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Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds

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Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of papers, photographs and sound recordings of Peter and Catharine Whyte and the papers and photographs of their respective families. Consists of three sous-fonds: V683, S37 and M36. M36 and S37 consists of three series. Series I: Peter and Catharine Whyte, Series II: Robb and Morse …
Date Range
1856-1980
Reference Code
M36 / S37 / V683
Description Level
1 / Fonds
GMD
Drawing
Motion picture
Film
Photograph
Album
Ambrotype
Cased photograph
Daguerreotype
Negative
Photograph print
Postcard
Tintype
Transparency
Sound recording
Cassette
Reel to reel
Textual record
Plan
Poster
Private record
Published record
  1 Electronic Resource  
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
1 / Fonds
Fonds Number
M 36
S 37
V 683
Sous-Fonds
TBD
Accession Number
3069 and various
Reference Code
M36 / S37 / V683
GMD
Drawing
Motion picture
Film
Photograph
Album
Ambrotype
Cased photograph
Daguerreotype
Negative
Photograph print
Postcard
Tintype
Transparency
Sound recording
Cassette
Reel to reel
Textual record
Plan
Poster
Private record
Published record
Other Title Info
Also known as the Whyte family fonds
Date Range
1856-1980
Physical Description
25 m of textual records. -- ca.46,000 photographs : prints, albums, postcards, cased photographs, transparencies, negatives. -- 178 sound recordings : audio tape reels, audio tape cassettes. -- 6 motion pictures (and film strips)
History / Biographical
Peter and Catharine Whyte were artists, photographers, outdoor enthusiasts, travelers, philanthropists and cultural workers at Banff, Alberta, Canada. Peter Whyte, 1905-1966, was born at Banff in 1905 to pioneer merchant Dave White and Annie (Curren) White. He was an accomplished skier and ski jumper and one of the region's first native-born painters with an intimate knowledge of the mountains and was an active photographer from ca.1920 until the 1950s. Peter Whyte studied art at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, 1923-1924, and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Boston, 1925, where he met Catharine Robb. Catharine Robb Whyte, 1906-1979, was born in 1906 at Concord, Massachusetts and grew up amongst the wealth and creativity of the Robb and Morse families. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Boston, 1925-1929.
Following their marriage in 1930, the Whytes pursued a life of painting, photography, hiking, skiing and travelling. Their log home and studio in Banff became a focal point for their artist friends, Stoney Indians and local pioneers. Catharine shared Pete's involvement in skiing and hiking organizations and together they managed Skoki Lodge from 1932-1934. In following years, the Whytes travelled extensively. During the Second World War, Peter served in the reserve army, with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a photographer and, briefly, as an official war artist. Catharine continued to paint and maintain their home and, when possible, accompanied Pete to his military postings. In civilian life, Pete resumed his art career, explored new photographic techniques and sculpted.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Whytes formulated plans for a foundation to preserve the art and history of the Canadian Rockies. Plans for a building to house an archives, public library and gallery were in preparation when Pete died in 1966. The Peter Whyte Foundation was named in his honour. Catharine immersed herself in the development of what is now the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, in the cultural community, painting, outdoor activity, travel and work with the Stoney First Nations. She became a more active photographer, recording her travels and outdoor pursuits. She served in an official capacity with numerous cultural and charitable organizations, was a patron to individuals studying art and music, and supported numerous causes relating to the Stoney First Nations. Catharine also supported causes related to multiculturalism, regional culture and recreation, and cancer research. Despite her modesty and often anonymous patronage of causes, Catharine was recognized with numerous awards and honours, including the Order of Canada in 1978. She died in Banff in 1979.
Scope & Content
Fonds consists of papers, photographs and sound recordings of Peter and Catharine Whyte and the papers and photographs of their respective families. Consists of three sous-fonds: V683, S37 and M36. M36 and S37 consists of three series. Series I: Peter and Catharine Whyte, Series II: Robb and Morse families, Series III: White and Curren families. Within Series I, there are four Sub-series: Series: A. Catharine Robb Whyte papers; B. Peter Whyte papers; C. Peter and Catharine Whyte papers accessioned after 2017; D. Peter and Catharine Whyte sound recordings.
