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Articles and Papers Written About Knox McCusker

File consists of the following items: “Mac” by D.L. Surveyor ; “Knox (Mac) McCusker: Dominion Land Surveyor” by E.L. Rutherford, V.C. Brink, R.S. Silver and M.Z. (Smokey) Neighbour ; Excerpts from Men and Meridians by Don W. Thomson ; Article re: Knox McCusker written on the occasion of his death (April 14, 1955); “McKusker (sic) to open up Blueberry Mountain Area” (Alaska Highway News, June 8, 1950) ; “McCusker was surveyor, big game guide….also rancher and trail blazer” ; “Knox Freeman McCusker” written on the occasion of his death (The Canadian Surveyor, July 1955) ; “Veteran Surveyor – Alaska Highway Stories” ; Memories of Knox McCusker by his oldest niece Betty (McCusker) Rutherford; “Veteran Surveyor prefers horses for long bush treks” by Eric Young (Edmonton Journal); Eulogy for Knox McCusker read by Stanley D. Seif at Burch Presbyterian Church in Fort St. John, B.C. ; Eulogy for Gwendolyn Dorothy McCusker (July 1997) ; “Tropical Valley No Myth: amazing story of woman who lived there” by Thomas A. Wayling (Vancouver Sun) ; Photocopy of section of map: “Topographical sketch map showing route traversed by the Bedaux Sub-Arctic Expedition 1934 through the Rocky Mountains” (by Frank Swannell, March 27, 1935) ; Memories of Knox McCusker by Bill McCusker, his oldes nephew ; “There is always a reason; destiny made it a date. The corridor of the Alcan didn’t just happen” (Fort St. John publication) ; Article on Knox McCusker (ALS News, Winter 1983).

Articles and Speeches Written by Knox Freemen McCusker

File consists of the following articles and speeches written by Knox McCusker: “Reminiscences of Knox McCusker” (63 typewritten pages) ; “Back and Beyond the Peace” by K.McCusker (taken from the Toronto Star Weekly Saturday May 5, 1928) – retyped ; “The Alaska Highway” by Knox F. McCusker, D.L.S. (The Canadian Surveyor, July 1943)-photocopy ; Mr. McCusker’s Speech (5 pages) ; “Tropical Valleys of B.C.” (4 pages) ; “The president has called me an old old surveyor…” speech written by K. McCusker ; “In the early days of my career in the Surveying profession…” written by K. McCusker.

General Correspondence

File consists of the following photocopied items: Letter to Mrs. J. Norman Henry from G.G. Aitken, Chief Geographer (May 22, 1935); Memorandum to Mr. F.H. Peters, Surveyor General (Topographical Survey of Canada) from R. W. Cautley, Acting Chief of Control Surveys (Dec. 17, 1931) ; Letter to Mr. F.H. Peters, Surveyor General from F.C. Green, Surveyor General (June 22, 1932) ;Letter to Mr. F.H. Peters, Surveyor General from Knox McCusker (Dec. 8, 1931) ; Letter to Mr. F.H. Peters, Surveyor General from Knox McCusker (Dec. 2, 1931); Letter to Mr. F.H. Peters, Surveyor General from Knox McCusker (Oct. 2, 1931); letter to unknown recipient from J. Norman Henry (Oct. 15, 1931) ; Letter to K.F. McCusker from G.G.A. (G.G. Aitken?) Member on Geographic Board of Canada Representing B.C. (June 2, 1938) ; Letter to unknown recipient from Gwen McCusker (Sept. 5, 1944) ; Letter to Mrs. McCusker from Sgd. J. Clarke Williams on the occasion of the death of Knox McCusker (April 27, 1955).

Group photo of five men

Photograph is a group photo of five men standing around a tent in a wintery wooded landscape; Knox McCusker stands first man from the right, with hands in pockets. Caption on verso reads: “Youthful K.F.McC. on the right. Probably Northern Ontario or Manitoba”.

Gwen and Knox McCusker

Photograph depicts Gwen and Knox McCusker standing outside, side by side. Caption on verso reads: “Knox & Gwen McCusker, late ‘40’s or early ‘50’s”.

Knox McCusker Collection

  • 2008.27
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1930 - 1997]

The Knox McCusker Collection consists primarily of photocopies of publications written by Mary Henry (1931-1935); annual reports; articles and papers written about Knox McCusker (1935-1997) as well as research materials pertaining to his life; articles and speeched written by Knox McCusker and general correspondence regarding surveying. Aside from these photocopies are some original records; namely: original correspondence between McCusker and G.G. Aitken (1934-1938); photographs (ca. 1930-1950); McCuskers 1909 certificate enabling him to be an Articled Pupil with the Dominion Land Surveyors; and an interview with McCusker conducted by J. Frank Willis (CBC, 1954).

McCusker, Knox

Knox McCusker holding a fish

Photograph depicts Knox McCusker holding a fish outside a survey camp tent. Caption on verso reads: “Well say! Betty! A Toad River Indian”. It is believed this photo was taken at Tuchadi Lake.

Knox McCusker portrait

Formal portrait of Knox McCusker wearing a suit and tie and seated against a studio backdrop. Photograph believed to be taken by Pittaway – Jarvis Ltd., in Ottawa Canada, as photographer's name and location is printed into the surrounding matteboard.

Original Correspondence & Certificate

File consists of the following original items: Letter to G.G. Aitken from K.F. McCusker (Jan. 9, 1934) ; Letter to G.G. Aitken from K.F. McCusker (June 20, 1934) ; Letter to G.G. Aitken from K.F. McCusker (May. 9, 1938); Certificate no. 484 bestowed upon Knox Freeman McCusker enabling him to be admitted as an Articled Pupil with the Dominion Lands Surveyors. (Feb. 22, 1909).

Photographs

Photographs within this file depict Knox McCusker on surveying treks and at rest in his own home. Photographs also document his headstone and the monument erected in his memory.

Research Materials Pertaining to the Life of Knox McCusker

File consists of the following materials: Letter to Vernon C. Brink from the National Archives of Canada re Knox McCusker holdings (March 1, 1999) ; Photocopy of article: “Living Landscapes: Exploring the wilds of northeaster BC” by Ross Peck and Brian Apland ; Some materials for an article on Knox McCusker, D.L.S. ; Material about the life of Knox Freeman McCusker ; Letter to Mrs. Rutherford from Chris Anderson (Chris Anderson Associates) (Oct. 5, 1999) re: access to interview of Knox McCusker by Frank Willis ; Accession Information print-out re: interview of Knox McCusker by Frank Willis in 1954 ; National Archives of Canada accession information print-out re: Dominion Land Surveyor Diaries, 1881-1930 ; Mary Henry / Knox McCusker “Team” (April 19, 1998) ; Letter to Mrs. Rutherford from George Ungar re: background information on Knox McCusker.