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Check out Peel's newest digital exhibition!

Sam Steele's Forty Years in Canada: History or Fiction?

In a new digital exhibition launched by Bruce Peel Special Collections at University of Alberta, curator Dr Alison Rukavina reveals some of the reasons that it is difficult to distinguish historical fact from fiction. In this exhibition, Dr Rukavina tells us the story behind the story for some of the most dramatic events recounted in Sam Steele's memoir, Forty Years in Canada (1915). Check out the exhibition here.


Sir Samuel Benfield Steele (1848-1919) was an active player in the history of Canada, both as a North-West Mounted Police officer and as a military leader in both the Boer and First World Wars. He was also an active observer and record keeper. He left behind an extensive collection of papers, now housed in Bruce Peel Special Collections, in addition to the published memoir that is the subject of the exhibition.


Alison Rukavina is a professor of English literature, formerly at University of Alberta and currently at Texas Tech University. Dr Rukavina specializes in nineteenth-century British and colonial literature and print culture. She published The Development of the International Book Trade, 1870-1895: Tangled Networks (available in both print and digital formats through University of Alberta Libraries) in 2010 and is currently writing her second book about iconic Canadian Mountie Sam Steele and the dysfunctional publishing history of his memoir.
The Sir Samuel Steele Collection is an archive of early Canadian police and military history, and it includes correspondence and documents that provide insights into a wide range of subjects. The collection website offers a finding aid for researchers who want to use the print materials as well as digital reproductions of some key documents.




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