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T.K. Kilpatrick fonds

1885-1986, predominant 1891-1936

Physical Description:
50 cm of textual records. -- 20 photographs. -- 2 audio cassettes

Thomas "T.K." Kilpatrick, 1857-1939, was born in Simcoe, Ontario where he attended public school. Much of his working life was spent in railway, road and bridge construction. He received his professional engineer designation in 1921 even though he had no formal training. He began his career by framing heavy timbered structures in 1878, and in 1884 he began working for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in construction. In that year he transferred to the Rogers Pass area, cutting ties and building trestles. He became a bridgeman in 1886 and by 1893 had been promoted to bridge superintendent. In 1901 he became Superintendent of Mountain and Shuswap Sub-divisions, replacing the distinguished civil engineer, Edmond J. Duchesnay, who had been killed by a rock fall that year. T.K. resigned from the CPR in 1912 and engaged in private business until 1915 when he became Assistant District Engineer for Kootenay. In 1917 he was appointed the British Columbia Provincial Bridge Superintendent with the Department of Public Works. From 1923-1927 he was general manager of Pacific Great Eastern Railway, and from 1927 until his retirement in 1934 he was Provincial Bridge Inspector. He was also active in politics, being a member of Revelstoke's first municipal council (1899-1900), and its mayor in 1901 and 1913. He married Elsie Mackinnon, 1870-1952, from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 1903. They met in Revelstoke where she was the hospital matron, and they had four children, Thomas Donald, 1904- , William Netherly, 1905-1928, Mary Elspeth, 1907- , and Heather, 1908- .

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of diaries and work journals, primarily related to railway work (1891-1936); CPR wage book (1887-1888); miscellaneous personal papers (1888-1939); Railway-related reference material compiled by T.K.'s son Donald Kilpatrick (1972-1986); and photographs of railway and Revelstoke views (1885-1929). Includes E.J. Duchesnay's work journal of the Stikine River survey (1897). Also includes a recorded interview with Donald Kilpatrick (1982) about early Revelstoke, his father's career and railways.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of T.Donald Kilpatrick, 1982-1988.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The 1891-1917 diaries are also available on microfilm.

No restrictions on access.

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-6628, M-7919, PB-754, NA-4313, NA-4432, RCT-413, Microfilm-Kilpatrick

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