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"Daddy and kikkies", 1911
"Daddy and kiddies", 1911
NC-82-179

Hugh Beynon Biggs family fonds

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Table of Contents

indicates that the series includes scanned documents.

Series 1 Scanned Document Hugh Beynon Biggs - Diaries. -- 1902-1940
Series 2 Hugh Beynon Biggs - Land and ranching records. -- 1897-1940
Series 3 Mabel Biggs - Estate, business and taxes. -- 1936-1965
Series 4 Family memorabilia. -- 1885-1937
Series 5 Myrtle Biggs - Flora and fauna. -- 1933-1949
Series 6 Rachel Biggs - Personal papers. -- 1930-1941
Series 7 Photographs. -- 1870s-1960s, predominant 1892-1925

Inventory

Series 1 Hugh Beynon Biggs - Diaries. -- 1902-1940. -- 13 cm of textual records (14 volumes). -- The series consists of diaries with entries primarily about running the Springfield Ranch.
M-9772-1 Diary/notebook. -- 1902-1903. -- 1 volume. -- Consists of diary entries and notes kept while still in England, working on a large estate with several agricultural allotments. He did office work, collected rents, paid wages, and observed farming infrastructure and practises.
M-9772-2 Diaries. -- 1903-1906. -- 2 volumes. -- Consists of entries re ranching activities. Also includes egg records, hunting records, lists of furniture, livestock, machinery and his "ideas" lists. The second diary includes a wedding invitation for his marrage to Mabel on April 5, 1906. The 1906 diary has been digitized.

Scanned Document View original 1906 diary, part 1.
Scanned Document View original 1906 diary, part 2.
Scanned Document View transcript of 1906 diary.
M-9772-3 Diaries. -- 1907-1908. -- 2 volumes. -- Consists of entries re ranching activities. Also includes egg records, cash accounts, and his surveying notes from studies in 1893.
M-9772-4 Diaries. -- 1909-1911. -- 2 volumes. -- Consists of entries re ranching activities. Also inculdes egg records.
M-9772-5 Diaries. -- 1912-1917. -- 2 volumes. -- Consists of entries re ranching activities. Also includes inventory of his cattle (1898-1905), egg records, temperatures, to-do lists, and cash accounts.
M-9772-6 Diaries. -- 1918-1927. -- 2 volumes. -- Consists of entries re ranching activities.
M-9772-7 Diaries. -- 1928-1937. -- 2 volumes. -- Consists of entries re ranching activities.
M-9772-8 Diary. -- 1938-1940. -- 1 volume. -- Consists of entries re ranching activities.
Series 2 Hugh Beynon Biggs - Land and ranching records. -- 1897-1940. -- 3 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of notebooks, Canadian Northern Railway agreements, and miscellaneous land records.
M-9772-9 Notebooks. -- 1897-1940. -- 3 volumes. -- Consists of acounts, wages paid to ranch hands, addresses, etc.
M-9772-10 Canadian Northern Railway. -- 1913-1932. -- Consists of correspondence and agreements re railway right-of-way through Biggs' land, bridges, and land for the Beynon townsite.
M-9772-11 Miscellaneous land records. -- 1910-1938
Series 3 Mabel Biggs - Estate, business and taxes. -- 1936-1965. -- 4 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of her husband's estate records, various business records, and her income tax returns.
M-9772-12 Estate of H.B. Biggs. -- 1943-1955
M-9772-13 Various business records. -- 1936-1954. -- Consists of correspondence and agreements re land, school district, general store, water quality, etc.
M-9772-14 Income tax returns. -- 1947, 1950, 1954-1965. -- For both the ranch and the general store.
Series 4 Family memorabilita. -- 1885-1937. -- 9 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of a diary of H.B. Bigg's father, T. Hesketh Biggs; memorabilia from India and England; newspaper clippings, greeting cards, etc.; and lids from glass plate negatives boxes.
M-9772-15 Diary of T. Hesketh Biggs. -- 1885. -- Kept while living in Lahore, India.
M-9772-16 India memorabilia. -- [ca. mid 1880s]. -- Consists of Hugh Beynon Biggs' boyhood correspondence, locks of hair, and a telegram re his grandfather's death.
M-9772-17 England memorabilia. -- 1909-1937. -- Consists of postcards, music booklet entitled "Songs of England", and a newspaper clipping about Hugh's grandrather's school.
M-9772-18 Japanese prints and an album of photos of Japan. -- 1923. -- Inscribed: "To Mabs and Hugh".
M-9772-19 Lids from glass negatives boxes. -- [ca. 1890s-1910s]. -- The boxes had been used to store glass negatives before their transfer to Glenbow.
Series 5 Myrtle Biggs - Flora and fauna. -- 1933-1949. -- 1 cm of textual records. -- 508 photographs. -- The series consists primarily of negatives and prints of flowers, trees, plants and wildlife on the Springfield Ranch.
M-9772-20 Newspaper clippings re birds, fossils and art. -- 1935 and n.d.
M-9772-21 Watercolours of native plants and flowers. -- n.d. -- 5 items. -- Signed "Agnes Beynon". [Myrtle's middle name was Agnes]
M-9772-22 Flower negatives. -- 1937-1949. -- 106 negatives. -- Includes a small photograph register, and details of f-stop, time of day photos taken, and sun levels.
M-9772-23 Negative folder. -- [ca. 1937-1949]. -- 100 negs. -- Consists of negatives of trees, ranch landscape, river, flowers. No identifications.
M-9772-24 Flower photo prints. -- [ca. 1937-1949]. -- 169 prints. -- Arranged alphabetically by name of flower. Includes a few colour photos taken in the 1970s.
M-9772-25 Bird photographs. -- 1938-1940 and n.d. -- 17 negatives. -- 16 prints. -- Consists primarily of views of hawks and small birds at a bird feeder.
M-9772-26 Other photographs. -- 1943-1948. -- 47 negatives. -- 42 prints. -- Consists of views of the ranch, landscapes, town of Beynon, bridge construction, "Ted skiing", flood, and groups at the ranch.
M-9772-27 Photograph album. -- 1933. -- 11 photographs. -- Consists of views of cats, hawks, dinosaur bones and a prairie chicken.
Series 6 Rachel Biggs - Personal papers. -- 1930-1941. -- 6 cm of textual records and photo albums. -- The series consists of Rachel's personal records as a child and young woman, including diaries, report cards, letters and photo albums.
M-9772-28 Diaries. -- 1930 and 1933
M-9772-29 School report cards and exam results. -- 1930-1933
M-9772-30 Letters from her parents. -- 1940-1941 and n.d.
M-9772-31 Memorabilia and her poetry. -- n.d.
M-9772-32 Alpha Beta Chi photo album. -- 1933. -- 48 photographs. -- Consists of views of trips taken by the group to Banff, Elkhorn Ranch, Chimney Rock and Sylvan Lake.
Series 7 Photographs. -- 1870s-1960s, predominant 1892-1925. -- 1390 photographs. -- The series consists primarily of views of the Biggs family and their activities on the Springfield Ranch. Also includes earlier photos of India and England before H.B. Biggs emigrated to Canada in 1893.

