Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Archibald, William Munroe[1, 2]

Male 1876 - 1949  (73 years)

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  • Name Archibald, William Munroe 
    Born 23 Feb 1876  Truro, NS Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1930s  Creston, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1930s  BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Various locations 
    Died 10 Nov 1949  Toronto, ON Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Forest Lawn Cemetery, Creston, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I596  Camera Workers | A, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Cinematographer (amateur).
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to the Library and Archives Canada Web site which holds the William Munroe Archibald fonds, "William Munroe Archibald was born at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He graduated from McGill University with an engineering degree in 1897. Following extensive experience in various mining camps, he joined the staff of the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company (COMINCO) at Trail, B.C. in 1901. In 1928-1929 as general manager of mines for COMINCO, he began the utilization of aircraft in mining exploration and established the COMINCO Flying Service at Creston, B.C. For his contribution to Canadian aviation he was awarded the McKee Trophy for 1935. He retired from COMINCO in 1938 to become a senior mining consultant. During World War II he served the Canadian government in Cuba. He was named to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 1973. See: Alice Gibson Sutherland, Canada's Aviation Pioneers, (Toronto: McGraw Hill, 1978), pp. 85-91."

      The "Fonds consists of textual records consisting of photocopies of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, telegrams, and letters concerning the career of William M. Archibald, 44 pages, 1929-1939, 1943. Fonds also consists of [11] film [reel]s of the 1931 trans-Canada air pageant, and miscellaneous footage on the Calgary Stampede, the Creston and Kootenay Lake regions, Port Arthur and Quebec City, [ca. 1930-1949]."

      For detailed descriptions of the films see Browne (1979).

  • Sources 
    1. [S222] Browne (1979), Browne, Colin, (Victoria: British Columbia Provincial Museum, 1979).
      Entry numbers 7, 213, 214, 215, 216, 918, 919

    2. [S152] COLLECTION: OOA.
      William Munroe Archibald fonds (Archival reference no. R5285-0-0-E)

    3. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site).
      URL (accessed 24 Mar 2017):