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"Peace River Jim" Cornwall, ca. 1910-1917

James Kennedy Cornwall fonds

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Series 1

Fort Resolution

M-272-1Journal, Fort Resolution. - 1861-1862. - Re daily activities of Hudson's Bay Company employees (September 1861-March 1862). [probably written by Alexander Mackenzie.]

Journal, Fort Resolution. - 1880-1883. - Consists of a journal describing the daily activities of the employees at the Hudson's Bay Company trading post on the south shore of Great Slave Lake, NWT (September 1880-January 1883). The journal, probably kept by James Flett, also describes the weather, missionary work, and First Nations. Includes entries related to Beaulieu family, William Carpenter Bompas, Julian Stewart Camsell, Reverend Dupire, James Flett, Charles P. Gaudet, Reverend Dickson MacDonald, Dr. William MacKay,and William Norn. The first page is unreadable. View now.

M-272-3Fur trade share statements. - 1881. - Includes "Statement of Annual Dividends 1/85 share realized by the Fur Trade Returns of the Hudsons' Bay Company from the 'Coalition' to 'Reorganization' at the close of Ot. 1871 - 51 years" and "Statement Showing the ascertained and probable value of each 1/100 share of profits accruing to the Fur Trade Commissioned Officers of the Hudson's Bay Company from 'Reorganization' in 1872 to the expiry of the existing 'Guarantee' at the close of Ot. 1881."
M-272-4List of goods. - 1881. - Intended for the trade of Fort Resolution, Outfit 1882, written by Roderick MacFarlane.
M-272-5 Memoranda. - 1882. - Intended for Fort Resolution, written by Roderick MacFarlane. Includes information related to the Beaulieu family, Julian Stewart Camsell, James Flett, and Roderick Macfarlane.
M-272-6News statement, Ottawa. - 1885. - Sent to Prince Albert post of Hudson's Bay Company.

Series 2

James Kennedy Cornwall

M-272-7 Correspondence. - 1908. - Re petition listing First Nations' demands relating to conditions in region of Peace River Crossing. Includes information re Beaver Indians and Alexander Mackenzie.
M-272-8Biographical sketch and stationery. - ca. 1910-1955. - Re J.K. Cornwall and his shipping interests.
M-272-9Article. - ca. 1930s. - Re waterpower and mining in Great Slave Lake area.
M-272-10 Canadian Forces newssheet. - 1918. - "Iron Rations" published by No. 1 Company, 8th Battalion, C.R.T. at Mouscron, Belgium, during the First World War.
M-272-11Telegraph code book. - nd. - "Slaters Telegraphic Code" used to send telegrams in Peace River region.
M-272-12Memos. - 1944 and nd. - Re the development of the Peace River area.
M-272-13Memo. - nd. - Re the fur trade by J.K. Cornwall.
M-272-14 Memos, etc. - nd. - Re railways in Peace River region. Includes information re Pacific Great Eastern Railway.
M-272-15Report. - nd. - Re Wapiti and Monkman pass railway routes, Hansard, British Columbia to Grande Prairie, Alberta.
M-272-16 Booklet. - 1928. - Re Sir George Simpson Centennial celebration, Fort St. James (September 17, 1928) and unveiling of tablet, Simpson Pass on the High Road from Banff to Windermere, British Columbia (September 20, 1928). Includes information re Robert Randolph Bruce, Reverend Nicholas Coccola, T.C. Elliott, Frederic William Howay, Chief Charles Martin, Alexander Campbell Murray, Charles V. Sale, and Sir George Simpson.
M-272-17Maps. - nd. - Showing outlet routes from Peace River, natural resources map of Peace River, Finlay River and Omineca mineral belt.
M-272-18Newsclippings. - 1908-1926 and nd. - Re northern fur trade, J.K. Cornwall and promotion of the Peace River region.
M-271 James Kennedy Cornwall. - 1912-1955. - Consists of articles and newsclippings re life in the Peace River district. Includes newsclippings re military career in First World War.

Series 3

Photographs. - 1897-1929

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PA-1722 Peace River Jim carrying mail; Moostoos (Cree); Inuit views; caribou swimming river; etc. - 20 photographs
PB-430 Portrait of Prince (husky dog) and Treaty 8 payments; headstone of Twelve Foot Davis; witnesses at King murder trial. - [ca. 1899-1919]. - 5 photographs
PC-137 Boat on chutes; Inuit girls; Cree in log house. - [early 1900s]. - 4 photographs
NA-2760-(1-8) James K. Cornwall, Treaty 8, buffalo at Wainwright, dogteam, etc. - 1897-1929. - 8 photographs
NA-3411-1 Poster in Cree, used in J.K. Cornwall's political campaign. - 1905. - 1 photograph

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