Fonds F1693 - Marie Rose Smith fonds

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Marie Rose Smith fonds


  • 1897-1954 (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records. -- 46 photographs

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Biographical history

Marie Rose Delorme, 1861-1960, was born near Winnipeg, Manitoba, the daughter of a Metis fur trader. She married Charles Smith, also a fur trader, in 1877, and they came west and established the Jughandle Ranch, one of the first ranches in the Pincher Creek, Alberta area. The Smiths had 17 children. Marie Rose wrote many stories and articles related to her life and experiences in the Canadian West. She was a close friend of Father Albert Lacombe. She moved from Pincher Creek to Lethbridge in 1956 to live with her daughter. For further information see Fifty Dollar Bride : Marie Rose Smith / Jock Carpenter. -- Sidney, British Columbia : Gray's Publishing, 1977 and "I am alone in this world" : The Identities of Marie Rose Smith / Doris J. MacKinnon. -- unpublished MA thesis, University of Calgary, 2006; and the revised version of the latter, published as The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith : Portrait of a Metis Woman, 1861-1960 / Doris Jeanne MacKinnon. -- Regina : Canadian Plains Research Centre, University of Regina, 2012.


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from Mrs. Donald E. Forsland, 1961.

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Scope and content

  • The fonds consists of her articles, stories and reminiscences, and some correspondence, family photographs, greeting cards, and newsclippings. Includes a rolled scroll, entitled "Catholic Ladder", made by Father Lacombe.
  • RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Lionel Brooke, O.G. Brooke, John George "Kootenai" Brown, Ermineskin (Cree), Ed La Grandeur, George Levasseur, A.H. Lynch-Staunton, Louis Riel, and H.A. Riviere.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Her reminiscences, "Eighty Years on the Plains", were published in installments in the Canadian Catttlemen magazine, volumes 11-12, 1948-1949. In 2014 the magazine put the reminiscences online at

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NA 2539 is copy negatives of PA 385.

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Friday, July 24, 2015




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