Fonds PR4010 - Robert Rundle fonds

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Robert Rundle fonds

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    PR4010

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    • (before 1974) (Creation)

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    0.03 m of textual records.

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    Name of creator

    (1811-1896)

    Biographical history

    Robert Terrill Rundle was born in Mylor (Cornwall, UK) in 1811, and was accepted to college for Wesleyan Ministry in 1839. He left college in the spring of 1840 to work as a missionary, and sailed for New York on March 6 of 1840. He was one of four British Wesleyan missionaries appointed as chaplains to the Hudson's Bay Company, and was based out of Fort Edmonton. He worked in this area for roughly eight years among the settlers and various Indigenous bands, and returned to England in 1848, and moved into ministry in the Methodist Church. Rundle passed away in Lancashire (UK) in 1896.

    Mount Rundle (original Cree name: Waskahigan Watchi, or House Mountain) was named after Robert Rundle in 1858, and was named by John Palliser in honour of Rundle’s introduction of Cree syllabics to many Indigenous communities in the area. A church in the Edmonton area was named after him in 1940 by British immigrants, and following the Alberta Conference of the United Church the United Church in Banff was designated as the Rundle Memorial Church.

    Custodial history

    The journal was transferred from the Legislative Library of Alberta to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1974. A copy for research and copy use was also produced and accessioned in 1974 with the original. The date at which the original was produced is unknown.

    Scope and content

    This fonds contains a bound copy of a typewritten copy of the contents of Robert Rundle’s journal. The original journal which this copies from was used by Rundle between March 16 of 1840 and July 29 of 1848. This journal has been labeled as an “extract” of the original journal, and so may not include the full contents of the journal written in by Robert Rundle. The copy in these fonds is typed in chronological order, with entries labeled by date and with varying lengths of entries. The entries are more often shorter closer to the end of the journal.

    The last few pages of the copy in this fonds include some commentary on Rundle’s work and quotes from a few articles and letters that mentioned him. There is also a loose-leaf photocopied version, which contains the same information as the journal transferred from the Legislative Library.

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        The material is in English.

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        None.

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        Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Includes the following accession:

        PR1974.0375

        Biographical sketch of Robert Terrill Rundle is based primarily on the information found in the fonds. Further information is based on the information collected by Gerald Hutchinson at https://centralmuseumsab.ca/searching-for-robert-rundle (accessed January 26, 2023).

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