drawings of Helen Creighton and Mrs. Dennis Smith, and ink drawings of birds by Ed McCurdy; one includes the sailing vessel SS Helen, Dartmouth.

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Some prints torn and faded.

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Includes 1045 negatives, 20 glass slides, 7 drawings, 3 postcards, 1 print. Negatives (ca. 989) and slides correspond to original prints.

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