Fonds C 273
1588 photographs : black and white prints
7 photographs : colour prints
1 photograph : photomechanical reproduction
10 centimetres of textual records
Fonds consists primarily of copied photographs of conservationist and Native-impersonator Archibald Stansfeld Belaney or, as he was known after 1930, Grey Owl. Most of the collection depicts Belaney's wilderness travels between Chapleau and Temagami, Ontario; Senneterre and Métis-sur-Mer, Québec; Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba; and Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan. The images document the aboriginal and white families who knew Belaney; the northern flora, and fauna; and fur trapping, lumbering, and wilderness tourism industries. A small portion of the collection records life in Belaney's hometown of Hastings in southeast England, and the activities of Canadian troops in the trenches of World War I.
Also included are images of: the Biscotasing area; various Hudson's Bay Company posts in northern Ontario; Grey Owl's wife Anahareo and daughter Dawn; Grey Owl with beavers, including his pet beaver Jellyroll; and images of Grey Owl during the filming of his movies “Summer” and “Winter”.
Textual records included are excerpts from his books Pilgrims of the Wild, and Tales of an Empty Cabin, as well as various newspaper clippings concerning Grey Owl.
Professor Smith mounted the photographs into 52 subject-based binders and provided descriptions for most of the images. During the physical processing of the collection, the binder pages were placed into file folders but the original subject-based arrangement was preserved.
Donald B. Smith (1946- ) is a historian and the author of From the Land of the Shadows: The Making of Grey Owl.
Click on the link(s) below for more information.Smith, Donald B., 1946-
The photographs were copied from archival institutions and private individuals during the course of Professor Smith's research on Archibald Stansfeld Belaney.
Related textual and photographic material can be found in the Donald B. Smith fonds at the Glenbow Archives, Calgary, Alberta, and the Grey Owl papers (MG 30, D 147) at Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
The Donald B. Smith fonds (#80) is located in the Special Collections of the E.J. Pratt Library, at Victoria University.
The Archives of Ontario also holds the Grey Owl Estate diffusion materials (D 53)
Irene McAfee collection See also: Irene McAfee collection (F 1213)
No further accruals are expected.
View an online list of these records.
Consult the online list to identify the records that you require. Order using reference code and barcode number.
Please note that this material is stored off-site. A minimum of 1-2 business days is required to retrieve the material from storage. Please contact a Reference Archivist for more information.
Scroll up to "Finding Aid" for more information about any available finding aids or listings.