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General Correspondence - 1904

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s largely outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, including his application for the Command of the new military district to be formed in the North West Territories, with headquarters in Calgary; includes incoming personal letters and a handwritten listing of the “Personal Correspondence of Col. S.B. Steele” (1904). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from F.W. Borden discussing Steele’s possible future militia service in Canada. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

General Correspondence - 1909

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from former South African colleagues: [D. Roil]and Helen [Ilys]; and a letter from A.C. Macdonell on Militia and Defence Canada stationary. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1909

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from family members; two letters from Charles Winter of Militia and Defence Canada, and letters from other acquaintances and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

MacGregor, Esther Miller (Marian Keith)

General Correspondence - 1911

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, One letter from Louis J. [Lipsett],re: meeting Steele in Winnipeg; and a *letter Steele wrote to his brother-in-law, C.A. Harwood, protesting the treatment he’s received from the Canadian Government regarding his military ranking (placed in H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’ file). Handwritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

General Correspondence - 1911

General Correspondence – A letter and attachment sent to Steele from A.C. Macdonell; includes a record of his military service. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1911

General Correspondence – A draft and 2nd version of a letter sent to Steele’s brother-in-law and business advisor, C.A. Harwood, outlining his grievance at having his rank of ‘Brevet Colonelcy’ taken away from him because of his appointment to the Permanent Force; quite descriptive of his career and titles earned. Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Three letters, from [P.E. Thacker]; A.C. Macdonell; and from [? Smith] of the Department of Militia and Defence providing advice on proper military dress for various occasions Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including book order details; house sale details; a letter from A.C. Macdonell; and one from a South African friend, [L.P. Hess]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from H.A. Constantine; an invitation acceptance; and a letter from [? ...staff] of Militia and Defence, Canada. Handwritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; many concern the sending of troop overseas for the War, and the possibility of Steele being named Commander; includes letters from H.J. Woodside who wrote to authorities to tell them that Steele was two years younger than his official age, hoping this might help in having Sam appointed; includes letters from family and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: primarily related to the securing of personnel for military units and the question of Steele commanding a 2nd Canadian battalion; * includes a letter (dated 18 Nov 1914) from R.B.B. Bennett that H.S. marked ‘for use only if necessary.’ Handwritten; Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from A.C. Macdonell and C. [Donnelly] who both had sons killed in recent battles; letters from other acquaintances and colleagues, including Louis Lipsett, and James Harding, a former A Battery Kingston and NWMP officer who served with SBS; and an interesting letter from A.C. Harwood (Gus), discussing his efforts to get “fair play” for Steele in Canada. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from former colleagues; letters of thanks for recommendations received; a letter with attached narrative on the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade written by H.D.B. Ketchen; letter from Vivian T. Bartram discussing, among other things, the upcoming Canadian Federal election and correspondence with other family and friends, including a letter written, 1 April, from SBS to C.A. Harwood (and marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’); and other letters between C.A. Harwood and SBS, and a letter from Hugh J. Macdonald regarding Steele’s treatment by the Canadian Military (includes copies). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from family and friends: W.D. Bruce, Fred B. Denison, Edward Evans, A.M. Jarvis, Ellen Gill, and others; a letter sent to Captain Bennett Goldney with a message for Steele from Queen Alexandra; *also letters sent from SBS to his cousin James B. Clarke, and to his brother-in-law, C.A. Harwood, re: Steele’s treatment by the ‘Canadian Authorities’, ( letters marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’); several copies of the May 4th letter to A.C. Harwood; a copy of a letter SBS wrote to Colonel Fortescue, Comptroller R NWMP with suggestions about the Police Force and the Canadian Military. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Clarke, J.B.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters to and from R.J. Gwynne; D.H. McMillan; Robert Johnstone; Hugh Macdonald (both son and grandson of J.A. Macdonald; C.A. Harwood and others; comments on recently imposed conscription in Canada; sympathy acknowledgement; Steele’s recent trip to France, etc.; some French language text; and SBS”s treatment by the Canadian Military. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from colleagues, family and friends; often requesting Steele’s assistance, or responding to his requests for their assistance; includes a letter with a message from Queen Alexandra; also a set of correspondence sent to family members James Clarke and C.A. Harwood chronicling SBS’s concern about his role within the Overseas Canadian Military; also a copy of SBS’s prepared sketch for the “Who’s Who” edition. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Clarke, J.B.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: Steele’s letters to General Rattray; Hugh Macdonald (with duplicates); C.B. Reilly; and incoming letters from colleagues, friends, and family; includes letters from the Perkins Bull family (London), and Mollie Niblett. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from Margaret Ketchen; James Brierley, J.B. Mitchell,[?] Johnston (Calgary Herald); A.M. Jarvis, etc.; two letters from Steele’s brother Jim; and Steele’s correspondence with W. McInnes, re: service record policy (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from Sam to his brother-in-law Gus (C.A. Harwood), and to his friend Sir Hugh J. Macdonald; and letters received from various family and friends. Included is SBS’s service record and letters written by SBS to protest his planned ‘superannuation’ ; he includes a service record, which is commented on by his son Harwood Steele; also a note from his physician Henry Morris, and other general correspondence. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes many letters from family and friends offering Steele congratulations on his recent knighthood; includes a letter from Prime Minister R.L. Borden; also letters revolving around SBS’s campaign to oppose his forced retirement, and request to remain active in the Canadian Military War campaign. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

