Call Number: Mss 157, Pc 163 (A.01-54)
Title: Josiah Jones Bell fonds.
Extent: 1.49 m of textual records and other material.
Biographical sketch: Josiah Jones Bell was born
to Robert and Emeline Sedate (née Jones) Bell in the 1800s
in Carleton Place, Beckwith Township, Lanark County, Ontario. he
had a sister, Isabella, and a brother, Robert William. Bell was
an Ensign with the Ontario Battalion in Colonel Garnet Wolseley's
Red River Expedition of 1870. The expedition was intended to exert
Canadian sovereignty in the newly created Province of Manitoba.
Bell passed away on 23 October 1931 in Rockcliffe, Carleton County,
Custodial history: The records appear to have
been in the possession of Robert Murray Bell in 1966, as he was
responsible for lending the records to the Department of Public
Records and Archives in Toronto (now the Archives of Ontario) for
microfilming purposes that same year. R. Bell was the grandson of
J.J. Bell's brother, Robert William. The University of Manitoba
Archives & Special Collections purchased the fonds in 2001 from
Hugh Anson-Cartwright, an antiquarian bookseller located in Toronto,
with funds from the Frank Allen Family Research Fund and the Archives'
Alumni Association Fund.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of material
pertaining to Bell's activities in the Wolseley Expedition. It documents
the Expedition's journey to the Red River Settlement, its return
to Thunder Bay, and its work in exploring and laying telegraph lines
in the west from 1875 to 1876. In addition to the 1.49 m of textual
records the fonds includes 27 photographs, 37 lantern slides and
3 maps (including one plan). The articles and lantern slides relate
to a presentation Bell gave in later years on the history of these
Source of supplied title: Title based on provenance
of the fonds.
Restrictions: Users must abide by relevant copyright
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives' reading room and an on-line finding aid is available
at the link below:
157, PC 163 (A.01-54).