Collection C0161 - B. Rowell's Military collection

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B. Rowell's Military collection


  • 1716-1919 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

5 cm of textual records. -- ca. 635 photographs. -- 6 posters

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Name of creator

Biographical history

B. Rowell, ca. 1900-ca. 1970, of South Ruislip, Middlesex, England, was a collector of artifacts, art, photography, autographs, publications and papers relating to British military history.


Archival history

The collection was purchased from B. Rowell by the Riveredge Foundation in 1969 and 1970.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Riveredge Foundation, 1979.

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Scope and content

The collection consists predominantly of autographs of British military and naval leaders, statesmen, nobility, and other famous people. Many of the autographs are accompanied by portraits. It also includes a collection of British military documents from the Napoleonic Wars: recruiting instructions issued by the commanders of two regiments; an oath of allegiance; a notice of reward for apprehension of a deserter; proceedings of a court-martial; a circular letter from the War Office regarding payment of men; and a pay sheet for officers. Includes photographs of the South African War and the First World War, including some depicting Winston Churchill as a young officer. Includes British First World War propaganda posters, and a poster issued by the Allied occupation forces in Jerusalem.

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No restrictions on access.

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Language and script notes

The material is in English.

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Finding aids

An item-level list is in M 4843/203.

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Artifacts, a publication, and artworks from the collection are included in the Glenbow Military History, Library, and Art collections.

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Title based on contents of collection.


Includes files 203, 221-222, 417 in M-4843 Riveredge collection
Includes Vol. 8-10, 23-24, 74 from PD-132 Riveredge collection

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Thursday, August 25, 2016




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