Fonds SSP - Saskatoon StarPhoenix fonds

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Saskatoon StarPhoenix fonds

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  • Graphic material
  • Textual record

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  • 1945-1965, 1970-1999 (Creation)
    Saskatoon StarPhoenix (newspaper)

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Physical description

ca, 400,000 photographs : b&w and col., negs and prints ; 10 x 12 cm or smaller. -- 3.5 m of textual records

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Administrative history

The StarPhoenix daily newspaper was created on September 12, 1928, by the merger of the Saskatoon Daily Phoenix (1902) and Daily Star (1906) newspapers. From 1928-1996 it was owned by the Clifford Sifton family. From 1996-2000 it was owned by Hollinger Newspapers, and then by CanWest Global Communications until 2008, when it was acquired by Postmedia.

In its history the newspaper's title heading has appeared in various forms, including Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and Star Phoenix, but the current presentation is StarPhoenix.

Custodial history

Records were maintained by the newspaper and transferred to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan in several accessions beginning in 1965. In 2019, the entire collection was transferred to the City of Saskatoon Archives.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of ca. 400,000 photographs shot by StarPhoenix staff and freelance photographers, for publication in the newspaper. Fonds also contains 3.5 m of newspaper clippings (mostly photocopies) of the published images and some caption or other identifying information. Photographs are primarily black and white negatives, as well as a few prints and transparences, and increasing numbers of colour negatives in more recent years.

The collections spans the years 1945-1999, except for those from 1965-1969, which were accidentally destroyed by the newspaper, and 1987, which were not transferred to the archives may have been destroyed. There only a few photographs taken before 1948, although there are later copies of historical images dating to the 1880s.

The images document local news, events, and personalities predominantly in Saskatoon, but also from surrounding communities. Subjects include sports, recreation, arts, entertainment, education, research, social and political events, business, native affairs, agriculture, accidents and scenic views.

The images for each photo shoot of a particular event or subject were filed together, often with the relevant newspaper clipping, and ordered by date of publication, including a brief description and sometimes photographer's initials.

Fonds includes the following series:

SSP-1 -- General Photographs series (1945-1999)
SSP-2 -- Les Guthrie Photographs (1957-1964)
SSP-3 -- Exhibition and Pion-Era photographs (1959-1965)
SSP-4 -- Photographs of Staff (1959)

The fonds has been arranged into 4 series: Photographs 1948-1964, 1970-1986; Les Guthrie Photographs; Exhibition and Pion-Era Photographs, 1959-1965; and Staff Photographs, 1959.

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Physical condition

Some 35 mm negatives dating from the 1980s, particularly 1980 to 1984 are poorly fixed

Immediate source of acquisition

Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan


Records were maintained in chronological order by the creator. Due to processing complications photographs from year to year are not numbered chronologically, (although the numbering within each year is chronological). It is not clear from existing documentation if the Les Guthrie and Exposition and Pion-Era photographs were organized as separate series by the creator or imposed by archivists when those images were processed.

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Some digital versions exist of selected images.

Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions on access.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright resides with StarPhoenix. Reproduction for commercial use by permission only.

Finding aids

File level descriptions for photographs up to 1986 are available on the Saskatoon photo database. Access to photographs after 1987 is through a newspaper clipping library, arranged chronologically.

Associated materials

Microfilm copies of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and predecessor newspapers are available at the Saskatoon Public Library Local History Room, the University of Saskatchewan Library, the Provincial Archives in Regina and the Saskatchewan Legislative Library.

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Further accruals are expected.

Accompanying material

Fonds includes a few colour photographs (prints and negatives), transparencies, slides and contact prints.

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