General Correspondence - 1918, 1969

General Correspondence – Personal letters, outgoing, copies of letters written by SBS to C.A. Harwood, Hector McInnes: and Major General J.W. Carson; several copies of each letter; includes explanatory notes written by Harwood Steele (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters of reference provided for others from Steele, and personal letters to his friend Jack (John) Kerr; incoming correspondence around regret at Steele’s retirement, a letter from SBS to Minnie [Carstairs] describing his retirement plans, etc. (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’) and a letter received from Lord Dundonald. Handwritten; Typewritten

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: pension matters, character reference for Sam Steele, a doctor’s correspondence; and Steele’s application efforts for Canadian homestead entry, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonald, Hugh John, Sir

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: pension matters, character reference for Sam Steele, a doctor’s prescription and “Dietary for the Diabetic” instructions for Steele’; and letters from family and friends; includes a letter from Sam to Minnie [Carstairs]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 13 Jun 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood discusses his activities in France; General Turner's decision to delay H's leave; the Russian's success; and 'K's loss', etc. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 02 Aug 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood writes about the possibility of doing a course in England, provided he is given official military permission to do so. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 07 Sep 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood explains in this letter that he has been transferred to General Ketchen's brigade: "attached for the purpose of learning the duties of a Staff Captain". 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 16 Dec 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. Harwood writes that he thinks it is quite likely that he will soon be attached to a battalion in order to gain trench experience, and wants Sam to let Marie know about this possibility. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 29 Aug 1916

Handwritten letter from Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. In his letter, Harwood discusses the reason for his course application being turned down, and his belief that he will be transferred to General Ketchen's Brigade; etc. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 23 Jan 1917

Handwritten letter from Harwood with the 27th Canadian Battalion in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood is responding to his father's letters, and discussing his experiences and hope of getting back to England. He has burned, at Sam's request, one of these letters received. 3 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 06 Jan 1917

Handwritten letter form Harwood at Headquarters, 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division, France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood is again asking his father to help find a commission for his friend W.G. (Bill) Neish. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 22 Aug 1917

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood discusses his potential staffing opportunities, and suggests his father quit the military because of the way he (SBS) has been treated. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 06 Oct 1917

