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Fonds F1942 - Tom Wilson fonds
ACU GBA F1942
Tom Wilson fonds
- 1879-1954, predominant 1895-1933 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
19 cm of textual records. -- 210 photographs
Name of creator
Thomas Edmonds Wilson, 1859-1933, was born and educated in Ontario. He came west via Fort Benton, Montana, USA, joined the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) and was stationed at Fort Walsh, Saskatchewan in 1880. He resigned in 1881 and joined a survey party seeking a route for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) through the Rocky Mountains. He guided Major A.B. Rogers, for whom Rogers Pass was named. He served in Steele's Scouts during the 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion). Later the same year he married Minnie McDougall, 1865-1936, of Owen Sound, Ontario and established a guiding and outfitting business in Morley, Alberta on the Stoney reserve. The Wilsons had six children, Thomas Edmonds "Ed", 1898-1979, John Clark, 1888-1932, Adelaide Ann "Ada", 1886-1967?, Rene, ?-1968, Bessie (Dier) and Dora Burrell (McRitchie), 1898-1963. In 1893 he moved the business to Banff, Alberta. He was a noted explorer and guide and is credited with discovering Lake Louise, Alberta and blazing the trail to Mt. Assiniboine. Mount Wilson and Wilson Road, Calgary are named for him. For further information see Trail Blazer of the Canadian Rockies / Thomas Edmonds Wilson. -- Calgary : Glenbow, 1972; William F. E. Morley's article "Tom Wilson of the Canadian Rockies" in Alberta History. -- vol. 54, no. 1 (Winter 2006), p. 2-9; and Edward J. Hart's entry, "Thomas Edmonds Wilson", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, www.biographi.ca.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of, and purchased from, Ed Wilson and gift of Mrs. M.R. Burton, 1959-1984.
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Scope and content
- The fonds consists of correspondence, certificates, articles and notes, newsclippings, and photographs, primarily pertaining to Rocky Mountain personalities and history. Includes many photographs of Stoneys.
- RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Phillip S. Abbott, Silas Abraham, Samuel E.S. Allen, Alpine Club of Canada, G.P. Baker, Robert L. Barrett, Dwight James Baum, John Bearspaw, H.A. Beatty, Morley Beaver, Harry M. Beck, Jonas Bigstoney, Charles A. Bramble, G.D. Brophy, Sir George McLean Brown, A.B. Caeder, J.C. Campbell, caribou, J. Norman Collie, Hector Crawler, Guy Davenport, George M. Dawson, B. Deville, Devil's Head Mountain, Howard Douglas, Charles E. Fay, Floe Lake, Fort Steele, John Murray Gibbon, Jean Habel, George H. Ham, J.B. Harkin, Joshua Hunter, J.A. Jaffary, L.T. Keelie, Kootenay Plains, Frederick V. Langstaff, Agnes C. Laut, M. McDonald, John McDougall, James A. Macmillan, H.T. Mathews, S.H. Mitchell, Moraine Lake, Newton Newkirk, Frederick Niven, Walter J. Nixon, Frederick Ogilvy, Geoffrey O'Hara, Frank Oliver, Elizabeth Parker, William Pearce, Ralph Reed, Harold W. Riley, Mary C. Rundle, Charles Schaffer, Arthur L. Sifton, songs, Paul Standard, Samuel B. Steele, Ken Start, taxidermy, P.E. Thian, Charles S. Thompson, A.E. Tregent, James Walker, J.M. Wardle, P.S. Warren, Peter Wesley, Arthur O. Wheeler, Edward Whymper, Walter D. Wilcox, Elizabeth "Bessy" Wilson, and T.C. Zamaski.
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No restrictions on access.
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The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material. https://glenbow.ucalgary.ca/finding-aid/tom-wilson-fonds/
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Title based on contents of records.
M 1325 (2847m and 3146m) and NA 673 (728n) are the fonds of this donor, T.E. (Ed) Wilson.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014