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John Frederic Herbin

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John Frederic Herbin was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia on 8 February 1860. He graduated in 1890 with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduation, Herbin remained in Wolfville and established his own jewelry business, J. F. Herbin, Jeweller and Optician.

Herbin was very interested in the culture and history of the Acadian people (his mother was an Acadian). He purchased the dykeland from which the local Acadians had been deported. Eventually the Dominion Atlantic Railway and a group of descendents of the Acadians helped Herbin develop the site into "Evangeline Park". In time the park was designated as the Grand Pré National Historic Site.

Herbin wrote and published throughout his life and was the author of many books and articles, both fiction and historical, including The Evangeline Country, an introduction to an edition of Longfellow's Evangeline; Grand Pre: a Sketch of the Acadian Occupation of the Shores of the Basin of Minas; History of Grand Pre; The Heir of Grand Pre; The Marshlands; Jen of the Marshes; and a collection of poetry entitled Canada and other Poems.

The records that have been digitized are examples of his writing style and his notes about dykes and marshes in the local area.
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John Frederic Herbin

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Dates: 1849 to 1990 (year approximate)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin, Archival Catalogue
Description: Finding aid for the John Frederic Herbin fonds.
Type: finding aid

"Pat" and me

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows John Robert Herbin and his dog Pat on a country dirt road.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/22
Type: photograph

Angela Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph is a formal studio portrait.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/15
Type: photograph

Angela Herbin

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Dates: 1920
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph is a formal Acadia graduation portrait.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/14
Type: photograph

Angela, Bob, Fred and Felice Herbin

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Dates: 1915 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of Angela, Bob, Fred and Felice Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/17
Type: photograph

Angela, Felice, and Fred Herbin

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Dates: 1910 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of Angela, Felice, and Fred Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/14
Type: photograph

Bonaventure Robicheau

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Dates: 1990 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: This is a reproduction of a [18-? photograph?] of Herbin's maternal grandfather.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/31
Type: photograph

Dr. George Dearborn, Louis Lane with toddler, J.F. Herbin

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Dates: 1901
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of Dr. George Dearborn, Louis Lane with toddler, J.F. Herbin. According to an annotation, verso, this photograph was taken at Partridge Island, 8 am, before breakfast in September.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/11
Type: photograph

Essay - Kentville

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: An essay entitled "Kentville," written by J.F. Herbin regarding the settlement of Kentville, Wolfville, Canning, Port Williams, Gaspereau, Hortonville and Grand Pre.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/6/2/9
Creator: Herbin, J.F.
Type: textual record

Evangeline, Grand Pre, NS

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Dates: unspecified decade in 19XX
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Postcard depicts the statue of Evangeline.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/34
Type: postcard

Felice and John Robert Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows Felice and John Robert dressed formally, standing in front of a house. Felice is holding a large bouquet of flowers
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/19
Type: photograph

Felice Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows Felice dressed formally, holding a large bouquet of flowers, standing in front of a house.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/18
Type: photograph

Felice Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph is a formal studio portrait.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/16
Type: photograph

Felice, Angela and Frederic George Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph is a formal portrait of the Herbin children.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/13
Type: photograph

Frederic George Herbin

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Dates: 1927
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: This photograph is cropped and enlarged from 1996.002-HER/11/21.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/22
Type: photograph

Group of Mormons, Manassa, Colorado

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Dates: 1883
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of a group of Mormons in Manassa, Colorado.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/2
Creator: Collier, J.
Type: photograph

Herbin Cross, Grand Pre, NS

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Dates: unspecified decade in 19XX
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of the Herbin Cross, Grand Pre, NS.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/33
Type: postcard

Herbin family

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Dates: 1934
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows the Herbin and Kitchen families in wedding dress, standing in front of a church in Fredericton, NB. From left: Fred Herbin [groom's brother], Nancy Kitchen [bride's sister], minister, John Robert Herbin [groom], Gwendolyn Kitchen [bride], unknown Kitchen [cousin], Dow Kitchen [bride's brother], Molly Burtt [cousin]
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/21
Type: photograph

Herbin family

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows Herbin family seated in front of a rocky/grassy cliff. From left: Angela, Minnie, Fred, John Robert, John Frederic, Felice.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/17
Type: photograph

