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Richard Harrington fonds [textual record, graphic material]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

6,618 photographs b&w.
5 cm of textual records.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of photographs taken by Richard Harrington depicting aspects of Inuit life and views of such places as Coppermine, Padlei, Spence Bay, Igoolik, N.W.T, 1948-1953, as well as photographs of covered bridges in central and eastern Canada, 1950-1975. The fonds also includes five journals written by Richard Harrington while on photographic expeditions to the Canadian Arctic, entitled Port Harrison 1948, Coppermine 1949, Padlei 1950, Spence Bay 1951 and Igloolik 1952-1953. The journals contain accounts of the places and people encountered in his travels and provide background information for his photographs. Three of the journals, Coppermine, Padlei and Spence Bay, were published in his 1954 book,"The Face of the Arctic", 1948-1953. Two albums of photographs of the Yukon taken by Richard Harrington are in the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs fonds (see MIKAN record 204783 for further details). There are also photographs by Richard Harrington of British Columbia taken while on assignment for the National Film Board of Canada in 1956.

Textual records
90: Open
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
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Graphic (photo)
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INT 020
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
RV4 160
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
SC 0729
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Terms of use

Photographs: Photographs where copyright is not expired, this may be copied for research or private study only (September 2003). Where copyright is expired, photographs may be reproduced for publication. Copyright: Photographs created after 1 January 1949: National Archives of Canada. Copyight: Photographs created on or before 31 December 1948: Expired. Credit: Richard Harrington / National Archives of Canada / Copy Negative No.

Photographs of Canadian Arctic: 1948-1953. FA-097 (Other)

Excel spreadsheet finding aid for Photographs of Canadian Arctic: 1948-1953 finding aid completed for each individual image, with cross reference to names of individuals identified through Project Naming when possible. Found on the shared S: drive, in Art&Photo, Photo Finding Aids, Harrington Finding Aid (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Richard Harrington, born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1911, emigrated to Canada in the 1920s. His photographic career appears to have begun as an x-ray technician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto in the 1930s, and he thereafter entered into a career as a free-lance photographer. In 1946, he began working with the Hudson's Bay Co., taking photographs for the Beaver magazine, usually on assignment. He carried out a number of journeys throughout the Arctic from 1948 to 1952, which form the basis of much of his later published work. He also worked on assignment for the National Film Board in the 1950s. He became a free-lance photographer along with his wife Lyn, and developed a reputation as one of Canada's leading outdoor photographers. Several of his photographs were used in the notable photograph exhibition, the Family of Man, which appeared at Expo 67. He has since published several books and numerous articles in periodicals relating to his photographic expeditions all over the world in search of photographic subjects. Some of his books are: The Face of the Arctic (1952), Northern Exposures (1953), British Columbia in Pictures (1958), Richard Harrington's Antarctic (1976) and Richard Harrington's Yukon (1974).

Richard Harrington died in October 2005, having been predeceased by his first wife Lynn, also born in 1911, and the co-author or author of many of the books cited above.

Additional information

Received in 1976 and 1978 from Richard Harrington, Toronto, Ont.

Exhibitions note
Two photographs by Richard Harrington, of a Padleimuit woman and child on the eastern side of Hudson's Bay, 1950, were acquired for the Aboriginal Portraits Exhibition.

Subject heading

1. Richard Harrington - Diaries, [1948-1953] Port Harrions (N.W.T.), 1948.
2. Arctic regions - Discovery and exploration, 1948-1953 Coppermine (N.W.T.), 1949.
3. Richard Harrington - Journeys, 1948-1953 Padlei (N.W.T.), 1949.
4. Arctic regions - Exploring expeditions, 1948-1953 Spence Bay (N.W.T.), 1951.
5. Arctic regions - Description and travel, 1948-1953 Igloolik (N.W.T.), 1952-1953.
6. Photography - Arctic regions, 1948-1953 The Face of the Arctic, 1954.
7. Photographers Canada.
8. Photographes Canada.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1976-086 NPC
2. 1978-085 NPC
3. 1997-039 DAP
4. 1996-02625-9