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3.1 Portraits

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

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.

Rev. Adam Townley Letters

An Anglican minister and missionary in Canada, Rev. Adam Townley was also co-editor of the "Churchman's Friend," a 16-page monthly publication that sought to promote and defend high church theology. With his colleague and co-editor Reverend Edward H. Dewar, Rev. Townley released the first issue in October 1855 from Paris, Canada West. Production soon moved to Windsor, Canada West. Publication ceased in 1857, after a short and controversial run. Rev. Townley was also step-father to Rev. C.E. Thomson, himself the successor to Rev. John Smithurst at St. John the Evangelist church in Elora. It is presumably this relationship that led to his correspondence being included in the Rev. Smithurst collection acquired by Bruce Peel Special Collections at the University of Alberta.

Rev. C.E. Thomson Letters

Reverend C.E. Thomson replaced Reverend John Smithurst at St. John’s Church in Elora, Canada West [later Ontario] after Smithurst’s dismissal by John Strachan, Bishop of Toronto. Thomson ministered in Elora from 1857-1877.

A. MacDonald Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from A. MacDonald. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding supplies and provisions. Correspondence sent from Hudson's Bay Company Fort Albany to the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

William Armstrong Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from William Armstrong. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding drawings and sketches. Correspondence sent from Toronto, Ontario to the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec. William Armstrong (1822-1914) immigrated to Canada from Ireland in 1851. He was a railway engineer and enjoyed painting and sketching. More information on William Armstrong can be found in the Canadian Encyclopaedia.

S. K. Parson Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from S. K. Parson. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding business, family, events in the area, and accounts. Correspondence sent from Moose Factory, Winnipeg, and Montreal to the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

D. F. MacDonald Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from A. MacDonald. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding missing items belonging to Dr. Bell. Correspondence sent from Parry Sound, Ontario to the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

F. Buller Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from F. Buller. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding missing books. Correspondence sent from Montreal, Quebec to the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

Alexander Matheson Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from Alexander Matheson. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding provisions, accounts, goods, and fauna. Correspondence sent from Rat Portage, Ontario to the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec. Alexander Matheson (1844-1904) was a fur trader and entered the Hudson's Bay Company's service in 1861. At the time of his correspondence to Dr. Bell, Matheson was the manager at Rat Portage, now Kenora. More information on Alexander Matheson can be found on the Manitoba Historical Society's website.

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.

Walton Haydon Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from Walton Haydon. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding specimen studies and finding survey work. Correspondence sent from Moose Factory, Ontario and East Selkirk, Manitoba to the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Walton Haydon entered the Hudson's Bay Company's service in 1877 and was an amateur collector of natural history. More information on Walton Haydon can be found in the HBC Archives.

G. S. McConnell Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from G. S. McConnell. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding land use and settlements in the Touchwood Hills area. Correspondence sent from Touchwood Hills and Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan to the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

A. Calder Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from A. Calder. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding an estimate for a carriage. Correspondence sent from Winnipeg, Manitoba to the Geological Survey headquarters in Montreal, Quebec.

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.

George Simpson McTavish, Jr. Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from George Simpson McTavish Junior. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding McTavish's work with Hudson's Bay Company, and as manager at a cannery in British Columbia. Correspondence sent from various places such as York Factory, Winnipeg, and Victoria.

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.

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.

3.5 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.

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.

3.3 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.

Granville Stanley Hall Correspondence

Contains correspondence to Robert Bell from G. Stanley Hall. Correspondence contains personal communications regarding puberty rites among the Cree. Incoming correspondence sent from Worcester, Massachusetts to Robert Bell. G. Stanley Hall (1844-1924) was an American psychologist who is commonly known as the founder of child psychology and educational psychology. In 1889, Hall became the first president of Clark University and kept that position until 1920. More information on G. Stanley Hall can be found in the "New World Encyclopedia": http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/G._Stanley_Hall.

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.

Memorabilia.

Contains address books, appointment books, tickets, cards, programmes, poems, buisness cards, brouchures, diaries, personal documents, recipes, travel information, news clippings, etc.

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.

Letters to the Editor.

Contains letters to the editors of various magazines regarding topics such as religion, politics, treatment of human beings, education, etc.

University of Alberta.

Contains text regarding retirement system, course planning, correspondence, travel grants, dismissal of professors, medals, etc.

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.

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