Fonds F0888 - Richard C. Hardisty fonds

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Richard C. Hardisty fonds


  • 1825-1958, predominant 1845-1894 (Creation)

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1.25 m of textual records. -- 44 photographs

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Richard Charles Hardisty, 1831-1889, was probably born at Fort Mistassini, Quebec. He was educated at St. John's College, Red River, and joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1849. He served in the Red River until 1854, was in charge Cumberland House District, 1855-1861, and from 1862 to 1872 served at Carlton House, Rocky Mountain House and Fort Victoria. In 1866 he married Eliza Victoria McDougall, daughter of Reverend George McDougall. They had three children, Richard George, 1871-1943, Clara Victoria (Graham), 1868-1933, and William Percy, 1879-1955. He became chief factor in charge of Upper Saskatchewan District in 1872, with headquarters at Fort Edmonton. In 1888 he was called to the Senate, as the first senator for the District of Alberta. For further information see Senator Hardisty's Prairies, 1849-1889 / James Grierson MacGregor. -- Saskatoon : Western Producer Prairie Books, 1978. See also Shirlee Smith's entry, "Richard Charles Hardisty", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. XI. -- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1982, p. 383-384.


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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from Lillian Graham and gifts of Richard Hardisty and Lillian Calder, 1957-1981.

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  • The fonds consists of R.C. Hardisty's HBC correspondence, related to operations at various posts (1870-1887), and personal correspondence (1845-1889). Also includes some correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and personal papers of Eliza, Richard G., and other family members.

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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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Also available on microfilm.

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Other records of R. C. Hardisty as an HBC employee are held by the Hudson's Bay Company Archives; a small collection of Hardisty family material is in the Ontario Archives (MU 2114/2115).

See also Oliver B. Buell fonds for related photos.

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AC Hardisty is a copy of M 477 and M 5908.


25? of NA 4216 are copies of PA 2228.


M 474-476 should be amalgamated with M 5908.




NA-4216 is included with the Oliver B. Buell fonds

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Thursday, April 12, 2018




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