Hubert Hollingworth was one of Edmonton's most outstanding photographers and was a founding member of the Edmonton Camera Club. By the age of twenty, Mr. Hollingworth was a seasoned photographer having won several awards for his photographs. He volunteered at the City of Edmonton Archives for many years.
Hubert Hollingworth fonds
The Hubert Hollingworth fonds consists of materials collected or created by Hollingworth between 1914 and 1974. Mr. Hollingworth donated some textual items such as souvenir programs, a post card album, and high school newsletters, but the main focus of his fonds is photographic.
The fonds includes over 3,000 of Mr. Hollingworth's photographs which depict life in Edmonton during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. In 2002, most of the photographs were digitized and are available in our online catalogue.
A major portion of the Hubert Hollingworth fonds is the Hubert Hollingworth Glass Slide Collection. In 2004, the collection was digitized and is available through the Archives Society of Alberta's online database.
The glass slides in the Hubert Hollingworth fonds were created by many people and consist of various subjects including missionary work in Northern British Columbia and Alberta, China, Afghanistan, Africa, and India; Pre-World War II England; World War II; archaeology; and anatomy.
The majority of these slides belonged to missionary Mr. Charles O. Bowen, a Welsh immigrant. Mr. Bowen's religious slides consist of nature photographs, often mountain scenes, which have a biblical scripture and/or hymns transposed onto them.
Some of these slides can be attributed to professors at the University of Alberta:
Dr. Evan Greene (1873-1966) was one of Alberta's earliest doctors. He was a surgeon and an anatomist. The subject of his slides is anatomy.
Dr. Ralph Faust Shaner (1893-1976) was an anatomist, professor, and head of the University of Alberta's Department of Anatomy. His slides represent many of the courses that he taught such as histology, embryology, and neuroanatomy.
Dr. Maxwell Mordecai Cantor (1903-1981) was the provincial coroner and a biochemist at the University of Alberta. The slides digitized from Dr. Cantor are of the pathology of disease.
There are several other subjects addressed in the glass slides: Quebec, Vancouver, the Rocky Mountains, Saskatchewan, the Canadian West, First Nations people, World War II, reconstruction in Britain after the war, and farm animals.
Digitization was made possible by financial assistance from the Archives Society of Alberta.