Archives and Special Collections
Collection C0215 - Charles de Volpi's Illustrated Newspapers collection
ACU GBA C0215
Charles de Volpi's Illustrated Newspapers collection
- 1854-1888 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
ca. 800 items
Name of creator
These sketches of Western Canada were collected by Charles de Volpi of Quebec from various illustrated newspapers published between 1854 and 1888, a time before photographic reproductions became common in newspapers and magazines. The collector compiled them primarily from the Canadian Illustrated News, Harper's Weekly, L'Opinion Publique, Illustrated London News and The Graphic.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Charles P. de Volpi, 1980.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The collection consists of magazine illustrations documenting the 1870 and 1885 Riel Rebellions, Manitoba, the Red River Expedition, Lake Neepigon (Nipigon), First Nations, the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), The North-West Territories (later Alberta and Saskatchewan), British Columbia, the Marquis of Lorne's and Princess Louise's visit to the West, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), and the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC).
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
The material is in English and French.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of records.