Name Access
Whyte, Peter
Whyte, Catharine
Subject Access
Arts
Communications
Environment
Exploration, discovery and travel
Family and personal life
First nations
Sports, recreation and leisure
Access Restrictions
Some restriction/s on access
Copyright, privacy, commercial use and other restrictions may apply
Language
Language is English
Finding Aid
Finding aids and reference tools: arrangement outline
sous-fonds, series and file description for textual
sub-series and group description for photographs
item description, subject/proper name index, and summaries for sound recordings
reference copies for sound recordings
Creator
Whyte, Peter
Whyte, Catharine
Category
Arts
Communications
Environment
Exploration, discovery and travel
Family and personal life
First nations
Sports, recreation and leisure
Title Source
Title based on contents of fonds
Electronic Resources
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Catharine Robb Whyte papers and photographs. -- 1906-1980.

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Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Series consists of the following sub-series: 1. Personal papers, 1918- 1979; 2. Correspondence, 1862-1979; 3. Financial, legal and business papers, 1901-1979; 4. Professional activities and interests, 1906-1980; 5. Topical files, 1881- 1978; 6. Photographs, ca.1920-1979; 7. Postcard albums, 1903- 1…
Reference Code
M36 / S37 / V683 / I / A
Description Level
3 / Series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
3 / Series
Series
I.A. Catharine Robb Whyte papers and photographs series
Accession Number
3069
Reference Code
M36 / S37 / V683 / I / A
Physical Description
20.5 m of textual records (and ca.200 oversize items). -- ca.12,300 photographs (ca.5000 prints, ca.4000 negatives, ca.3300 transparencies, 3 albums of ca.1000 prints, 6 motion pictures).
History / Biographical
Catharine Robb Whyte, 1906-1979, was an artist, outdoor enthusiast, traveller, philanthropist and cultural worker at Banff, Alberta. Born in Concord, Massachusetts, Catharine Robb grew up amongst the wealth and creativity of the Robb and Morse families. Following schooling in Concord and Providence Rhode Island, she studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 1925 until 1929. There she met Peter Whyte, a fellow art student from Banff, Alberta and they married in 1930.
The Whytes pursued a life of painting, photography, hiking, skiing and travelling. Their log home and studio in Banff became a focal point for their artist friends, Stoney Indians and local pioneers. Catharine shared Pete's involvement in skiing and hiking organizations such as the Ski Club of the Canadian Rockies and the Skyline Trail Hikers of the Canadian Rockies. From 1932 until 1934, she and Pete managed Skoki Lodge. During the Second World War, Catharine continued to paint, maintain her home and when possible, accompany Pete to his various military postings.
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s the Whytes formulated plans for a foundation to preserve the art and history of the Canadian Rockies. Plans for a building to house an archives, public library and gallery were in preparation when Pete died in 1966. Catharine immersed herself in the development of the Peter Whyte Foundation (now the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies), in the cultural community, painting, outdoor activity, travel and work with the Stoney Indians. Catharine became a more active photographer, recording her travels and outdoor pursuits on transparency film and later on Kodacolor negative film. Catharine continued to use her old Leica rangefinder camera and, in 1974, acquired a Leica M5 with an integrated light meter.
Catharine Whyte served in an official capacity with numerous cultural and charitable organizations. Among her official duties, Catharine served as a Governor, Banff Centre Council; Member, Board of Governors, Glenbow-Alberta Institute; President, Peter Whyte Foundation; Member, Minister's Advisory Committee on Native Education; and Member, By-law Committee, Stoney Development Society. She was a patron to individuals studying art and music and supported the following causes: Stoney Indian Handicrafts, Stoney Administration Building, Banff Recreational Centre, Margaret Greenham Theatre, cancer research, and the Catharine Whyte Multicultural Centre in Cold Lake, Alberta.
