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Series 3 Photographs and Postcards

Series documents some of the travels of Pocock and consists of photographs, postcards, and negatives. Images are primarily of the Canadian North-West along with portraits of Pocock and others, Mexico, Canadian Prairies, and Noway. Images were either taken by Pocock or purchased during his travels and usually correlate to the places he visited, as documented through his scrapbooks, diaries, and published autobiographies. Series is arranged chronologically into nine subseries: Portraits, Images of British Columbia, Journey from Fort Macleod to Mexico City, Journey with Randle Cecil, Images of the Canadian Prairies, Journey to Spitzbergen, Images used in Chorus to Adventurers, Semi-Retirement at Charterhouse, and Trip to Canada.

Glass Plate Slides

The glass plate slides, also known as lantern slides, were used by the Faculty of Extension, the Department of Entomology, and E.H Strickland for lecture purposes. The 121 slides feature photographs and illustrations of beetles, ants, flies, and many other insect specimens, as well as charts, graphs, and material from textbooks, research, and field work.

Department of Entomology

Literary Manuscripts

Series consists of unpublished Cameroon Anglophone literature, collected by or sent to Arnold. A few items appear to be from the Guinness Literary Contest (Series 1). Some of the files include correspondence with the authors.

Pre 1700

This series contains all items in the collection created prior to 1700.


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


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


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


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

Rev. John Smithurst Correspondence

The bulk of this collection of correspondence was written between 1838 and 1862, and addressed to Reverend John Smithurst, “Indian Settlement, Red River, North America.” The “Indian Settlement” was the home of Chief Peguis and his people, the Saulteaux, located at Netley Creek, a branch of the Red River south of Lake Winnipeg. Following his resignation in 1851, Rev. Smithurst immigrated to Canada West and settled in Elora and then Minto in what is now Ontario.

Rev. Smithurst was an Anglican missionary sent by the Church Missionary Society from England to Rupert’s Land to convert the First Nations and Metis peoples of the area known broadly as the Red River Settlement; modern-day Winnipeg, Manitoba encompasses many sites that made up the settlement. Ministering to the “Indians” and “Half-Breeds,” Rev. Smithurst was one of the handful of missionaries west of Canada during a period of social and political unrest, economic upheaval, starvation, disease, racism and classism. Rev. Smithurst was in contact with many influential people of the time, including Henry Budd and James Settee, the first Indigenous men to be ordained by the Anglican church in North America; Reverend William Cockran; Reverend Ezekiel Gilbert Gear, chaplain at Fort Snelling in modern-day Minnesota; Reverend William Mason, Rossville Mission Press printer; David Anderson, first bishop of Rupert’s Land; and Duncan Finlayson, governor of Assiniboia.

In the correspondence within this collection, missionaries privately share personal frustrations with their efforts to “civilize” and convert Indigenous peoples, while struggling to survive the landscape and navigate social conflicts.

Acquired with Rev. Smithurst's letters, and included here, are several miscellaneous letters, as well as correspondence for the Reverend C.E. Thomson, who succeeded Rev. Smithurst at the Elora parish, and correspondence for the Reverend Adam Townley, step-father to Rev. Thomson. Correspondents include: John Strachan, first bishop of Toronto; Alexander Neil Bethune, second bishop of Toronto; F.D. Fauquier, first bishop of Algoma; and George Whitaker, first provost of Trinity College in Toronto.


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

Social Studies

Social Studies curriculum materials - within the Alberta School Curriculum Historical Bibliography 1885-1985 (Secondary Resources) Collection. The Secondary Social Studies curriculum materials in the bibliography are divided into chronological divisions: 1885-1936, 1937-1945, 1946-1955, 1956-1970, 1971-1979, 1980-1985 and are indicated the general notes.


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

Heber C. Jamieson Textual Records.

The Heber Jamieson textual records consist of correspondence, articles in typed or published form, bound volumes of the history and minutes of University medical clubs, news clippings, and publications. The records pertain chiefly to pioneers in the medical field who spent at least part of their lives in Alberta, and to the places and institutions with which they were associated. There are also some typed and printed records outlining the careers of medical practitioners in wetern and northern Canada during the 19th century, as well as histories of medical schools or associations in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Quebec. The records were created predomintly between 1900 and 1947.

The series title is based on the contents of records.


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


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


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.


