Photographs depicting the transformation and development of northern resources by non-native enterprises in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alaska, Greenland, and other northern areas; maritime, land, and aerial transportation facilities which feature involvement by Department of Transport, Canadian Airways Ltd., and Canadian Pacific Airlines steam ships Nascopie, Distributor, Medico, Paterson and Beothic; the Alaskan and Yukon Highways and Haines Junction, Yukon; mining industry developments at Yellowknife, Negus Bay, and Ptarmigan, N.W. T., under the responsibility of the Department of Mines and Resources, the Geological Survey of Canada and the International Tungsten and Thompson-Lundmark Companies; the Alcan project; the petroleum industry: the Canol project, Imperial Oil Ltd.; Hudson's Bay Co. activities.
There are also aerial photos of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon taken by the Royal Canadian Air Force; activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the north, such as production of census reports and management of Inuit communities.
Included are photographs of Inuit in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alaska, Greenland and other northern areas for ethnographic and population management purposes: formal and informal portraits of individuals, families and communities; Inuit building shelter, hunting and fishing, participating in customs and rituals, dogs and transportation; and settlement patterns.
Photographs also depict the activities of non-native settlers, visitors and government administrators in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alaska, Greenland and other northern areas: nursing stations and health services; education facilities and schools; views en route to and from southern Canadian locations; interactions with Inuit communities; churches and religious instruction; and police investigations into criminal activities.
The photographs have been segregated by process and format. The two accessions, 1973-357 and 1974-366, have been integrated.
The photographs have been arranged alphabetically by name of photographer, and within each series, arranged chronologically.
The 70 albums of photographs received from the DIAND departmental library have been separated as a sub-sub-series and described individually.
In most cases, the prints mounted in the albums and which are loose or in folios will have a corrresponding negative. However, there may be many prints where no corresponding negative exists, or negatives which do not have corresponding prints.