Archive Finding Aids

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

CPR viaduct under construction, Lethbridge, [ca. 1907-1909]
CPR viaduct under construction, Lethbridge, [ca. 1907-1909]
NC-2-257

British and Colonial Photographic Company/
Arthur Rafton-Canning photographs

The photographs of Arthur Rafton-Canning, owner of the British and Colonial Photographic Company, date from 1907 to 1913 and are rich in views of Lethbridge buildings, businesses and events; Galt Coal Mine; Canadian Pacific Railway viaduct; North-West Mounted Police, irrigation and agriculture; and communities near Lethbridge including Diamond City, Monarch, New Dayton, Warner and the Crowsnest Pass. A brief biography of Rafton-Canning is in the Archives Main Catalogue.

How to view the photographs

You may view all the currently digitized British and Colonial photographs (about 700) in date order.

You may search the Rafton-Canning photographs by subjects, places, or people by using the Archives Photographs search screen. Always enter British and Colonial 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 British and Colonial in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND New Dayton in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of the New Dayton area.
  • Enter British and Colonial in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND coal in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of coal mines and mining.
  • Enter British and Colonial in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND Laurier in the 'People' box to find photographs of a visit by Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier.
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