Fonds F 660 - Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd. fonds

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Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd. fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Cartographic material
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  • Object

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F 660

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  • 1904-1958 (Accumulation)
  • 1898, 1904-1958 (predominant: 1909-1925) (Creation)
    Wm. Pearson Co., Ltd., 1906-1925

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Physical description

0.336m of textual records
34 maps
147 photographs : lantern slides
6 prints
1 object (lantern slide projector)

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Administrative history

The William Pearson Company, Limited was originally established in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1906 with William Pearson as the majority shareholder, along with other investors forming the board of directors. The company registered offices in Saskatchewan under the Foreign Companies Act on March 31, 1906 and in Minnesota at a later date. The company's purpose was to acquire land or any interest in land, to make and give mortgages and deeds of security for land, to purchase real estate, and to buy or sell agricultural products. In Saskatchewan, the company's primary goal was to settle the Last Mountain Valley and Qu'Appelle with American settlers. Margaret E. Pearson, wife of William Pearson, transferred the land to the Company. During its operation in Saskatchewan, the company was alternately known as "Wm. Pearson Co., Ltd", "Wm. Pearson Company Limited", "Last Mountain Valley Land and Development Co.", and "Pearson, Son and Company."

Several poor crop years led the company to become in arrears on its taxes. By the mid-1920s, there was not enough land to continue the corporate registration, so the William Pearson Company was dissolved and struck off the register of joint stock companies in Saskatchewan on June 6, 1925. The company continued its operations in Manitoba and Minnesota until at least 1958 under the names William Pearson Company, Limited; Pearson, Son & Co.; and Middle West Land Company.

Custodial history

Arthur M. Pearson, son of William Pearson and former employee of Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd, donated some of these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives, in two accessions in 1975 and 1976: 799 (November 27, 1975) and 820 (May 1, 1976).
The estate of Arthur M. Pearson donated some of these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1977: S77-104 (August 26, 1977).
Mrs. Percy Ruoszell donated some of these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1960: 276 (S) (March 1, 1960).
Alan Richardson donated some of these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1988: R88-088 (March 15, 1988).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by the William Pearson Company, Ltd. in their activities buying, selling, and advertising land in the Last Mountain Valley, Saskatchewan area.

The types of records included are: correspondence of Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd. and its successor, Pearson & Son, Ltd.; land examination and crop reports from 1909-1913 (T20-30 R24-25 W2; T21-28 R26-27 W2), 1925 (T7-30 R24-26 W2), 1929 (T20-30 R24-26 W2; T38-39 R4-9 W2), and 1934 (T20-30 R14-26 W2), including its successor, Middle West Land Co. (Manitoba); promotional brochures, pamphlets, booklets, and hand-coloured glass lantern slide transparencies which were taken on excursions in the Last Mountain Valley area; a lantern slide projector; maps of the land holdings and sales of Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd.; a mimeographed copy of memoirs written by William Pearson; and a photograph of the Strassbourg rail station.

No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds.

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Physical condition

Some transparencies are in fragile condition and are cracked or broken; the remainder of the records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition


The factors determining arrangement of the records in this fonds have not been documented during the description process.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Box number(s): 1-3

Availability of other formats

R-1109, file 4 is also available on microfilm. R-2.477

Restrictions on access

Records are open for research use.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina and Saskatoon offices.

Finding aids

SAFA 588 consists of a fonds description and item descriptions of transparencies, some prints and some maps. The paper guide consists of a fonds description only. File descriptions for R-1109 files 4 and 36 are available in GR 123.
All lantern slide transparencies except GM-PH-1477 have been scanned and are available electronically in the Saskatchewan Archives Board's Image Bank.

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Associated materials

Related material: Photographs of the Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd. activities can be found in the Historical Photographs Collection (Regina).
Reminiscences about the Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd. can be found with the Bert Elderton fonds (F 561).
A map of the land holdings of the Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd. can be found with the William Greer Pettingell records (R-E3611).
Additional photographs and interview comments relating to the Wm. Pearson Co. Ltd. can be found in the Arthur M. Pearson fonds (F 653).

Related materials


No further accruals are expected.

General note

Locations for retrieval: Regina-Hillsdale; Saskatoon - Murray.
One photograph was retained in the textual records to preserve context (F 660, file 4).


Conservation practices in place at the time of processing were applied to the records in this fonds.

Alpha-numeric designations

Textual records: S-A204; S-YF26; R-1109, file 4 and file 36; Pamphlet File - Local Histories - Last Mountain Lake.
Maps: A938; A44.1to A44.21(S); B41.1 to B41.10 (S)
Transparencies: GM-PH-1431 to GM-PH-1477
Prints: GM-PH-1433; GM-PH-1434; GM-PH-1452 (1); GM-PH-1460 (7); GM-PH-1476

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F 660

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Rules or conventions

Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



Level of detail

Language of description

  • English

Script of description

  • Latin


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