Fonds OSC-ARC-21 - Ernest Laviolette fonds

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Ernest Laviolette fonds

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885 photographs : b&w & col. negatives
10 cm of textual records

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Ernest Laviolette is a photographer from Cherryville, B.C. working predominantly in black-and-white. Laviolette took a special interest in photographing the Monashee Mountains in the 1950s and the 1960s, and captured these landscapes extensively during the period. Laviolette was also instrumental in the creation of Monashee Provincial Park as his photographs captured public curiosity and passion for the area. Laviolette also produced an hour-long film titled The Call of the Monashee which was released in 1965 winning the Canadian Amateur Film Award in 1968 with a re-release later in 2011. Laviolette was an active member of his Cherryville community, participating in the Cherryville Historical Society and was a founder in the annual Cherryville Days celebration which has taken place every summer since 1963.

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Ernest Laviolette donated the records to Okanagan Special Collections in 2020 and 2023.

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The fonds is the product of Laviolette’s photographic career with subjects including people and places in the Monashee Mountain wilderness and surrounding areas. The images also document events and people in and around Cherryville. Photographs have been taken between 1950 up until 1999. Some documentary materials and ephemera such as magazines with articles by Laviolette accompanies the photographs as well as a DVD of his 1965 film The Call of the Monashee. The fonds is arranged into three series: still photography, publications, and filmmaking.

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Compiled by Ariel Nicolaides (2023) and Paige Hohmann (2024)

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“Cherryville Days.” Cherryville (website). Accessed June 10, 2024.
Department of Recreation and Conservation, Parks Branch. “Monashee Park History.” Shuswap Watershed Project (website). Accessed June 10, 2024.
Helin, Greta. “Cherryville celebrates.” Vernon Morning Star (website). Accessed June 10, 2024.
“Moments in Time – Photos & Memories from the Lumby Museum – Monashee Provincial Park.” Lumby Valley Times (website). Accessed June 10, 2024.

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