Fonds - D.S. Scotty Mitchell fonds

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D.S. Scotty Mitchell fonds

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  • 1868-1951 (Creation)
    Mitchell, David Salmond

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2.5 cm of textual records;16 photographs;3 maps

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Scottish born David Salmond (Scotty) Mitchell was an influential Shuswap resident. In his native Scotland, he was trained as an architectural draftsman, He immigrated to Canada in 1889 and worked in Vancouver until he filed for a homestead in Canoe in 1901.

When the federal governments fish hatchery was established at Tappen in 1901, he was appointed as its first, and only, superintendent, continuing in that capacity until the hatchery was abandoned in 1916. Mitchell was widely recognized as an expert on salmon and their propagation.

An outdoors man, he prospected for minerals throughout the Shuswap district and knew its mountains and valleys. At the same time, he was delving into the natural and human history of the area. He particularly respected and admired the way of life of the First Nations People, and in a report to the Fisheries Department, noted their sustainable lifestyle.

The artifacts related to the archival collection are held in the Salmon Arm Museum's collection and consists of personal effects, survey equipment, cartography tools, maps, and geological samples.

Mitchell was a curious fellow. He took up a homestead at Larch Hills. Mitchell's later years were spent reading widely, writing pioneer stories and essays, prospecting, and subsistence farming until his death at the Kamloops Provincial Home, February 8, 1951 at age eighty-three.

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The fonds is arranged into three series and consists of 3 maps, 16 black and photographs, a fishery report, log home building plans and copies of correspondence.

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BCAUL control number: SAM-3367

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