Nova Scotia Archives

Helen Creighton

Photo Albums

Helen Creighton and her family were enthusiastic photographers, and among her personal papers donated to the Archives were 15 photo albums. We've taken Albums #11 (327 images), #12 (350 images) and #14 (233 images), digitized them, and uploaded them here for you to explore. They cover the years 1914 to 1951; every photo is captioned, usually by Creighton herself, and most include the date, location, and names of the individuals featured in the image.

Creighton's camera went everywhere, and was used to record family members and friends; childhood activities; education at the Halifax Ladies' College and University of Toronto; scenes of Halifax and Dartmouth, including the Halifax Explosion; travels around Nova Scotia and beyond, to Niagara, Trinidad, Barbados, the West Indies and Cuba; early work experiences with the Royal Flying Corps (Toronto), the Nova Scotia Red Cross Caravan, the Colored Orphans' Home (Preston) and a year spent teaching in Guadalajara, Mexico.

After her career in folklore began in the late 1920s, Creighton took photos of her many travels through Nova Scotia, including Devil's Island, the Eastern Shore and Cape Breton, and down the South Shore to Yarmouth and the Pubnicos. She carefully photographed her informants — many of them elderly — and often their family members and the homes in which they lived. Creighton's wide circle of friends, such as Doreen Senior, Thomas Raddall and Martha Banning Thomas, are also captured informally in the images presented here.

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Molly Wilson Forbes, Gertrude Dove, Joan Van Buskirk Silver, St. George's Tennis Club, Dartmouth
Date: 1914
Format: original print; nitrate negative
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 1

Helen Creighton, Gertrude and unidentified friend, St. George's Club, Dartmouth
Date: 1914
Format: original print; nitrate negative
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 2

Molly Wilson Forbes, Gertrude Dove, Joan Van Buskirk Silver, Helen Creighton, St. Georges Tennis Club, Dartmouth
Date: 1914
Format: original print; nitrate negatives
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 3

Hugh Mcleod, Lake Banook, Dartmouth
Date: 1917
Format: original print
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 4

Ben MacAskil, Lake Banook, Dartmouth
Date: 1917
Format: original print
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 5

Hubert, Lake Banook, Dartmouth
Date: 1917
Format: original print
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 6

Terry Creighton in 1915 Portland Street, Dartmouth
Date: 1915
Format: original print; nitrate negative
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 7

Terry Creighton, Lawrence VanBuskirk, Cerald Creighton, Sydney Creighton, Portland Street, Dartmouth
Date: ca. 1916
Format: original print; nitrate negative
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 8

Sydney Creighton, Portland Street, Dartmouth
Date: 1915
Format: original print; nitrate negative
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 9

Helen and Jake Creighton, Portland Street, Dartmouth
Date: ca. 1914
Format: original print; nitrate negative
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 10

Margaret and Babs Creighton from Trinidad
Date: ca. 1914
Format: original print
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 11

Leda and Jakie Creighton, Dartmouth
Date: ca. 1914
Format: original print; nitrate negative
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 12

Summer School of Science Dartmouth Lakes
Date: 1914
Format: original print
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 13

Dartmouth Locks
Date: 1914
Format: original print
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 14

Dartmouth Locks
Date: 1914
Format: original print
Reference no.: Helen Creighton Nova Scotia Archives Album 11 no. 15
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