Fonds AM1692 - Max Baker fonds

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Max Baker fonds

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  • 1984-1990 (Creation)

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ca. 800 photographs

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Maxwell Victor Woolfrey Baker (Max Baker) was born in Botwood, Newfoundland on March 23, 1945. After graduating from Mount Alison University, he worked for the federal government at the Department of Indian Affairs, first in Ottawa and later in Vancouver. Baker passed away from complications due to AIDS on June 18, 1990.

Custodial history

The photograph albums were with Max Baker until his death in 1990, at which point they were then held by his friend, Gary Gilbertson. Gilbertson died in 1993. At some point, the albums were given to Jamie Lee Hamilton. Hamilton, a tenant and member of the Mole Hill Community Housing Society, organized an exhibition of the albums at the Society, titled “Remember When: A Pictorial Retrospective,” in September 2019. Hamilton passed away later that year and left the albums to the Society with the intention that they be donated to the Archives.

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Fonds consists of six photo albums depicting Baker’s personal life as a gay man living in the West End and many of his friends, as well as Pride festivals from the 1980s and other local events. Albums dating from 1990 include photographs apparently taken after Baker’s death and may have been added by another person, possibly Gary Gilbertson. Album pages include labels identifying events and people. Some album pages also have names of persons identified with sticky notes, which were applied by guests during the 2019 exhibition at the Mole Hill Community Housing Society. The fonds also includes two photographs of Max Baker provided to the Mole Hill Community Housing Society by Baker’s cousin.

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Donated by the Mole Hill Community Housing Society in 2020.


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Plastic album binders removed for preservation

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