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Pocock Diary (1881)

Pocock's diary for 1881. Though the diary is printed for the year of 1880, Pocock used it to record his activities and other events for 1881. On the first page is written, "My diary is that for 1881 and all dates must be altered for 1880." It consists of short, occasional handwritten entries; one tipped in document of Pocock's confirmation for 10 May 1881; one tipped in original sketch by Pocock of the Logan Rocks at Tintagel Castle, Land's End in England; and handwritten records of his finances. Recorded entries include specific personal events such as his confirmation and his uncle George's death; lectures he attended at the School of Submarine Telegraphy); activities; church attendance; visits; travel logs such as going to see his father in London; work schedule at shipyards; and jokes. He records his cash accounts at the back of the diary.

Pocock, Roger

Pocock Scrapbook (1882 - 1884)

Scrapbook consists of typewritten diary accounts for the years of 1882-1884. Cuttings and lithographs are either pasted or tipped in. Loose diary entries and letters are contained in envelopes, which are tipped in intermittently throughout the scrapbook.
Scrapbook contains:
Photographs of graves on C.P.R. construction; voyage across Atlantic in 1882; and Lake Superior.
Diary accounts of Pocock aboard the "Peruvian" for a cross-Atlantic passage (approximately 89 pages of loose, handwritten entries); "Narrative of occurrences from the date of my departure from England to the end of the year 1882" (typewritten, with sketches, clippings, and maps); "Narrative to replace diary of the year 1883 which was stolen at Prince Albert N.W.T. in 1886 (1887)" (handwritten, with imprint cuttings, map, and sketches); and "Narrative to replace diary stolen at Prince Albert in 1886, of the events of my life during the year 1884 (1887)" (handwritten, with interspersed imprint cuttings, letters, maps, and sketches).
Imprint cuttings of Alexandria; 1000 islands; R.H. Lindsay sketches of Quesbec; animals; Port Arthur architecture; Lake Winnipeg; and the North-West (Red River to Hudson's Bay).
Sketches of Ontario and Quebec ("Sketches made from 'Picturesque Canada' during my convalescence in Prince Albert N.W.T. at the time of the Rebellion - Spring 1885").
Letters to father and mother.

Pocock, Roger

Pocock Scrapbook (1885)

Pocock's 1885 scrapbook contains approximately 70 pages, with entries (many dated) in a very legible hand, numerous tipped-in and loosely inserted original drawings, autograph letters, illustrations, and clippings. A few leaves have clippings pasted over manuscript entries.

It is bound in quarter maroon leather and marbled boards, with paper label on the cover (labeled "1885"). A bookplate states "Be Traist" ("Be Faithful", the crest of the Innes Clan).

Entries record important events, which were either personally experienced or gathered first-hand from those directly involved. Shortly after his entry into the N.W.M.P., Pocock was immersed in the official response to the uprisings known as the North West Rebellion of 1885. His 1885 scrapbook conveys the activities related to the military operations, as he had access to direct information. He also records valuable observations of his life as a N.W.M.P. officer. He compiled a list of duty-related statistics (kit prices, N.W.M.P. personnel statistics, expenses, deaths, distance, and important dates with incidents noted), and transcriptions from other sources (including Riel's personal diary). The scrapbook is illustrated with his own pencil and ink sketches and drawings. Included are letters written to his family telling of his experiences with the N.W.M.P. and events relative to the North West uprising, some illustrated with drawings and maps, apparently retrieved for inclusion in the diary books which were to become the source for his planned autobiography. Interspersed throughout the scrapbooks are short stories, poems, and other jottings. Notably this scrapbook contains an early and very faded photograph of Big Bear.

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (16 December 1884)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his mother in Ontario. He asks for photographs to be sent from home, with a promise to send some of himself to his family too. He talks about the upcoming Christmas Day plans, his general contentment with his life at the NWMP post, and describes in some detail the task of being on guard duty; a small sketch of the guard room, prison and court is included with the letter.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: supplies list

A handwritten listing of supplies including food and non-food items written on one side of a lined and folded sheet of paper; on verso a line of writing and two numerical figures. The supplies list was possibly created for a NWMP journey/expedition.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (1 March 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his father in Ontario. Roger talks about how he is out of the Quartermaster's Store, and describes his current duties of stable work and prison guarding, etc. He discusses rumors about Riel and a potential rebellion, promising to write more as he learns further details.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: John George Donkin quote and letter fragment

