Fonds PR-1678 - Fort Simpson (Columbia Department) fonds

Letter book : correspondence outward Letter to the Commanding Officer at Fort Simpson Fort Simpson journal

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Fort Simpson (Columbia Department) fonds

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  • 1841-1862; 1875 (Creation)
    Hudson's Bay Company. Fort Simpson (Columbia Department)

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13 cm of textual records

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Fort Simpson was established by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1831 near the mouth of the Nass River, British Columbia. The fort was planned and constructed by Aemilius Simpson and Chief Trader Peter Skene Ogden. Simpson died there in September 1831 and the fort was named in his honour. In 1834 the fort was moved to the Tsimpsean Peninsula. The fort was closed in 1913 and in 1924 the name Port Simpson was adopted for the village in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada.

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The custodial history of these records is unknown, however those with an M accession number are listed in the 1936 "M" series register (ADI0018).

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The fonds consists of letter books (1841-1844; 1851-1855) correspondence inward (1851) and journals (1842-1843; 1859-1962) created by various employees at Fort Simpson. It also contains some extraneous material added in to the individual volumes.

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Conservation restriction: use transcripts and microfilm copies, see item level records for details.

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For fur trade returns from Fort Simpson see A/B/20/V3, part of the Fort Vancouver fonds PR-1682
For related records see PR-1672, Hamilton Moffatt fonds.
Associated records held by the Hudson's Bay Company Archives at the Archives of Manitoba.

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Archives code(s): A/B/20/Si2; A/B/20/Si22; A/C/20/R79; A/B/20/Si2.1; A/C/20/Si

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Accession number(s): PR-1678


Some conservation work was done in 1983.

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