Fonds - Fred Ryckman fonds

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Fred Ryckman fonds

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  • [ca. 1920-1936] (Creation)
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    Ryckman, Fred

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3 cm of textual records
121 photographs : b&w negatives

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Fred Ryckman was born in eastern Canada in 1888. As a youth he moved with his family to the Kootenay region of British Columbia where he remained for the rest of his life, residing first in Creston then in Cranbrook. In 1912, Ryckman began his career with the Department of Indian Affairs, serving as a constable in that department. During this period, he also served in the position of Indian Farm Instructor. In 1931, Ryckman was promoted to the position of Indian Agent, a post he was to hold until his death in 1935. During the twenty-three years of his employment with the Department of Indian Affairs, Ryckman took an active interest in the language and culture of the people with whom he was working, a fact which is reflected in his papers.

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The fonds consists of records created by Ryckman during his tenure with the Department of Indian Affairs, primarily from the 1920s and 30s. The fonds includes contact sheets made as copies of photographs that remain in possession of Ryckman’s heirs. Records in the fonds take the form of notes and correspondence. Also included in records is a ledger which contains census information. The fonds also includes photocopies of newspaper articles relating to members of the First Nations whom Ryckman came into contact with as a result of his work as well as materials relating to Ryckman himself.

The fonds consists of the following files:

1-1, Ledger Book [Original & Copies], c. 1920
1-2, Photographs [Negatives & Contact Sheets], c. 1920
1-3, Articles and Correspondence [Photocopies], 1922-1936
1-4, Kootenays [Typed & Handwritten transcipts], c. 1932

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Records were donated by Rosemary Maclean, Ryckman’s daughter, in 1996.

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Created 19 December, 2012
Revised December 8, 2015 (file list added)

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