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Richard C. Hardisty fonds

1825-1958, predominant 1845-1894

Physical Description:
1.25 m of textual records. -- 44 photographs

Richard Charles Hardisty, 1831-1889, was probably born at Fort Mistassini, Quebec. He was educated at St. John's College, Red River, and joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1849. He served in the Red River until 1854, was in charge Cumberland House District, 1855-1861, and from 1862 to 1872 served at Carlton House, Rocky Mountain House and Fort Victoria. In 1866 he married Eliza Victoria McDougall, daughter of Reverend George McDougall. They had three children, Richard George, 1871-1943, Clara Victoria (Graham), 1868-1933, and William Percy, 1879-1955. He became chief factor in charge of Upper Saskatchewan District in 1872, with headquarters at Fort Edmonton. In 1888 he was called to the Senate, as the first senator for the District of Alberta. For further information see Senator Hardisty's Prairies, 1849-1889 / James Grierson MacGregor. -- Saskatoon : Western Producer Prairie Books, 1978. See also Shirlee Smith's entry, "Richard Charles Hardisty", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. XI. -- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1982, p. 383-384.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of R.C. Hardisty's HBC correspondence, related to operations at various posts (1870-1887), and personal correspondence (1845-1889). Also includes some correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, and personal papers of Eliza, Richard G., and other family members.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS AND FOR A MORE EXTENSIVE NOMINAL INDEX: Charles Adams, Charles Anderson, William Armit, Peter Ballendine, J.J. Barter, Horace Bellanger, Joseph Benoit, William Bird, James Bissett, Sedley Blanchard, William R. Brereton, John Brown, John Bunn, William Calder, William J. Christie, Laurence Clarke, eclipses, J. David, George Emmerson, Joseph Favell, Sandford Fleming, Joseph Fortescue, Angus Fraser, James Grahame, J. Hargrave, James Hector, influenza, Hugh Inkster, William King, David Laird, Sir Hector Langevin, Charles Levey, J. Levey, Robert Logan, James A. Lougheed, Roderick MacFarlane, William McKay, George McTavish, John McTavish, Walter Moberly, Louis Montagnais, John Norris, John Palliser, Peter Pambrun, Charles H. Parlow, William Pearce, Basil Plante, Louis Riel, Louis Roule, RCMP posts, George Simpson, James Simpson, John Sinclair, Sitting Bull, Donald A. Smith, Isabella Smith, Elizabeth Spence, Henry Bird Steinhauer, Russell Stephenson, Thomas Taylor, Treaty 6, Treaty 7, William E. Traill, William Leslie Wood, Thomas Woolsey, Joseph Wrigley, and Harrison Young. POSTS: Bow River, Buffalo Lake, Carlton House, Cumberland House, Edmonton House, Fort Alexander, Fort a la Corne, Fort Assiniboine, Fort Calgary, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Dunvegan, Fort Ellice, Fort Garry, Fort Pitt, Fort St. John, Fort Saskatchewan, Fort Simpson, Fort Whoop-Up, Green Lake, Isle a la Crosse, Jasper House, Lac La Biche, Lac La Nonne, Lac Ste. Anne, Lesser Slave Lake, Long Lake, Norway House, Pakan, Pigeon Lake, Portage la Loche, Prince Albert, Rocky Mountain House, Slave Lake, St. Albert, Tobacco Plains, Victoria Post, Whitefish Lake and York Factory.

Source of Acquisition:
Purchased from Lillian Graham and gifts of Richard Hardisty and Lillian Calder, 1957-1981.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
Also available on microfilm.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

Other records of R.C. Hardisty as an HBC employee are held by the Hudson's Bay Company Archives; a small collection of Hardisty family material is in the Ontario Archives (MU 2114/2115).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-474, M-475, M-476, M-477, M-5908, Microfilm-Hardisty, PA-2228, NA-1863, NA-4216

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