On Wednesday four new items were added to Canadiana.
|Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Parks Service : Park/subject classification system||1911-1968||T-11009|
|Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Parks Service : Park/subject classification system||1930-1968||T-11010|
|Department of Indian Affairs, Headquarters central registry system : thousand series||1893-1945||C-12081|
|James Hargrave and family fonds||1850-1854||C-77|
The most interesting of these may well be the James Hargrave and family fonds. According to his entry in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Throughout his career Hargrave was a prodigious letter writer, corresponding with officers all over the HBC’s vast domains. His draft letter books, which give much detail about the logistics of the trade, reveal his assiduous attempts to satisfy the needs of every district with fairness and economy. His private letters, where he appears as esteemed friend and confidant, constitute the richest surviving record of life in western Canada during the first half of the 19th century. Besides providing valuable commentary on fur trade society with its blend of Indian, British, and French customs, these letters also contain much specific information about the personal lives of many of Hargrave’s contemporaries.
The period 1850-54 saw James Hargrave ending his assignment at York Factory and moving to Sault Ste Marie. Image 3 at Canadiana Héritage summarizes the scope of the contents. It mentions small handwriting and fading of the ink.