Fonds 15-009 - Donald B. Smith fonds. 2015 additions

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Donald B. Smith fonds. 2015 additions

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  • 1982-2019 (Creation)
    Smith, Donald B.

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1.8 m of textual records
ca. 10 photographs

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Professor Donald B. Smith is Professor Emeritus of History at University of Calgary. He was born in 1946 and is married to Nancy Townshend. He received a Ph.D. at University of Toronto in 1975 and has written several books related to the history of nineteenth century Canada and to Aboriginals in Canada, including Mississauga Portraits: Ojibwe Voices from Nineteenth Century Canada (2013); Honore Jaxon Prairie Visionary Regina (2007); Calgary's Grand Story: The Making of a Prairie Metropolis from the Viewpoint of Two Heritage Buildings (2005); Long Lance: The Glorious Imposter (1999); From the Land of Shadows: The Making of Grey Owl (1990); Sacred Feathers: the Reverend Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby) and the Mississauga Indians (1987), and others. In 2014, Professor Smith won the Floyd S. Chalmers Award for his book, Mississauga Portraits.

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Fonds was in the custody of Professor Donald B. Smith before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2015.

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Fonds is comprised of published and unpublished research materials pertaining to Indigenous people. Also included are correspondence, copies of emails, handwritten notes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

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Fonds acquired from Professor Donald B. Smith in 2015.


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No restriction on access, except for Box 5 Folder 15 which is closed until the year 2030.

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Most of the research material is comprised of copies of documents from other archival collections, from published books and articles, and from academic theses and dissertations; this material may not be reproduced or quoted directly without appropriate consent.

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This fonds is an addition to 13-007

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Box 1


  1. Anderson, T.G. overview, ca. 1995-2011
  2. Anderson, T.G. timeline, ca. 2010
  3. Askin/Hamilton, ca. 1986-2008
  4. Askin, John Baptist
  5. Bartlett, W.R. Nature Membership Question, ca. 2010
  6. Chesley, Solomon
  7. Campbell, Thomas Edmund (in Library Oct. 1855)
  8. Clench, Joseph Brant, ca. 1982-2009
  9. Emmatinger, Charles Oakes & William
  10. Ironside, George, ca. 1979
  11. McMurray, The Rev. William (1810-1894), ca. 2005-2011
  12. Napier, Duncan Campbell
  13. Talford, Froome, ca. 2006
  14. Thorburn, David, ca 2009
  15. Baldwin, Robert and W.W., ca. 1999-2010
  16. Baldwin, Robert First Nations, ca 1986
  17. Bidwell, Marshall Spring
  18. Boulton, D’Arcy Sr. & D’Arcy Jr., ca. 2007
  19. Boulton, Wm. Henry on French Canadians, ca. 2007
  20. Cayley, William
  21. Dalhousie, Lord, ca. 1982
  22. Durham, Lord Language Policy in Quebec, ca. 1982-1988
  23. Hincks, Francis, ca. 1987-2009
  24. MacKenzie, Wm. Lyon, ca. 2010 (includes one photograph)
  25. Robinson, John Beverley, ca. 1992-1995
  26. Krieghoff, Cornelius
  27. La Fontaine, Louis-Hippolyte
  28. Laterriere, Pierre De Sales, ca. 2010
  29. Morin, Augustin-Norbert
  30. Nelson, Wolfred & Robert (includes one photograph)
  31. Nelson Family Correspondance, ca. 1986-1998
  32. Papineau, Louis-Joseph (includes one photograph)
  33. Bethune, Angus, ca. 2009
  34. MacKenzie, Roderick and Descendants (Angus Bethune married a daughter Louisa MacKenzie) (includes two photographs)
  35. MacKenzie, Roderick and Descendants Correspondence 1992-1994, ca. 2009
  36. Bethune, Norman (1822-1892)
  37. Beasley, Richard, ca. 2008
  38. Franklin, Sir John, ca. 1996
  39. Henson, Josiah
  40. Kohl, Johann George
  41. MacDonald, John of Garth (Ft. Edmonton) M. Charlotte Small’s sister
  42. Nelson, George (brother of Wilfred & Robert)
  43. Rae, John, ca. 2012
  44. Richardson, John
  45. Simpson, George and descendants
  46. Thompson, David

