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U.S. Air Force Weather Station, Padloping Island (Baffinland Inuit)

Catalog Data

Collection Photographer:
Buxton, Warren F., 1929-  Search this
32 slides (photographs)
43 Photographic Prints
24 slides (photographs) (glass)
Archival materials
Slides (photographs)
Photographic Prints
Scope and Contents:
Series 2: U.S. Air Force Weather Station, Padloping Island (Baffinland Inuit), 1949-1950, includes photographic prints and slides made by Buxton during his time stationed on Padloping Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. During this time, the United States Air Force ran a meteorological and radio range station with assistance from the Baffinland Inuit (Baffinland Eskimos) who populated the island as well as members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The majority of the photographs in this series include images of the Baffinland Inuit locals, both posed and taken during events. Events include--Christmas dinner and festivities; a dance held at the weather station; a walrus and seal hunt near Cape Searle on Baffin Island; and the flensing of a beluga whale on the dock of Padloping island. Many of the individuals have been named and identified by Buxton, though he admits the spellings may not be correct. The photographs that were taken in Pangnirton (Pangnirtung) were not shot by Buxton since he did not attend the side trip. There are also several photographs that include Buxton in the shot where the photographer is unknown.
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to For personal or classroom use, users are invited users to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not changed, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian.
Collection Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Warren Buxton photograph collection, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
NMAI.AC.104, Series 2
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Warren Buxton photograph collection
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian