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1700—1749

This series contains all items in the collection created between 1700 and 1749.

1800—1809

This series contains all items in the collection created between 1800 and 1809.

1810—1819

This series contains all items in the collection created between 1810 and 1819.

1820—1829

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

1830—1839

This series contains all items in the collection created between 1830 and 1839.

1840—1849

This series contains all items in the collection created between 1840 and 1849.

1850—1859

This series contains all items in the collection created between 1850 and 1859.

1860—1869

This series contains all items in the collection created between 1860 and 1869.

1870—1879

This series contains all items in the collection created between 1870 and 1879.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, the Australian Division.

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, the Canadian Division.

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, the New Zealand Division.

Field Notes

Field notes written by Robert Bell recording dates, temperatures, and coordinates. Notes pertain to the areas of Athabasca River and Slave River, Alberta.

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

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.

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