Archive Finding Aids

Here are detailed file-by-file descriptions of the contents of specific fonds and/or links to scanned documents.

Calgary Stampede contestants, 1924
Calgary Stampede contestants, 1924

Robert A. Bird photographs

Robert A. Bird's photographs, which date primarily from 1916 to 1960, are rich in views of Calgary buildings, bridges, businesses and events; Glenmore Dam construction; Calgary Stampede events and parades; rodeos in Gleichen and Sundre; EP Ranch at Pekisko; southern Alberta towns such as Turner Valley, Rockyford and High River; and members of the Bird family. A brief biography of Bird is in the Archives Main Catalogue.

How to view the photographs

You may view all the currently digitized Bird photographs (about 800) in date order.

You may search the photographs by subjects, places, people or dates by using the Archives Photographs search screen. Always enter Bird in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box to limit your findings to this photographer, then refine your search by entering search terms in the other boxes on the screen. Several examples are given below:

  • Enter Bird in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND rodeos in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of cowboys and rodeo events.
  • Enter Bird in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND Sundre in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of the Sundre area.
  • Enter Bird in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND Bird in the 'People' box to find photographs of members of the Bird family.
  • Enter Bird in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND 1926 in the 'Year(s)' box to find photographs taken in this year.
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