We do not know his name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War


An archives is a place where historic records are kept. Often these archives are buildings or places in buildings, like the Archives of British Columbia and the National Archives of Canada. This site is, in effect, a virtual archives, limited to the documents that we believe bear directly on the key questions of the Chilcotin War. The documents, including images, all appear in two locations on the website: 1) organized by theme in the sections called “Context”, “Murder or War?” and “Aftermath”, and 2) organized by document type here in the archives.

As complex as it may seem, it is a very much simplified archives. In order to research the past, and in order to create this archives which allows you to do so, researchers must search through masses of documents in entire archives to locate, select and transcribe documents that seem relevant before they can begin the process you are engaged in.

This virtual archives is organized by the type of source. This is similar to the standard form of archival organization, where records are grouped by "provenance," i.e., by their original location (for example, by government department, by particular individual or family, or by company) and in the order in which they were originally created and organized. The citations will tell you which archives, newspaper, book or report the original may be found in, and the “About this source” files linked to each document will give more details on why and how historians use these sources.

References to related books and websites can by found from Beyond this Site in the "Contexts" section.

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