Archive Finding Aids

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

Marjorie Oliver and Vic Valentine fishing, Waterton Lakes, Alberta
Marjorie Oliver and Vic Valentin fishing, Waterton Lakes, Alberta

W.J. Oliver photographs

W.J. Oliver's photographs, which date primarily from the 1920s through the 1940s, are rich in views of Calgary streets, events, personalities and businesses; the Calgary Brewing and Malting Company; Calgary Stampede events and contestants; outdoor activities at Vermilion Lakes, Waterton, Banff and Jasper; the Oliver family and their Diamond L Ranch; and farms, ranches and the oil industry in the Calgary area. A brief biography of Oliver is in the Archives Main Catalogue.

You may view all the currently digitized Oliver photographs (about 3700) in date order.

You may search the Oliver photographs by subjects, places, people or dates by using the Archives Photographs search screen. Always enter Oliver 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 Oliver in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND Diamond in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of the Diamond L Ranch.
  • Enter Oliver in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND fishing in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of fishing.
  • Enter Oliver in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND Marjorie in the 'People' box to find photographs of Oliver's wife Marjorie Oliver.
  • Enter Oliver in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND 1915 in the 'Year(s)' box to find photographs taken in this year.

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