Fonds MG2060 - Reuben Bennett d'Aigle Fonds

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Reuben Bennett d'Aigle Fonds

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CA MUA MG2060

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  • 1874-1959 (Creation)
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    D'Aigle, Reuben Bennett, 1874-1959

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25 cm of textual records, photographs, and phonodisc

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(1874-1959)

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Prospector Reuben D'Aigle was born in Chipman, New Brunswick. He joined the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898 and over the next half-century prospected in northern Ontario, Qu├ębec and Labrador. D'Aigle staked some successful claims, but ironically he is most famous for a strike he narrowly missed making, the 'dome' of gold which became the Hollinger mine (1907). The financial crash of 1929 prevented him from exploiting his valuable iron-ore claims in Labrador.

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The D'Aigle papers fall into three series: diaries, correspondence and a scrapbook of photographs and memorabilia. The diaries (1912-1914, 1927, 1935-1952) are largely devoted to a day-by-day account of prospecting journeys. Correspondence with members of his family, partners, prospective financial backers and government mining bureaus covers the years 1900-1959. The scrapbook contains personal mementos, newsclippings about D'Aigle, photographs of his journeys, lists of supplies for prospecting trips, and maps, some drawn by D'Aigle himself.

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Originals, Printed Materials, Photocopies, Phonodisc and Photographs

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