Yukon Archives

P.O. Box 2703
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Organizational Type: 
Archive / Library / Museum

Organizational fonds

  • Interviews conducted between January 1976 and April 1977 with
    people in various communities (Jean Legare, Jeff Rushant, Danny
    Roberts, Abby Roberts, Roger Mendelsohn, Janet Prenty). They
    discuss wilderness life in the Yukon, skinning animals, living in
    the woods and dog sled expeditions.

  • Interview conducted in January 1977 by Diane Chisholm of the
    Yukon Archives with Hugh Bostock, who worked as a surveyor for
    the Geological Survey of Canada. He describes Yukon big game,
    the MacArthur game sanctuary, Geological Survey of Canada
    techniques from the 1930s to the 1950s, Yukon agriculture,
    trading posts and possible dam sites. Material covers the period
    1931 to the present.

  • Interviews conducted in January 1979. Jimmy Kane and Jack A.
    MacDonald describe the human history of the Kluane area including
    traditional camps and native (Chilkat) groups. References to
    Haines Junction, Yukon.

  • Interview conducted in September 1972 by Brian Speirs of the
    Yukon Archives with Victoria Anna Belle Faulkner. She describes
    the education system and social life in Dawson City, the various
    communities on the surrounding creeks, and government structures
    and personalities in the early 1900s. She also discusses rural
    life in the Dawson City area during the 1920s and 1930s.
    Includes references to Han Indians.

  • Interview recorded in 1990 with Frank Fingland, who retired from
    the public service in 1989 after a career with both federal and
    territorial governments. He describes his career and the people
    with whom he was acquainted.

  • Interview recorded about 1982 with Willis Grate, who describes
    his personal experiences regarding the construction of the Alaska
    Highway (1942-1943).

  • Interview recorded in August 1976 with Bill Hare, who describes
    his interests and work in photographing the Yukon.

  • Interview conducted in November 1978 with Johnny Taku Jack, about
    trapping and fur prices, big game hunting, river travel, and
    politics and government. Places referred to include Atlin and
    Telegraph Creek, B.C.

  • Interviews conducted in 1978 by Robert McCandless for his book
    Yukon Wildlife: A Social History. Johnny and Julia Joe
    describe economic activities, the impact of the Alaska Highway,
    and the results of the Gold Rush. Johnny Joe gives his memories
    of the Yukon. Frank Goulter describes economic activities and
    trapping. Material concerns the Tlingit. References to Tagish,

  • Interview conducted around 1978-1979 with May Rose Menzies. She
    describes her life in the north where she lived at Hay River,
    Fort Selkirk, Dawson City and Whitehorse, with references to
    Selwyn Creek. Topics include hunting and the retail trade.

  • Interviews conducted around 1965 and dealing with mining and
    mineral exploration for gold and silver. Clem Emminger describes
    bush living and prospectors in the area of Livingstone Creek,
    A.K. Shellinger describes the discovery of silver in the Mayo
    area, while Captain Kippy Boerman recounts his activities as a
    river man. Also contains references to Dawson City and Elsa,

  • Interviews conducted in 1972 with Angela Sidney, Peter Johns, Johnny Johns, Anita Johns, Annie Ned, Patsy Henderson, Kitty Smith, Billy Johnson and Jenny Laberge. They describe the life and adventures of Skookum Jim, particularly his gold discovery on Bonanza Creek. They also talk about native legends, the Anglican Church and the influenza epidemic.

  • Interview conducted in 1982 with Arthur B. Thornthwaite, who
    worked as a Royal North West Mounted Police (R.N.W.M.P.) officer
    in the Yukon, at Carmacks, Rampart House and Old Crow
    (1919-1933). Mr. Thornthwaite describes his service with the
    police. He also refers to Fort Yukon (Alaska), and Whitehorse.

  • Interview conducted in June 1977 with Reverend Robert Ward, who
    relates his life as an Anglican minister in Teslin (Yukon) and on
    the upper Yukon River from 1933 to 1946. He comments on the
    impact of the Alaska Highway on the community of Teslin. He also
    refers to Carmacks.

  • Interview conducted in August 1984. Dr. Walter A. Wood discusses
    mountaineering and exploration of the St. Elias Mountains and
    Kluane National Park from the 1930s to the time of the interview.

  • Interviews recorded in November 1950. Patsy Henderson describes
    life in the Yukon before the gold rush, then recounts George
    Carmack's gold discovery on Bonanza Creek (Alaska). She also
    describes the impact of white traders on native culture and the
    construction of the White Pass and Yukon Railway. Issac Taylor
    and William Drury are also interviewed, about their trading
    partnership (Taylor and Drury Ltd.) and the early fur trade. The
    material also includes songs.

  • Interviews conducted in 1978 with people who worked on the
    steamboats on the Yukon River, as wood cutters along the river,
    or who had some knowledge of river life. Interviewees were
    George Dawson, Johnny Hogan, G.I. Cameron, Henry Breaden and Rose

  • Interviews conducted in 1974. Traditional and contemporary lives
    of Yukon native women are discussed. Clara Frost, Sara Able,
    Mira Moses, Renee Charlie and Jeanne Harbottle discuss the
    traditional lifestyles of native women. Judy Gingell, Peggy
    Nolan and Rachel Dawson describe problems of contemporary native
    women. Marnie Ryder, Hilda Hellaby and Mattie Chapman discuss
    public health services to native villages, Anglican Church
    history, residential schools and their own lives in the Yukon.
    Contains references to Old Crow, Teslin, and Ross River, Yukon,
    and Atlin, B.C.

  • Interviews recorded in August 1984 to document the site of Fort
    Selkirk and assist in planning the future restoration work.
    Interviewees include Father Bobillier, G.I. Cameron, Martha
    Cameron, George Dawson, Danny Roberts, Edward Simon, Charlie
    Johnson, Tommy McGinty and Harry Baum. Topics include
    transportation, shipping, architecture and pioneer life.

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