James Jerome: Through a Gwich’in Lens

James Jerome’s negatives and prints were damaged in the house fire that claimed his life. His partner Elisabeth Jansen Hadlari and son Thomas Hadlari donated over 9000 images to the NWT Archives. This collection has been a challenge to restore, as many negatives are smoke and heat damaged.

Over several years archivists and conservators have stabilized the collection, and in 2008/09 over 3500 images were given detailed descriptions. To help with this, workshops were held in partnership with the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute in the Gwich’in communities of Tsiigehtchic and Fort McPherson. Elders were invited to help identify people and places in the photographs. The results were exhibited in this 2010 exhibit.

James Jerome: Through a Gwich’in Lens