Item FC 3216.3 P63 R64 1.1.13 - Pocock Scrapbook (1902 - 1903)

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Pocock Scrapbook (1902 - 1903)

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1) Roger Pocock - 1902-3 Great adventures & other P. - Printed articles - P.S. Norway Paintings, comic papers, cuttings and pictures re Lena Ashwell

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FC 3216.3 P63 R64 1.1.13

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  • 1902-1903 (Creation)
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    Pocock, Roger

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1 scrapbook ; ~35 leaves ; 38.2 x 27.5 cm

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(1865-1941)

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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 1902-1903 scrapbook consisting of textual and graphic materials related to his publications and travels in Europe.

Scrapbook contains:
Photographs of his sister, Daisy; himself in profile; and various individuals and scenes that illustrate Pocock's articles, such as men on horses.
Sketched portraits of Daisy and a self portrait.
Oil painting entitled "A Mother's Vision".
Watercolour paintings of landscapes, seascapes, unidentified people, and scenes of Bergen, Trondhjem, and Gardenstown.
Clippings of articles and stories written by Pocock including the "Great Adventurers" series and "A Gap in the World", "The Yokohoma Pirates", "The Lost Trooper", "The Terror on the Ice", "The War on the Skeena", "A British Consul's Daily Life", "The Search for Death", "North-West Mounted Police", "Hunting a Horse Thief", and "The Flying Dutchman".
Imprints of RCMP, Lena Ashwell and buildings and people in Trondhjem, Gardenstown, Aberdeen, and Banff, UK.
Ephemera including a ticket to see the coronation of King Edward VII, a menu, and various items from "The Nameless Club"
Diary entries for the years 1902-1903 (sparse).
Letter to Daisy.

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Scrapbook is in poor condition ; Front and back covers loose ; Spine is detached ; First 10 sheets are no longer bound together ; Otherwise contents of scrapbook intact and legible

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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 2008.6.1.1.11

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