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Adrian Paton Collection

Feel free to browse the digitized content by clicking below!

Click above to view Adrian Paton’s photos!

Adrian Paton began to collect photographs in the late 1980s, when his grandmother’s photograph album was passed down to him.  In 1993 while working on a local history project, collecting photographs became a real passion.

Adrian was particularly interested in local photographer, Donald Buchanan. After discovering that many of Buchanan’s images had been lost, Adrian thought “that somebody should gather them together.” Since then, he has built an enormous photograph collection, totaling about 8,000 pieces.

Adrian originally saw the Baker Slides when they aired on SCN. As a member of SHFS and contributor to Folklore magazine, Adrian decided the SHFS website would be a good way to allow the public to see his collection.

The SHFS sponsored students who worked with Mr. Paton over two summers to digitize the photos and record his knowledge about them. Through a partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, over 700 of the photos are now available online. And the rest they say, is history!

Adrian Paton Collection Travelling Exhibit

This display, developed in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, features selected photos from the collection along with information designed to inspire people to reflect on the past.

Special thanks go to Teresa Carlson of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre for designing and creating the panels. 

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The display is intended for public use and can be displayed in schools, libraries, museums, galleries, or other community venues. It is suitable for families, school groups, and general visitors.

The following topics are presented:

  • “Whose Story” – The development of a consciousness of diverse histories;
  • “Intersecting Cultures” – Cross-cultural understandings as seen in historic photographs of Indigenous peoples in southern Saskatchewan;
  • “Building on the Prairies” – Agricultural architecture of the southern Prairies;
  • “Working the Land” – Agricultural technologies;
  • “Teaching and Learning” – Transmission of knowledge across generations;
  • “Expect the Unexpected” – Photographs of the unusual in Prairie life; and
  • “Pictures with a Purpose” – Historic studio photographs of Indigenous people from the Arcola region.

If you would like the Travelling Exhibit to visit your community, contact us!

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