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George Noble fonds

 

George Noble (right) and staff, 1956

(George Noble fonds - V469/3373)

     George Noble fonds. -- [ca.1912]-1958. -- ca.8500 photographs : negatives. -- 36 transparencies : stereo, colour. -- 2 textual records. -- George Noble, 1879-1965, was a professional photographer at Banff, Alberta, Canada.  Noble came to Banff in 1909 to operate a photographic business for his uncles, George and Bill Fear.  In 1919, Noble bought the photographic business.  He retired in 1957. -- George Noble negative collection was transferred with business to new owners in 1957. -- Fonds consists of  five series:  I. Scenic and documentary views; II. Commercial views; III. Mixed views; IV. Portraits; V. Other.  Accompanied by business record books, 1950-1958, 2 v. -- Location: M533 / V469.

Detailed fonds description - Archives Network of Alberta provincial database

I.  Scenic and documentary views

 Scenic and documentary views series. -- [ca.1925-ca.1945]. -- 2839 photographs : negatives (and some prints). -- Series consists of: A. Main series, film negatives, 5x7 inches, 2217 items; B. Film negatives, most 8x10 inches, 553 items; C. Glass negatives, 69 items. Material pertains to Banff and area buildings, facilities, activities, events, such as Banff Winter Carnival and Banff Indian Days; Indians; scenic views of Banff and area and other Rocky Mountains locations. Accompanied by a small number of commercial prints produced by Noble, including several large hand-painted views. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes series I of the George Noble fonds.  

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II.  Commercial views

Commercial views. -- [ca.1925-ca.1945]. -- 765 photographs : negatives. -- Series consists of commercial views pertaining to buildings, businesses, facilities, sports events, organizations, conventions, group portraits, displays and presentations. -- Title based on accession records and contents of series. -- Constitutes series II of the George Noble fonds.       

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III.  Mixed views

Mixed views. -- [ca.1925-ca.1945] -- 241 photographs : negatives. -- Series consists of: A. Film negatives, 5x7 inches, 173 items; B. Film negatives, 8x10 inches and larger, 68 items. Consists of scenic, documentary and commercial views similar to material in previous series. Includes views know to have been produced by Fred Armbrister, a professional photographer who operated out of Lake Louise, Alberta, ca.1930. -- Title based on accession records and contents of series. -- Constitutes series III of the George Noble fonds.   

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IV.  Portraits

 Portraits. -- [ca.1925-ca.1955]. -- ca.4600 photographs : negatives. -- 2 textual records. -- Series consists of four sub-series:  A. 1920s-1950s, most unidentified;  B. 1930s and 1940s, arranged alphabetically, many unidentified;  C. 1950s, arranged alphabetically, most identified, many with proofs (prints);  D. 1950s, arranged chronologically by job number; accompanied by record books, 1950- 1958, 2 vol. -- Title based on accession records and contents of series. -- Photographer's index is available for portion (sub-series D). -- Constitutes series IV of the George Noble fonds. -- Location: V469 / IV,  M533.

 
V.  Other

Other. -- [ca.1955]. -- ca.50 items. -- Includes 36 colour stereo transparencies, ca.1955, re Administration Building and gardens, Banff-Jasper Highway scenics, mountain sheep, autumn colour, Banff Avenue, George Noble and staff.  Also includes small number of commercial prints produced by Noble, including several large hand-painted views. -- Title based on contents of series. -- Constitutes series V of the George Noble fonds. -- Location : V469 / V.

The George Noble fonds was processed with financial support

of the Canadian Council of Archives, 1988-1989.

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