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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
File consists of christmas cards addressed to Catharine Whyte and or Peter Whyte
Reference Code
M36 / I / C / A
Description Level
4.1 / Sub-sub-series
GMD
Textual records
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
4.1 / Sub-sub-series
Fonds Number
M36 / V683 / S37
Series
M36 / I / C: Catharine and Peter Whyte Papers, items accessioned in 2018 onward
Sous-Fonds
M36
Sub-Series
M36 / I / C / A: Christmas Cards
Accession Number
3069
Reference Code
M36 / I / C / A
GMD
Textual records
Physical Description
54 cm of textual records
Scope & Content
File consists of christmas cards addressed to Catharine Whyte and or Peter Whyte
Name Access
Whyte, Peter
Whyte, Catharine
Language
English
Title Source
Based on contents
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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
sub-sub-series consists of Christmas cards sent to peter and Catharine or Catharine Whyte.
Date Range
[ca.1910? - 1980?]
Reference Code
M36 / I / C / A
Description Level
4.1 / Sub-sub-series
GMD
Textual records
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
4.1 / Sub-sub-series
Fonds Number
M36 / V683 / S37
Sous-Fonds
M36
Accession Number
3069
Reference Code
M36 / I / C / A
GMD
Textual records
Date Range
[ca.1910? - 1980?]
Physical Description
60 cm of textual records : Christmas cards
Scope & Content
sub-sub-series consists of Christmas cards sent to peter and Catharine or Catharine Whyte.
Notes
Christmas cards have not been sorted into years or organized in any way.
Some photographs remain tucked into Christmas to maintain contextual information
Language
English
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Miscellaneous papers from Catharine and Peter Whyte's home

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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
File consists of Booklets: the Landon Course of Cartooning
Date Range
1922
Reference Code
M36 / I / C / F
Description Level
4.1 / Sub-sub-series
GMD
Textual records
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
4.1 / Sub-sub-series
Fonds Number
M36 / V683 / S37
Series
M36 / I / C: Catharine and Peter Whyte Papers, items accessioned in 2018 onward
Sous-Fonds
M36
Sub-Series
M36 / I / C / F: Miscellaneous items from Peter and Catharine Whyte’s house
Accession Number
3069
Reference Code
M36 / I / C / F
GMD
Textual records
Date Range
1922
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records
Scope & Content
File consists of Booklets: the Landon Course of Cartooning
Name Access
Whyte, Peter
Whyte, Catharine
Language
English
Title Source
Based on contents
Content Details
Owned by Peter Whyte
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Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Scope & Content
sub-sub series consists of drafts and preliminary sketches for Peter and Catharine Whyte's Christmas cards. Also consists of copies of Christmas letters, notes and printing related phases for the Christmas cards. Also included is blank cards and stationary from Catharine and Peter Whyte.
Date Range
1955
1959
1961
1962
1963
1964
1969
1972
1973
1974
1975
1978
Reference Code
M36 / I / C / E
Description Level
4.1 / Sub-sub-series
GMD
Textual, private record
Part Of
Peter and Catharine Whyte fonds
Description Level
4.1 / Sub-sub-series
Fonds Number
M36 / V683 / S37
Sous-Fonds
M36
Sub-Series
E: Drafts; cards and letters by Peter and Catharine Whyte
Accession Number
3069
Reference Code
M36 / I / C / E
GMD
Textual, private record
Date Range
1955
1959
1961
1962
1963
1964
1969
1972
1973
1974
1975
1978
Physical Description
24 cm of textual records
Scope & Content
sub-sub series consists of drafts and preliminary sketches for Peter and Catharine Whyte's Christmas cards. Also consists of copies of Christmas letters, notes and printing related phases for the Christmas cards. Also included is blank cards and stationary from Catharine and Peter Whyte.
Language
English
Title Source
[untitled]
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