On one side is a handwritten extract from a book written by John George Donkin: "Trooper and Redskin in the North-West, Recollections of life in the North-West Police, Canada 1884-1888" likely describing Roger Pocock's experience with his frostbitten feet. On verso is one page of a crossed through letter, probably sent to Roger Pocock, but re-used for writing the quotation described above.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1886 scrapbook: letter to sister Ethel (30 March 1886)

A handwritten letter from R.P. to his sister Ethel. Roger talks about a memorial service being held in honour of the anniversary of the Duck Lake Fight as well as a sermon held on the anniversary of the 'panic'. Roger talks of the mail he received, including a revolver; he then goes on to describe the revolver and includes a sketch of it. He also discusses the watercolour paintings he has been working on. Lastly he talks of a new order from his commanding officer that "any man found wearing any article of civilian clothing" has to pay a fine of two dollars. Roger implies that this will lead to a mutiny if enforced.

Loose item from 1886 scrapbook: letter to parents (1886)

A letter from Pocock to parents. The first part of letter missing as there is no greeting or date and the text starts with an incomplete sentence. Pocock writes about a forthcoming dance, how he has helped to prepare for it, and who has been invited to attend. He also talks about the fees associated with retrieving a gift from the post office in Prince Albert.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1886 scrapbook: letter to mother (February 1886)

Letter from Pocock to his mother dated February 1886. He writes about a party from Regina of new recruits to be added to their troop and about the improvements he has been doing to the camp's recreation room. He also goes over his debts and how his troop bands together to help someone in debt through a raffle system. He closes the letter by writing about the weather in January, the average, high, and low temperatures.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1886 scrapbook: letter to mother (17 August 1886)

Letter from Pocock to his mother dated 17 August 1886. Pocock anticipates that he will go with a party of about 30 men to Battleford on 25 August 1886. Pocock describes four men from Montana who were falsely arrested and have been staying in their camp. He ends the letter with a description and sketches of 'Mexican type' spurs.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1886 scrapbook: letter to mother (June 1886)

Letter from Pocock to his mother dated June 1886. Pocock writes of his improved confidence in writing and of the stories and essays he is planning to write. Pocock then writes about how the sunset and sunrise differ between the seasons and describes the summer night sky 'light show' he recently witnessed and provides a sketch of the scenery. Pocock had gone on a long drive with a friend and describes their journey and sketches the wagon they rode on. He ends the letter by discrediting recent reports published in The Globe of the North West.

Pocock, Roger

Pocock Scrapbook (1888)

Pocock's 1888 scrapbook consists of textual and graphic material related his travels in British Columbia and Alaska.

Scrapbook contains:
Photographs of small portraits of unnamed people, wildlife, and scenes of British Columbia and Alaska.
Clippings of reviews of his book, "Tales of Western Life", articles about Alaska, articles about Pocock's travels and visits with Indigenous people, published critiques on his writing, a published editorial on Pocock's condemnation of how Indigenous people are being treated by the government, jokes and humourous stories, and current events.
Sketches and paintings of scenes in British Columbia and Alaska, totems, and Indigenous people.
Diary entries for the year 1888.
Letters to his father, his sister, Ethel, and from various people (such as lawyers and character references for Pocock).
Maps of British Columbia.
Typewritten manuscript copies of Pocock's stories "A Modern Pirate: The Story of an Adventure in Behring Sea" (35 pages) and "Seventh Watch: The Yokohama Pirates" (28 pages).

Pocock, Roger

Pocock Diary (1913)

Pocock's 1913 diary containing mostly brief notes and entries of his activities, meetings, and travels with Randle Ceceil.

Diary contains:
Receipt from Calgary Sales Repository for two horses (one sorrel gelding and one buckskin gelding), dated 20 June 1913.
Instructions of what to do with diary in case of accident to Pocock.
Clipping of review for Pocock's novel "The Cheerful Blackguard".
Diary entries from 13 May 1913 to 24 December 1913 about his activities, meetings, and travels with Randle Cecil through British Columbia.
Lists of food, dinnerware, and other goods.

Pocock, Roger

Pocock Diary (1921, Vol. 2)

Pocock's 1921, Vol. 2, scrapbook mostly consisting of notes and diary entries taken during an expedition to Spitzbergen, Norway, with Oxford University. Many entries are undated.

