About

Thank you for your interest in the Sir Samuel Steele Collection. Sir Samuel Steele was an icon of the Canadian West. He played a major role in the history of the British Empire as a leader in both the North-West Mounted Police and Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), and helped forge Canada as a tri-coastal nation. A keen observer of his surroundings, Steele left a detailed record of his life, on patrol and on campaign, in thousands of pages of letters, official documents, and photographs. The Collection is comprised not only of the papers of Sam Steele (1848–1919), but also those of his wife, Marie Harwood Steele (1859–1951), their children Gertrude (1895–1963), Flora (1891–1948), and Harwood (1897–1978), and of fellow Mountie and founder of the Legion of Frontiersman, Roger Pocock (1865–1941). A small sampling of the materials in this very large collection have been digitized for easy access, including letters, diaries, photographs, family scrapbooks, and a variety of printed ephemera. Researchers can search the print collection using the online finding aid. These resources are available to researchers thanks to the hard work of many people over many years, especially former Steele Archivist Lynn McPherson.