Robert A. Bird fonds
1900-1954, predominant 1920s
ca. 850 photographs
Robert A. Bird, [ca. 1900- ], likely grew up in the Sundre/Bergen, Alberta area, and began his photography career in 1916 working for W.O. King, a Calgary commercial photographer. In the following year Robert worked for Chazin's Photo Studio, and then for W.J. Oliver until 1919. He was photographer for the D.J. Young and Co. stationery store from 1919-1924. In 1925 he opened the Central Photo Studio at Centre Street and 7th Avenue, later relocating to 126A-8th Avenue SE. He retired in about 1968. Throughout his career he specialized in architectural views and rodeos. He and his wife, Margaret, married in about 1918, and had a son, Bobby, who died serving in the RCAF during the Second World War.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of photographs of Calgary buildings, bridges, businesses and events (1912-1954); Glenmore Dam construction (1929-1931); Calgary Stampede events and parades (1920-1934); Gleichen and its Stampede (1915-1924); Sundre Stampede (1924); Pekisko Ranch (1920s); and southern Alberta towns such as Turner Valley, Rockyford and High River (1907, 1920-1936). Includes photographs of Bird family (1900, 1920s, early 1940s).
Source of Acquisition:
The material is in English.
Originals and Reproductions:
Reference prints from the original negatives are also available.
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(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
PA 1541, NA 5489, NC 26, NC 60, ND 10, ND 38