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Pre 1700

This series contains all items in the collection created prior to 1700.

1820—1829

This series contains all items in the collection created between 1820 and 1829.

Correspondence with Ryerson Press

Series includes business correspondence between Ryerson Press and Dorothy Livesay. Most letters are from various editors and managers regarding the publishing and publicity of Livesay's works. There are also copies of letters written by Livesay to various people at Ryerson Press. Correspondents include Lorne Pierce, Frank Flemington, Elsinore Haultain, Fred(?) Ellins, Enid Thornton, Earle Toppings, Campbell Hughes, George Truss, Georgeanna Hamilton, and Robin Farr. Correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Series also includes miscellaneous items such as newsclippings, postage receipts, royalty statements, review lists, and advertisements.

Ephemera

This series is composed of ephemeral items such as clippings, greetings cards, etc relating to members of the Frontiersmen operating out of, or relating to, Home Command, located in the United Kingdom.

Photographs

This series is composed of photographic items relating to members of the Frontiersmen operating out of, or relating to, Home Command, located in the United Kingdom.

Periodicals

This series is composed of periodicals, journals, and magazines published either by or relating to the Legion of Frontiersmen with relation to Home Command, located in the United Kingdom.

Photographs

This series is composed of photographic items relating to members of the Frontiersmen operating out of, or relating to, members in countries outside of the major areas of operation for the Legion.

Research Files

Alphabetically-arranged files on a range of topics pertaining to the Legion of Frontiersmen. Includes correspondence, historical summaries, photocopies of photographs and documents

Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from various associates. Letters describe a wide range of events and activities including managing trading posts, personal life, survey work, and specimen study. Most letters were written in locations across Canada and sent to Dr Bell at the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

Deadwood Dick Library

Series consists of 65 issues from the Deadwood Dick Library. A copy of issue #36 is held in this Dime Novel Collection; issues 1-64 are shelved separately in Bruce Peel Special Collections.

Publisher: M.J. Ivers, Arthur Westbrook

Date of First Issue/First in Collection (No. 1): Mar. 15, 1899
Date of Last Issue/Last in Collection (No. 64): May 30, 1900

Deadwood Dick is a weekly publication. The format is 5 x 8 inches, with 32 pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Pictorial covers are coloured. Stories are authored by Edward L. Wheeler. Consists primarily of frontier, western and detective stories. Deadwood Dick, an outlaw, is considered the quintessential dime novel hero. These stories were later reprinted several times due to popularity.

Beadle's Pocket Novels

Series consists of one Beadle's Pocket Novel.

Publisher: Beadle and Adams

Date of First Issue (No. 1): July 7, 1874
Date of Last Issue (No. 272): November 25, 1884

In collection (No. 191): October 18, 1881

The format is 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, with 100 pages. Novels cost 10 cents. Front wrapper has series name, title of novel, and a coloured illustration, surrounded by a plain tinted background--either blue, green, orange, or gray. All the books are reprints of various Beadle publications.

Fort Chipewyan Photographs and HBC Journal

The photographic archive comes from Louise Rourke’s working papers used to illustrate her book “Land of the Frozen Tide,” published in London, 1928. Photographs are mounted on paper, many with typed captions. Some are mocked up with borders and decoration, or are marked up to silhouette individuals. Various notations in ink and pencil appear on most items. Most photographs are of Fort Chipewyan, Lake Athabasca, and Fond-du-Lac, SK. There are many photographs of boats on Lake Athabasca. Of note are two photographs accompanied by newspaper clippings.

  • Photograph of John Hornby in front of a cabin. Photograph is accompanied by an undated newspaper clipping describing the tragic discovery of Mr. Hornby, dead by starvation.
  • Photograph of two men captioned as the "factor" and "Mr. Mercredi, local boatbuilder." Accompanied by photograph clipped from a 1996 newspaper, captioned “Assembly of First Nations chief Ovide Mercredi looks toward aboriginal Korean War veteran Leon Fontaine from Manitoba Monday in Ottawa.”