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; he discusses air raids, etc. and suggests that his father drop a line to Currie to see what his (Harwood's) standing in the Corps List is.3 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 21 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; he writes further about what he hears in terms of promotions and movement within military in France, and shares his father's anger at the way SBS is being treated by the Canadian Military. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 26 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter form Harwood Steele in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England. In the letter, Harwood discusses his improved health; General [Ketchen's] recent promotion; the attacks on Sir Douglas Haig; etc. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 17 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood talks about Sam's efforts to find a position for his friend (Bill) Neish, appreciates that SBS finds his K.C.M.G. valueless, and shares rumors about potential promotions (initials used to get past censors), etc. 1 sheet and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 13 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood at Headquarters, 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division, France to SBS st Shorncliffe, England; he discusses feeling fine after being in hospital, his expectiation of a Staff Appointment, and discusses his father's recent KCMG appointment and subsequent congratulations received. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 2 Feb 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood in France to SBS at Shorncliffe, England; Harwood discusses the reputation of Lord Kitchener; a Winnipeg Telegram article on SBS; and promotions, etc. occurring within the Canadian military. 3 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 20 Oct 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood at Headquarters, 188th Infantry Brigade, France to SBS at Putney, England; Harwood discusses some 'lost ground' faced by Canadians in recent battles, the death of Louis Lipsett, the anticipated end of the War, and Sam's plans for retiremen (farming in Fort Macleod). 4 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Harwood Steele to SBS, 4 Mar 1918

Handwritten letter from Harwood at Headquarters, 188th Infantry Brigade, France to SBS at Folkestone, England; Harwood talks about the injustices SBS has faced, and their family's honorable reputation in serving Canada, etc. 2 sheets and envelope.

Steele, Harwood

Ketchen to SBS: 10 Aug 1915

Handwritten letter from H.D.B. Ketchen at Otterpool Camp (Kent, England) to SBS at Shorncliffe. Ketchen is writing to recommend SBS arrange a billet for Colonel Corelli.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Ketchen to SBS: 02 Jan 1918

Handwritten letter from H.D.B. Ketchen in France to SBS at Folkestone, England. In the letter, Ketchen congratulates Sam on his recent knighthood, and complains about his treatment and lack of recognition by the Military Forces he serves.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Ketchen to SBS: 06 Feb 1918

A handwritten letter with envelope from H.D.B. Ketchen in France to SBS in Folkestone, England. In the letter, Ketchen discusses his plans with the military and he mentions the arrival of Clifford Sifton in England and wonders if Sifton would remember him from Canada and support him in his plans.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Ketchen to SBS: 19 Feb 1918

Handwritten letter with envelope sent from H.D.B. Ketchen in France to SBS in Folkestone, England. In this letter Ketchen describes a successful operation his 6th Brigade performed, and attaches a copy of meesages of congratulations he received as a result.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Ketchen to SBS: 16 Feb 1918

A handwritten letter with envelope from H.D.B Ketchen in France writing to SBS in Folkestone, England. In the letter, Ketchen sends his regrets that Sam is giving up his military command and returning to Canada, and discusses further his own position in the military, and the possibility he may be sent ot England.

Ketchen, H.D.B.

District Orders - 97

Handwritten and copied District Orders - 97, sent from Headquarters of Military District No. 9 in Halifax. 3 pp including map (two copies with a third copy of page 2)

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

District Orders - 95

Handwritten and copied District Orders - 95, sent from Headquarters of Military District No. 9 in Halifax. 3 pp including map (two copies)

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

District Orders - 98

Handwritten and copied District Orders - 98, sent from Headquarters of Military District No. 9 in Halifax. 1pp (two copies)

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900.

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900. (The section on Lord Strathcona’s Horse has been annotated by SBS with added figures and words; some loose pages)

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900. Second copy

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900. (The section on Lord Strathcona’s Horse has been annotated by SBS with added figures and words; second copy)

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming - SAC Officers

Correspondence from Militia Head-quarters, Canada and the Minister of Militia and Defence Canada, re: Steele's recommendation for SAC officers to be appointed to Canadian Military corps, and Steele's own offer to serve with the Canadian Militia.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence from Militia Head-Quarters, Canada; the Minister’s Office of Militia and Defence Canada; and Baden-Powell, re: Steele’s post-SAC service activity with the Imperial Government’s Inspector of Cavalry; also further letters responding to recommendations for SAC officers to be appointed to Canadian Military corps.

