Shoemaker collection [graphic materials]

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Physical description

46 photographs. – 40 glass plate negatives. – 6 lantern slides : b&w ; 10.1 x 12.6 cm or smaller

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

Mrs. Ada Grace Shoemaker (née Game) was born in Dorchester, England on May 10, 1866, and died May 30, 1959. She was married to Francis Shoemaker (July 16, 1860 - February 1, 1947). He was a warehouseman for Marshall Wells Co., a hardware store in Vancouver. Ada and Francis had at least two sons. The eldest was Francis Vivian Shoemaker (November 29, 1897- December 10, 1995), a manager of the YMCA, married to Annabella Hurry, a school teacher. Their daughter together was Grace Valde. The youngest son was Cyril Huber Shoemaker (July 29, 1903 - January 9, 1987), a school principal in Vancouver. He married Vivian Ermina Hacker on June 29, 1939.

The donor of this collection could be either Mrs. Ada Grace Shoemaker or Mrs. Annabella Shoemaker (died 1994), as both would have been called "Mrs. F. Shoemaker", which is the only name associated with these images.

Scope & content

This collection contains six lantern slides regarding Captain James Cook. Most appear to depict locations in England, most likely locations associated with Cook. The remainder of the collection consists of forty glass plate negatives, most likely gelatin dry plates. The majority of these appear to depict Vancouver locations.

The collection has been arranged into two series by format.


The original order of the slides and negatives as they were filed in the original boxes has been maintained.

Reproductions: Public domain.
Access: Access to the collection is unrestricted, however the slides and negatives are extremely fragile and require specialized handling under the guidance of the Archivist.
LC Subject Headings
Vancouver Harbour (B.C.)