Fonds consists mainly of business records of Deer Lodge, Lake Louise Trading Company, Inglenook restaurant, including lodge receipts, 1931-1941; accounts, 1929-1934; tourist agency accounts, 1936-1943; menus, 1940-1945; rationing records, 1943-1947; Inglenook advertising, 1958-1962; maintenance and…
ca.2 m textual records. -- ca. 3000 photographs: prints, negatives, transparencies. -- 1 photograph album (ca.180 prints); some copies. -- 1 cartographic record: plan. -- 2 motion pictures
History / Biographical
The Crosby family of Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada was involved with the development and operation of businesses at Lake Louise from 1923, when Louis S. and Gertrude Crosby built the Lake Louise Trading Company, a general store and dining room. Over the years they acquired Deer Lodge (1924); Triangle Inn, the YWCA and Inglenook Lodge (1941); and operated a gas station (1926). Deer Lodge was expanded in 1925, 1931, 1939, 1941 and staff quarters were added. Gertrude Crosby managed the businesses, while Lou Crosby was involved with Brewster Transport Company from 1907 to 1964. From 1947 until his death in 1964, Crosby was President of Brewster's and prior to that had handled the financial operations for the firm. The Crosby family was actively involved with the Banff Winter Carnival.
Scope & Content
Fonds consists mainly of business records of Deer Lodge, Lake Louise Trading Company, Inglenook restaurant, including lodge receipts, 1931-1941; accounts, 1929-1934; tourist agency accounts, 1936-1943; menus, 1940-1945; rationing records, 1943-1947; Inglenook advertising, 1958-1962; maintenance and other records. Records were generated during period of ownership by the Crosby family.
Fonds also includes Lou Crosby personal and professional papers and Crosby family papers.
Photographs pertain to Crosby family; Deer Lodge; Banff Winter Carnival; Brewster Transport Company and Jim Brewster; Banff events; winter sports, especially skiing and skating; vacations; scenic views. Photographs taken primarily by Lou Crosby and companions including Byron Harmon, ca. 1910-1950. Photograph album pertains to Lou Crosby's hunting and climbing trips, ca. 1907-1915.
Plan of Anthracite with annotations re status of properties, ca. 1930.