Herbin Family

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Dates: 1910 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of the Herbin family.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/15
Type: photograph

Herbin family

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows Herbin family standing in front of a house. From left: Felice, Fred, Minnie, John Robert, Angela.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/20
Type: photograph

Herbin's Jewellery

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Dates: 1980 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph appears to be documenting renovations that took place to the exterior of Herbin's store, Main St., Wolfville, NS.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/28_C
Type: photograph

Herbin's Jewellery

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Dates: 1980 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph appears to be documenting renovations that took place to the exterior of Herbin's store, Main St., Wolfville, NS.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/28_A
Type: photograph

Herbin's Jewellery

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Dates: 1980 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph appears to be documenting renovations that took place to the exterior of Herbin's store, Main St., Wolfville, NS.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/28_B
Type: photograph

Herbin's Jewellery

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Dates: 1980 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph appears to be documenting renovations that took place to the exterior of Herbin's store, Main St., Wolfville, NS.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/28_D
Type: photograph

Horton Township Grantees

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: A list of the proprietors of real estate, allotted in the first, second and third division of the Horton Township before 1760. List includes first and last names and allotment number.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/7/2
Type: textual record

J. Robert (Bob) Herbin

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Dates: 1915 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of J. Robert (Bob) Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/18
Type: photograph

J. Robert (Bob) Herbin

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Dates: 1915 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of J. Robert (Bob) Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/19
Type: photograph

J.F. and Angela Herbin

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Dates: 1900 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of J.F. and Angela Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/10
Type: photograph

J.F. and Minnie Herbin

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Dates: 1920 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: These matching photographs are contained in a leather presentation case.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/20
Type: photograph

J.F. and Minnie Herbin

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Dates: 1897
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of J.F and Minnie Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/7
Creator: Lewis Rice and Co., Wolfville, NS
Type: photograph

J.F. and Minnie Herbin

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Dates: 1900 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of John Frederic reading and Minnie lying in a hammock, in their library.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/9
Type: photograph

J.F. Herbin

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Dates: 1890 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of J.F. Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/3
Creator: Gauvin & Gentzel, Halifax, NS
Type: photograph

J.F. Herbin in front of jewellry store

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Dates: 1895 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Includes two unidentified men. Photograph was perhaps taken at same time as 1996.002-HER/11/6. This does not appear to be the same store that appears in 1996.002-HER/11/16.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/5
Type: photograph

J.F. Herbin store

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Dates: 1910 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of Herbin standing in front of his jewelry store, Main St., Wolfville, NS. Photographs include unidentified man with bicycle. This does not appear to be the same store that appears in 1996.002-HER/11/5 and 1996.002-HER/11/6.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/16
Type: photograph

J.F. Herbin store

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Dates: 1895 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Includes a crowd of unidentified men and children. Photograph was perhaps taken at same time as 1996.002-HER/11/5. This does not appear to be the same store that appears in 1996.002-HER/11/16.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/6
Type: photograph

J.F. Herbin, graduation

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Dates: 1890
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Herbin in academic robes, taken at the time of his graduation from Acadia University.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/4
Type: photograph

J.F., Angela, and Felice Herbin

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Dates: 1902 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of J.F., Angela, and Felice Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/12
Type: photograph

James and Harriet Simson

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Dates: 1900 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of James and Harriet Simson. The Simsons were the parents of Minnie Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/8
Creator: Gauvin & Gentzel, Halifax, NS
Type: photograph

Joan, Felice and Jack Herbin with baby in carriage

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Dates: 1940 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Grandchildren of J. F. and Minnie.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/23
Type: photograph

John (Jack) Herbin

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Dates: 1980 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph was taken in the Herbin's jewelry store, Main St., Wolfville, NS.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/25
Type: photograph

John (Jack) Herbin

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Dates: 1970 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph was taken in the Herbin's jewelry store, Main St., Wolfville, NS.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/24
Creator: Wilson, Jeff
Type: photograph

John (Jack) Herbin and his wife

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Dates: 1990 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph was taken in the Herbin jewelry store, Main St., Wolfville, NS.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/30
Type: photograph

John (Jack) Herbin in front of his store

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Dates: 1980 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of John (Jack) Herbin in front of his store.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/26
Type: photograph

