Fonds C 273

Donald B. Smith fonds

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Donald B. Smith fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

1588 photographs : black and white prints

7 photographs : colour prints

1 photograph : photomechanical reproduction

10 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Donald B. Smith (1946- ) is a historian and the author of From the Land of the Shadows: The Making of Grey Owl.

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Smith, Donald B., 1946-
Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
The majority of the records are in the public domain. For some records, the copyright status is unknown. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario by by Professor Donald B. Smith.
Custodial History

The photographs were copied from archival institutions and private individuals during the course of Professor Smith's research on Archibald Stansfeld Belaney.

Associated Material

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.

Related Material

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.

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