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Arnold Lupson fonds

1919-1951, predominant 1920s-1930s

Physical Description:
1094 photographs

Arnold Lupson, ca. 1894-1951, was born in England. It is believed he worked as a messenger and later photographer for a London newspaper, possibly the London Mirror. He came to Calgary, Alberta shortly after 1919, and was employed at the Great West Saddlery Company where he learned saddlery and harness-making. He had a room in Calgary but spent most of his spare time on the Sarcee (Tsuut'ina) reserve getting to know the people and taking photographs of them and their way of life. They named him Eagle Tail. He also photographed Blackfoot (Siksika), Blood, Peigan and Stoney individuals and activities. He married Maggie, a Tsuut'ina and widow of Chief Big Belly, some time after 1921. She had at least two children, Mary Big Belly and Freddy One-Spot. Arnold continued to divide his time between the city and the reserve. In the 1930s he worked for McKinnley Leather Tannery as well as Great West Saddlery, and in 1948 began to work for the Kenway Company. He was buried in the Sarcee Indian Cemetery. For further information see With Eagle Tail : Arnold Lupson and 30 years among the Sarcee, Blackfoot and Stoney Indians on the North American Plains / Colin F. Taylor and Hugh A. Dempsey. -- London : Vega Books, 1999.

Custodial History:
Norman Luxton acquired these records from Kenneth Coppock, owner of Kenway, who had received them from Arnold's widow. Luxton then donated them to the Glenbow.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of photographs of Sarcee (Tsuut'ina) personalities and activities on the reserve including ceremonies, rodeos and ranching, and the building of tipis and sweat lodges (1930s-1940s); photographs of Blackfoot (Siksika) personalities at sun dances and Calgary Stampede (1919-1947); and photographs of Arnold and Maggie (1920s-1930s), Blood personalities and ceremonies (1930s-1951), Stoneys (1950) and Peigan in Montana (1930s).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Norman Luxton, 1963.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
Reference prints from the original negatives are also available.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Prints of some of the photonegatives were made and used in five volumes of Indian biographies in the Phillip Godsell fonds held at the Glenbow. There are also some Lupson photonegatives in the Arnold Roberton fonds at the Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
NA-667, NA-2170, PA-79

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