William Pearce began his education in engineering in 1869 at the University of Toronto. After one semester he abandoned his studies at the University of Toronto to take a three-year surveying apprenticeship with Wadsworth and Unwing, a Toronto land surveying firm. During his apprenticeship Pearce worked on surveying assignments in the woods of northern Ontario. His apprenticeship inspired his life-long interest in natural resource and wilderness development, confirmed his professional surveyor's career, and brought him to Western Canada.

In 1873 Colonel J.S. Denis, Canada's Surveyor General, approached Pearce with an offer to join his staff in the newly-created Dominion Department of the Interior as it began to absorb the vast North American regions of Rupert's Land and the North-West Territories. Pearce began his surveying position in the Department of the Interior in Winnipeg, in May 1874. He was responsible to progress with surveys addressing what commonly known as the Outer Two-Mile claims. Under the Manitoba Act (33 Victoria, c.3, Canada, 1870) Metis land grants along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers included undetermined and pre-survey settlement claims. The Manitoba Act gave Metis settlers access to hay two miles beyond their defined holdings to feed their livestock. In the shifting settlements, squatting, and rampant land speculation, Pearce attempted to stake out these claims. The outer two miles question was not settled until 1877, and claims were not staked until 1881 (Dept. of the Interior Annual Report, Canada Sessional Papers, 1882). Following the outer two miles assignment, in 1878 Pearce moved on to locating township grids, surveying meridians in Manitoba, and determining the International Boundary in the Turtle Mountain area. In October 1881, Pearce accepted his recommendation as Inspector of Dominion Lands Agencies in the Dominion Lands Board. He moved into the position of Superintendent of Mines in 1884. He returned to a full-time surveying position when Clifford Sifton appointed him Chief Inspector of Surveys in 1901.

In 1904 Pearce left government service to join the Natural Resources Department of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The series therefore includes his reports on the placement of railway branch lines and his study of the possibilities for settlement of the Peace river and Athabasca River districts. His recommendations on both matters were based on the trained surveyor's detailed observations of the topography and prospective resources of the areas in question. He assisted in the establishment of professional standards for surveyors and served on the Examining Board for the Province.

The series includes 91 maps, most Mr. Pearce collected as working documents, with notes and observations. They include a track survey, drawn in the winter of 1878 using an upturned toboggan as a table; a sketch map of the Peace River district drawn for Mr. Pearce on two sheets of Hudson's Bay Company stationery; and the 3-mile and 6-mile sectional maps of the Department of the Interior. Two sheets of G.M. Dawson's maps are also in the diaries for 1915. These maps cover an inspection of Canadian Pacific Railway land grants.

The series title is based on the contents of records.


Between 1882 and 1884, Pearce's duties as the Inspector of Dominion Lands Agencies made him the field agent for the Dominion Lands Board, based in Winnipeg. The Board's most important function was to rule on uncertain claims and on schemes not covered by normal routine. William Pearce's involvement began with the land claims of the Metis and white settlers who had settled along the North Saskatchewan River prior to the Institution of surveys. Pearce was subsequently called on to deal with similar problems at such diverse localities as Morley, Pincher Creek, Lee's Creek (Cardston), Lac la Biche, and Lac Ste. Anne.

Pearce's interest in settlement extended beyond his land claims work. As statistician for the Canadian Pacific Railway, he served as an advisor to the Natural Resources Department of the company. In fulfilling that role, Pearce collected extensive material on the twin questions of settlement and immigration, particularly after his work with the Economic and Development Commission in 1916.

The series title is based on the contents of records.


Series includes black and white prints, glass plate negatives, black and white negatives and 35mm colour negatives. The graphic images document L.A. Romanet's private and professional life in Canada from his early twentieth century service with Revillon Freres to personal photographs of his retirement in Edmonton.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Series 1 Personal Papers

Series documents the travels and occupations of Roger Pocock and consists of the personal papers of Pocock, including scrapbooks, diaries, correspondence, and other miscellaneous documents such as correspondence and contracts regarding the publication of his books, ephemera about his lecture series or from his travels, and documents from his services with the North-West Mounted Police and British fishing fleets. The geographical coverage of these records is global but primarily covers North-West Canada.


The series consists of six leatherbound books. Each letterbook numbers over 600 pages of handwritten correspondence. Correspondence represents copies of incoming and outgoing commmunication relating predomiantly to Pearce's professional work as a surveyor for the Department of the Interior. The hand copied letters are in chronological order and each letterbook has a subject index.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Heber C. Jamieson Photographic Records.