Despite her modesty and often anonymous patronage of causes, Catharine was recognized with the following awards and honours: Honorary Doctorate, University of Calgary, 1969; Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Banff Kiwanis Club, 1969; Honorary Chief, Stoney Indians, 1973; Alberta Achievement Award, Province of Alberta, 1975; Award of Merit, Historical Society of Alberta, 1978; and the Order of Canada, 1978.
Scope & Content
Series consists of the following sub-series: 1. Personal papers, 1918- 1979; 2. Correspondence, 1862-1979; 3. Financial, legal and business papers, 1901-1979; 4. Professional activities and interests, 1906-1980; 5. Topical files, 1881- 1978; 6. Photographs, ca.1920-1979; 7. Postcard albums, 1903- 1924. Includes extensive diaries and correspondence between Catharine Robb Whyte and her mother, family and friends. Of particular interest are Whyte's outgoing letters. Other papers arise out of her business and philanthropic activities, interest and activity in art, winter sports, recreation, museums, cultural organizations, photography, environmental issues and Stoney Indians.
Photographic material was produced and collected by Catharine Robb Whyte prior to 1930 and after Peter Whyte's death in 1966. Included are prints, albums and negatives, ca.1924-1930, pertaining to family trips, school activities, travels, home, friends and family. The largest series consist of colour prints and negatives (ca.7200 items) and colour transparencies (3319 items) pertaining to family and friends, mountain trips, scenics and world travels, 1966-1979. Remaining material include prints, motion pictures and video recording collected by Catharine Whyte; mainly friends, family, personal and Banff events, ca.1920-1979.
Access Restrictions
Access to photographs requires permission in advance from the Head Archivist.
Finding Aid
Sub-series-level outline is available. Inventory is available in printed form and through this database. Description of photographs is at sub-series level only. Printed inventory provides more description than computer database for photographs.
Related Material
Consitutes Sous-fonds I, Series A of Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds. Other photographs by Catharine Whyte are found in Sous-fonds I, Series C.
Title Source
Title based on material
Content Details
Catharine Robb Whyte Photographs - Forms part of Sous-fonds I, Series A of the Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds. The earliest photographs directly attributable to Catharine Robb were taken on the family trip to Europe in 1924. Russell Robb produced three meticulous albums from this trip, two utilizing his own photographs and one composed of Catharine's. (A photo taken at Versailles shows Catharine operating a folding camera which produced the 6 x 10.5 cm. images for her travel album). A number of photographs and albums from the mid 1920s are attributable to Catharine -- photographs depicting friends and events at Mary C. Wheeler School and sailing trips at Seal Harbor, Maine -- but she does not appear to have been a prolific photographer prior to her marriage to Peter Whyte in 1930. Following Peter Whyte's death in 1966, Catharine became a very active photographer. She took up downhill skiing again and began to travel extensively in Canada and abroad, recording most of these activities on transparency film. In the 1970s, she began exposing Kodacolor negative film. She found that prints were more easily displayed to friends and relatives than were slides, so she favoured colour prints for the remainder of her life. She utilized slide film on only a few extended trips after the mid 1970s. Though friends and relatives tried to convince her that a single lens reflex camera system would be more convenient and versatile than her old Rangefinder camera, Catharine remained devoted to her old Leica, and in 1974 she paired it with a Leica M5 -- the first Leica with an integrated light meter. She used this camera until her death.
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Papers. -- 1875-1955.

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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Series consists of personal papers, 1875-1954; correspondence, 1903-1954; financial and legal papers, 1912-1954; activities and interests, 1909-1954; sympathy cards, 1955.
Reference Code
M36 / III / B / 2100 - 2115
Description Level
3 / Series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
3 / Series
Series
III.B. Annie White series
Reference Code
M36 / III / B / 2100 - 2115
Physical Description
17 cm of textual records.
Scope & Content
Series consists of personal papers, 1875-1954; correspondence, 1903-1954; financial and legal papers, 1912-1954; activities and interests, 1909-1954; sympathy cards, 1955.
Subject Access
WHITE, ANNIE
Finding Aid
File-level inventory available in computer format; select M36INV.
Related Material
Constitutes Series B of Sous-fonds III, White and Curren families papers and photographs.
Title Source
Title based on papers.
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Papers. -- 1886-1940.

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Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Series consists of: 1. Personal papers, 1886-1928, in the form of notes and certificates; 2. Correspondence, 1889-1939; 3. Financial and legal papers, 1914-1940; 4. Business activities and interests, 1895-1939, pertaining to coal mining, poetry and other.
Reference Code
M36 / III / E / 2149 - 2159
Description Level
3 / Series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
3 / Series
Series
III.E. John D. Curren series
Reference Code
M36 / III / E / 2149 - 2159
Physical Description
24 cm of textual records.
Scope & Content
Series consists of: 1. Personal papers, 1886-1928, in the form of notes and certificates; 2. Correspondence, 1889-1939; 3. Financial and legal papers, 1914-1940; 4. Business activities and interests, 1895-1939, pertaining to coal mining, poetry and other.
Subject Access
CURREN, JOHN D.
Finding Aid
File-level inventory available in computer format; select M36INV.
Related Material
Constitutes Series E of Sous-fonds III, White and Curren families papers and photographs. J. D. Curren negatives are found in White/Curren family photographs (V683 / III.F.)
Title Source
Title based on papers.
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Papers. -- 1887-1942.

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Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Series consists of personal papers, 1891-1937, in the form of diaries, notes and other; correspondence, 1887-1939; financial and legal papers, 1892- 1934; and business records, 1900-1942. Business records are for Dave White General Merchant and Dave White and Sons, Ltd., 1900-1942; White and Bayne…
Reference Code
M36 / III / A / 2067 - 2099
Description Level
3 / Series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
3 / Series
Series
III.A. Dave White Sr. series
Reference Code
M36 / III / A / 2067 - 2099
Physical Description
99 cm of textual records.
Scope & Content
Series consists of personal papers, 1891-1937, in the form of diaries, notes and other; correspondence, 1887-1939; financial and legal papers, 1892- 1934; and business records, 1900-1942. Business records are for Dave White General Merchant and Dave White and Sons, Ltd., 1900-1942; White and Bayne, Bankhead, 1903-1907; and properties, 1914-1935.
Subject Access
WHITE, DAVE SR.
Finding Aid
File-level inventory available in computer format; select M36INV.
Related Material
Constitutes Series A of Sous-fonds III, White and Curren families papers and photographs.
Title Source
Title based on papers.
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Papers. -- 1911-1955.

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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Series consists of: 1. Personal papers, 1919-1938, in the form of notes, articles, poems, school papers, memberships, and annotated books; 2. Correspondence, 1914-1943; 3. Financial and legal papers, 1911-1955, in the form of personal, estate and other papers; 4. Business records, 1929-1948; 5. Act…
Reference Code
M36 / III / C / 2116 - 2147
Description Level
3 / Series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
3 / Series
Series
III.C. Dave (Jack) White series
Reference Code
M36 / III / C / 2116 - 2147
Physical Description
52 cm of textual records.
Scope & Content
Series consists of: 1. Personal papers, 1919-1938, in the form of notes, articles, poems, school papers, memberships, and annotated books; 2. Correspondence, 1914-1943; 3. Financial and legal papers, 1911-1955, in the form of personal, estate and other papers; 4. Business records, 1929-1948; 5. Activities and interests, 1922-1940.
Subject Access
WHITE, DAVE (JACK)
Finding Aid
File-level inventory available in computer format; select M36INV.
Related Material
Constitutes Series C of Sous-fonds III, White and Curren families papers and photographs.
Title Source
Title based on papers.
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Peter and Catharine Whyte sound recording collection. -- 1950-1975.

