Collection 2000.9 - Eric Collier collection

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Eric Collier collection

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  • Textual record

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2000.9

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  • 1959-1967 (Creation)
    Creator
    McKilvington, Benjamin (Bud) W.

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1 cm of textual records

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([before 1905]-[after 1967])

Biographical history

B.W. "Bud" McKilvington was born in Vermont but moved to northern Alberta and eventually settled in the Chilcotin district of B.C., where he had a number of jobs over the years. He was an outdoorsman and hunter who appreciated the writings of Eric Collier and began a correspondence with him after the publication of Collier's book.

Custodial history

Collection purchased by the Northern BC Archives 10 July 2000, along with a copy of Collier's publication "Three Against the Wilderness". Items most likely came from the estate of B.W. McKilvington.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of 4 letters by Collier written to McKilvington and 1 letter from McKilvington to Collier. Collier's letters discuss the problems in getting a signed copy of his book to McKilvington, and also respond to McKilvington's letter with information about mutual friends in the Chilcotin and with opinions on the depletion of wildlife in the Chilcotin district. McKilvington's letter is autobiographical, and also contains his opinions on the depletion of wildlife in the Chilcotin, gun control and provincial game regulations. One letter is a response to a letter McKilvington sent to the provincial government on the mismanagement of wildlife, ostensibly written by Ken Kiernan (BC Minister of Recreation & Conservation) but, according to Collier, probably written by Jim Hatter, Kiernan's deputy. The newspaper clippings include an obituary of Collier, an article and letter by Collier, and two photographs of Mrs. Collier taken at local functions.

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Accession # 2000.9

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