John Frederic Herbin

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Dates: 1910 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of John Frederic Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/13
Creator: Graham, Edson
Type: photograph

John Frederic Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows John Frederic Herbin standing with an unidentified man.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/12
Type: photograph

John Frederic Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph is a formal studio portrait and shows John Fredrick Herbin seated.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/10
Type: photograph

John Robert Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows John Robert Herbin sitting on a bench.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/24
Type: photograph

John Robert Herbin

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Dates: 1928
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows John Robert Herbin standing by the Evangeline Well at the Grand Pre site. Herbin was a tour guide there during the summer between university semesters.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/23
Type: photograph

John Robert Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows John Robert Herbin sitting in his office.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/26
Type: photograph

John Robert Herbin

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph shows John Robert Herbin standing in front of a fence and house.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/25
Type: photograph

Journal

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Dates: 1891 to 1892
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: A journal started by J.F. Herbin on February 1, 1891. Contains descriptions of Acadian village and orchard at Upper Dyke Village, Wellington Dyke, Side Dykes, Middle Dyke and Upper Dyke, as well as information and stories about the Acadians.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/8
Creator: Herbin, J.F.
Type: textual record

List of dykes and acres in Kings County

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: A list of dykes in Kings County region that benefit from an aboiteau. List includes the name of the dyke and amount of acres the dyke encompasses.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/6/7
Type: textual record

Main Street, Wolfville, NS

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: The postcard was published by J. F. Herbin and his store is depicted in the streetscape.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/35
Type: postcard

Margaret Osithe Robicheau

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Dates: 1990 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: This is a reproduction of a [18-? photograph?] of Herbin's maternal grandmother.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/32
Type: photograph

Marie Herbin and son J.F. Herbin

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Dates: 1861 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of Marie Herbin and son J.F. Herbin.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/1
Creator: Collier, J.
Type: photograph

Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Herbin

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Dates: 1927
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photo is of J. F. and Minnie's son, Frederic George, and his wife.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/21
Type: photograph

Mys8tic reunion booklet

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Dates: 1906
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Mys8tic reunion.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/2
Type: textual record

Mystic 8

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Dates: 1881
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph is a formal studio portrait and shows a group of eight men, some seated, some standing. J.F. Herbin is on the bottom left.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/11
Type: photograph

Mystic Eight reunion booklet

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Dates: 1921
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Mystic Eight Mutual Improvement and Athletic Club reunion.
Accession Number: 2015.015-HER/3
Type: textual record

Notes on Cornwallis aboiteau

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Notes on the acres, monetary value and benefits of and interests in the aboiteau across the Cornwallis River.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/6/7
Type: textual record

Peter Herbin

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Dates: 1980 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph was taken in the Herbin's jewelry store, Main St., Wolfville, NS.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/27
Type: photograph

Photo Album

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Album contains images taken by A.L. Hardy of Grand Pre before the historic site, Hortonville, Acadian artefacts, the Grand Pre area, Gaspereau Valley area, Cape Blomidon, and Port Williams. Album has been kept in original format. 22 images and prints.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/38
Type: album

Post Office, Wolfville, NS

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Dates: unspecified decade in 19XX
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Photograph of the Wolfville, N.S. Post Office.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/36
Type: postcard

The City of Horton

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: An essay entitled "The City of Horton," written by J.F. Herbin regarding Horton's first town plans, divisions and lots. A list of names of lot owners in the first through to the sixth divisions is included.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/6/2/8
Creator: Herbin, J.F.
Type: textual record

The Wickwire Dyke

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Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: A notebook containing the information on dyke construction and the proprietors of the West Marsh, otherwise known as the Wickwire Dyke. Notes include a list of proprietors, lot numbers and total acreage owned. Descriptions of the process of building the dyke, and the people involved, are also included.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11
Type: textual record

Wilfred Herbin and wife and Jack

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Dates: 1985 (year uncertain)
Collection: John Frederic Herbin
Description: Wilfred's wife may be Gail. Their relationship to the Wolfville Herbins has not been determined, but Wilfred may be a son of one of J.F's brothers.
Accession Number: 1996.002-HER/11/29
Type: photograph