Also included is an unpublished Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post journal. Contains daily manuscript entries written by Louise Rourke's first husband, accountant Douglas Musgrave Rourke, who worked at Ft. Chipewyan. Entries are from between January 1, 1926 and January 7, 1927. The entries are preceded by a page of comments probably written by Louise Rourke. A carbon typescript biography of Louise Rourke and her second husband, Alwyn H.B. Dawson, is included as a loose sheet of paper.

Rourke, Louise

T. A. Patrick Letters & Correspondence

An archive of 52 interesting and significant letters by Thomas “Alf” Patrick and his wife Marion (1889-1904). Almost all letters come with their original stamped mailing envelopes (49 envelopes in total). 44 letters are by Thomas and 8 by Marion.
Most of the letters are handwritten and signed, ranging from a single page up to five pages, often closely written. 3 are typed and signed.
In the case of letters by Thomas Patrick, many of the letters to his wife are almost in diary form recording events as they happened [often mailed from Regina]. Some letters are written when Patrick was physically sitting in the Legislative Chambers waiting for events to unfold there. These are usually on embossed North West Territory Legislative stationery.
Three themes run through the archive:

  • Significant political matters and events surrounding the period when Patrick served in the North West Territories Legislature
  • Historical events on the Prairies
  • Issues relating to a lack of infrastructure and a changing societal and political landscape due to heavy immigration into the
    Prairies.
  • Life on the Prairies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • The close personal relationship and related family matters between two early pioneers in Saskatchewan
    Topics covered include: medical, legislative matters, Indians and half-breeds, railway events, life in Saltcoats and Regina, Saskatchewan, land investments, illnesses on the prairies, people (Clifford Sifton and Frederick Haultain) and related topics, immigration, Mennonites, Hungarians, Doukhobors, infrastructure, visiting patients, and much more.

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

Programs

Programs for community events, theatre productions, church dinners, and reunions. Held within the Prairie Ephemera Collection.

Old Broadbrim Weekly

Series consists of 12 issues from Old Broadbrim Weekly.

Publisher: Street and Smith, New York

Date of First Issue (No. 1): Oct. 4, 1902
Date of Last Issue (No. 51): Sept. 19, 1903

First in Collection (No. 9): Nov. 29, 1902
Last in Collection (No. 41): Jul. 11, 1903

Old Broadbrim Weekly is, predictably, a weekly publication. The format is 8 ½ x 11 inches, with 32 pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Pictorial covers are coloured. Consists of detective stories reprinted from the Old Cap. Collier Library with original names etc. changed to fit the new series, featuring a Quaker detective.

Old Cap. Collier Library

Series consists of 3 issues from the Old Cap. Collier Library.

Publisher: Norman L. Munro

Date of First Issue (No. 1): Apr. 9, 1883
Date of Last Issue (No. 822): Sept. 9, 1899

First in Collection (No. 694): Mar. 27, 1897
Last in Collection (No. 713): Aug. 7, 1897

The Old Cap. Collier Library follows an irregular publication schedule, including weekly. The novels' format changes frequently: 7 x 9 inches (nos. 1-330), 8 x 12 inches (nos. 331-394), with 32+ pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Cover art develops from buff or brick non-pictorial (1-330) to b/w pictorial covers (331-822). Series consists primarily of detective and mystery stories reprinted or written for this library. Beginning in 1898, issues contain reprinted serials (primarily school stories and comic stories from "Golden Hours"); the rights to many of these stories would later be purchased by Street and Smith in 1902 and used (with editorial changes) in some of their weeklies, including Nick Carter Weekly and Old Broadbrim Weekly.

New York Detective Library

Series consists of 3 issues from The New York Detective Library.

Publisher: Frank Tousey

Date of First Issue (No. 1): June 7, 1883
Date of Last Issue (No. 801, plus 2 unnumbered issues): Apr. 1, 1898

First in Collection (No. 318): Jan. 5, 1889
Last in Collection (No. 361): Nov. 2, 1889

The New York Detective Library is a weekly publication. The format is 9 x 12 ½ inches (nos. 157-801) with 32 pages. Issues cost 10 cents. Pictorial covers are b/w. Series consists primarily of detective and mystery stories.

Old Sleuth Library

Series consists of 3 issues from the Old Sleuth Library.

