R.A. Hemstock collection

An Inventory for: N-2013-021

NWT Archives
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Description

Fonds Title:
R.A. Hemstock collection

Accession Number:
N-2013-021

Title:
This accession consists of 4.2 cm textual records. Records consist of a copy of "The Canol Pictorial" by P.A. Harris (1944), correspondence sent by Russell Alexander (Alex) Hemstock to his parents and siblings during his time on the Canol Project between 1943-1945; a letter from Guy Blanchet dated March 1945 describing the routes between Norman Wells to the Canol pipeline; and two letters from Emily Keeley (Hemstock's wife) addressed to her parents from August 1945. This accession also includes six published academic works of Alex Hemstock, on the subject of permafrost and arctic conditions, produced between 1949-1978. While working for Imperial Oil in 1945, Alex Hemstock produced a report for Imperial Oil titled Operations on the No. 1 Canol Pipeline. His paper from this period is the only first-hand document on the operations of the Canol pipeline. A copy of this manuscript is in the PWNHC reference library. Mr. Hemstock was born in Hanna, Alberta in 1921. After gradutating from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Mining Engineering in 1943, Alex Hemstock began working for Imperial Oil on the Canol project in Norman Wells. In 1945 Alex Hemstock met Emily Keeley, who was also working in Norman Wells for Imperial Oil at the time. They were married soon after. As an employee of Imperial Oil, Alex Hemstock was tasked with doing an assessment of the CANOL infrastructure in 1944 when the project was shut down. Following his time on the Canol project, Alex Hemstock returned to the University of Alberta and obtained a MSc in Soil Mechanics in 1947, and continued to do work related to geology and environmental studies for the remainder of his life. He passed away in 2010 in Calgary, Alberta. These materials have been donated to the NWT Archives by his daughter, Betty Mayfield.

Access restrictions:
No access restrictions.

Copyright restrictions:
Possible copyright restrictions.

Date Range:
1942-1945

N-2013-021: 1-1
This file contains two pieces of correspondence regarding the Canol project. The first, dated March 9th, 1945 is authored by Guy Blanchet detailing the routes from Norman Wells to the pipeline. The second letter is addressed to R.A. Hemstock from Ralph M. Parsons of the Ralph M. Parsons Company, Los Angeles, California. The letter is an illicitation of engineering and contruction services in the event that Hemstock purchases the Canol refinery, pipeline, construction and automotive equipment. The letter details the extent to which the company was involved in the project in the past.
1945 - 1947


N-2013-021: 1-2
This file contains personal correspondence from Alex Hemstock addressed to his parents and siblings detailing his experiences and adventures during his tenure as an engineer for Imperial Oil stationed in Norman Wells on the Canol Project between May 1942 - August 1942. These letters were published by Hemstock's family in a book entitled Letters to Braeside Farm.
1942


N-2013-021: 1-3
This file contains personal correspondence from Alex Hemstock addressed to his parents and siblings detailing his experiences and adventures during his tenure as an engineer for Imperial Oil stationed in Norman Wells on the Canol Project between October 1942 - July 1943. These letters were published by Hemstock's family in a book entitled Letters to Braeside Farm.
1942 - 1943


N-2013-021: 1-4
This file contains personal correspondence from Alex Hemstock addressed to his parents and siblings detailing his experiences and adventures during his tenure as an engineer for Imperial Oil stationed in Norman Wells on the Canol Project between August 1943 - April 1944. These letters were published by Hemstock's family in a book entitled Letters to Braeside Farm.
1943 - 1944


N-2013-021: 1-5
This file contains personal correspondence from Alex Hemstock addressed to his parents and siblings detailing his experiences and adventures during his tenure as an engineer for Imperial Oil stationed in Norman Wells on the Canol Project between May 1944 - October 1944. These letters were published by Hemstock's family in a book entitled Letters to Braeside Farm.
1944


N-2013-021: 1-6
This file contains personal correspondence from Alex Hemstock addressed to his parents and siblings detailing his experiences and adventures during his tenure as an engineer for Imperial Oil stationed in Norman Wells on the Canol Project between January 1945 - July 1945. These letters were published by Hemstock's family in a book entitled Letters to Braeside Farm.
1945


N-2013-021: 1-7
This file contains personal correspondence from Emily Hemstock nee Keeley addressed to her parents dated August 1945, at which time she was employed by Imperial Oil as a secretary on the Canol project in Norman Wells. The letters detail her experiences and adventures at the camp.
1945


N-2013-021: 1-8
This file contains a bound copy of Alex Hemstock's report entitled Permafrost at Norman Wells, N.W.T. The report was generated during Hemstock's work with the Arctic Institute of North America in February 1949.
1949


N-2013-021: 1-9
This file contains a copy of The Canol Pictorial, authored and likely self-produced by P. A. Harris in 1944.
1942 - 1943


N-2013-021: 1-10
Academic Publications of R. A. Hemstock

This file contains six academic publications authored by R. A. Hemstock between 1951 - 1970. Titles are: Permafrost Problems in Oil Development in Northern Canada (1951), Engineering for the Petroleum Industry in the Arctic (1965), Industry and the Arctic Environment (1970), Arctic Engineering for the Petroleum Industry (1971), Engineering Challenges in the Arctic (no date), and Strength of Ice Covers (no date).
1942 - 1943