Collection C0215 - Charles de Volpi's Illustrated Newspapers collection

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Charles de Volpi's Illustrated Newspapers collection


  • 1854-1888 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

ca. 800 items

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Biographical history

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.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Charles P. de Volpi, 1980.

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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).

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English and French.

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Glenbow Library holds complete copies of many of these newspapers.

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