The Heber Jamieson photographic records cover the period between 1883 and 1959 and are mainly of pioneer doctors and early nursing and medical students. There are also photographs of doctors offices, hosptials and nursing homes throughout the province, and of people and street scenes in Edmonton, Strathcona, Calgary Lethbridge, Wetaskiwin, Camrose, Bellevue and other Alberta lcoations in the later part of the 19th century or the early 20th century.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Personal Correspondence.

The series consists of various personal correspondence Pearce conducted in his career. Topics and correspondents covered a very large range of issues and personalities.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

NWMP & the Liquor Question

Approximately twenty (20) items regarding the regulation of liquor in the North West Territories of Canada in the late 1880s and early 1900s. The difficulties faced by the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) in enforcing the unpopular permit-based liquor laws of the time are given particular attention.

North-West Mounted Police

T. A. Patrick Letters & Correspondence

An archive of 52 interesting and significant letters by Thomas “Alf” Patrick and his wife Marion (1889-1904). Almost all letters come with their original stamped mailing envelopes (49 envelopes in total). 44 letters are by Thomas and 8 by Marion.
Most of the letters are handwritten and signed, ranging from a single page up to five pages, often closely written. 3 are typed and signed.
In the case of letters by Thomas Patrick, many of the letters to his wife are almost in diary form recording events as they happened [often mailed from Regina]. Some letters are written when Patrick was physically sitting in the Legislative Chambers waiting for events to unfold there. These are usually on embossed North West Territory Legislative stationery.
Three themes run through the archive:

  • Significant political matters and events surrounding the period when Patrick served in the North West Territories Legislature
  • Historical events on the Prairies
  • Issues relating to a lack of infrastructure and a changing societal and political landscape due to heavy immigration into the
  • Life on the Prairies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • The close personal relationship and related family matters between two early pioneers in Saskatchewan
    Topics covered include: medical, legislative matters, Indians and half-breeds, railway events, life in Saltcoats and Regina, Saskatchewan, land investments, illnesses on the prairies, people (Clifford Sifton and Frederick Haultain) and related topics, immigration, Mennonites, Hungarians, Doukhobors, infrastructure, visiting patients, and much more.

Patrick, Thomas Alfred


William Pearce began promoting irrigation development in 1885, when he first commented on its potential value in his annual report to the Deputy Minister of the Interior. This series of files documents his interest in irrigation between the years 1890 and 1927. It is probable that material prior to 1890 no longer exists. The surviving files offer evidence on the drafting of the Northwest Irrigation Act, the early development of significant irrigation projects, and the activities of related special interest groups. The series contains records concerning the Canadian Pacific Railway's irrigation project; the Pearce's Calgary Irrigation Company (1893); and his scheme to divert the North Saskatchewan to water land in eastern Alberta and western Saskatchewan. Mr. Pearce was an active supporter of the Western Canada Irrigation Association and left considerable correspondence concerning its activities.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Private Records.

Consists of diaries, letters, scrapbook and photographs documenting both the family and professional life of Karl Clark.

Title based on content of series

Series 2 Published/Printed Materials

Series documents some of the published works by Pocock, about Pocock, of about the Legion of Frontiersmen. It includes books, articles, and a musical score by Pocock, as well as biographies about Pocock and articles and handbooks from the Legion of Frontiersmen. Series is arranged into three subseries: Books by Pocock, Other publications by Pocock, and Publications by others.

Drawings, Sketchbooks, Tracings and Paintings

Series contains pencil sketches, ink designs and watercolour paintings concerning architecture, landscapes, plants and insects, home furnishings, utensils and abstract patterns and decortations. Sketches depict Burgess's concern for the Arts and Crafts design movement during his student years and the practicle, design work of his professional career in Québec and Alberta.

Title based on content of the series.


Contains postcards of paintings, corresdondence and travel, arcitecture, sculpture, and a mix of other related topics of interest.

Title based on contents of series.

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.

Historical Manuscript.

The series consists of memoranda, speaking notes, newspaper clippings, maps, drafts, recordkeeping copies and final versions of correspondence, and various other material concerning Pearce's historical manuscript: "Notes on Land Titles and Early Development of the Three Prairie Provinces, and to some extent British Columbia and Western Ontario." The Series also contains correspondence and memoranda concerning general issues of Western Canadian history. The records are loosely arranged in chronological order. Most letters are orignal. Some correspondece is in the form of recordkeeping copies.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Career Papers.

