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  • Tear repairs

    One of the (many!) tasks our conservator handles when dealing with the Steele Collection is tear repairs. Some of the documents have been ripped over the years, most times just through normal wear and tear. Our conservator recently treated documents related to Steele’s Scouts. The entire folder was in bad shape and needed attention. Below […] ... read full post
  • H1N1: swine flu and Sam Steele

    With all of the news coverage on the swine flu (H1N1), I thought it would be appropriate to write a bit about Sam Steele’s death. Steele was one of the victims of the 1918-19 Spanish influenza epidemic that swept across the world, killing millions of people. Steele complained of an illness in his diary entries […] ... read full post
  • A staple, a paper clip, and a brad

    Contrary to popular belief, the Steele collection did not come to the library already organized. Some sections of the collection were previously organized by Steele’s son Harwood in the 1970’s. Other parts seem to have been handled and sorted in the 1990’s by other family members. Harwood Steele was generous with his paper clips – […] ... read full post
  • Arranging the memoirs

    This week I finished organizing the memoirs. Sam Steele wrote an autobiography, Forty Years in Canada: Reminiscences of the great North-West with some account of his service in South Africa, which was published in 1915. In the collection we have drafts of the manuscript – not just one draft, but several. There are three versions […] ... read full post
  • Introduction to the collection

    Welcome to the  Sir Samuel Steele Collection blog! The blog will serve as a way of keeping interested patrons and researchers updated on the progress of the collection as it is processed. The collection was transferred to the University of Alberta, specifically the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, in late June 2008. In July 2008 […] ... read full post
  • The Sir Samuel Steele Collection

    Thank you for your interest in the Sir Samuel Steele Collection. 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 […] ... read full post