Publisher: George Munro

Date of First Issue (No. 1): Mar. 3, 1885
Date of Last Issue (No. 101): Mar. 3, 1905

First in Collection (No. 24): Feb. 22, 1886
Last in Collection (No. 33): Jan. 5, 1887

The Old Sleuth Library follows an irregular publication schedule, including bi-weekly, monthly and quarterly. The format is 8 x 12 inches, with 32-64 pages. Issues cost 10 cents (5 cents for later editions). Pictorial covers are b/w. Series contains detective stories written by Harlan Page Halsey under the pseudonym of Old Sleuth, but primarily features other detective characters besides Old Sleuth.

Parker Social Credit Papers

The donation of the family of Frank and Mary S. Parker, these scrapbook collections of newspaper articles, greeting cards, and photographs cover four (4) decades of Alberta political history, seen from inside the Social Credit party.

Irma Breadner Wartime Letters

All of the letters in this collection are addressed to Irma Breadner, employee of Don Stanton's General Store of Westlock, Alberta, from her friends and family. The letters span the years 1941 through 1948, but the bulk were sent in the years 1944 and 1945. Together the letters offer an intimate view of Wartime as it was experienced by Central Albertans. Breadner's correspondents include servicemen and women working overseas, her sister, Jean, building airplanes in Ontario, and many Albertan women getting their educations or helping their families with the harvest against the backdrop of the final years of the Second World War. The collection also includes cards, postcards, pay stubs and a church program.

Secret Service: Old and Young King Brady, Detectives

Series consists of 291 issues from Secret Service.

Publisher: Varies: Frank Tousey (nos. 1-1207), Harry E. Wolff (nos. 1208-1374)

Date of First Issue(No. 1): Jan. 27, 1899
Date of Last Issue(No. 1374): May 22, 1925

First in Collection (No. 58): Mar. 2, 1900
Last in Collection (No. 732): Jan. 31, 1913

Secret Service is a weekly publication. The format is 8 x 11 inches, with 32 pages. Issues cost 5 cents. Pictorial covers are coloured. All stories after issue no. 726 are reprints of earlier issues. Consists primarily of mystery and detective stories. With issue no. 442, short stories and serials appear following the title story; with issue no. 671 the phrase "And Other Stories" appears on the cover.

Photographs

This series is composed of photographic items relating to members of the Frontiersmen operating out of, or relating to, the Canadian Division.

Documents

This series is composed of the documentation related to, but not published by members of the Legion of Frontiersmen who were based out of the New Zealand Division.

Documents

This series is composed of the documentation related to, but not published by, members of the Legion of Frontiersmen who were based out of the Australian Division.

David McKnight and Wynne Francis: Correspondence Files

The records in this series document correspondence files maintained by both Wynne Francis, and David McKnight, often with writers, scholars, bibliographers, editors, and publishers regarding the history of little magazines and presses. The correspondence is incoming with some outgoing copies, and is arranged in chronological order within each folder.

The first two sub-series consist of Wynne Francis’ files and are organized as her chronological files (1961-1990), and files arranged alphabetically by subject. The third and fourth sub-series are David McKnight’s correspondence files, also organized by his chronological files (1989-2003) and correspondence files arranged alphabetically by subject. Many notable writers and scholars are consulted in these files, including well-known poets, authors and publishers. The series documents the extensive research and connectedness both Francis and McKnight had with the broader Canadian literary community.

Title based on contents of series.

Coach House Press Project and Archive

David McKnight writes that he began collecting books published by the Coach House Press, a Toronto, Ontario literary small press in 1972. As he further explains: “Coach House emerged as one of the leading venues dedicated to publishing Canada’s nascent literary avant-garde.” In the summer of 1996, McKnight signed a contract with National Archives and Library of Canada to curate and prepare a three-dimensional exhibit for the Coach House Press. The exhibit used papers held by the National Library (literary manuscripts), and some loaned material.

This series includes the files related to planning and setting up the exhibition (New Wave Canada Exhibition) for the National Library and Archives, as well as general archives related to the history of the Coach House Press.

Title based on contents of series.

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