W. KAYE LAMB (1904-1999) had a long and distinguished career as an archivist and librarian in Canada. He was instrumental in setting up Canada's National Library in 1953.
The Letters and Journals of Simon Fraser, 1806-1808
B.C. journalist Stephen Hume has said that fur trader and explorer Simon Fraser should be celebrated as the founder of British Columbia. Certainly, the achievements of the Scottish-descended United Empire Loyalist adventurer were impressive. During three extraordinary years, 1805-1808, Fraser undertook the third major expedition (after Alexander Mackenzieâ€™s and Lewis and Clarkâ€™s) across North America, culminating in his famous journey down the river in British Columbia that now bears his name.
Employed by the Montreal-based North West Company, Fraser was responsible for building many of British Columbiaâ€™s first trading posts. His exploratory efforts helped lead to Canadaâ€™s boundary later being declared at the 49th parallel. In this new volume, librarian and archivist W. Kaye Lamb provides a detailed introduction as well as illuminating annotations to Fraserâ€™s journals, which were originally published by Macmillan of Canada in 1960.
Michael Gnarowski co-edited The Making of Modern Poetry in Canada, compiled The Concise Bibliography of English Canadian Literature, and edited the Critical Views on Canadian Writers series for McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Gnarowski is professor emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa.