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Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds

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Part Of
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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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 5 oversize colour prints. The prints relate winter landscapes of the town of Banff from the Mount Norquay green spot and trees in winter.
Date Range
ca.1920
Reference Code
V683 / II / D / PA - 166 O.S. to PA - 170 O.S.
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Series
V683 / II / D : Peter Whyte Banff and Area Landscapes Subseries
Reference Code
V683 / II / D / PA - 166 O.S. to PA - 170 O.S.
Date Range
ca.1920
Physical Description
Photographs: 5 prints; colour, oversized --
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 5 oversize colour prints. The prints relate winter landscapes of the town of Banff from the Mount Norquay green spot and trees in winter.
Subject Access
Landscapes
Mountains
Title Source
Title based on contents of sub-series
Content Details
V683 / II / D / PA - 166 O.S. V683 / II / D / PA - 167 O.S. V683 / II / D / PA - 168 O.S. V683 / II / D / PA - 169 O.S. V683 / II / D / PA - 170 O.S.
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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 4 oversize colour prints, some mounted. The prints pertain to a snowy mountain scene, skiing, a tinted portrait of Hector Crawler (possible Byron Harmon image), and a portrait of an unknown aboriginal man.
Reference Code
V683 / III / A / 1 / PA - 473 O.S. to PA - 476 O.S.
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Series
V683 / III / A / 1 : Peter and Catharine Whyte Personal Photographs
Reference Code
V683 / III / A / 1 / PA - 473 O.S. to PA - 476 O.S.
Physical Description
Photographs: 4 prints; colour, oversized --
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 4 oversize colour prints, some mounted. The prints pertain to a snowy mountain scene, skiing, a tinted portrait of Hector Crawler (possible Byron Harmon image), and a portrait of an unknown aboriginal man.
Subject Access
Landscapes
Mountains
Portraits
Skiing
Title Source
Title based on contents of sub-series
Content Details
V683 / III / A / 1 / PA - 473 O.S. V683 / III / A / 1 / PA - 474 O.S. V683 / III / A / 1 / PA - 475 O.S. V683 / III / A / 1 / PA - 476 O.S.
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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 35 b&w colour prints, some mounted. The prints pertain to Catharine as a young woman, photographs taken by T. S. Armbrister, Lake Louise, Ike Mills and his dog, Swiss Guides, Mount Chancellor, Banff Springs Golf Course, Banff Indian Days teepees, a Banff High School Class pic…
Date Range
[ca.1930-ca.1940]
Reference Code
V683 / III / A / 1 / PA - 477 O.S. to PA - 512 O.S.
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Series
V683 / III / A / 1 : Peter and Catharine Whyte Personal Photographs
Reference Code
V683 / III / A / 1 / PA - 477 O.S. to PA - 512 O.S.
Date Range
[ca.1930-ca.1940]
Physical Description
Photographs: 35 prints; b&w, oversized --
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 35 b&w colour prints, some mounted. The prints pertain to Catharine as a young woman, photographs taken by T. S. Armbrister, Lake Louise, Ike Mills and his dog, Swiss Guides, Mount Chancellor, Banff Springs Golf Course, Banff Indian Days teepees, a Banff High School Class picture, Gale and Robin (Russell III) Robb, friends and family of Catharine and Peter Whyte, Russell Robb Jr., Catharine as a bridesmaid in a wedding party, Helen Butterick VanDyke, Chicago World's Fair, Mount Assiniboine and Lake Magog, Louis Cochand (skier), Kids/Nobleford (Print from Wally Houn), Orville Borgeau, group of young men in uniform, famous image of Charles Leroy walking cow down Banff Avenue, swimmer a Berg Lake, Banff Winter Carnival Ice Palace and the Asulkan Valley.
Subject Access
Landscapes
Mountains
Portraits
Family
Title Source
Title based on contents of sub-series
Content Details
V683 / III / A / PA - 477 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 478 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 479 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 480 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 481 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 482 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 483 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 484 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 485 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 486 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 487 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 488 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 489 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 490 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 491 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 492 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 493 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 494 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 495 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 496 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 497 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 498 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 499 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 500 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 501 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 502 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 503 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 504 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 505 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 506 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 507 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 508 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 509 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 510 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 511 O.S. V683 / III / A / PA - 512 O.S.
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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 4 oversize colour prints, some mounted. The prints pertain aerial photographs of various mountain ranges.
Date Range
1949, 1952
Reference Code
V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 927 O.S. to PA - 935 O.S.
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Series
V683 / III / A / 1 : Peter and Catharine Whyte Personal Photographs
Reference Code
V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 927 O.S. to PA - 935 O.S.
Date Range
1949, 1952
Physical Description
Photographs: 8 prints; b&w, oversized --
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 4 oversize colour prints, some mounted. The prints pertain aerial photographs of various mountain ranges.
Subject Access
Landscapes
Mountains
Title Source
Title based on contents of sub-series
Content Details
V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 927 O.S. V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 928 O.S. V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 929 O.S. V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 930 O.S. V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 931 O.S. V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 932 O.S. V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 933 O.S. V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 934 O.S. V683 / III / A / 15 / PA - 935 O.S.
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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 17 oversize b&w prints, some mounted. The prints pertain to Peter White ski jumping, Thomas Meehan and Estelle Taylor filming 'The Alaskan,' Mary Frances James, movie dogs Strongheart and Lady Jule, Anna May Wong, a man standing in the 'hole in the wall' near Banff, film acto…
Date Range
1924, ca.1920
Reference Code
V683 / II / A / PA - 278 O.S. to PA - 293 O.S., PA - 727
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
4 / Sub-series
Series
V683 / II / A : Peter Whyte Personal Sub-Series
Reference Code
V683 / II / A / PA - 278 O.S. to PA - 293 O.S., PA - 727
Date Range
1924, ca.1920
Physical Description
Photographs: 17 prints; b&w, oversized --
Scope & Content
Sub-series consists of 17 oversize b&w prints, some mounted. The prints pertain to Peter White ski jumping, Thomas Meehan and Estelle Taylor filming 'The Alaskan,' Mary Frances James, movie dogs Strongheart and Lady Jule, Anna May Wong, a man standing in the 'hole in the wall' near Banff, film actors standing in snow, interior of the Banff Springs golf course clubhouse, Mount Temple photographed by Fred Armbrister (a print and a photogravure), an unknown mountain scene by Fred Armbrister, a beach scene by Fred Armbrister, a nude by Fred Armbrister, and Ike Mills and Peter delivering mail by dogsled.
Subject Access
Mountains
Movie Stars
Landscapes
Title Source
Title based on contents of sub-series
Content Details
V683 / II / A / PA - 278 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 279 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 280 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 281 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 282 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 283 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 284 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 285 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 286 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 287 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 288 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 289 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 290 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 291 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 292 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 293 O.S. V683 / II / A / PA - 727 O.S.
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