Fonds MSS 157 - Josiah Jones Bell fonds

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Josiah Jones Bell fonds

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1.49 m of textual records and other material

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Josiah Jones Bell was born to Robert and Emeline Sedate (ne Jones) Bell in the 1800s in Carleton Place, Beckwith Township, Lanark County, Ontario. He had a sister, Isabella, and a brother, Robert William. Bell was an Ensign with the Ontario Battalion in Colonel Garnet Wolseley's Red River Expedition of 1870. The expedition was intended to exert Canadian sovereignty in the newly created Province of Manitoba. Bell passed away on 23 October 1931 in Rockcliffe, Carleton County, Ontario.

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The records appear to have been in the possession of R. (Robert) Murray Bell in 1966, as he was responsible for lending the records to the Department of Public Records and Archives in Toronto (now the Archives of Ontario) for microfilming purposes that same year. R. Murray Bell was the grandson of J.J. Bell’s brother, Robert William. The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections purchased the fonds in 2001 from Hugh Anson-Cartwright, an antiquarian bookseller located in Toronto, with funds from the Frank Allen Family Research Fund and the Archives' Alumni Association Fund.

Source: R. Murray Bell obituary, "Toronto Globe & Mail," 14 August 1998, p. A11

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The fonds consists of material pertaining to Bell's activities in the Wolseley Expedition. It documents the Expedition's journey to the Red River Settlement, its return to Thunder Bay, and its work in exploring and laying telegraph lines in the west from 1875 to 1876. In addition to the 1.49 m of textual records the fonds includes 27 photographs, 37 lantern slides and 3 maps (including one plan). The articles and lantern slides relate to a presentation Bell gave in later years on the history of these events.

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This collection is organized into eleven series.

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  • English

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The Archives of Ontario maintains one reel of microfilm (Accession Number 4310, MS 145) copied in 1966 from the textual records found in this fonds.

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Preferred citation: Josiah Jones Bell fonds

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Photograph Collection

PC 163

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Quality checked by Mary Grace P. Golfo on 24 February 2017.

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