Fonds F 513 - Archie Jamieson family fonds

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Archie Jamieson family fonds

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F 513

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  • 1898-2010 (Creation)

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3.100 m of textual records
1464 photographs: prints, b&w, col.
108 photographs: negatives
25 maps
17 plans
2 sound recordings: 8 mm videocassettes
30 sound recordings: audio cassettes
3 computer optical discs (of graphic materials)
1 computer disk: 9 x 9 cm
1 audio compact disc

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Biographical history

Archibald (Archie) Jamieson was born in Valleyfield, Quebec on July 8, 1888 to John and Agnes (McFarlane) Jamieson. His family had emigrated from Paisley, Renfrew County, Scotland in 1886 or 1887. Jamieson had five siblings: Agnes, John, Malcolm, William, and Annie.

Jamieson lived in Rhode Island from 1906 to 1910 and studied mechanical engineering at university in Providence. Following graduation, he moved to Pawtucket, Rhode Island and then to Baltimore, Maryland. On September 12, 1912, he married Rosamond Ihley of Milltown, New Jersey. After briefly living in Baltimore, the Jamiesons moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1913. From 1913 to 1918, Jamieson worked for Consolidated Steel Company. The Jamiesons had two children: John (born 1920) and Malcolm (Mack) (born 1922). Rosamond Jamieson died in 1923.

In May 1923, Jamieson moved to Fort Frances, Ontario to be closer to his brother, John. Archie Jamieson remained in the area briefly and worked in the local lumber industry. By 1925, Jamieson had returned to Toronto and taken a position with Central Scientific Company. In 1927, Jamieson attended and graduated from the Ontario College for Technical Teachers in Hamilton, Ontario. He was then employed as a mechanical engineer and foreman at the Victory Gold Mine in Goldboro, Nova Scotia.

On June 26, 1929, Archie Jamieson married Edna Georgina Peitzsche in the Goldboro Baptist Church. They had their first child, William Archibald (Archie Jr.) on January 22, 1933 while in Goldboro. The family remained in Goldboro while Jamieson pursued other career opportunities in the mining industry by first moving to Quebec and then to Lee Lake, Ontario. The family joined him in Lee Lake in June 1934, but when the mine in Lee Lake closed the following year, Edna and Archie Jr. returned to Goldboro and Jamieson went on to Goldfields, Saskatchewan to set up a gold mine (Althona). The family would not join him in Goldfields until 1937. While living in Goldfields, the Jamiesons had two more children: David, born on December 29, 1937, and Bernice, born in 1939. When the Goldfields mine closed in 1939, the family returned to Goldboro. Jamieson then moved to Outpost Island on Great Slave Lake in the North West Territories to rebuild the gold mine there in 1940, but returned to Goldboro in 1941. The Jamiesons' fourth child, Sheila Anne, was born on May 5, 1942 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. In the fall of 1946, the family moved to Walton, Nova Scotia and remained there until Archie Jamieson's death on March 1, 1960. Edna Jamieson died in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 21, 1998.

David Jamieson, son of Archie and Edna Jamieson, attended high school in Nova Scotia and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. In 1958, he moved to Tempe, Arizona to study at Arizona State College/University and while there he met and married Carol Warner. David and Carol had two sons: David Jr. (born 1961) and Derek (born 1963). In 1962, the family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where David Jamieson worked for various insurance companies. The family moved to Western Canada in 1970 and settled in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1980. David and Carol Jamieson divorced in 1982. In 1985, David Jamieson began working in the real estate industry and married Patricia (Pat) Ann Gilroy. The Jamiesons currently (2015) reside near Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Custodial history

David Jamieson, son of Archie Jamieson, donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in eleven accessions between 2004 and 2014: R2004-327 (December 2, 2004); R2004-483 (December 7, 2004); R2005-011 (January 17, 2005); R2005-257 (June 30, 2005); R2005-264 (July 8, 2005); 2008-279 (July 17, 2008); 2008-281 (July 17, 2008) 2010-212 (April 30, 2010); 2012-095 (May 7, 2012); 2013-497 (November 29, 2013) and 2014-190 (December 31, 2014).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by members of the Archie Jamieson family relating to their personal life and activities in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan and the North West Territories. Some of the records pertain to their experiences in various Canadian (gold) mining camps, including those located near Goldboro, Nova Scotia and Goldfields, Saskatchewan. The fonds also contains records created, accumulated and used by David Jamieson while researching and writing a four volume combined history of the mining industry and of his family, entitled "The Gold Seekers."

The types of records included are correspondence and greeting cards (mainly between family members), postcards, photographs, legal documents, life insurance policies and receipts, mining inventory lists, income tax returns, diaries, maps, audio and video cassettes, a technical drawing, manuscripts, and publications.

No series arrangement has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Records were arranged by accession and chronologically by archivist.

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Certain documents written in French language.

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Records are open for research use.

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The donor has transferred all subsisting copyright to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan. Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of The Copyright Act.

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SAFA 368 consists of a fonds description, a box listing of the textual records and an item description of one photograph.

Associated materials

Associated material: Other records of Archie Jamieson are held by the Archives of Alberta and by the North West Territories Archives.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Photograph: R-D2732

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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