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Bruce Peel Special Collections Roger Pocock Archive Subseries
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1.1 Scrapbooks and Diaries

Subseries document the travels, occupations, and interests of Pocock and consists of his scrapbooks and diaries. Pocock's scrapbooks contain journal entries, correspondent, sketches, photographs, clippings, among other things, which document his whereabouts and activities of a particular year. Hi diaries contain journal entries and appointments of a particular year. Scrapbooks primarily cover his time in North America from 1880 to 1913 and his travels to Northern Norway in 1920. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

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.

1.3 Miscellaneous

Subseries consists of records created by or about Pocock pertaining to his travels, publishing activities, occupations, and interests. It includes publishing contracts for several of his books, his certificate of discharge from the NWMP, and his resume while living in Hollywood. Subseries is arranged chronologically.

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.

2.3 Publications by Others

Subseries consists of biographies or obituaries about Pocock and publications from or about the Legion of Frontiersmen. Many of these publications were written after Pocock's death and were likely not a part of his personal items.

3.1 Portraits

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

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.

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.

3.4 Journey with Randle Cecil (1913)

Subseries documents the journey of Pocock and Randle Cecil. Randle Cecil (1889 - 1917) was son of Lord Rupert Ernest William Gascoyne-Cecil, Bishop of Exeter, and in early 1913 Lord Gascoyne-Cecil asked Pocock to act as a guide and chaperon to Randle during an exploration of the Pacific North-West. For the main part of their journey, they traveled mostly by horseback from Calgary, AB, to Red Bluff, CA, over the later half of 1913. Subseries contains photographs and postcards of the locations they visited, and perhaps intended to visit, as well as some people they met (mostly unidentified) along the way. It is arranged into roughly chronologically into three files: Images from unknown locations, Images from Alberta and British Columbia, and Images from Washington to California.

3.5 Images of the Canadian Prairies [ca. 1913]

Subseries consists of photographs of unidentified people and places on the Canadian Prairies. It is unclear when these photographs were taken but the majority may have been created around the time of Pocock and Cecil's 1913 journey as they were crossing the Canada by train from New York to Calgary. One photograph was likely taken around 1890 as the style of it matches those in Pocock's 1890 scrapbook. Subseries is arranged according the order that photographs were processed.

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

3.8 Semi-Retirement at Charterhouse [ca. 1931]

Subseries consists of a photograph and negatives that are likely of Pocock as a pensioner during his residence at Charterhouse in London, sometime around 1931. Subseries is arranged according to the order that records were processed.

3.9 Images likely from Calgary Stampede [193-?]

Subseries consists of photographs of Indigenous people, likely from the Nakoda (Stoney) or Niitsitapi/ Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot) Nations, and settlers taking part in parades and cultural exhibitions. Seems to be the Calgary Stampede though the year is unknown. Likely taken in sometime during Pocock's pensioner years in the 1930s. Subseries is arranged according to the order that photographs were processed.