Box 2


  1. Methodist Missionary Society Reports 1825-1840, ca. 2011
  2. Methodist Missionary Society Reports 1841-1854
  3. Methodist Missionary Society Reports 1855-1869
  4. Methodist Missionary Society Reports 1870-
  5. Missionary Notices 1854-1870
  6. Missionary Notices 1871-1878
  7. Missionary Outlook Inventory 1890-1924
  8. Central (Toronto) Superintendent Letterbooks 1845-late 1870’s April/May/June 1995-1999 Index
  9. Christian Guardian 1868-1896
  10. Stephanie McMullen notes on 1840’s RG10LAC Index
  11. LAC RG 10 Microfilm Reels c – 12777 to c- 12793 c-9659 – c9666, ca. 1994-1998
  12. Owen Sound Comet June 28, 1851 – April 1854; March 19, 1850 – Feb 26, 1864
  13. American Methodist Mission Work
  14. Methodist Missionary Outreach, ca. 2011
  15. Wood, Enoch & Sutherland, Alexander Summaries prepared by Neil Semple (1997) Methodist Mission Correspondence late c19
  16. Mount Elgin Manual Labour School General
  17. Rose. Samuel, ca. 2009
  18. Mount Elgin Industrial School Students 1850’s, ca. 2010
  19. Mount Elgin Manual Labour School Timeline
  20. Mount Elgin Former Students, ca. 2009
  21. Mount Elgin Manual School Images
  22. UCA United Church of Canada Guide to Holdings Inventory, ca. 1992

Box 3


  1. Land Settlement, ca. 1994
  2. Simcoe Misc. Items, ca. 1983-1986 (includes one photograph)
  3. Simcoe Misc. Note cards
  4. Simcoe Correspondence, ca. 1985-1987
  5. Simcoe Day, ca. 1990-2005
  6. Simcoe, Elizabeth & Estate in Devon, ca. 1985-1990 (includes one photograph)
  7. Simcoe, Elizabeth images and maps (includes one photograph)
  8. Simcoe see 1791
  9. Simcoe; Bastard Township, ca. 1987
  10. Dracott, Chris (Simcoe), ca. 1986-1992
  11. Simcoe Articles
  12. Haiti (Simcoe), ca. 1991-2009
  13. UC Gov’t Policies First Nations 1793-1805, ca. 1992-1994
  14. Late C18 Treaties/ Upper Canada
  15. 1805 Credit Community; Treaty of 1805 Credit
  16. 1805/1806 Indentures Credit, ca. 1997-2008
  17. Crawford Purchased 1783-1784 (Carleton Island)
  18. Niagara Purchase 1784-1792
  19. Toronto Purchase Credit Community 1787 (includes one photograph)
  20. Toronto Purchase Paintings at Royal York Hotel, Toronto, ca.2007
  21. Maps of Great Lakes First Nations C19, ca. 2012
  22. 1820 Treaty Feb. 28
  23. Block E Feb. 28, 1820 sale Joseph Sawyer
  24. Mississauga Claim to 200 acres adjacent to Credit River 1820, ca. 1980-1986
  25. Credit: Land Petitions to 1847
  26. New Credit Land Petitions 1848
  27. Credit Mississauga Hunting Grounds Peter Jones 1847, 1855
  28. Unsettled Accounts Arbitration – Union of the Canadas- Mississauga Claims Mid Nov. 1895 – Quebec City, ca. 2008
  29. New Credit Claims 1894-1898

Additional materials received from Professor Smith in February 2017

Box 4

Heading 1: “Iroquois (Five Nations) and Neighbour, to the Eighteenth Century”


  1. Iroquois Five Nations
  2. Neutrals
  3. Grand Peace of 1781, Montreal
  4. Kondiaronk
  5. Nanfan Treaty 1701
  6. Warfare, Northeastern North America
  7. Ojibwe-Iroquois Wars – Correspondence
  8. Natoway
  9. Ojibwe-Iroquois Wars (South Ontario) Short Items
  10. Ojibwe-Iroquois Wars (South Ontario) – Secondary Articles
  11. Text: “Important Evidence” Akwesnane Conference May 2000
  12. Akwesnane Conference May 2000 – For talk Background Material

