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Frank M. Crosby fonds

1863-1885, predominant 1879-1885

Physical Description:
12.5 cm of textual records. -- 3 photographs

Frank M. Crosby, 1855-?, was born and raised in Massachusetts, USA. In 1879 he travelled to Helena, Missoula, Butte, Deer Lodge and Bozeman, Montana where he worked as a piano tuner, before taking a job as salesman for Auerbach and Wells and Company in 1880. Shortly thereafter he moved to Fort Benton, Montana where he worked as a clerk for the Keinschmidt Brothers. In 1882 he came to Calgary, Alberta as an employee of I.G. Baker and Company and bought a ranch at Nose Creek. He formed his own lumber company in 1884 but due to financial difficulties was forced to sell out. In September 1884 he left Canada. He eventually returned to Massachusetts where he married and settled down.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of personal correspondence pertaining to his life in Alberta and Montana, invoices and receipts from I.G. Baker and merchants in Calgary and Winnipeg, horse sale records, lumber company insurance policy, and account books pertaining to the ranch and lumber business. Includes a poem about pioneering in Alberta.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Frederic S. Crosby, 1971-1972.

The material is in English.

The originals are restricted due to fragile condition. Photocopies are available for research purposes.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-288, M-3266, NA-2349, NA-2503

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