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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Series consists of seven sub-series: 1. Interviews, conversations, proceedings, etc., 1950-1975, 40 items; pertain to or involve John B. H. Dunphy, James White, Frances and Murray Adaskin, Campbell family, Verne Castella, Dorothy Whyte, George Encil, Edward Feuz, Ethel Fulcher, Mrs. David Henderson…
Date Range
1950 - 1975
Reference Code
S37 / I.D.
Description Level
3 / Series
GMD
Sound recording
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
3 / Series
Fonds Number
M36 / V683 / S37
Series
I.D. Peter and Catharine Whyte sound recordings series
Sous-Fonds
S37
Accession Number
3069
Reference Code
S37 / I.D.
GMD
Sound recording
Date Range
1950 - 1975
Physical Description
178 sound recordings : audio tape reels, audio tape cassettes.
History / Biographical
Peter Whyte, 1905-1966, and Catharine Robb Whyte, 1906-1979, artists, outdoor enthusiasts, travellers, philanthropists, Banff, Alberta. See descriptions for the Catharine Robb Whyte papers and photographs and the Peter Whyte papers and photographs, for biographical details on Peter and Catharine Whyte.
Scope & Content
Series consists of seven sub-series:
1. Interviews, conversations, proceedings, etc., 1950-1975, 40 items; pertain to or involve John B. H. Dunphy, James White, Frances and Murray Adaskin, Campbell family, Verne Castella, Dorothy Whyte, George Encil, Edward Feuz, Ethel Fulcher, Mrs. David Henderson, Arlene Voorbies, Tom Javanaugh, Mr. Neilson, Bill Legarde, George K. K. Link, Doris Burditt, Ruth Gorman, Nick Morant, Jimmy Simpson, Fred Stiles, Peter Whyte, Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies, Mary Vaux, C. M. Walker, Sam Ward, Cis Ward, Jon Whyte, Flossie Currie, Pearl Moore, Edmee Reid, Dell Brewster, Sydney and Doris Vallance, Moore family, Painter family, Gilbert and Frances Roddy.
2. Family conversations and performances, 1951- 1962, 11 items; pertain to or involve Robb family, Russell Robb III, Doris Burditt, Edith Morse Robb, Jon Whyte, Frances James, Bill McKenzie, Dave Whyte.
3. Meetings and speeches, 1956-1973, 5 items; pertain to political speeches and meetings, organizations, Indians.
4. Conversations with Stoney Indians, Banff Indian Days, 1950-1973, 27 items; pertain to or involve Paul Amos, Bill Peyto, David Bearspaw, Johnny Bearspaw, Paul Francis, Noah Goat, Frank Kaquitts, Tom McCullough, Tom Kaquitts, George McLean, Peter Whyte, Dorothy Whyte, Jacob Twoyoungman, Hanson Bearspaw, Joe Kaquitts, Tom Simeon, Bill McLean, Percy Wildward, Catharine Whyte.
5. Musical performances, 1953- 1969, 15 items; pertain to Murray Adaskin.
6. Broadcasts: a. Re Canadian Rockies, 1951-1968, 18 items; pertain to Banff personalities, local and regional events, Rundle Memorial United Church, rescue work, music, historical broadcasts; b. Miscellaneous broadcasts, 1951-1968, 59 items; pertain to politics, sports, royal visits and royalty, art, Hawaiian music, etc.
7. Elk sounds, 1952-1957, 3 items.
Name Access
Adaskin, Frances
Adaskin, Murray
Amos, Paul
Bearspaw, David
Bearspaw, Hansen
Bearspaw, Johnny
Brewster, Dell
Burditt, Doris
Castella, Verne
Currie, Flossie
Dunphy, John
Encil, George
Feuz, Edward
Francis, Paul
Fulcher, Ethel
Goat, Noah
Gorman, Ruth
Henderson, (Mrs.) David
Javanaugh, Tom
Kaquitts, Frank
Kaquitts, Joe
Kaquitts, Tom
Legarde, Bill
Link, George K. K.
