Fonds PR-0616 - Hamilton Laing fonds

H.M. Laing and N. Pritchard falling a balsam fir near Comox Boring a large stump for explosives in order to remove it Stump blasting for new road near Comox. Boring fallen tree in order to date it. C.J. Smith and the 300 pound bear he shot on the plateau trail. Logging slash near Comox looking toward Constitution Hill. Old growth forest near Constitution Hill, Comox. Leaves of the Cascara Sagrada. Cascara Sagrada in tablet and liquid forms. C.J. Smith drying Cascara bark. Blasting an old stump during land clearing near Comox Probing base of stump prior to setting sticks of dynamite, Comox J.M. McKenzie and Tom Wright using horses to pull out a boulder Eng Steven's cabin on Caribou Creek, Vancouver Island. Short-billed gulls landing in the newly turned earth behind a horse-drawn plough team. Cutting up a red fir at Comox. View of H. Smith farm at Merville showing deer-pruned carrot tops. H.M. Laing posing at Black Creek with skull and antlers of a bull elk. H.M. Laing shake-making. Brant geese of the beach at Comox. Forest fire burn at McBains Swamp, about eight miles inland near Caribou Creek. View of forest fire burn about eight miles inland along the Oyster River. View of 1938 forest fire burn in green woods near Hell Diver Lake. Forest fire burn at end of auto trail from Camp III en route to Hell Diver Lake. C.J. Smith resting in front of first growth timber near Comox. John Pritchard packing out a blacktail deer. C.J. Smith stripping Cascara Sagrada bark. Last spar tree at Constitution Hill near Comox. Hamilton Mack Laing standing in crater formed by 100 sticks of dynamite used to blow out an old s... Ruins of sawmill after the Merville fire, Merville, BC.
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Hamilton Laing fonds

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  • 1870-1982 (Creation)
    Laing, Hamilton Mack, 1883-1982

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6.9 m of textual records, 7904 photographs and cartographic material

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Hamilton Laing was a naturalist, photographer and journalist from Comox, B.C.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, notes and manuscripts of articles and books concerning birds, mammals and plants, and notes and correspondence concerning pioneering in rural Manitoba and Comox, B.C. Personal correspondence includes that with his mother, his wife, and other family members. Fonds includes photographs, miscellaneous tax and financial records, maps of North America, and records relating to house construction. In 2024, Laing's field notebooks, journals and diaries were added to the fonds, having been transferred from Natural History at the Royal BC Museum.

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Archives code(s): MS-1309; MS-1900; MS-3593

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Accession number(s): 83-052; 198310-002; 18492A; 82-072; 198310-001; M889016; 198501-015; 199002-002; 2024.015

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