Title and statement of responsibility area
Fur Trade Collection
General material designation
- Textual record
- Graphic material
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
1666 - 1871 (Creation)
Physical description area
12.5cm of textual records and graphic materials.
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Archival description area
Scope and content
This archival collection is composed of textual and graphic materials related to the Hudson's Bay Company, the fur trade in Canada, and early European settlement in Canada. The collection includes correspondence between high-ranking employees at Hudson's Bay Company fur trade posts, personal correspondence between settlers or Hudson's Bay Company employees and their families, and Hudson's Bay Company reports, proclamations, contracts, and others records. The involvement of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian fur trade is also described throughout this collection. With a few exceptions, most items within the collection were created during the early- to mid-1800s.
Immediate source of acquisition
Bruce Peel Special Collections purchased this collection from Aquila Books in December 2016. Before this, the composite materials of this collection originally belonged to Dr. Donald Thompson, a private collector who sold these and other materials to Aquila Books in 2005.
Records arrived at Bruce Peel Special Collections arranged into topical categories imposed by the previous custodian. Chronological order has been imposed on the collection to arrange items into series. Each series contains items created within a ten year time span, with the exception of two series: Pre 1700s and 1700—1749.
The items in this collection came to Bruce Peel Special Collections arranged into individual sleeves, each with its own number. These numbers correspond with descriptions created by the previous custodian and which are arranged in a binder. In some instances, an item's description is accompanied by a typed or handwritten transcript. The numbers assigned by the previous custodian have been included in a note for each item. Researchers can use these numbers to access applicable notes and transcripts in the binder. The plastic sleeves in which items were previously contained are now arranged so that each sleeve follows its respective item.
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
The collection is housed in Bruce Peel Special Collections, located in the Rutherford South building on the University of Alberta north campus in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Bruce Peel Special Collections is part of the University of Alberta Libraries.
Availability of other formats
Restrictions on access
The Fur Trade Collection is available to students, staff, and the general public for use within the library's supervised reading room upon presentation of valid photo identification (e.g., ONEcard, driver's license, passport, or citizenship card with photo).
All researchers (including students, faculty, visiting scholars, and members of the general public) must submit a Retrieval Request Form at least 24 hours before their visit to Bruce Peel Special Collections in order to be sure that library materials have been retrieved from storage and are available for their use.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Contact staff for guidance on reproduction.
Generated finding aid
This unit is considered closed. No further accruals are anticipated.
Subject access points
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Name access points
- Hudson's Bay Company (Subject)
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Dates of creation, revision and deletion
Finding aid created by Samantha Nugent (2018) and edited by Michaela Stang (2018).
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