My research lies in the history of photography in Canada c.1860-1940, with a particular interest in women's photographic practices and archives of women in photography.
Geographically, my work has focused on two regions: One is Quebec where the archives of the Notman Studio of Montreal, one of North America's largest and most successful studios and which employed many women are located, as are the archives of the Sisters of Charity of Quebec, which for many decades had its own photography studio in the convent in Quebec City.
The other region is Alberta, where women photographers, writers, and artists were abundant between the opening of the CPR to public travel in 1886 and the start of the Second World War. Photographs and graphics of women were also abundant during that time. The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff is especially notable for its vast archive of women's photographic work in the Rocky Mountains. Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography (University of Alberta Press, Mountain Cairns Series,l 2017) and This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada (University of Alberta, Press, Mountain Cairns Series, 2006; third printing 2016) draw on the wealth of materials located in public and private archives and collections in Banff, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Connecticut, and elsewhere.