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Fred Bagley fonds


Physical Description:
15 cm of textual records. -- 28 photographs

Frederick Augustus Bagley, 1858-1945, was born in St. Lucia, British West Indies [some accounts say Jamaica] and at the age of ten came to Canada with his family. In 1874 he joined the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) and served until 1899. He served in the South African War, worked in the Land Titles office in Calgary and resumed his military service in First World War. He moved to Banff, Alberta in 1924 and worked in the Museum of Natural History. He was also very involved in the musical life of Calgary, and conducted the Calgary Citizens' Band from 1903 to 1920. He married Lucy May Kerr-Francis, ?-1948, in 1890 and they had six daughters, Katherine Frances Clara (Hinchcliffe), 1891-1982, Mary Theresa Dorothy, 1892-1903, Helen Eva "Dolly", 1894-1894, Mary Patricia, 1900-1900, Fredrica Leona (Bent), 1904-1997, and Marian June (Connelly), 1907-1984. For further information see the article, "Fred Bagley : Youngest Mountie" in Legends in Their Time : Young Heroes and Victims of Canada / George Sherwood and Stewart Sherwood, eds. -- Toronto : Dundurn, 2006, p. 77-88, and "Frederick Augustus Bagley (R.S.N. OS 322, NS 247): Maverick" in Relatively Speaking, volume 44, number 2, August, 2015, p. 111-116; and Tom Dust "The Amazing Life of 'Mountie' Trumpeter Fred Bagley" in Canadian Winds: the Journal of the Canadian Band Association, volume 14, number 1, fall 2015, p. 21-23.

Custodial History:
Most of the fonds was donated to the Horseman's Hall of Fame, Calgary, by Fred's daughter, Kay Hinchcliffe. The Hall held it from 1953 until 1975. Fred's autobiography was held by Mr. and Mrs. Leishman McNeill for some years before they donated it to Glenbow in 1965. The diary transcript was donated by his daughter, Marian Connelly.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of a typescript of his diary (1874-1884) and an autobiographical manuscript "The '74 Mounties" (1938). The fonds also includes correspondence, notes, photographs, scrapbooks, and newsclippings about Mounted Police, military, and musical activities (1870s-1946). Includes a typescript of the 1874 diary of Colonel John French.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: W.D. Antrobus, T.S. Belchek, Phileas Brunette, Calgary Rifle Association, Daniel "Peach" Davis, James H. Fullwood, Great War Veterans Association, John Herron, John McDougall, Dr. John McLean, James Farquharson Macleod, Mary Belle Rich, Nicholas Sheran, P.G. Thomas, Treaty 7, Fred White, Thomas E. Wilson, and Samuel Taylor Wood.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Horseman's Hall of Fame, Mrs. Leishman McNeill, Marian Connelly, Mrs. R. McGibbon, Jeffery Dunbar, and Doug and Sally Connelly, 1960-2005.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The family believes the original diaries were destroyed.
"The '74 Mounties" was serialized in the Canadian Cattlemen, volume 13, numbers 1 through 8.

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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-43, M-44, M-2111-(1-8), M-8657, M-9102, PA-1054, PA-1475, NA-392, NA-2328, NA-3144, NC-15, Microfilm-Bagley

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