Fonds 20-004 - Alan Brunger fonds. 2020 additions

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Alan Brunger fonds. 2020 additions

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  • 1746; 1815-1991 (Creation)
    Brunger, Alan

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160 cm of textual material
6 microfilm reels
ca. 100 maps

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Professor Alan Brunger was educated in England (B.Sc. Hons. Southampton 1963) and came to Canada in 1964 for graduate work, first in Alberta (M.Sc. Calgary 1966) and later in Ontario (Ph.D. Western Ontario 1973). He joined the faculty in Geography at Trent University in 1969 and has lectured and undertaken research mainly in historical geography within Canada, Australia and South Africa. His main research interest is in the pattern and process of nineteenth century immigration and settlement. Professor Brunger retired from the Geography Department at Trent University in 2008.

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This fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Alan Brunger before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2019.

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This fonds consists of Professor Brunger's research in 19th century Canadian historical geography, mainly in Upper Canada/Ontario, focused on emigration from the U.K. and settlement in Newcastle (Peterborough County) District and London (Talbot Settlement) District. Included in the research materials are several maps, a small collection of photo negatives, and microfilm reels.

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Fonds acquired in 2019 from Professor Alan Brunger.


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Some of the research material is comprised of copies from other archival collections. This material may not be photocopied or quoted directly without appropriate consent.

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Related fonds in TUA: 71-006, 92-1001, 80-009, 07-001, 98-014, 98-1002, 74-008, 86-002, 97-011, and 94-1000.


This fonds, along with 21-001, is an addition to 08-004.

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Box 1


  1. Township Papers
  2. Provincial Archives Sources, 1972-1991
  3. Bamberg Paper; 4 black and white photos of Douro and Ennismore, Ontario n.d.; correspondence between Trent University and Universitat Bamberg, Germany, 4 November 1980 – 21 June 1997
  4. Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Thomas Talbot
  5. PhD Thesis information – approximately 20 loose maps and figures of the ‘Study Area – Southern Part of London District’
  6. Thomas Talbot settlement research – Horizon Canada
  7. Thomas Talbot settlement research, 1972-1992
  8. Thomas Talbot opinion writing piece, 29 March 2003
  9. Yeigh – Report on Crown Lands in Upper Canada (1892), 30 June 1992
  10. Land settlements in Upper Canada, microfilm research, 27 November 1972
  11. Settlement of Talbot roads
  12. Thomas Talbot Settlement Papers, 1973 – 1974
  13. Copy of 1806 map of Thomas Talbot road routes
  14. Thomas Talbot Settlement various primary sources
  15. PhD sources and references
  16. Thomas Talbot and USC
  17. Thomas Talbot Settlement – maps, population assessments ca 1815
  18. Surveys and Vegetation research
  19. Assessment Records (Aggregate) – London District 1825-1850
  20. Population Summary – London District 1825-1850
  21. Upper Canada Land Petitions
  22. Crown Land Papers – Talbot Settlement
  23. Biographical information on William Allen
  24. Biographical information on W.D. Powell
  25. Ridout Papers, 1815, 1818
  26. Selkirk Papers
  27. J.G. Simcoe 1752-1806 Papers
  28. Sir D.W. Smith biography
  29. Newspapers Sg. Thomas “Liberal”, Quebec Gazette
  30. Thomas Talbot Settlement – Building Types, 1818
  31. Thomas Talbot Settlement – Soil Groups
  32. 1818 Talbot Settlement – coded data for 537 settlers
  33. Southern part of London District copy of Blank Map for diagrams
  34. Microfilm of Upper Canada Sundries (R.G. 5, A1, Volume 22) – Report on Upper Canada lands 1815; Upper Canada State Papers (R.G. 1, E 3, Volume 87) Talbot Portfolio – 1818 Settlement and 1804 map
  35. Microfilm of Association and Paper Return Legal District. 1825-1828 from Appendices to J. of Legal Association of Upper Canada; Sales records of Lands in London District (Crown Clergy Res. 1837)
  36. 15 Township maps and data sheets on which raw data were recorded from sources of individual settlement land holding
  37. Research supporting the Thomas Talbot settlement papers as well as newspaper articles and brochures related to the bicentennial celebration of the Talbot settlement, 1968-2003