Many of these photographs have been scanned. View now.
NC-43 Family and ranch life. -- 1893-1925. -- 353 negatives. -- Also includes views of the construction of the Canadian Northern Railway line through the ranch. Photographic prints of many of these negatives are in the PD-430 albums listed below.
NC-82 Family and ranch life. -- 1893-1932. -- 236 negatives. -- Also includes views of the construction of the Canadian Northern Railway line through the ranch. Photographic prints of many of these negatives are in the PD-430 albums listed below.
NA-4195 Family and ranch life. -- [ca. 1908-1925]. -- 28 negatives
PD-430-1 Family and ranch life. -- 1893-1916. -- 1 album (268 photographs). -- Also includes views of the construction of the Canadian Northern Railway line through the ranch.
PD-430-2 Family and ranch life. -- [ca. 1900-1920]. -- 1 album (49 photographs)
PD-430-3 Family and ranch life. -- [ca. 1900-1920]. -- 1 album (31 photographs)
PA-4066 Miscellaneous loose prints. -- 1872-[ca. 1960s]. -- 81 photographs. -- Consists of Biggs family portraits, Springfield Ranch, town of Beynon, England, Guernsey, Fountains Abbey, and Switzerland. -- 81 photographs
PD-430-4 Trip to UK and Guernsey. -- 1913-1914. -- 1 album (97 photographs). -- The album also includes a few images of the Rocky Mountains and the ranch at the very end.
PD-430-5 Trip to UK and Guernsey. -- 1913-1914. -- 1 album (96 photographs)
PD-430-(6&7) Views of England. -- 1892. -- 2 albums (92 photographs). -- Probably taken by H.B. Biggs before emigrating to Canada.
PD-430-8 Views of India and Burma. -- [ca. 1870s-1880s]. -- 1 album (58 photographs). -- Probably taken by T.Hesketh Biggs, the father of H.B. Biggs.
PA-699
NA-1121
Prairie fire near Rosebud. -- [ca. 1900]. -- 1 print and 1 copy negative
M-9772-34 Trip to UK and Guernsey. -- 1913-1914. -- 2 negative folders. -- Note: All negative related to the Springfield Ranch have been transferred to NC-82.
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