KEEPERS OF THE RECORD. THE HISTORY OF THE HUDSON BAY COMPANY ARCHIVES.

Simmons, Deidre.


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McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal & Kingston, London & Ithaca ; 1st.ed., 2007. Xiv + 360 pp., many photo-ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. Review copy of Dr. Andrew Lambert with his rough notes tipped in (A4, 3 ' sides). The Archive of the Hudson Bay Company is one of the world's most complete collections ; its documents trace the history of the fur trade, North American exploration, and the evolution of Canada itself. This is the first comprehensive study of the treasures of the archive, covering a period of some three centuries. Until 1975 the papers were kept in Hudson's Bay House, London, but in that year, they were transferred to Manitoba and made available for public research. Throughout the first two hundred years of its operations, the Hudson's Bay Company was predominately interested in the fur trade of North America. The need to expand the Company's activities led to the exploration and mapping in all directions from the shores of Hudson Bay into an unknown wilderness ; its ships sailed between the Bay and the Thames. The amount of archival material all this activity generated was enormous ' board minute books, letter-books, bookkeeping journals and ledgers, registers of members, staff records, maps, ships' logs, photographs, post journals, diaries, rare books, drawings, etc. This book explores the scope of the collection.


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