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Denny La Nauze and his dog Mike, Herschel Island, 1916
Denny La Nauze and his dog Mike, Herschel Island, 1916

Denny La Nauze fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Scanned Document Denny La Nauze. -- [ca. 1908-1940s]
Series 2 Thomas La Nauze. -- 1882
Series 3 Photographs. -- [ca. 1908-1940s]


Series 1 Denny La Nauze. -- [ca. 1908-1940s]. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- Charles Deering "Denny"' La Nauze, 1888-1952, was born in Ireland. He joined the Royal North-West Mounted Police in 1908 in Calgary and served with the Force until his retirement in 1944. -- The series consists of Mounted Police diaries and notebooks, correspondence, and articles he wrote about his patrols and family.
M-9581-1 Diaries and notebooks. -- 1912-1935. -- Includes diary and notebook, 1912-1914 that includes witness statements and diaries of patrols to Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, House River, Athabasca Landing, Lac La Biche, and patrol with Treaty 8 officials; Great Bear Lake patrol, March-December 1916; diary, 1917-1918, with entries in Regina, Ottawa and during trip to Ireland; diary, 1918-1919, re service in Canadian Expeditionary Force with the Fort Garry Horse during the First World War; diary and notebook, 1929 and n.d., re sailing trip in Ontario; travel diary and notebook, 1935, includes trip to Spain.
M-9581-2Great Bear Lake Patrol. -- 1916. -- Notebook.
M-9581-3Father J. Frapsance. -- 1916. -- Correspondence sent to La Nauze.
M-9581-4"The Great Bear Lake Patrol". -- [ca. 1917-1918?]. -- 88 page account of the patrol by La Nauze; appendix consists of final speeches for the defence and prosecution at the trial (48 pages).
M-9581-5 "Obituary, Corporal Eric H. Cornelius - R. C. M. Police". -- 1922.
M-9581-6George H. Wilkins. -- 1926. -- Correspondence from Wilkins in New York; he had been involved with the Canadian Arctic Expedition.
M-9581-7"The Spirit of the Navy". -- n.d. -- Concluding remarks given to a gathering of sailors.
M-9581-8"The Great Bear Lake Patrol". -- [ca. 1929]. -- 45 and 49 page drafts of article for Toronto Star Weekly.

"A History of the La Nauze family". -- 1934. -- Compiled by Denny La Nauze. Includes transcriptions of various family documents as well as letters written by Thomas La Nauze, as a member of the NWMP, from Fort Walsh and Fort Macleod from 1880 to 1884.

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M-9581-10"They did not get their man: the story of the Bathurst Inlet patrol of the Mounted Police". -- n.d.
M-9581-11"The Eskimo Mind". -- May 1930. -- Introductory remarks for a speech given to Lakefield School about "What the Eskimo thinks about", the topic of his article in Toronto Star Weekly.
M-9581-12 Clippings. -- 1917-1934. -- Includes "the Great Bear Lake Patrol" written by La Nauze and published in Toronto Star Weekly, September/October, 1929 [and later reprinted in Annals of the Propagation of the Faith, June/July 1937]; "What the Eskimo thinks about" by La Nauze, Toronto Star Weekly, March 1930; and "Caribou - rangers of the sub-Arctic" by La Nauze and published in Toronto Star Weekly, May 1930, and others.
Series 2 Thomas La Nauze. -- 1882. -- 1 item. -- Thomas Storey La Nauze, 1849-?, was Denny La Nauze's father. He served in the North-West Mounted Police from 1880 to 1882 and then ranched for a time near Fort Macleod.. -- The series consists of his NWMP discharge certificate. There are also several excerpts from this letters while in South America and in southern Alberta in the manuscript "History of the La Nauze family" in M-9581-9 above.
M-9581-13Thomas La Nauze. -- 1882. -- North-West Mounted Police discharge certificate.
Series 3 Photographs. -- [ca. 1908-1940s]. -- 788 photographs. -- The series consists of extensive views of Mounted Police activities and family all across Canada.

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PA-3969Mounted Police career. -- [ca. 1911-1940s]. -- 17 photographs
PA-3979 Portrait of Denny La Nauze. -- [ca. 1940]. -- 1 photograph
PD-395Mounted Police career, family views and travels. -- [ca. 1908-1939]. -- 770 photographs

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