Fonds - Les Guthrie fonds

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Les Guthrie fonds

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  • 1946-1969 (Creation)

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10.5 cm textual records
389 photographs
763 negatives.

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Lester Alexander William Guthrie was born on October 05, 1918 on a homestead northwest of Swift Current Saskatchewan. Not long after Les and his family moved to Eston Saskatchewan when his father was hired as the head of a livery barn. They resided in Eston for the next six years and then moved on to Saskatoon where Les received his formal education. In 1937 Les was hired on at the sports desk at the Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper and worked there until he joined the army in 1940. Les spent his entire army time in Saskatchewan until he was discharged due to medical reasons in 1942. Les then took on work with the Canadian National Railway (CNR) for a period of time before returning to the Star Phoenix as a circulation manager for the North Battleford region in 1946. He remained on with Star Phoenix for thirty-six years, until his retirement in 1982. During this time it was Les' job to drive to Saskatoon on a daily basis to pick up the papers and distribute them to the various centers in the Northwest. In total Les drove over 1,450,000 miles in his career and did so without a single accident or ticket. Since it was his job to distribute the papers to the Battlefords, Les thought that it would be good to have some content in the paper about the Battlefords. This caused Les to take a correspondence course in photography and this is what began the Les Guthrie collection. Les' photos have been published by the Star Phoenix, the Canadian Press and TIME magazine. Outside of his work Les was an active member of the North Battleford community and was involved in all types of activities including: Sea Cadet, Masons, Kinsmen, Navy League, North Battleford Swim Club (manager), minor hockey (coach), North Battleford Speedskating (coach). Les' hobbies aside from photography include curling and bowling.

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Les Guthrie fonds consists of 1360 items pertaining to news events from the region 1946 - 1969. During this period Les was the circulation manager in North Battleford and area for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. The fonds is composed of the following series: Scrapbooks ; Photographs ; Newsprint ; Negatives.

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The scrapbooks originally contained both newspaper articles and photographs, but the photographs were removed for preservation purposes. Before the photographs were removed, both scrapbooks were photocopied and a finding aid was created. The photocopied finding aid should always be consulted first, before going to the scrapbooks, in order to preserve the quality of the delicate articles included in the scrapbooks.

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Originals for LG01-01-001 to LG01-01-038 have been returned to Mr. Guthrie. The originals have been copied and are included in the finding aid.

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