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Roger Pocock Archive British Columbia, Canada
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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.

3.4 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.

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.

Images from unknown locations

Files contains images of unknown locations from Pocock and Cecil's journey. Most are likely places in British Columbia. File is arranged according to the order in which records were processed.

Negatives and order envelope

Negatives of a various scenes including man standing in front of a canvas tent in a forested area, Randle Cecil at a picnic, men in front of a log cabin, and man sitting between trees. Two negatives and photographic prints in this series. The envelope is from the Photographic Centre of the Associated Screen News Limited in Montreal. Writing on it reads "Mail prints only; Miss Violette Freeman; [Churchwent?]; Bromeswell Heath; Woodbridge; Surrey, England"; "charge & hold [negs?] for Col. H.R.F. Steele; 456 [Pine?]"; and "OGOPOGO / Picutres".

Notes written on Tulameen Hotel letterhead [1888]

Travel notes written on piece of paper with the Tulameen Hotel letterhead, undated. This was a hotel in Princeton, BC. The notes are about travel details going from Princeton to Hope, BC. Denotes distances between various landmarks and where 'feed' can be found. It is unclear if these were notes on a planned journey or from a completed journey.

Pocock, Roger

Photograph of man holding trophy bears

Photograph of man holding a trophy bear by the snout with a smaller bear lying at the feet of the first bear. Writing on reverse reads "[Mr?] Silvertip + [Miss] Silvertip".

Pocock, Roger

Photograph of man in Selkirk Mountains, BC

Photograph of an unknown man standing in the foreground of a forested, mountainous terrain. There is a log cabin on the left side of the photo. Writing on reverse reads "The trapper at Earl Grey's cabins; Toby Creek; Selkirks. Looking up Wells Pass".

Photograph of the steamer Klahowya

Photograph of the sternwheel steamer, Klahowya, at a dock. Writing on reverse reads "Steamer; [legging me not to short?]; head of Colombia R. (River)".

Pocock, Roger

Photograph of two men in hunting gear

Photograph of two unidentified men dressed in hunting gear. One of them holds a rifle. There is a dog sitting in front of them. Writing on reverse reads "no 10; British Columbians in shooting kit".

Pocock, Roger

Pocock Scrapbook (1887 - 1888)

Pocock's 1887-1888 scrapbook consists of approximately 71 sheets of handwritten entries, cuttings of articles and imprints either pasted or tipped in, and letters kept loosely between pages.

Scrapbook contains:
Diary entries for the years 1887-1888
Handwritten financial records.
Notifications of his publication "Tales of Western Life".
Sketches of buildings and paintings of "Day After the Fire - June 14th,1886" (artist not credited).
Letters to his father (handwritten and typewritten), Frank, and his sister, Daisy.
Manuscript copy of "The Tale of a Tenderfoot".
Imprint cuttings of ranching, scenery, landscapes and towns of British Columbia, RCMP, trains and train stations, Calgary, wildlife, and Indigenous people.
Article clippings of jokes, religious editorials, and articles about his injury of breaking his arm.
Maps of British Columbia.

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.
Receipts.
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 Scrapbook (1890)

Pocock's 1890 scrapbook consists mostly of large photographs and imprint cuttings of British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains.
Scrapbook contains:
Imprint cuttings of scenes of B.C. and the Rocky Mountains.
Photographs of Kicking Horse Pass, Rodger's Pass, mountain scenes, Indigenous people, scenes of Bella Coola, Victoria, portraits (most unidentified), Lizzie Denny, two women convocating in caps and gowns, people and scenes of Port Essington, scenes of Skeena River, Fraser River First Nations, and scenes of Fraser River.

Pocock, Roger

Pocock Scrapbook (1890 - 1891)

Pocock's [1890-1891] scrapbook consists of approximately 163 sheets of newspaper clippings, handwritten entries, sketches, and photographs.
Scrapbook contains:
Sketches of a dugout canoe, Coeur d'Alene camp, Astoria, Kootenay area, Columbia River, Mt. Ranier, B.C. interior (Douglas Lake trail), Nelson Lake, and colour paintings of the [Kootenay Mines?].
Imprint cuttings of Nanaimo, Fort Victoria, the Columbia River, Kootenay area, Fort Astoria, wildlife, the "Duchess" on the Columbia River, Shuswap area, cartoons, Nelson and area, No. 2 Kodak camera, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho area, Oregon, Columbia River, Montana area, San Francisco, Grand River, and Colorado area.
Clippings of published articles and stories written by Pocock including "Jack's Hearth", "The Muir Glacier", "Historical Notes", "The Streamer Beaver", "Discovery of Gold in B.C.", "A Kootenay Scheme", "In a Mining Camp (Oregon)" that includes sketches, various letters to the editor, and poems "The Gold Miner" and "The Lumberman". Other clippings includes articles from the Victoria newspaper, the need for advertising B.C., and articles about the Kootenay area, particularly the mines.
Postcards (loose) of the Grand Trunk Pacific track along the Skeena River, scenes at Hazelton, B.C., and mail teams (dog sled) at Skeena River during construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.
Letters from Pocock to his father, and his sisters, Rose and Daisy, and a letter to Pocock from J.A. MacPherson of Boston, MA.
Diary entries including accounts of his travels in Kootenay, Idaho, and Oregon.
Published maps of Nelson, B.C., "Map to Accompany Report of Supt. S.B. Steele Commanding the Detachment of Mounted Police in British Columbia", and Idaho
Hand-drawn map of Wallace, ID.
Notice of mining claim stake (July 1890).
Pamphlet about Columbia.

Pocock, Roger

Postcard of dogsled in winter along Skeena River, BC

Postcard of a several dogsled teams in the winter in a forested area with mountains in the background. Caption on front reads "Mail Teams, Skeens River, B.C., During Construction of G.T.P.R.R." and on reverse reads "Pub. by McRae Bros., Ltd. Prince Rupert, B.C., Printed in Great Britain". It is unlikely that Pocock and Cecil visited the Skeena River and this was likely purchased while in Vancouver.

Postcard of railway along Skeena River, BC

A postcard of the Skeena River in BC from along the Grand Trunk Pacific train track. Caption on front reads "Grand Trunk Pacific Track along the Skeena River, B.C." and on reverse reads "The Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co., Ltd. Montreal and Toronto, Printed in Great Britain, "Grand Trunk Pacific Railway"". It is unlikely that Pocock and Cecil visited the Skeena River and this was likely purchased while in Vancouver.