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Father Marcel Bobillier fonds
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Father Marcel Bobillier fonds

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  • Fonds
  • Copied 1984, 1987 and 1988 (originally created [ca. 1925]-1986)

The fonds consists of five accessions of material created and/or collected by Father Bobillier and consists of copied and original material. The fonds includes: 1. microfilm copies of the journals written by Father Bob about his work, experiences and life in the communities of Prince Rupert, Dease Lake, Lower Post, Teslin, Atlin, Fort Selkirk, Fort Nelson and Dawson City, 1939 to his death in 1986. There are 37 volumes maintained in chronological order, along with a detailed Table of Contents and index. The photographs that accompany the journal entries were all microfilmed on one final reel. 2. a copy of Father Bob's unpublished manuscript "Steps for Eternity, Memoirs of a Missionary in the Yukon", 1983. His narrative begins in 1940 with his journey to the Yukon and recounts his experiences in Dease Lake, Telegraph Creek, Atlin, and Tulsequah, British Columbia, and Mayo, Fort Selkirk, Carmacks, Clinton Creek, and Dawson City in the Yukon. He had wanted to publish this manuscript, but was unwilling to change any of it, so only excerpts have been published. 3. sixty-two photographs taken by Father Bobillier between 1940 and 1950. The majority of the images are of the riverfront town of Fort Selkirk and include photographs of the town and its residents and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. There are also six prints showing the 'cat train' method of transportation which utilized a caterpillar tractor and multiple skids to transport goods. These photographs depict a cat train en route from Minto to Mayo during winter. There are also images of Atlin, Whitehorse and First Nations. Many of the individuals are identified and listed in the inventory. Also included are 28 original photographs, ca. 1925-1971, from the personal collection of Ruby Scott, of Ruby at her home in Keno.

Bobillier, Marcel, Father, d. 1986