Item FC 3216.3 P63 R64 1.1.15 - Pocock Scrapbook (1904)

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Pocock Scrapbook (1904)

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  • Graphic material
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4. Roger Pocock - 1904 - Notes, pictures, etc. Danish Greenland expedition - Some odds and ends

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FC 3216.3 P63 R64 1.1.15

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  • 1904 (Creation)
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    Pocock, Roger

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1 scrapbook ; ~37 leaves ; 37.7 x 27.6 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 Resistance 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 1904 scrapbook consisting of graphic and textual materials that document his travels from Denmark to Greenland.

Scrapbook contains:
Photographs of people, ships, and places related to Pocock's expedition from Denmark to Greenland.
Brief diary entries of the day-to-day events from 19 December 1903 to 28 December 1904.
Letter of recommendation for Pocock from the Marquees of Landsdowne to supply an introduction to the Majesty's Minister in Copenhagen in attempt to let Pocock join the expedition from Denmark to Greenland, dated 19 April 1904.
Map of Copenhagen.
Map that charts the passage of Pocock's ship from Denmark to Greenland.
Hand-drawn maps of the area around Disko Bugt, and Upernivik.
Imprints of places around Denmark and Germany.
Watercolour and acrylic paintings of landscapes and seascapes from Denmark to Greenland.
Articles written by Pocock of his Greenland expedition called "The More Northerly House on Earth" and of the war in Russia such as "Russian Discontent", "Russia at War", "Russia in War Time", "The Russian Peasant Who is Revolting against the Government", and "Father Ivan - A Worker of Miracles".

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Scrapbook is in good condition. Covers and leaves are still bound together.

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  • Danish
  • English

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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 2008.6.1.1.13

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