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arctic, medicine, Canadian North, Inuit

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Subject-Keyword: arctic, medicine, Canadian North, Inuit

Type of item: Review

Language: English

Place: Canada

Time: 1954-1990

Description: In 2011 the Canadian Circumpolar Institute CCI received a collection of slides and photographs on loan from the family of Dr. Otto Schaefer for digitization. The collection consists of 35mm colour slides and printed photographs colour as well as black and white taken over the course of Schaefer-s 32 year medical career in the Canadian arctic and is an invaluable visual archive of the Canadian arctic in the second half of the twentieth century.

Date created: 2011-07-15

DOI: doi:10.7939-R38W3852Z

License information: Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported

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Author: Wheeler, Lauren M.

Source: https://era.library.ualberta.ca/


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Dr.
Otto Schaefer’s Slides of Canada’s North Lauren M.
Wheeler, PhD Candidate (History) There is a hidden gem for environmental history at the University of Alberta.
It is called Canadian Circumpolar Institute (CCI) [http:--www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca-CCI-].
The CCI is an interdisciplinary institute with a mandate to promote and enhance the knowledge, awareness and sustainability of polar environments for all, through quality research, education and outreach programs.
This year the CCI received a donation that necessitated hiring a Digital Archive Research Assistant for the summer.
The collection is on loan from the family of Dr.
Otto Schaefer [http:--ichr.ca-2009-11-dr-otto-schaefer-passes-].
It consists of 35mm colour slides and printed photographs (colour as well as black and white) taken over the course of a 32 year medical career in the Canadian arctic.
Before the collection can be digitized metadata about each item needs must be created because without this information searching a database is a near impossible task.
I was hired to create the metadata and over the past month and a half have become very familiar with the collection. 1 Otto Schaefer was born in Germany and came to Canada after the Second World War to fulfill a lifelong dream of working in the arctic with the Inuit.
After a couple years repeating his residency in Edmonton so he could practice medicine in Canada Otto and his wife Didi moved to Inuvik, NWT for a two year term (1953-1955).
Then came two years in Pangnirtung, NU (19561958) followed by two more in Yellowknife, YK (1960-1961).
When Otto’s appointment in Yellowknife ended the family moved to Edmonton permanently with their four children (the fifth was born after the last move).
Initially Otto found work at the Charles Camsell Hospital [http:--en.wikipedia.org-wiki-Inglewood,_Edmonton], a hospital for First Nations and Inuit patients only, but was shortly after appointed the director of the Northern Medical Research Unit. Over the ne...





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