McCullough, Tom
McKenzie, Bill
McLean, Bill
McLean, George
Moore, Pearl
Moore family
Morant, Nick
Morse, Edith
Neilson, (Mr.)
Peyto, Bill
Reid, Edmee
Robb, Russell III
Roddy, Frances,
Roddy, Gilbert
Simeon, Tom
Simpson, Jimmy (James Sr.)
Stiles, Fred
Twoyoungman, Jacob
Vallance, Doris
Vallance, Sydney
Vaux, Mary
Woorbies, Arlene
Walker, C. M.
Ward, Cis
Ward, Sam
White, James
Wildward, Percy
Whyte, Dave
Whyte, Dorothy V.
Whyte, Jon
Subject Access
Elk
Music
Rundle Memorial United Church
Stoney Nakoda
Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies
Language
English
Finding Aid
Inventory available in computer database for; select M36INV. Reference copy cassettes and recording summaries available.
Related Material
Consitutes Sous-fonds I, Series D of Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds.
Title Source
Title based on accession record and contents of sound recordings.
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Peter Whyte papers and photographs

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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Series consists of the following sub-series: 1. Personal papers, 1905-1956; 2. Correspondence, 1909-1962; 3. Financial, legal and business papers, 1914-1964; 4. Professional activities and interests, 1920-1961; 5. Photographs, ca.1900-1930. Textual records pertain to Whyte's interests, influences a…
Date Range
1905-1964
Reference Code
M36 / S37 / V683 / I / B
Description Level
3 / Series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
3 / Series
Series
I.B. Peter Whyte papers and photographs series
Accession Number
3069
Reference Code
M36 / S37 / V683 / I / B
Date Range
1905-1964
Physical Description
73 cm of textual records. -- ca.3400 photographs (ca.2000 prints, ca.1400 negatives, 3 albums of ca.300 prints).
History / Biographical
Peter Whyte, 1905-1966, was an artist, photographer, outdoor enthusiast, traveller and philanthropist at Banff, Alberta. Born in Banff, Alberta to pioneer Banff merchant Dave White and Annie (Curren) White, Peter Whyte took advantage of the many opportunities for winter sports afforded by the mountains, becoming an accomplished skier and ski jumper. He was one of the region's first native-born painters with an intimate knowledge of the mountains. Whyte studied cartooning by correspondence and was encouraged by resident and visiting artists to pursue an art career, first at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, 1923-1924, and in 1925 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where he met Catharine Robb.
Peter Whyte's varied activities included driving Hollywood stars to mountain motion picture locations, escorting groups of Chinese workers for the Canadian Pacific Railway, painting with Belmore Browne and J. E. H. MacDonald and travelling around the world by steamer. Following his marriage to Catharine, their painting flourished and their involvement in early ski development at Skoki occupied their winters. The accidental death of one of their ski guests had a profound effect on Pete and they left the ski business to travel.
During the war, Whyte seved in the reserve army, Banff Company of the Calgary Highlanders and later with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a photographer. He served briefly as an official war artist. In civilian life he resumed his art career, explored new photographic technologies and sculpted. Cataracts interupted his work during the 1950's. Declining health plagued Whyte and after a protracted illness he died in 1966. The Peter Whyte Foundation (later the Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation) was named in his honor.
Scope & Content
Series consists of the following sub-series: 1. Personal papers, 1905-1956; 2. Correspondence, 1909-1962; 3. Financial, legal and business papers, 1914-1964; 4. Professional activities and interests, 1920-1961; 5. Photographs, ca.1900-1930.
Textual records pertain to Whyte's interests, influences and friendships prior to his marriage; also to Catharine Robb Whyte, Peter Whyte's travels, artwork, photography and skiing. Includes material arising from Whyte's Army and Air Force career and his involvement in the Sky Line Trail Hikers of the Canadian Rockies and Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies. Correspondents include Belmore Browne, John Murray Gibbon, Lawren Harris, J. E. H. McDonald, Aldro Hibbard, Carl Rungius.
