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About the Webber and Burton Photography Collection

About the creators of the Webber and Burton Photography Collection:

 

Ron Burton and George Webber have an extensive history with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, having provided nearly 40 combined years of service to the institute between 1970 and the start of the new millennium.

 

Ron Burton:

 

From the early 1970’s until his departure in 1992, Ron Burton was involved in numerous projects at SAIT.  Among these projects was the production of an extensive record detailing the Heritage Hall building prior to the extensive renovation work conducted in 2000.

 

George Webber:

 

George Webber began working at SAIT in 1980 as a photographer for the Educational Services Department.  Eventually becoming the Supervisor of Art and Photography for this department a few years later, his primary role throughout his 22 years of service at the institute has been the creation of an extensive library of images for use in both instructional and marketing purposes.  His career was not limited to this single role, however, as for nearly two decades, George Webber acted as an instructor and coordinator for the Continuing Education Photography program at SAIT, while simultaneously pursuing a career in freelance and documentary photography.  During this time his works would make their way into various notable collections, and can now be seen in not only the SAIT Archives, but also the collections of the National Archives of Canada, the Glenbow Museum, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Bibliotheque Nationale of Paris, France, as well as those of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany.

 

 

About the materials in the Webber and Burton Photography Collection:

 

The online materials of the Webber and Burton Photography Collection currently contain over 2100 digitized images selected from the nearly 26,000 prints and negatives stored in the physical Webber-Burton Collection held by the SAIT Archives.  The images stored in this collection include images both produced and selected by Ron Burton and George Webber, and range in date from the 1920’s until as late as 2004.  While the majority of those images created by George Webber fall within the range of 1980 to 2004, numerous images selected from yearbooks and newspapers earlier in the SAIT’s history, as well as several images gathered from other historical sources, provide a glimpse into the long history of SAIT.

 

Images in this collection can be found in both black and white, as well as color formats, and may exist as photographic prints, positive transparencies, or negative film in a variety of size formats.  The subject matter of the images found in this collection is also quiet varied, stretching across several primary themes.  These themes include the documentation of the ever-changing face of the SAIT campus; imagery from ceremonies held to mark important events such as donations, dedications, and agreements; images of historically important items, student works, and memorabilia; photographic records of important individuals in the history of the institution; as well as records of historic visits by key individuals, politicians, and delegations.

 

 

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