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Correspondence - Subject: Memoirs

Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, related to Steele's request for information related to research for his memoirs: "Forty Years in Canada". Includes letters and information from Charles Winter, Lord Strathcona, Robert Baden-Powell, James Steele and Superintendent W. Routledge

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

Correspondence - Subject: Memoirs

Letters sent to SBS from colleagues in reply to requests for shared memories of their time together as research for Steele's memoirs: "Forty Years in Canada"; includes material from the following individuals: Griffiths Wainwright; H.[S.Holt]; D. Paterson; H. [Skirving]; James Ross; and unidentified signature; includes a typewritten manuscript entitled: "Battle of Queenston Heights", unknown author, dated 13 Oct. 1912; and a short essay by SBS on Colonel James Macleod [1912]

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

Diary of Lt. Col. Griffiths Wainwright, 1870

Consists of a diary kept by Major Griffiths Wainwright, 1870-1871, during his service with the Red River Expedition of 1870, and two maps. The diary entries are short, and also include entries about number of portages made, supplies and rations required, and various notes and reports. A two page entry at the back of the diary was written in 1910 by Sam Steele, explaining that the diary was given to him, and filling the reader in on what Major Wainwright did once the Expedition was completed. A list of Detachment rules printed at the front of the diary have been briefly annotated by [Sam Steele?]. The maps, hand-drawn and annotated, depict the route from Rat Portage to Fort Alexander, and from Fort William to Fort Francis.

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

General Correspondence - 1909

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from family members, letters of thanks from recipients of portraits Steele sent; Teddy Rundle regarding his planned book with attached clipping; a letter from a former SAC colleague discussing SAC and the current police force in South Africa, and a letter from John Murray encouraging Steele to write his memoirs. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Rundle, E.G. (Teddy)

General Correspondence - 1911

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from Herbert S. Holt recalling an incident on the Kicking Horse trail in 1884, written in response to a query from Steele for his Memoirs. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Holt, Herbert S.

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 letters from Mary G. (Mollie Glen) Niblett; R. Baden-Powell; R.J. Gwynne; and [J] Johnston. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Baden-Powell, Robert

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Incoming and outgoing, includes a letter from Jessie F. Ross acknowledging the Steele’s sympathy over the death of her son Hugo [who died on the Titanic sinking] and Steele’s response to a request for a “Who’s Who” entry. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from Mollie G. Niblett, Steele’s editor for his “Forty Years in Canada” Memoir, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Niblett, Mollie Glen

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: includes a letter from Hugh Macdonald; correspondence related to the “Forty Years” manuscript; and a letter from Bishop-elect Arthur Beliveau, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonald, Hugh John, Sir

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from M.G. Niblett; T. Bland Strange; and others; and a picture postcard sent from England. Handwritten.

Niblett, Mollie Glen

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence related to the “Forty Years” manuscript; and letters from former NWMP (including Z.T.Wood) and South African colleagues; also includes a letter regarding the artist Charles Russell. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence related to the “Forty Years” manuscript; a letter from G. Black and other former colleagues; includes a letter from a relative reporting on the state of the Steele family graves. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including a letter announcing the death of his daughter and Steele’s niece from Steele’s brother Jim; a letter from M.G. Niblett; and other correspondence including letters from the Levison Eyesight Institute in London, England. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Niblett, Mollie Glen

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence regarding Steele’s Memoirs; letter from a former NWMP colleague asking for assistance; and a letter from the Chief Surveyor, Province of Saskatchewan. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Niblett, Mollie Glen

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence related to the “Forty Years” manuscript; a letter from T. Bland Strange; and other acquaintances and colleagues. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence from editor M.G. Niblett; and from Hugh J. Macdonald and J. Lyons Biggar. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence related to the “Forty Years” manuscript; a letter from Mrs. William Ogilvie thanking Steele for his sympathy letter on the passing of her husband; a letter from friend 'Jack' announcing his recent marriage and commenting on women's lot, and correspondence with other old colleagues; includes a written record of military service for J.A.I. French. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Niblett, Mollie Glen

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; including further correspondence related to the “Forty Years” publication; letters of congratulations to Steele for his book, as well as being named Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from John McDougall reminiscing about the Cypress Hills situation; from J.A. Rattray; from A.C. Macdonell writing from ‘the field’, and from other colleagues and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence related to the “Forty Years” publication, letters of congratulations and correspondence between Steele and his publisher regarding Steele’s displeasure with aspects of the publication; letters expressing sympathy to Steele for a recent accident in which he broke his shoulder; a letter and attached photograph from T. Bland Strange; and letters from other acquaintances and colleagues. Includes a letter written on Legion of Frontiersmen letter head from ? Taylor. Handwritten; Typewritten

