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Edmond Pratt, OMI fonds
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CA MHM 1995.49
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[ca. 1918 - ca. 1940] (Creation)
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8 cm of graphic material (208 photographs : b&w ; nitrate cellulose negatives)
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Name of creator
Joseph Edmond Pratt was born in St. Vincent de Paul, Quebec in 1890. He studied in Ottawa at Sacré-Coeur Juniorat and continued his studies at St. Joseph's, Edmonton in 1917. In May 1918 at St. Joachim in Edmonton, Edmond Pratt was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Father Pratt taught at the St. Jean Juniorat in Edmonton, AB (1918-1919), then served as a missionary in Fort Resolution, NWT (1919-1920) and was a teacher again at St. Jean Juniorat (1920-1922). He worked as a missionary in North Battleford, SK (1922), Saddle Lake, AB (1922-1929), Onion Lake, SK (1929-1930) and Le Goff, Cold Lake, AB (1930-1934). Father Pratt was principal of Onion Lake's residential school, St.Anthony's, (1934-1938) and Hobbema's residential school (1938-1939). He was treasurer of the Blue Quills residential school in St. Paul, AB (1939-1941) and returned to North Battleford (1941-1942). From 1942-1970 he was priest at Rivière-qui-Barre also known as St. Alexander Mission. During this time, he also was the chaplain of the jail in Fort Saskatchewan. Father Pratt died in 1970 and is buried at the oblate cemetery in St. Albert, AB.
The content of the photographs correspond with Father Pratt's biography, so it is assumed that Father Pratt was the creator. It is unknown when and how the negatives were acquired by the donor but the donor's parents, Henri Van Tighem and Marie Rose Van Tighem lived in Rivière-qui-Barre at the same time that Father Pratt was the resident priest for the mission there.
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The fonds consists of photographic negatives corresponding with Father Pratt's schooling and work for the period 1918 to about 1940. The identified locations of the photographs include Edmonton, AB, Saddle Lake, AB, Cold Lake, AB, Onion Lake, SK, Frog Lake, AB, North Battleford, SK, and Fort Resolution, NWT. Some of the photographs have not been identified. The files are arranged according to the location in which Father Pratt worked. The photographs capture aboriginal and non-aboriginal families, children at residential schools, and events in the communities. The photographs also pertain to events of priests and brothers such as visits and seminary life as well as photographs of the missions.
Negatives sized 10.7x6.3 cm, 14x 8.5cm and 8x10.4 cm.
The photographs have been arranged according to the location in which the photographs were taken. Photographs that have not been identified are arranged in one file. The files have been arranged chronologically. The order used by the creator is unknown.
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:Some prints of the photographs are available in the Oblate collection and the Anglican collection at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
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There are no restrictions on access.
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File and item lists available.
Other records by Father Edmond Pratt are kept at the Missionary Oblates, Grandin Archives (Provincial Archives of Alberta).
No further accruals are expected.
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