Fonds glen-2013 - Robert Terrill Rundle fonds

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Robert Terrill Rundle fonds

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GLEN glen-2013

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20 cm of textual records. -- 4 photographs

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Robert Terrill Rundle, 1811-1896, was born in England. He entered business school in Cornwall in 1837, but in 1839 was called to the ministry. After only two months of training he was appointed a missionary for the Hudson's Bay Company's Saskatchewan district. He was one of four Methodists invited by the HBC to establish missions in its territory. He was ordained in March 1840 and left immediately for North America, arriving at Fort Edmonton in October. He spent most winters at Fort Edmonton, Lesser Slave Lake post and Fort Assiniboine, and during the other seasons made regular visits to Rocky Mountain House, Pigeon Lake, and Gull Lake, doing missionary work predominantly among the Cree and Assiniboine. He also went into Blackfoot country in southern Alberta and twice visited the Rocky Mountains. In 1848 he returned to England after seriously injuring an arm. He served on various circuits in England until he retired in 1887. For further information see Frits Pannekoek's entry, "Robert Terrill Rundle", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. XII. - Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1990, p. 931-932; and "Robert Rundle Papers" in Glenbow [magazine], vol.4, no.6 (November/December 1971), p. 3-5.

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The fonds consists of Robert's journal which includes his diary, notes, and baptism and marriage registers (1840-1848); a small amount of correspondence (1841-1892); extracts of the journal, possibly transcribed by daughter (nd); obituary; missionary publications (1911, 1916); and photographs of Banff (1911). Records related to the following subjects are also in this fonds. See inventory for details: Bow River, Fort Pitt, William Flett, J. E. Harriott, Oxford House, Red Deer River, and Stoneys.

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Gift of Mrs. M.J. Collier and R.J. Collier, 1965-1971.


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The journal has been published as The Rundle Journals : 1840-1848 / edited by Hugh A. Dempsey. - Calgary : Historical Society of Alberta (Alberta Records Publication Board) and Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1977.

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The journal is restricted due to its fragile condition. A photocopy is available for research purposes.

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Call numbers M-1080, M-1082, M-1083, PA-1307, NA-2371

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