Archive Finding Aids

Here are detailed file-by-file descriptions of the contents of specific fonds and/or links to scanned documents.

Walter F. Sheppard, bugler, 1885
Walter F. Sheppard, bugler, 1885

Robert H. Nichols fonds

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Table of Contents

indicates that the series includes scanned documents.

Series 1 Textual records. -- 1921-1967, predominant 1940-1967
Series 2 Photographs. -- [ca. 1860s-1960s]


Series 1 Textual records. -- 1921-1967, predominant 1940-1967. -- 25 cm of textual records
M-4503-1 North-West Mounted Police / Royal Canadian Mounted Police firearms. -- n.d. -- Consists of two notebooks, one consisting of notes taken from NWMP Annual Reports (1907-1909) and the other outlining guns used by the Mounties and used during the South African War. The notes outline some aspects of the history of the force.
M-4503-2 NWMP cartoons, song, etc. -- 1903-1917. -- Includes sketches, cartoons, and a song abou the Royal North-West Mounted Police which was composed by Special Constable Gardiner in 1917.
M-4503-3 NWMP pass, payslip, etc. -- 1905-1944. -- Includes copies of RNWMP payslip and discharge pass issued to Corporal A.M. Robertson in 1905; and an RCMP Christmas card received by Nichols in 1964.
M-4503-4 RCMP newspaper clippings. -- 1940-1967. -- Includes articles by former RCMP officers re the force and its development and personalities; and articles about Charcoal, Sitting Bull, Red Crow, the North-West Rebellion, etc.
M-4503-5 Newspaper clippings re Albert Johnson . -- 1957
M-4503-6 Newspaper clippings re George A. Allen. -- 1961-1962. -- Allen served with the RNWMP, RCMP, British Columbia Provincial Police, and Victoria City Police.
M-4503-7 Letters re Walter F. Sheppard, NWMP office. -- 1895-1902
M-4503-8 British Columbia First Nations. -- n.d. -- Consists of reminiscences re Sooke tribe; copy of land sale between Sooke tribe and the Hudson's Bay Company, and Indian legend, etc.
M-4503-9 Newspaper clippngs re Canadian and American First Nations. -- 1931-1967. -- Re British Columbia First Nations; memoirs of Thomas Henry Tibbles, Beothuks of Newfoundland, etc.
M-4503-10 Newspaper clippings re Iroquois. -- 1955
M-4503-11 Newspaper clippings re Plains Indians. -- 1955-1964
M-4503-12 Treaty medals. -- 1963 and n.d. -- Consists of a letter and catalogue re Indian treaty medals and other historic medals.
M-4503-13 Trade routes. -- n.d. -- Consists of map, notes, extracts from newspaper articles, correspondence, etc. 1860-1964. Includes two articles by Nichols called "Grease Trail Trade Routes" and "Highways of the Past".
M-4503-14 "Argus" letter. -- 1861. -- Consists of a copy of a letter written by Special Correspondent "Argus" from Forks City to The British Colonist newspaper in Victoria about his visit to the gold mining town.
M-4503-15 Hudson's Bay Company. -- 1921-1965. -- Consists of newspaper clippings, notes, etc. re the HBC, fur trade, trappers, Fort Garry, Fort Victoria, Fort Nelson, Fort Babine, Fort Macleod, etc. Includes an account of a trip by George Simpson from York Factory to the Pacific (1828). Also includes articles re the Geological Survey of Canada, British Columbia imigration laws, coast Indian money, letters of Harold P. Wilson, etc.
M-4503-16 British Columbia Provincial Police daily reports, Princeton, BC. -- 1927-1928
M-4503-17 British Columbia and RCMP history. -- 1935-1967. -- Consists of notes and newspaper clippings about the Vancouver opium trade; Kootenai Brown; BC post offices (1875); Clifford W. Harrison; and William Hayward. Includes pamphlets from Battleford and Batoche re historic sites.
M-4503-18 "Charting British Columbia's Coastal Waters" / Richard H. Nichols. -- 1957. Includes two charts.
M-4503-19 Newspaper clippings and notes re historical artifacts and collections. -- 1959-1965
M-4503-20 Natural history newspaper clippings. -- 1960-1966. -- Primarily articles by O.E. French in the Daily Colonist re buffalo, sled dogs, moose, etc.
M-4503-21 Articles by Guy Blanchet re the Canadian north. -- 1960-1966. -- Includes Blanchet's obituary.
M-4503-22 Centennial canoe race. -- 1966. -- Consists of newspaper clippings re the First Canadian Centennial Canoe Pageant, in which 10 canoes followed th route of early British Columbia explorers and raced from Fort St. James to Vancouver.
Series 2 Photographs. -- [ca. 1860s-1960s]. -- 42 photographs

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PA-3807-1 St. Luke’s Church, Fort Vermilion, Alberta. -- [ca. 1877-1878]. -- Mission House in the distance. -- 1 photograph
PA-3807-2 Sod house near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. -- 1885. -- 1 photograph
PA-3807-3 Group of Blackfoot, Calgary, Alberta. -- 1907. -- 1 photograph
PA-3807-(4-5) Barnard’s Express and Stage Line, Yale and Cariboo, British Columbia. -- [ca. 1860s]. -- 2 photographs
PA-3807-6 Walter Festing Sheppard, bugler for Winnipeg Mounted Infantry. -- 1885. -- 1 photograph
PA-3807-7 View believed to be of Sergeant Colin Colebrook. -- [ca. 1895]. -- Shot by Almighty Voice near Kinistino, Saskatchewan in 1895. --1 photograph
PA-3807-8 E Division, North-West Mounted Police contingent for South Africa, Calgary, Alberta. -- 190. -- 1 photograph
PA-3807-9 Members of the South Africa Contingent of the Canadian Mounted Rifles, Cape Town, South Africa. -- 1900. -- 1 photograph
PA-3807-10 Prisoners and police guards at Regina, Saskatchewan. -- [ca.1895-1900]. -- 1 photograph
PA-3807-(11-12) First Nations dancers, Victoria, British Columbia. -- 1898. -- 2 photographs
PA-3807-13 Train robber killed by Special Constable Isaac Decker. -- 1909. -- 1 photograph
PA-3807-14 Two-storey outhouse and hotel, Midway, British Columbia. -- 1954. -- 1 photograph
PA-3807-(15-16) Deadman Creek Shuswap Indian village and cemetery, British Columbia. -- 1966. -- 2 photographs
PA-3807-(17-27) Wolf Creek Ranch buildings, near Wasa, British Columbia. -- 1966. -- 11 photogtraphs
PA-3807-(28-42) Roy Woodward, actor and animal impersonator. -- [ca. 1902-1960s]. -- Includes views of Woodward as the Scarecrow in production of The Wizard of Oz and Hank the Mule. -- 15 photographs
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