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David Thompson memorial fort, Windermere Valley, 1922
David Thompson memorial fort, Windermere Valley, 1922

Basil G. Hamilton fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Diaries and personal papers. -- 1893-1942
Series 2 Photographs. -- 1882-1925


Series 1 Diaries and personal papers. -- 1893-1942
M-469-1 B.G. Hamilton's diary. -- 1893-1895. -- Re travels as representative of the Canadian Pacific Railway land department in southwestern Manitoba; and in Maple Creek, Swift Current, Wapella and Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Includes entries related to Assiniboine River, Beaver Creek, Belgians and French and Scots in Manitoba, Boissevain, Brandon, Fort William, Hamiota, A.E. Hardy, Hartney, First Nations mortuary customs, Moosomin, Oak Lake, Oak River, Pipestone, Qu'Appelle River, Rapid City, Swift Current, Virden, Wapella, and Winnipeg.
M-469-2 B.G. Hamilton's diary. -- 1986. -- Re Saskatchewan area. Entries describe the country, his methods of travel, prairie fires and hospitalitiy received. Includes entries related of buffalo, Buffalo Lake,Cannington Manor, geese, Grand Coulee, Indian Head, Moose Mountain, Moose Jaw, Oxbow, prairie fires, Qu'Appelle, Regina, and Wapella.
M-469-3 B.G. Hamilton's diary. -- 1901. -- Re work as special grain commissioner for the Manitoba Free Press. Gives detailed descriptions of towns in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Includes entries related to Alameda, Arcola, Albert Austin (boxer), Brandon, Carlyle, Carman, Carnduff, Deloraine, duellng, Elkhorn, Estevan, Glenboro, Hirsch, Reverend W. Hodnett, Icelanders in Manitoba, Indian Head, Manitou, Melita, Miami, Moose Mountain, Moose Jaw, Oxbow, Pembina Mountains, Senator Perley, Portage La Prairie, Rathwell, Red Handed Mike, Regina, Roland, Rosebank, Walter Scott, C.M. Shower, Sintaluta, Souris, Weyburn and Wolseley.
M-469-4 B.G. Hanilton's diary. -- 1905. -- Re day-to-day life and social encounters in Calgary. Includes entries related to Miss Roxie Alexander, Alexander Allan, Major W.B. Barwis, Miss Effie M. Blair, P. Turner Bone, George Brown, Herbert M. Cherry, Reverend John H. Clark, Miss Myrtle M. Cushing, Alexander Scott Dawson, J. Lonsdale Doupe, Mrs. James Findlay, Mrs. John S. Hall, Miss Birdie Harris, J.A. O'Neil Hayes, Colonel Lawrence Herchmer, H.H. Honens, Wesley Hooper, Jeremiah Jessup, Henry Sepmus Jones, Bert Keating, Reverend Stanley Keene, Colin Kerr, R.N. Kirkpatrick, C.S. Lott, John Niblock, Dean E.C. Paget, Bishop Cyprian Pinkham, Dr. Frederick S. Pope, Mrs. Charles W. Rowley, George T. Seyman, William Skitch, H.R. Dudley Smith, telephones, W.A. Thompson, William Tode, Archdeacon W.F. Webb, Arthur O. Wheeler, and Hector Wheeler.
M-469-5 B.G. Hamilton's diaries. -- 1012-1915, 1917-1918. -- Consists of notes re Kootenay people, Invermere, Wilmer, and life in the Windermere Valley.
M-469-6 Letters and notes re Fort Kootenae relics. -- 1912-1928
M-469-7 Letter re Joseph Howse. -- 1929
M-469-8 Correspondence re David Thompson fort site. -- 1934-1935. -- Includes correspondence between Mrs. A.M. Hamilton and the government re the original site of the David Thompson post.
M-469-9 Articles about David Thompson, written by B.G. Hamilton.
M-469-10 Correspondence with Diamond Jenness re First Nations artifacts. -- 1935
M-469-11 Notes, letters and diagrams re site of Fort Kootenae. -- 1912-1932. -- Includes correspondence with J.B. Tyrrell
M-469-12 Information re the David Thompson highway. -- 1922-1924. -- Includes Banff-Windermere car sticker (1923); poem and newspaper clippings about the highway; and program of 1922 summer activities and events in the Windermere district.
M-469-13 Newspaper clippings about Collingwood, Ontario. -- 1927-1935. -- Consists of Hamilton's recollections of his early life there.
M-469-14 Information re Hudson's Bay Company and Northwest Fur Company. -- 1916-1928. -- Consists of article by Captain Cecil Denny re building of the first HBC at Calgary in 1876; extract from diary of David Douglas, Scottish naturalist; leaflet of Thunder Bay Historical Society re Fort Kaministiquia (later Fort William); and newspaper clippings about the fur trade companies. Includes information related to J.J. Barter, John Bunn, Fort Calgary, Carlton House, William Clark, Isaac Cowie, Fort Edmonton, Fort Garry, Fort Macleod, Fort Qu'Appelle, liquor trade, Reverend George McDougall, Oak Point post, and Edmund Taylor
M-469-15 Newspaper clippings re Red River. -- 1916-1925. -- Primarily concenring settlement and personalities. Includes material related to Colin Campbell, Flora Campbell, William Coldwell, HBC currency, Mary Inkster, James Inkster, Alexander Isbister, Nor'Wester newpaper, Lord Selkirk, and Honorable John Taylor
M-469-16 Information re Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and Waterton National Park. -- 1924-1942
M-469-17 Miscellaneous newspaper clippnigs. -- 1898-1916. -- Re Lethbridge history, criminals in Alberta, buffalo and broncos. Includes material related to Alberta Railway and Coal Company, buffalo, James Finn, William Foster, and Northwest Coal and Navigation Company.
M-469-18 Information re place names and British Columbia history. -- 1922-1926. -- Includes material related to Albert Canyon, Rosser, and Salmo.
M-469-19 Leaflets re the western provinces. -- 1903-1915. -- Includes one re use of scows on the Athabasca River.
M-469-20 Article re Paradise Mine, British Columbia. -- 1928
M-469-21 Chronology of Lake Windermere district by B.G. Hamilton. -- 1930
M-469-22 Booklet re Athalmer, British Columbia. -- n.d.
Series 2

Photographs. -- 1882-1925. -- 68 photographs

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PA-966 Boorne and May views of Cascade Mountain, Banff, Great Glacier and Calgary. -- [late 1800s]. -- 4 photographs
NA-1135 Views of western Canada, the Windermere area of British Columbia, Kootenay people, and David Thompson memorial celebrations. -- 1882-1925. -- 64 photographs
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