Scrapbook contains:
Map of Spitzbergen.
Letters about the Expedition to Spitzbergen.
Descriptions of various fish from the region.
Observations of Norway, including geological features, climate, and cultural practices.
Diary entries covering his expedition to Spitzbergen with Oxford University and various other topics. Entries are inconsistently dated; Pocock seems to be recording various memories.
Sketches of geological features to supplement written descriptions.

Pocock, Roger

1.2 Correspondence

Subseries contains letters from Pocock or to him from various people. Primarily consists of letters between Pocock and Harwood Steele. Also includes letter from his sister Hilda Pocock to Flora Steele regarding Pocock's funeral. Subseries is arranged by correspondent chronologically.

Map of Washington State (1913)

A map of Washington published by Rand-McNally in 1913. There are handwritten notes in Pocock's hand about distances between various landmarks.

Continuous Discharge Certificate (1919)

A continuous certificate of discharge of Pocock for the British fishing trade. It was issued on 14 July 1919 and Pocock's last discharge was on 15 September 1919.

Photograph of RCMP officer and woman

Photograph of an RCMP office and a woman embracing each other over a fence. Appears to be a still from an unidentified film. Writing on reverse reads "The Royal Mounted Police "From information received".

2.1 Books by Pocock

Subseries consists of books written by Pocock. Only one book, Curly, is confirmed to be from Pocock's personal collection. Subseries is arranged chronologically.

3.1 Portraits

Subseries consists of portrait photographs of Pocock and other family members. It is arranged chronologically.

Portrait of unidentified man [1907 - 1929]

Postcard of an unidentified man sitting in an ornate chair. Writing on reverse reads "Vincent-Mitchell Studios; 1022 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa.; 111 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, Md."

3.2 Images of British Columbia ([1890] - 1895)

Subseries contains photographs and a lithograph of British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains, though locations of photographs are largely unidentified . Photographs were likely either taken or collected by Pocock during his travels through British Columbia. Subseries is arranged according to the order that photographs were processed.

Photograph of miners near Lardeau, BC

Photograph of six unidentified men with mining tools in front of A-frame tents near Lardeau on Kootenay Lake, BC. Writing on reverse reads "Popler Cr; Gold Rush; Lardo; Kootenay L".

Photograph of log jam

Photograph of a log jam over a cliff side. Writing on reverse reads "180 000 [lies?], 140,000 logs, 1/2 mile long, 60 ft high".

Pocock, Roger

3.3 Journey from Fort Macleod to Mexico City (1899 - 1900)

Subseries consists of photographs and a typewritten passage related to Pocock's journey from Fort Macleod, AB, to Mexico City. He set forth from Fort MacLeod on 28 June 1899 and arrived in Mexico City 21 January 1900. Photographs were likely collected by Pocock during his travels. Subseries is arranged chronologically according to order of location visited.

Portrait of Pocock in buckskin coat

Portrait of Pocock wearing a fringed buckskin coat. Writing on reverse reads "Cookham Monument" and text reads "Roger Pocock, photographed about 1900".

Images from Alberta and British Columbia

Files contains images of locations in Alberta and British Columbia from Pocock and Cecil's journey in 1913. Places are identified on the postcards and photographs either by Pocock's handwriting or by printed description. File is arranged chronologically according to order of location visited.

Postcard of Peace River Valley, AB

Postcard of a scenic view of Peace River Valley. Caption on front reads "Scene at dawn. Peace River Valley" and text on reverse reads "Series No. 138. "Copyright" The H. Enida Olive Co'y Ltd Calgary Canada". It is improbable that Pocock and Cecil ever visited Ft. Vermilion and this was likely purchased while in Calgary.

Photograph of three cowboys

Photograph of three unidentified men on horseback with herd of cows in background. Writing on reverse reads "Cowboys. The Canadian range."

Photograph overlooking unidentified prairie town

Photograph overlooking an unidentified town on the Canadian Prairies from the railway tracks. Notable in the photo are a Canadian Pacific Railway Colonization Office and an advertisement for the C.P.R. Irrigation Canal east of Calgary. Writing on reverse reads "a prairie town".

3.6 Journey to Spitzbergen (1921)

Subseries consists of photographs from Pocock's expedition with Oxford University to Spitzbergen, an island in northern Norway. This expedition took place in 1921 and is documented in Pocock's 1921 diaries. Subseries is arranged according to the order that photographs were processed.