Includes documents from L.A. Romanet's work with the Hudson's Bay Company, Revillon Freres Trading Company, North Star Oil Company, and Abasand Oils Ltd. Most of the material is typed and includes company letterhead. A small amount of material is handwritten. The documents are in chronological order by employer.

The series title is based on the contents of records.


Photographs depict L.A. Romanet as a explorer, manager and writer throughout his life. The formats include black and white prints, glass plate negatives, safety negatives, postcards and slides. The images aere housed in inidividual sleeves and where possible Romanet's thematic organization and titles for the material has been maintained.

The series title is based on the contents of records.


Consists of sketches, glass plate negatives, photographic prints, and patent applications.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

Research Files

Alphabetically-arranged files on a range of topics pertaining to the Legion of Frontiersmen. Includes correspondence, historical summaries, photocopies of photographs and documents

Personal Records.

This is a small series consisting of records related to Byron Kratochvil’s personal student days, his copies of personnel-related papers and items he collected for their historical significance. Though personal in nature, the papers in this series are also very tied to his professional career and dovetail nicely with the earlier series in this fonds.

The following sub-series were established for this series of textual records: Byron Kratochvil as Student; Personnel-Related Records; Day Timers; and Collected Archives. There are only a few files in each sub-series; the collected archives include a 1907 chemistry text book, and W.E. Harris’s original teaching notes (written on index cards) and saved from a discard pile by Kratochvil.


Includes two letterpress copybooks composed in Canada prior to coming to the University of Alberta. Most of the correspondence relates to Burgess's professional career including the University of Alberta's offer of employment and acceptance; design work at Boy's Farm at Shawbridge, Quebec; also includes University correspondence on awards, recognition, and some private correspondence.

Title based on content of series.

Graphic Material.

Series consists of Invitations, announcements, letters of acceptance, transcripts and speaking notes.

Title based on the content of the series.

Art .

Contains correspondence regarding art work and designs.

Lectures and Public Addresses

Lectures Burgess gave concerning silverwork, jewellry, ornaments, metal work, Ancient Greece, Rome, Celtic, German, and French Renaissance. Includes lectures on architectural styles, history, and civic planning and talks given on architects and architecture, art and art history, and town planning. Series also includes material from a Faculty of Extension lecture series on libraries given by several librarians and Dr. E.P. Scarlett and Dr. E.J. Thompson. This latter material is mimeographed

Title based on content of series.


Contains job applications to various schools, universities, lecturing agencies, and biological societies.


Consists predominantly of photographs collected by Parker during his lifelong interest in the history of oil sand development.

Field Books, Notebooks and Catalogues.

Series consists of bound notebooks and catalogues, some in loose leaf form. Some notebooks are handwritten; most have been transcribed. The catalogues list in columns the flora and fauna observed on specific dates and locations. Soper illustrated some of the notebooks with colour pencil sketches and occaissionally pasted in a photograph. The notebooks are in roughly chronological order and document both his private naturalist studies and his professional work for the federal government and the University of Alberta. These books are the raw data of his work as a naturalist researcher in the Candian Arctic and Prairies.

The series title is based on the contents of the records.

Personal Papers.

Series consists of handwritten notes, phonetic translations of Inuktitut, RCMP reports, sketches, observations on RCMP activities. Significant events include the Janes Murder Investigation, exploratory voyages, on the C.G.S. Arctic, and patrols of northern regions. Notes concern various northern regions including Pangnirtung, Port Burwell, Inuvik, Nottingham Island, and Pond Inlet.The material is predominatly textual: RCMP reports are typed; notes on local culture and correspondence is handwritten.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

The series consists of 563 photographs in print and negagtive formats. All photographs are in black and white. The series is arranged into fourteen sub-series. Each sub-series documents a particular event or subject in McInnes's career or private life. Photographs were predominantly created during McInnes's career as an Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer serving in the Canadian Arctic.

McInnes, Finley


Includes letters concerning his publication work, military service, northern expeditions, lectures, and personal letters. The letters are unbound, some are typed and some handwritten.

The series title is based on the contents of records.


The series consists of photographs in print and negagtive formats. All photographs are in black and white. The series is arranged into fourteen sub-series. Each sub-series documents a particular event or subject in McInnes's career or private life.

The series title is based on the contents of records.

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