Fonds gpr-2650 - Hudson's Bay Company fonds

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Hudson's Bay Company fonds

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GPR gpr-2650

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  • 1834-1863 (Creation)
    Hudson's Bay Co.

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4 cm of textual records

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The ledgers originated from the trading post at Dunvegan, but were moved at some point to Fort St. John. The documents were discovered in the summer of 1942 by Clarence Anderson in a dilapidated building which had been part of the Hudson's Bay Company trading post at Fort St. John. At the time, Clarence was a member of the Canadian construction crew on the Alaska Highway, and when the US Army ordered the demolition of the old buildings on the river flat south of present day Fort St. John, Clarence rescued the ledgers and brought them to his home in LaGlace. In 2002 he deposited them in the Grande Prairie Regional Archives.

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The fonds consists of two fur-trade ledgers which detail transactions between the Hudson's Bay Company at Dunvegan and individuals trading with this post, including Tranquille, La Glace and L'Eau, who were leaders of the Beaver First Nation from the Grande Prairie. The first ledger (8 ½ x 13" and 160 pages) dates between 1834 and 1840, and the second ledger (9 ½ x 14" and 160 pages) is from 1861-1863. The ledgers disclose what goods were on hand at Dunvegan at the time and the kinds of furs being trapped in the area.

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Documents are fragile and access is limited. Portions of certain pages on the first ledger have been eroded (possibly by vermin), and both ledgers have suffered some water damage. Otherwise the script is legible

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  • The material is in English.

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Fragile. No photocopying.

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Accession No. 2002.63.<br><br>Record No. 134<br><br>

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