Pocock, Roger

Photograph of schooner v.1

Photograph of an unidentified schooner. Likely the Terningen, the boat used for the Spitzbergen Expedition.

Pocock, Roger

Photograph of Magdalena Bay

Photograph of the snowy, mountainous shoreline of Magdalena Bay and the schooner Terningen taken from the shore. The schooner. Location and ship identified from Pocock's book A Chorus to Adventurers (1931, p. 242).

Pocock, Roger

Envelope of negatives (1931)

An envelope containing 5 photographic negatives of images used in Pocock's book Chorus to Adventuresr. Writing on the front of envelope reads "1 Frontispiece - the Commissioner ; 1 copy - 3 prints about same size ; 2 Opposite page 27 - Letter Lord Kitchener ; 1 copy - 3 prints same size as in book". Writing on reverse reads "3 Opposite page 232 - Skull of sea serpent ; 1 copy - 3 prints same size ; 4 Opposite page 264 - ; SV- Frontiersman ; Captain Malins + Captain Macmillan ; copy of each also 3 prints ; of each same size as in book".

Photograph of seven teepees

Photograph of seven teepees from the Nakoda (Stoney) Nation. Writing on reverse reads "Indian Village; Stoney Indian tribe".

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: NWMP notebook

A small string-tied, 15-page notebook with Roger's named stamped on the front cover and N.W.M.P. written in ink on the cover. The inside pages include handwritten notes and statistics compiled by Pocock about kit prices; Troop Depot Divisions and expenses; discharge statistics; pay rates; rations; ranks; death statistics and other short notes related to events from 1883-1885 involving the NWMP. Included in the booklet is a clipping detailing trail distances in Western Canada.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (25 December 1884)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his mother in Ontario. Roger describes his Christmas day, and goes on to discuss in detail his activities, books he is reading, names of the officers at the Post, and comments on the family pictures he was sent, etc.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (1 August 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock at Prince Albert to his father in Ontario. In the letter, Roger talks about the study of the bible as a scientific exercise, discusses the Egyptian pyramids, and talks about his lack of desire to settle down. The last part of the letter appears to be missing.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (14 October 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocok in [Prince Albert] to his mother in Ontario. Roger writes about new NWMP recruits, and changes of command within the NWMP. The letter is written in two parts, and the second part of the letter is dated 15 September, but may have actually been written 15 October. Roger talks about his inability, for a variety of reasons, to come home to Ontario to be nursed for the winter. He also describes some of the crime in the community and problems with some of the members of the Force.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (20 October 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Prince Albert to his mother in Ontario. Roger describes the winter quarters the NWMP are moving to, including a different building used as their hospital. Roger also discusses clothing he has purchased, his pay, the NWMP Post lay-out, and native customs and clothing. The last part of the letter is missing.

Pocock, Roger

Pocock Scrapbook (1886)

Pocock's 1886 scrapbook contains handwritten entries (many dated), numerous tipped and pasted in original sketches and paintings, autograph letters, and clippings. A few pages have clippings pasted over diary entries.
It is bound in quarter brown leather and marbled boards, with paper label on the cover (labeled "1886" in picture-like font). A bookplate states "Be Traist" ("Be Faithful", the crest of the Innes Clan).

Scrapbook contains:
Diary entries of important events, which were either personally experienced by Pocock or gathered first-hand from those directly involved.
Sketches and watercolour paintings of people, NWMP personnel, and scenes of life in camps and forts.
Letters to his mother, father, and sisters.
Imprint cuttings of various barracks and forts located on the Canadian Prairies, prairie wildlife and scenery, events, cities and towns on the Canadian Prairies, Indigenous people, scenes of ranching and hunting.
Handwritten entries of poetry and short stories, costs of goods, and pay rates of the different ranks within the NWMP.
Hand-drawn map of a section of the North Saskatchewan by Goshen (now Prince Albert), Saskatchewan.
Newspaper clippings related to the prairies and NWMP, and of anecdotes and jokes.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1886 scrapbook: images and note

2 images and 1 note:
-1 image is a newspaper imprint titled "A Manitoba Farm." (6.1 x 10.2 cm)
-1 image is an original pencil sketch titled "A Kootenay Tepee" with the artist's initials "E.H.W." (14.5 x 11.5 cm)
-Note is about the time and place of an accident. There is no description of what the accident was. (3.7 x 7.9 cm)

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