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Here are detailed file-by-file descriptions of the contents of specific fonds and/or links to scanned documents.

HBC trading post, Fort St. John, B.C., [ca. 1903-1906]
HBC trading post, Fort St. John, B.C., [ca. 1903-1906]

Hudson's Bay Company Posts fonds

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M-1346 HBC Commissioner Wrigley's trip. -- Photocopied 1963 (originally created 1887). -- 31 pages. -- Consists of a journal kept by A. Robinson about HBC Commissioner Joseph Wrigley's trip from Fort Chipewyan to Great Slave Lake, up the Mackenzie River and return, up the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers, over Portage La Loche, to Fort Carlton and Qu'Appelle. -- The original is held by Ian Tulloch, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland.
M-1509 Fort Dunvegan post. -- Photocopied 1966 (originally created 1891-1899). -- 77 pages. -- Consists of a daily HBC account journal kept by R. Peters at Fort Dunvegan in the Peace River country. Includes entries related to the accounts of individuals and for the Spirit River Ranch, Big Point, Battle River, Slave Lake, Smoky River, Peace River Landing and White Mud River. -- The copy was suppled to Glenbow by Fred Brewster.
M-1512 Fort Dunvegan post and Fort St. John post. -- 1887, 1909. -- 2 items (107 pages). -- Consists of an eight-pages statement of accounts of Spirit River Ranch to Fort Dunvegan (1887); and customers' ledger from Fort St. John post (1909) with an index and comments by S.A. King on the state of the accounts. -- Found by John Chappell in the abandoned Fort St. John post in 1942 and donated to Glenbow in 1961.
M-1513 Fort Vermilion post. -- 1884, 1888-1889. -- 4 pages. -- Consists of a balance sheet of the Fort Vermilion post, Athabasca (1888-1889); and a letter issued by London about the replacement of Chief Commissioner James A. Grahame by Joseph Wrigley (1884). -- Gift of T.R. McCloy, 1962.
M-1520 HBC Northern Department Council. -- July 5, 1883. -- 29 pages. -- Consists of minutes of a meeting held at Prince Albert. Includes a list of 86 articles to guide the fur trading operations for the 1883 outfit; a list of officers at each post; and instructions for Chief Factors and traders at each post. -- Gift of Joan Hudson, 1970. Scanned Document View now.
M-1523 Hudson's Bay Company pound and shilling notes. -- 1820. -- 5 items. -- Purchased by Glenbow, 1971.
M-1526 Lower Fort Garry. -- 1892. -- 2 items. -- Consists of bills of exchange and counterfoils for farm. -- Purchased by Glenbow, 1974.
M-1527-oversize Hudson's Bay Company charter. -- Reproduction of the 1670 original. -- 1 item. -- Consists of a copy of the HBC charter.
M-1530 McLeod's Lake post. -- 1845-1848. -- 1 volume. -- Consists of a fur trade journal, dealing with daily events at the post. The writers include W. McLean, Paul Fraser and William Todd. -- Purchased by Glenbow, 1960. Scanned Document View transcript of journal.
M-1531 Qu'Appelle Lake post. -- Copied 1962 (originally created 1857-1858). -- 18 pages. -- Consists of a typed copy of the post journal, probably written by William Mackay. Includes notes by Leveson Gower. -- The copy was provided to Glenbow by Thomas Petty of Indian Head, who got it from Dr. A.S. Morton. Scanned Document View now.
M-3235 York Factory. -- 1852. -- 2 pages. -- Consists of an invoice for goods supplied from York Factory to the Swan River district. -- Gift of L.W. Bessell, 1978.
M-4756 York Factory. -- 1786-1789. -- 1 volume (214 pages). -- Consists of a journal, kept by at least five people, of daily occurrences, trading with First Nations, sending out boats, overseeing the "plantations", collecting timber, etc. At the end are passages copied from S.D. Southall's memoranda regarding difficult conditions at the Factory. -- Purchased by Glenbow, 1978.
M-4843-20 HBC Northern Department. -- 1941-1852. -- 3 items. -- Consists of a statement of account with the Wesleyan Mission for goods supplied to missionaries in the Northern Department (1841-1842); statement of account with the Russian American Fur Company (1843-1844); fragment of a diary (author unknown) kept at the Red River settlement, May 16, 1852 to June 7, 1852, describing floods of the Red River. -- Tranferred to Glenbow from Riveredge Foundation, 1979.
Microfilm Dobbs Arthur Dobbs papers re the Hudson's Bay Copmany. -- Microfilmed 1963 (originally created 1683-1752). -- Dobbs was a critic of the HBC who lobbied to have the Company's trade monopoly revoked, as he thought it was discouraging new exploration for the Northwest Passge. -- Consists of papers re HBC, fur trade and search for the Northwest Passage. -- The originals are held by the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast.
Microfilm HBC-1 HBC broadside. -- Microfilmed 1970 (originally created 1882). -- Consists of a promotional publication, "The Hudson's Bay Company and the Great North West", which includes extracts from the Governor-General's North West speech; and information about the rise and progress of Winnipeg; advice to immigrants; crop situation; and Dominion Lands regulations. -- The original is held by the British Museum, London.
Microfilm HBC-2

French claims to trade in the Hudson Bay. -- Microfilmed 1964 (originally created ca. 1687). -- Consists of correspondence with the French re claims to Hudson Bay. Includes memo of claim of English Crown to commerce in Hudson Bay; reply of French commissioners; and abstract of Compagne de la Baye du Nord's title to trade in Hudson Bay. -- The originals are held by Cambridge University Library, England.

Microfilm Keith Fort George. -- Microfilmed 1964 (originally created 1802-1851). -- Consists of North West Company papers including articles of partnership, memo book, letters, etc. from Fort George on the Columbia River (1802-1821); HBC indentures, memoranda, letterbook, etc. (1806-1854); and biographical information about James with information about Fort George. -- The originals are held by the James Keith estate.

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