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Robert H. Hougham fonds

1894-1960, predominant 1945-1960

Physical Description:
50 cm of textual records. -- 166 photographs

Robert Henry Hougham, ?-1960, was born in Kansas. He homesteaded in Saskatchewan near Lloydminster, 1908-1915, then returned to the USA where he established a successful construction business in California. In 1945 he purchased the Fort Pitt reserve from the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and started the Old Fort Pitt Ranch. He lived on the ranch in the summers and returned to his California business in the winters. On his land he discovered the site of the HBC fur trading post of Fort Pitt, which had been burned during the 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion). Robert had a cairn erected to mark the Fort Pitt cemetery, and hoped to restore the entire post. To this end he gathered information from oldtimers who had taken part in the rebellion, including Alexander N. Mouat, F.H. French and Angus McKay. He rebuilt the factor's house, but the restorations were not completed due to his deteriorating health.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence, predominantly about Fort Pitt; maps and plans of Hougham's property, the fort and the vicinity; photographs of North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), Riel Rebellion personalities, HBC forts, Fort Pitt, Hougham, and his ranch; guestbook, invitations, newsclipping and photographs of the cairn dedication; and miscellaneous reference materials about the NWMP and HBC. Includes some personal papers of A.N. Mouat (1894-1948): HBC correspondence, marriage certificates, invitations and drafts of manuscript called "The North West Rebellion, 1885".
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Batoche, Battleford, Francis Dickens, Fort a la Corne, Loon Lake, Archdeacon George McKay, W.J. McLean, George Gwynne Mann, and Dr. William Sibbald.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of the Robert H. Hougham estate, 1960-1967.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-539, M-1511, PA-938, PB-266, PC-120, NA-1036

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