Item FC 3216.3 P63 R64 1.1.11 - Pocock Scrapbook (1897 - [1900])

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Pocock Scrapbook (1897 - [1900])

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  • Graphic material
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  1. Roger Pocock - 1897 and thereabouts - Ride to Mexico - Diamond Jubilee (NWMP photos, etc.) - Articles, pictures, etc. by Pocock - Some Lena Ashwell

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FC 3216.3 P63 R64 1.1.11

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  • 1897 - [1900] (Creation)
    Pocock, Roger

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1 scrapbook ; ~23 leaves ; 37.5 x 28.4 cm

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Henry Roger Ashewell Pocock was born November 9, 1865 at Cookham, Berkshire, England. He came to Canada with his father in 1882, and settled in Brockville, Ontario. In 1882 and 1883, he attended the Guelph Agricultural College, and subsequently took a job as a surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Pocock enlisted with the North-West Mounted Police at Fort Osborne in 1884. When the North West Rebellion broke out, Pocock marched with Colonel Irvine's relief force from Regina to Prince Albert in the winter weather, freezing his feet during the trek. As a result of the advanced frostbite to his feet, Pocock had to have several toes amputated, rendering him an invalid constable. He kept a diary/scrapbook for each year he was with the N.W.M.P., and later used the collections to write and publish a series of fictional books based on his experiences, the first successful of which was a biographical work titled "Following the Frontier" (N.Y., 1903) also published as "A Frontiersman" (London, 1903). According to Watters (A Check List of Canadian Literature, 1628-1950), Pocock published at least 15 titles between 1888 and 1931. In 1905, Pocock went on to found "The Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth." He died November 12, 1941.

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Pocock's 1897 scrapbook containing mostly textual and graphic materials about his trip to Mexico. It also consists of cuttings of his publications and photographs.

Scrapbook contains:
Photographs of identified NWMP officers at Diamond Jubilee, NMWP outside at Fort Macleod (Steele and company), Blackfoot people, camp etc. on 4 July 1897 in Montana and Fort Macleod, unidentified landscapes, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, white horse bought in Chihuahua, Mexico, purchased photographs of Apache and Navajo people, many photos related to the Mexico ride.
Imprint cuttings of Indigenous people, NWMP, and pictures of Lena Ashwell.
Sketch of Pocock
Letters from John Barrie of Surrey, and Lloyd's Weekly and a letter about the sale of his father's house (with his father's signature on letter).
Cuttings of articles written by Pocock including the series about his ride to Mexico for Lloyd's Weekly, "Hunting in Western America", "Louis Riel's Private Diary", "Our Adventure Series", "A Matter of Anarchists", " A World in Flames", "A Race Round the Horn", "The Voyage of a Pirate", and "Most Wonderful Regiment in the World". There are also cuttings of various topics of interest to Pocock.
Bills of sale.
Diary entries about his ride to Mexico.
Maps of Arizona, New Mexico, Montana.

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Scrapbook in is good condition ; Binding still intact ; Tipped in and pasted items still in place

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  • English
  • Spanish

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All researchers (including students, faculty, visiting scholars, and members of the general public) must submit a Retrieval Request Form at least 24 hours before their visit to Bruce Peel Special Collections in order to be sure that library materials have been retrieved from storage and are available for their use.

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Formerly accessioned as 2008.

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