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ca. 19,000 photographs (predominantly nef)
10 video recordings (avi)

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Alan Haig-Brown was born in Campbell River, British Columbia. In his teens, he worked as a deck-hand and was later taught to seine fish by his father-in-law Herb Assu of Quadra Island. As a young man, he worked on commercial fishing boats and coastal freighters. He seined salmon and herring until 1973, and then served for eleven years as coordinator of First Nations education in the Cariboo-Chilcotin. He also taught in the Chilcotin and Shuswap First Nations.

Haig-Brown photographs and writes about commercial boats and their crews, from tugs to fishing boats, in British Columbia and internationally. He has published several books, including the award-winning Fishing for a Living (1993) and The Fraser River (1996). He became editor of the West Coast Fisherman in 1986 and later founded The West Coast Mariner and The West Coast Logger. He continues to contribute to a number of commercial marine and commercial fishing magazines, such as Professional Mariner and Maritime Life and Traditions. He also writes a regular column for Cummins, a marine engine manufacturer.

Alan Haig-Brown is the son of writer and conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown, brother of Valerie Haig-Brown and father of filmmaker Helen Haig-Brown. He lives in New Westminster, British Columbia and Bangkok, Thailand.

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Series contains photographs documenting various aspects of the marine industry and culture on the western and southern coasts of North America and the Asian Pacific coast primarily; there are some photographs taken in the Netherlands and Brazil.

Subjects depicted in the photographs include exteriors and interiors of numerous types of boats and ships, as well as practices, technologies and personalities in the marine trades. Some photographs are of marine engines produced by Cummins, for whom Haig-Brown writes a regular web newsletter called Hotips (alternately, Hottips).

The series also contains several photographs of Alan Haig-Brown's family, including his spouse Anya; his sister, Valerie Haig-Brown, editor and eldest daughter of Roderick Haig-Brown; and his daughter, filmmaker Helen Haig-Brown.

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Digital objects (photographs) will be made accessible online on a rolling basis as they are reviewed for privacy. Some file-level descriptions may be made available without digital objects.

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