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Bromley Family

  • CA RRU 025-009
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1908-1916

Photos show the early years at the Dunsmuir’s Hatley Park, including some construction phase images

Dunsmuir Family

James Dunsmuir family fonds

  • CA RRU 2011.025
  • Fonds
  • 1907 - 1920

Fonds consists of material from the time that James Dunsmuir and his family lived at Hatley Castle. There are approximately 200 photographs of J. Dunsmuir family, Castle, grounds and staff; 1665 black and white photographs copied from Dunsmuir family's own albums; 30 copies of original plans by Maclure (Castle) and Brett and Hall (gardens and grounds); audio recording (poor quality) of interview with Catterall, general contractor involved in construction of Castle; 1 amateur film made to promote Castle for sale in 1938; copy of 2 family geneology databases.

Dunsmuir, James

K. McCann

  • CA RRU 025-002
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1890-1965, predominant 1908-1940

The fonds consists of photographs handed down through generations in the Dunsmuir family, some of the images are copies made for each of the Dunsmuir family members so there is some duplication across albums. The photo dates range from the late 1800s up to the 1960s. They include images of Hatley Castle, designed by Samuel Maclure, the Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and the Rose Garden and surrounding grounds designed by the Boston landscape architectural firm of Brett and Hall. Buildings on the property include the stables, garage, tennis courts, barns and a Lord and Burnham designed greenhouse. There are also many images of Dunsmuir family members, friends, visitors to Hatley Park and other properties, and trips to other destinations. These people and locations are not always identified.

Additionally, ephemera in this fonds includes an original copy of the Crimson Paradise film premiere program, with autographs from some of the cast, as well as the 1939 Maynard auction catalogue and the visitors book from Dolaura. This book was used first on the family yacht and includes a signature from Kaiser Wilhelm in 1908. In later years, Dola (Dunsmuir) Cavendish (1903-1966), used the book at her home, which was also named Dolaura. A number of celebrity signatures can be found here.

Dunsmuir Family

L. Mitchell

  • 025-007
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1902-1943

Photos of Dunsmuir family members at Hatley Park and other locations. Some formal portrait photos are included.

Dunsmuir Family

P. Luttmer

  • 025-004
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1913-1932

The 32 images in the collection are scanned from Peter Luttmer’s personal collection. The images are mostly portrait photos of Dunsmuir family members. Specifically, grandmother, Laura (Surles) Dunsmuir (1858-1937), mother, Kathleen Dunsmuir Humphreys, father, Selden Humphreys (1880-1960), and sisters Jill and Judith. Various other formal and informal family photos are included.

Dunsmuir Family