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Archibald McKinlay Diary Part 1

File consists of one diary of Archibald McKinlay, the first of two. The diary spans November 3, 1876 to February 9, 1877 and documents McKinlay's travels to reserves as reserve commissioner and includes copies of correspondence, basic census information for Indigenous communities, and translations of Indigenous languages.

McKinlay, Archibald, 1811-1891

Archibald McKinlay Diary Part 2

File consists of the diary of Archibald McKinlay, the second part of two. The diary documents his travels in the role of reserve commissioner through the Okanagan region, and also contains copies of outward correspondence and expenses. A loose sheet in the back of the diary contains copies of letters written by James McKinlay and a list of plants.

McKinlay, Archibald, 1811-1891

Correspondence

The file consists of both original and photostat copies of correspondence written by James Anderson between 1854 and 1859. Correspondence is both personal and professional in nature. The majority of the correspondence is addressed to Sir George Simpson, although the file also includes letters to Anderson's brother, Alexander Caulfield Anderson, and to a number of other HBC employees.

The photostats appear to have been made of pages 284 to 308 of a letterbook written while Anderson was at Lake Simcoe between December 1858 and November 1859.

Correspondence outward

The file consists of original correspondence written by James Anderson between 1846 and 1849 during his time at Lake Nipigon. The letters are personal in nature and are addressed to his brother, assumed to be Alexander Caulfield Anderson. The earliest pieces of correspondence predate Anderson's 1847 promotion to Chief Trader, and document his disappointment at being passed over for promotion. The letters contain references to events affecting other HBC personnel, including the 1845 suicide of William Glen Rae.

Indian Commission album

  • MS-3433
  • Series
  • 1879-1881

The series consists of a photograph album, known as the Indian Commission album, but possibly created by or for Dr. I.W. Powell (Superintendent of Indian Affairs for British Columbia) or A.C. Anderson (Commission and Fisheries Inspector) after 1881. It contains 100 photographs from Powell and Anderson's visits to First Nations communities on the British Columbia coast in 1879 and 1881. The photographs were taken by various photographers who accompanied Powell on his trips, including O.C. Hastings and Edward Dossetter. They are of the First Nations villages and people, the ship HMS Rocket and its crew, and landscapes encountered.