Heading 2: Place Names – Ojibwe/Iroquois

  1. Place Names – Ojibwe/Iroquois
  2. Maps – head of lake
  3. Maps, Southern/Northern Ontario

Heading 3: Lake Simcoe/Rama – additions to files in 13-007/8/5

  1. Rama
  2. Mnijikaning Fish Weirs – Atherley Narrows near Rama
  3. James Bartleman
  4. Emerson Coatsworth
  5. Alan Coatsworth
  6. Francis, Antoine, Jacob Gaudaur
  7. Rev. George Hallen (material from Eric Hoare and others) Wampum Belt drawings
  8. George Laidlaw
  9. George Laidlaw Ojibwa Legends (mainly from Rama)
  10. Cecilia Jowett (Geneva Park)

Heading 4: New Credit – Addition (see also files on the Mississauga community 13-007 Box 8, after folder 37)

  1. New Credit May 8, 1905 Exchequer Court of Canada Decision
  2. New Credit 1960’s
  3. Mississauga of New Credit: Court Presentations
  4. Toronto Aboriginal Land Claim 2003-
  5. Records on Microfilm at New Credit
  6. Membership
  7. Bryan Laforme, Chief New Credit
  8. Frank and Maurice Laforme
  9. Harry Laforme
  10. Carolyn King
  11. Malcolm King
  12. Max King
  13. Larry Sault
  14. Gary Sault
  15. Margaret Sault and New Credit contacts
  16. Walter Secord
  17. New Credit

Published resource received from Professor Smith, 11 May 2018

  1. Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation: Treaties 1781-1820 / prepared by Darin P. Wybenga, 2017

Additions received from Professor Smith, 16 September 2019

Box 5


  1. Correspondence with Trent University Archives 2009-2019. Copy of poster for Mississauga Portraits Spotlight on George Copway with Donald B. Smith talk help in the Gzowski College Gathering Space. 24 September 2013
  2. Alderville Miscellaneous Historical Items: interviews with Elmira McLeod, copy of map of Rice Lake 1850
  3. Rice Lake: Miscellaneous Historical Items
  4. Curve Lake Miscellaneous Historical Items
  5. Curve Lake Talk: Don Smith, February 2014
  6. Allan Salt, Cure Book 1880; copy of personal journal 1893; Biblical writings book by Rev. Jim Johanson 1818-1911
  7. Alderville/Ottawa Valley, 1991
  8. Fred Wheatley – correspondence, 2014-2017
  9. Mississauga “Medicine” – Mid-19th century
  10. Catharine Parr Traill, Pat McCloy (great grandson of Catharine Parr Traill), 1992-1995
  11. Traill family in the North West
  12. William Case - Jubilee Sermon, 1855
  13. Henry Baldwin
  14. A.F. Chamberlain - Cue Cards with bibliographic information pertaining to the publications of Alexander Francis Chamberlain. 37 cards total.
  15. RESTRICTED FILE: Correspondence between Mae Whetung Derrick and Professor Donald Smith, 2010-2019 (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2030)

Additions received from Professor Smith, 2 May 2022

2 cassette tapes
(not to be copied unless permission is received from Curve Lake First Nation and Alderville First Nation, respectively):

  • "Curve Lake Choir, Ojibwa Hymns" received by Donald Smith, ca 1985

(This cassette, Professor Smith writes, "is a personal working copy of the hymns I used in lectures on the mid 19th century Mississauga and the Methodists about a decade ago...," and quoting from the Pratt Library, U of T, he writes: "Original recordings of the Ojibwe Indian Choir at the Curve Lake Indian Reserve are held in the Bill Montaigne fonds (reference code C 239) at the Archives of Ontario." He goes on to say that another copy is available in his own fonds located at the Pratt Library, University of Toronto (2018.02 Box 1 Ojibwe Hymns).

  • "Mission on Grape Island Celebration 14/6/87", Bruce Graham

(Professor Smith explains: "It is a cassette recording of the "Mission on Grape Island Celebration," June 14, 1987, a group of Alderville community members traveled down to Grape Island on the Bay of Quinte. The Methodist mission was there for about a decade, from the mid-1820s to mid-1830s. "Bruce Graham" is the name I have on the cassette, as the recorder."

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