Fonds PR-0465 - George Henry Raley fonds

Group photo at Coqualeetza; Reverend George Henry Raley file. Group of children at Coqualeetza; Reverend George Henry Raley file. Children sewing at Coqualeetza; Reverend George Henry Raley file. Group of four young girls at Coqualeetza; Reverend George Henry Raley envelope No. 3. Jacobsen and his wife oolichan fishing at River's Inlet A Bella Coola woman; Raley file.

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George Henry Raley fonds

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  • textual record
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  • [ca. 1883]-1957 (Creation)
    Raley, George Henry, 1863-1958

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56.5 cm of textual records, 550 photographs, 3 maps

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George Henry Raley was born in England. Ordained as a Methodist minister, he arrived in Kitimat (Kitamaat) in 1893 to set up a mission there. He transferred to Port Simpson in 1906 before assuming the duties of principal at the Coqualeetza Institute (Indian School) in Sardis from 1914 to 1945. He conducted extensive research into totem poles, Indian crafts and the Kitimat Indian language. He died in Vancouver.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, speeches, research notes, and articles of George Henry Raley pertaining to his years as a Methodist missionary in Kitimat, Fort Simpson and Sardis. Fonds includes minutes and petitions of Kitimat Indians, notebooks of Kitimat resident Arthur Wellington Clah, Raley's research and notes on the Kitimat language, and maps (1898-1913) of Kitimat and area. The fonds also includes photographs of Coqualeetza Institute, agricultural scenes and school activities.

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To find the call numbers for the lower level files and items within the fonds, browse under "Raley" in the old manuscript catalogue in the BC Archives reference room.

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Archives code(s): 198208-050; H/D/R13

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Accession number(s): 198208-050; M889165

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  • Box: 000827-0001
  • Box: 000827-0002