The Arctic Institute's photographic collection consists of over 8000 photographs dating from the late 1800s through the 1900s. The collection came to the University of Calgary from Montreal when AINA moved here in the 1970s. The majority of the collection dates to the first half of the 20th century and consists primarily of black and white prints and includes some slides and negatives. The photos were taken on a variety of expeditions and patrols by scientists, mountaineers, police, military personnel, and other Arctic explorers.
The collection is particularly valuable for its insights into history, culture, and science. Much of the content includes an emphasis on Inuit cultural life and various scientific themes such as geology, glaciology, archaeology, and oil and gas exploration. Some of AINA's larger collections include those from D.A. Nichols, Patrick D. Baird, M. H. W. Ritchie, Colonel Walter A. Wood, Henry Larsen, and Margaret Oldenburg. Several collections also fall under certain expeditions, including a particularly large collection from the 1950s Exercise Muskox. The collection has been professionally archived, and approximately half has been digitized and is available online.
The source materials digitized for this collection are drawn from the Arctic Institute of North America collection and are mounted with permission of known rights holders. The information available on this Site is provided for the sole purposes of viewing, downloading, and printing and is for personal information purposes only. Users cannot modify or alter the information in any way and cannot sell, rent or otherwise distribute the information to others. The user must assume full responsibility for any infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. If you have any further information regarding copyright for any images in this collection, or if you have any questions or comments, please contact the Arctic Institute of North America at