Gordon Crighton fonds
Gordon Armstrong Crighton, 1914-2000, was born in Calgary, Alberta. He began his photography career by apprenticing for Calgary photographer George Birmingham. In about 1933 Gordon opened his own studio in Turner Valley but it was not successful. He then worked for Cliff Lane in Calgary, and did free-lance work in southern Alberta including a commission to take photos of chiefs on Blood and Peigan reserves. He then worked for Edmonton photographer George Wells. Some time in the late 1950s or early 1960s Gordon had a photo business in Pincher Creek. In about 1964 he moved to Sidney, British Columbia and opened a studio in a private house. The studio failed to prosper and Gordon gave up photography as a profession. He continued to live and work on Vancouver Island, and in the early 1980s moved to Victoria.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of primarily of photographs of Peigan people and activities on the Peigan reserve at Brocket, Alberta; and view of the 1951 Royal visit of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip to Calgary.
Source of Acquisition:
Purchased from Gordon Crighton, 1985.
The material is in English.
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Other Crighton photographs are held by the Pincher Creek and District Historical Society.
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)