Photographs consist of 1390 negatives and ca.500 corresponding prints by Peter Whyte dating from the time he began photography, ca.1920, until his marriage to Catharine Robb in 1930. Negative formats include vest pocket (4 x 6 cm) and Ica roll film (8.3 x 11 cm). Material pre-dating 1920 may have been taken by another family member. Photographs pertain to scenic views in the Banff-Lake Louise area, Banff and area events, friends and activities, mountain trips and world travels. Also includes prints of friends, relatives and promotional views of national parks collected by Peter Whyte and photograph albums assembled by Whyte pertaining to family and friends, winter sports, Banff Winter Carnival and motor trips.
Subject Access
Banff
Banff National Park
Films and film making M
Photography M
Royal Canadian Air Force M
Skiing
Whyte, Catharine Robb M
World War II, 1939-1945 M
Access Restrictions
Access to photographs requires permission in advance from the Head Archivist.
Finding Aid
Sub-series-level outline available. Inventory available in printed form and through this database. Photographs are described at the sub-series level only. Printed inventory provides more detail than the database for photographs.
Related Material
Constitutes Sous-fonds I, Series B of the Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds. Other photographs by Peter Whyte are found in Sous-fonds I, Series C.
Title Source
Title based on contents of series
Content Details
Forms part of Sous-fonds I, Series B of the Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds. With the acquisition of a vest pocket camera around 1920, at approximately 15 years of age, Peter Whyte's very prolific photographic career began. (While vest pocket images -- 4 x 6 cm. negatives -- appear in the White family collection as early as 1917, none of these can be positively identified as being taken by Peter; it seems more likely that the camera was utilized by Annie, Clifford, or even Lila, and then handed down to Peter.) The earliest photograph of Peter handling a camera was taken on a family trip to the western U.S. in 1921. Indeed, many of his early photographs were taken on these family motor camping trips. In late 1922 or early 1923, Peter acquired an Ica roll film camera (3 x 4 inch negative) which he used throughout his marriage to Catharine Robb and into the early 1930s. A large number of photographs were made with this camera, particularly in the 1923-1924 period. During his trip around the world in 1929, he returned briefly to the vest pocket format, probably for the sake of convenience.
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Postcard albums. -- 1903-1924

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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Miscellaneous postcards collected by Catharine, some annotated, mainly United Kingdom and Europe, ca.1903-1913; miscellaneous postcards collected by Catharine, some annotated - Canada and United States, ca.1905-1916; miscellaneous postcards collected by Catharine, some annotated - Western Canada, J…
Date Range
1903-1924
Reference Code
M36 / I / A / 7 / 1860 - 1867
Description Level
3 / Series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
3 / Series
Series
I.A.7. Catharine Robb Whyte papers / photographs
Reference Code
M36 / I / A / 7 / 1860 - 1867
Date Range
1903-1924
Physical Description
8 vol of textual records
Scope & Content
Miscellaneous postcards collected by Catharine, some annotated, mainly United Kingdom and Europe, ca.1903-1913; miscellaneous postcards collected by Catharine, some annotated - Canada and United States, ca.1905-1916; miscellaneous postcards collected by Catharine, some annotated - Western Canada, Japan and United States, ca.1906-1911; miscellaneous postcards collected by Catharine, some annotated - illustrated postcards; photographic postcards of Robb family property in Concord; postcards of Seal Harbour, Maine and Scotland, ca.1907-1913; illustrated children's postcards collected by Catharine, ca.1910; postcards of England collected by Catharine, possibly during 1924 trip; postcards of England and Scotland collected by Catharine, some possibly during 1924 trip, ca.1913, ca.1924; postcards of England, Scotland and Wales collected by Catharine, possibly during 1924 trip.
Content Details
Postcard album containing postcards of England, Scotland and Wales collected by Catharine Robb Whyte, possibly on 1924 trip. held in oversize "C"
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