Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00085 - Peter Fidler Papers

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Peter Fidler Papers


  • 1791-1812. (Creation)

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1 box and 1 portfolio

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Born August 16, 1769 in Bolsover, England, Peter Fidler was a fur trader, surveyor, explorer and cartographer. In April 1788, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company as a labourer and reached York Factory in Manitoba later that year. He was soon promoted from labourer to post journal writer. Throughout his long and remarkable career, Fidler was a serious, dedicated and loyal servant of the HBC. His meticulous post journals, personal notebooks, and journey accounts reflect his zeal for writing and education. He died in 1822.

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Collection contains journals (dated 1791-1792 and 1796-1812) of the fur trader and surveyor.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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