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Edgar Millen fonds
General material designation
- Graphic material - photograph
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- Source of title proper: Title based on name of creator.
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CA EDM MS-778
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1923 - 1961, predominant 1923 - 1932 (Creation)
- Millen, Edgar
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Name of creator
Edgar J. Millen was born 29 May 1901 in Belfast, Ireland to parents Hugh Rankin Millen (1864-1942) and Mary Margaret Millen (1874-1930). Edgar was the second of four children, and had two sisters (Annie and Christina) and one brother (John). The Millen family immigrated to Canada, and settled in Edmonton.
In 1920 Edgar Millen joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (service number 9669). He trained in Regina, and served in Winnipeg and Jasper before heading north to serve at Aklavik in 1924, Tree River in 1926, Artic Red River in 1927, and Cambridge Bay in 1928. He returned to Edmonton in 1930 and served in the city for a short period before returning to the north to take charge of the Artic Red River detachment.
Edgar Millen was shot and killed by Albert Johnson, aka The Mad Trapper on 30 Jan 1932 during a manhunt that lasted 48 days and made international headlines. His funeral was held in Edmonton and he was buried in Beechmount Cemetery. In 1961 a cairn was erected in his honour in the Northwest Territories at the site of his murder.
The photos taken by Edgar Millen were inherited by his brother, John Millen. John Millen donated the photos, as well as some images of Edgar’s funeral and a cairn erected in Edgar’s honour to the City of Edmonton Archives.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of photographs taken by Edgar Millen while serving in Canada’s north as an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The photographs include images depicting the Arctic, where Millen was stationed, as well as several photos of Millen’s funeral and a cairn erected in his honour.
Immediate source of acquisition
This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by John Millen in 1967.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-26.
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There are no restrictions on access.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright may apply.
Reproduction restrictions may apply.
See Scope and content above.
Photographs have been described at the item level; some are available on the online database, with the remainder available in the Reference Room.
No further accruals are expected.
Accession number: A67-594
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City of Edmonton Archives
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Rules for Archival Description (RAD)
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