Fonds glen-1594 - Allan McDonald fonds

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Allan McDonald fonds

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GLEN glen-1594

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4 cm of textual records

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Allan McDonald, 1832-1901, was born in British Columbia, the son of Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) Chief Factor Archibald McDonald. He married Harriet Robertson in 1869. He served as a captain in the volunteer force Argenteuil Rangers who went west with Colonel Wolseley in 1870. He was an Indian agent at Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan in the late 1870s and 1880s, and was involved with the Qu'Appelle land syndicate. He was also engaged in ranching and running pack trains to the Cariboo gold mines in the Upper Fraser in partnership with his younger brother, Benjamin, and half-brother, Ronald. At the time of his death he was with the Indian Commissioner's Office in Winnipeg. For further details on the McDonald family see Exile in the Wilderness / Jean Murray Cole. - Toronto : MacMillan/Gage, 1979. See also Sarah Carter's entry, "Allan Macdonald", in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. XIII. - Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1994, p. 622-624.

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Records originate from the Glenbow but are available at the Glenbow Western Research Centre, University of Calgary

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The fonds consists of Allan's correspondence regarding Indian Affairs, and Qu'Appelle land syndicate documents.

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Gift of Lillian Margetson, 1983.


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Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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The papers of McDonald's father, Archibald McDonald, are held by the British Columbia Archives and Records Service.

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Call number M-6734

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