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James Yale fonds
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- Textual record
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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- Yale, James Murray
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1 folder of textual records
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James Murray Yale (ca. 1798-1871) was a chief trader of the Hudson's Bay Company from 1833 to 1859. He entered the service of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1815 and was stationed at Fort Wedderburn on Lake Athabasca, a site of conflict between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company. As a result of this conflict, in 1817, he was seized and detained by North West Company officials at Great Slave Lake for several months. In 1821, he was put in charge of Fort George, and later served at Fort Alexandria and Fort St. James. He then moved to Fort Langley, and was put in charge of the post in 1833. During his time at Fort Langley, Yale oversaw the construction of new buildings and supervised the diversification of the post's activities away from fur trading to include salt fish packing and farming. He also ran the post through the activity surrounding the gold rush in 1858. In 1859, he retired to Stromness Farm in Saanich.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of various letters written and received by James Yale. Letters include an acknowledgement of a marriage ceremony witnessed by Yale, as well as various letters received by Yale from James Douglas, regarding conditions at various posts.
Immediate source of acquisition
Records were donated to the Archives in 1947 by Mr. A.C. Packham of Vancouver.
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Please consult photostat copies, located at 513-E-5 file 3. Original located at 974-F-03.
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Original letters (2) removed to vault - see spreadsheet