Subseries - Pacific Coastal Region

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Pacific Coastal Region

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ca. 15,500 photographs (predominantly nef) : colour

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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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Sub-series contains photographs taken by Alan Haig-Brown to document the marine industry and culture in British Columbia, Alaska and Washington state primarily, with some files related to Oregon, California and Hawaii. The file-level arrangement preserves the original order of the creator, who grouped his photographs by date and - typically - location.

Subjects depicted include BC Ferries and their crews, the Vancouver Harbour and the Fraser River.

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All works in the Alan Haig-Brown fonds are protected under copyright; the copyright owner for nearly all of the works is Alan Haig-Brown. Images are provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained; permission requests can be directed to Rare Books and Special Collections.

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