Baden-Powell, Robert

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence from Militia Head-Quarters, Canada and the Minister of Militia and Defence Canada, re: Steele’s recommendations for SAC officers to be appointed to Canadian Military corps, and an internal letter forwarding Steele’s request that he be permitted to spend three months in England to accompany the Inspector General of Cavalry (Lord Robert Baden-Powell)on his tours of inspection.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence and documents related to Steele’s application for a staff appointment on the Permanent Force of Canada; includes testimonials from individuals Steele served with and under, including: R.S.S. Baden-Powell, Redvers Buller, Geoffry Barton and General Kitchener. Copies (many) and originals

Baden-Powell, Robert

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence and documents related to Steele’s application for a staff appointment on the Permanent Force of Canada; includes testimonials from individuals Steele served with and under, including: T. Bland Strange, Redvers Buller, J.S.S. Barker, as well as general military correspondence; includes the Militia Orders which note that Steele is exempted from passing the tactical fitness for command test. Copies and originals

Barker, J.S.S., Brigadier-General

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Telegram and letter informing Steele of his appointment as a lieutenant-colonel on the permanent staff of the Canadian Militia, with the honorary rank of colonel in command of Military District No. 13, Calgary. Jun 1907

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence and documents related to Steele’s application for a staff appointment on the Permanent Force of Canada and general military correspondence; includes a letter from Steele to the Chief of Staff, Canadian Militia informing him that he is “now free from all connection with the South African Constabulary and at liberty to be gazetted to Command of the new district in the West or Canada”. Copies and originals.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming

General military correspondence; includes a letter from the War Office, London referencing Steele’s awarding of the South African medal. Handwritten; typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence from Militia Head-Quarters, Canada and the Minister’s Office of Militia and Defence Canada; re: Steele’s testimonials and his recommendations for SAC Non-Commissioned Officers to serve with Canada’s Military corps.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming

General military correspondence including an offer from Captain George S. Beer of the South African Constabulary to enlist men there, and bring them to Canada to join the Canadian Army. Hand written, typewritten

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

Military Correspondence - Incoming

General military correspondence including requests for appointments, and a letter from F.L. Lessard, Colonel, Adjutant General informing SBS that his requested rank of brevet Colonel “cannot be favourably entertained”. Handwritten; typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

General military correspondence; includes a handwritten letter to Sir Frederick Borden from SBS expressing his concern at being deprived of the rank of brevet Colonel upon appointment to Canada’s Permanent Force. Handwritten; typewritten. Jul 1907

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

General military correspondence including requests for appointments, etc. and a letter written by SBS making a recommendation for a Tartan (Macleod) for the Infantry Corps (Highlanders). Handwritten; typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District 13; includes inquiries about military positions and a memo related to the organization of an Infantry Regiment at Edmonton. Handwritten, typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District 13; includes letters from the Department of Militia and Defence, and others. Handwritten, typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District 13; includes letters from the Department of Militia and Defence, and a letter of recommendation written by Steele. Handwritten, typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District 13; includes a letter to Frank Oliver, Minister of the Interior, and more information about the proposed Infantry Regiment at Edmonton. Typewritten

Oliver, Frank

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District 13; includes letters from the Department of Militia and Defence, and a memo regarding Brigade State, Calgary Camp. Typewritten

Rutherford, Alexander Cameron, 1857-1941

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District 13; includes letters from the Department of Militia and Defence, and a memo regarding Brigade State, Calgary Camp. Typewritten

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District 13; includes letters from the Department of Militia and Defence, and others seeking appointments, etc. Handwritten, typewritten

Rundle, E.G. (Teddy)

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