Macdonald, Hugh John, Sir

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; including a letter sent from Sam to the publishers of his Memoirs; a letter from Sam to C.A. Harwood; a letter from M.I. Macleod, widow of N.W.M.P. Commissioner James F. Macleod, thanking Sam for sending a copy of his book and commenting on the mention of her husband in said book, and letters received from family and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence related to the publishing of the “Forty Years” book ; letters of congratulations for Steele’s promotion to Major-General; a letter concerning suggested improvements to the Ross rifle, a letter from his brother Godfrey, a letter sent to his brother-in-law discussing, among other things, his plan to sue writer W.T.R. Preston for libel and other correspondence from family and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from Bishop Arthur Beliveau of Manitoba; J.B. Mitchell; Lord Dundonald; and other colleagues and family members ; one letter to brother-in-law, dated December 3rd, is marked by H.S. as ‘for use only if necessary.’ Handwritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from brother Jim; John McDougall, Mrs. D.W. Davis and others, many thanking Steele for the received copy of his book. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McDougall, John Alexander, 1854-1928

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter with attached photograph from Lieutenant Eric Smith; and letters from many other friends and colleagues. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; letters from family and colleagues, including: Marion Steele, A.M. Jarvis, William P. Bull, C.N. Bell, Julie Lewis, Hugh J. Macdonald, C.B. Reilly, etc.; includes a letter from R. Stewart Patterson with an attached listing of officers and staff of Canadian Military Companies. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Bull, William Perkins, 1870-1948

Information - Battle of Queenston Heights

A six page typed manuscript titled "Battle of Queenston Heights. October 13th 1812". Annotations to text are in Sam's handwriting; possibly used as research for SBS's memoir.

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

Information - James F. Macleod

Typewritten manuscript about Lieut. James F. Macleod, and draft memoir material in Sam's handwriting on this same subject

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

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 04 Apr 1909

Handwritten letter from Flora in Calgary to her father in Winnipeg. Flora has further questions about her father's ancestors, and also asks Sam to recount any of the songs he sang to her and her siblings when they were young; includes general information about her life in Calgary. 2 pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 07 Feb 1909

Handwritten letter with envelope from Flora in Calgary to her father in Winnipeg. Flora tells her father that her mother is ill, and goes on to request further information about Sam's descendents for her planned memoir. 2 pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, [12] Feb 1909

Handwritten letter with envelope from Flora in Calgary to her father in Winnipeg. Flora writes about general activities in Calgary, the snubbing of her mother and aunt in the local 'social happenings' reporting; and many detailed questions about the Steele genealogy for her own planned memoir. 2 pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 12 Mar 1909

Handwritten letter from Flora in Calgary to her father in Winnipeg. Flora writes about her activities in Calgary, books and movies she had read and seen, and discusses further her interest in the Steele family, etc. 2 pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 21 Feb 1909

Handwritten letter from Flora in Calgary to her father in Winnipeg. Flora discusses her mother's hosted monthly tea; the visit of Captain and Mrs. Mackie, and asks her father further questions about his family and their stories for inclusion in her own memoir. 3 pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 26 Mar 1909

Handwritten letter with envelope from Flora in Calgary to her father in Winnipeg. Flora quotes clippings that mention Sam Steele, writes about her activities, people she has heard from, and asks her father further questions about his family and experiences for her planned memoir. 2 pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 27 Feb 1909

Handwritten letter from Flora in Calgary to her father in Winnipeg. Flora discusses her activities in Calgary, comments on family members she has received letters from, and thanks her father for his sending "pedigree, ancecdotes, etc" her way for inclusion in her planned memoir. 1 pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 29 Jan 1909

Handwritten letter and envelope from Flora Steele in Calgary to her father in Winnipeg. Flora writes about general topics, and asks her father to please write all he can remember of his own family, so Flora can include it in the memoir she is writing of her life. 3 pp.

Steele, Flora

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, [Feb] 1909

Handwritten letter from Flora in Calgary to her father in Winnipeg. Flora discusses her activities, her correspondence, and continues to request information about her father's family for her planned memoir. 2 pp.

Steele, Flora

Loose item: Newspaper clipping

A newsclipping removed from diary 2008.1.1.3.1.10. The clipping is titled "The Best of All Offers" and is regarding the "Thrice-a-Week World" magazine subscription offer.

Macdonell, Alexander R.

Manuscript: Hudson's Bay Company

Ten page typed manuscript related to the history of the Hudson's Bay Company and NorthWest Company, n.d. Possibly used by SBS for research related to writing his memoir "Forty Years in Canada".

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes a letter from Government House, Ottawa and a letter from Sam Hughes.

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

Personal Reports - Canadian Command in First World War: Personal Narrative

General Steele’s Personal Reports: “Narrative In Regard to Major General S.B. Steele, C.B., M.V.O., Permanent Staff, Canadians, From Time of this General Officer’s Appointment to the Command of the 2nd Canadian Division to Present Date” A personal account written by SBS and detailing his role in the Canadian command in the First World War. Several copies of the report in file, many explanatory annotations provided by Harwood Steele (1968). Typewritten.

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

[Times Journal Press]. Canadian Club of Fort William Annual. Fort William: Times Journal Press, 1910. (An essay by S.B. Steele is included in the volume, titled: “Some Reminiscences of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police Force)

[Times Journal Press]. Canadian Club of Fort William Annual. Fort William: Times Journal Press, 1910. (An essay by S.B. Steele is included in the volume, titled: “Some Reminiscences of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police Force)

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