Fonds MSS 15, PC 13 - Margaret Arnett MacLeod fonds

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Margaret Arnett MacLeod fonds

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0.9 m of textual records. -- 19 photographs.

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Margaret Arnett MacLeod was born in 1877 in London, Ontario, and later moved to Manitoba with her family. Her father, Lewis Arnett, came to the Red River region with the Ontario volunteers in the Wolseley Expedition of 1870. She was educated in Brandon and Winnipeg and taught in Stonewall, Manitoba, before marrying Dr. A.N. MacLeod. In 1935, she wrote The Frozen Priest of Pembina and, in 1937, wrote Bells of Red River. In 1947, she compiled her most famous work, The Letters of Letitia Hargrave. She also wrote Red River Festive Season (1962) and Grantown, the story of Cuthbert Grant, which she compiled in collaboration with Dr. W.L. Morton in 1963.

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The Margaret Arnett MacLeod fonds includes photocopies of the letters of Letitia Hargrave, of her husband, James Hargrave, and of several of his colleagues in the employ of the Hudson's Bay Company between the years 1837 and 1865. Also included are the original letters which complement the Hargrave Manuscripts held by the Champlain Society and the papers of the Hudson's Bay Company.

Mrs. MacLeod's "notes" to the Letitia Hargrave Letters include biographical information in minute detail about both senior and junior employees of the Hudson's Bay Company. The information has been verified through Hudson's Bay Company records and would save the researcher hours of unnecessary searching and duplication of effort. The "notes" and correspondence of Mrs. MacLeod cover a wider period than the Letters of Letitia Hargrave. They complete the genealogy of the Hargrave family up to 1947.

As so many of the early officials of the Hudson's Bay Company were Scottish, those investigating the Scotch in Canada for genealogical or historical reasons may well find the perusal of this fonds rewarding.

The materials in the fonds also relate to the development of the fur trade, the social life and customs in nineteenth century Canadian trading posts, early northern missions, and the hardships of pioneer life.

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This collection is organized into 8 series, namely:
• Correspondence
• Research Materials
• Other Correspondence
• Manuscript and rough drafts for Letters of Letitia Hargrave
• "Notes" for Letitia Hargrave Letters
• Original Letters which have been encapsulated (Oversized)
• Other encapsulated documents (Oversized)
• Photographs (PC 13)

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  • English

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No restrictions other than those of normal copyright law have been placed on the materials of the Margaret Arnett MacLeod fonds.

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Eight pamphlets have been removed for cataloguing, classification and addition to the Rare Book Collection of the Archives & Special Collections. These pamphlets were mentioned either in the text of Letters of Letitia Hargrave or in the footnotes accompanying the text. The items are as follows:

Bryce, Mrs. George. Early Red River Culture. Winnipeg, Manitoba Free Press Company. 1901.

Mitchell, Ross. The Early Doctors of Manitoba.

Ogston, W.H. Canadian Voyages and Experiences, 1840, 1861, 1948. Dumfires: Robert Dinwiddie and Co. Ltd. 1950.

Stewart, David A. Dickens the Reformer. An address to the Dickens Fellowship, Winnipeg Branch No. 25 on the one hundred and twenty-first anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Feb. 7, 1933.

Stewart, David A. Sir John Richardson, Surgeon, Physician, Sailor, Explorer, Naturalist, Scholar. A paper read at the combined meeting of the British and Canadian Medical Associations, Winnipeg. August 1930.

Wallace, W.S. Captain Miles Macdonell's "Journal of a Jaunt to Amherstburg in 1801. Reprinted from The Canadian historical Review, June 1944.

Wallace, W.S. An Unwritten Chapter of the Fur-Trade. Presidential address before the Royal Society of Canada.

Wallace, W.S. Sir Henry Lefroy's Journey to the North-West in 1833-4.

Nineteen photos of both places and persons in Scotland and connected with the Hudson's Bay Company have been added to the Photograph Collection under the number PC 13. Also transferred is a copy of Queen Victoria's proclamation of her coronation in 1838.

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Created by Julianna Trivers in June 2002.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona on 05 June 2017.

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