Box 2


  1. Research gathered about Thomas Alex Stewart, his wife Frances Browne and their children
  2. Correspondence with Mary Mood and Bernadine Dodge regarding Richard Birdsall research
  3. Douro Township settlement under Peter Robinson; Township surveyed by Richard Birdsall in 1823; Graduate thesis papers for Geography
  4. Richard Birdsall Survey notes – 1823 – land labelled by type (ie. Hard land, Swamp, Rough land, Good land, etc)
  5. Douro Township settlements notes from microfilms located at Archives of Ontario
  6. List of Douro Township property owners and lot numbers including years of acres patented, maps of notable people and locations in Douro Township
  7. Names and locations of early Irish Settlers in Douro Township; Peter Robinson settlement maps
  8. Maps of types of agriculture in Douro Township
  9. Research for paper titled “Locality and Community in Early Canada: The Irish in Douro Township”
  10. Research and papers on price of land ownership in early Ontario settlement; notes, research, maps
  11. Douro Assessment 1826
  12. Douro Census 1839
  13. Douro Census 1840
  14. Township of Douro meetings 1848 – notes of meeting between householders
  15. Regional comparison of population density and percentages of acres cultivated between Dummer, Douro, Asphodel, Otonabee
  16. Association of Canadian Studies paper titled “The Irish Immigration Experience: The Case of the Peter Robinson Immigrants 1823-1825" and associated research
  17. Irish and Scottish distribution across Canada
  18. Peter Robinson Assessment – Master File
  19. Spiral bound green booklet of field notes for Douro Township
  20. Microfilm from 1963, a paper by Julian Wolpert titled “Decision-making in Middle Sweden’s farming – A spatial analysis” (PhD Thesis U. Wisconsin, 1963)
  21. Microfilm titled “Analysis Census and Assessment Returns for Upper Canada (Canada W) 1824-1850
  22. Series of Microfilms – reels 11-13 on Schedules and Land Rolls – 1784-1922

Box 3


  1. Paper titled “Patterns of Primary Social Institutions in a New World Setting: Pioneer Settlement in Nineteenth Century Upper Canada” presented at the Regional Congress of the International Geographical Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil – 16-20 August 1982
  2. Notes on diaries and journals of early settlers, 1799-1867
  3. Maps of central places in Southwestern and South-Central Ontario, early 19th century.
  4. Gini Coefficient research
  5. Welsh Settlement and Immigration
  6. Maps on distribution of immigrants
  7. Photocopies of the “Series of Questions from the Minister of Agriculture to an Emigrant Farmer” ca. Early 19th century. Approximately 41 copies of questions answered by farmers who had emigrated to Upper Canada.
  8. List of names of those who passed immigration at New York, for immigrants from England and Ireland, 1817-1819.
  9. Literature and research on British Immigration to Canada; copies of letter correspondence between James Burchall to his cousin Frank ca 1919.
  10. Dummer Township – Inter-relations by land/kin, 1840-1875
  11. Maps and data on land patents in Dummer Township, 1826-1851
  12. Parish Registers, Peterborough, 1830-1860
  13. Ontario Archives References: Appendices, Township Papers, Surrogate Court Wills
  14. Dummer Township maps of assessment, agricultural census, 1840
  15. Dummer Township – personal Census ie: place of birth, religion, age/date of birth, 1851
  16. Dummer Township – Agriculture Census, 1851
  17. Dummer Township – Agriculture Census, 1861
  18. Dummer Township – Miscellaneous Correspondence: maps, newspaper clippings, journal articles
  19. Correspondence with Sir John Colborne. Records from the Public Archives Canada, “Colborne Papers”, 1832-1834
  20. Public Archives Canada research on emigration, colonization, and distribution of immigrants in 1820-1861
  21. Research on the Colborne Settlement Scheme in Upper Canada, early 1830’s
  22. Petworth Emigration to Upper Canada, 1832
  23. Statement of Accounts for Upper Canada for labour on roads, 1832-1833
  24. Alphabetical list of Land Speculators (500+ acres) in Newcastle District, many who were actual settlers.
  25. Newcastle District / Peter Robinson Irish Success
  26. Maps of Agriculture Patenting, 1820-1850
  27. Data logs from Trent University on English and Welsh in Upper Canada, 19 April 1984
  28. Newcastle District assessment information, 1802-1804
  29. Newcastle District assessment information, 1820-1850
  30. Newcastle District assessment information, only 1830
  31. Newcastle District assessment information, only 1840
  32. Newcastle District assessment information, only 1850
  33. Master file for Newcastle District assessment collection on surrounding Townships
  34. Lists of names, lot numbers, dates of patent, and additional comments for townships beginning with letter A – H.
  35. Lists of names, lot numbers, dates of patent, and additional comments for townships beginning with letter M – V.
  36. Microfilm - “Emigration Letters from Sussex Emigrants ed. Thos Sockett.” B-10 5625 U of T Library
  37. Two red exercise books with glued pages of letters from immigrants to Canada. Both were assembled at Taunton, June 1982. The letters from excerpts from the following books Letters from Poor Persons who Emigrated to Canada from the Parish of Frome in the County of Somerset and Extracts of Letters from Poor Persons who Emigrated Last Year to Canada and the United States.

Box 4


  1. Maps of Dummer Township Settlements, 1830-1850
  2. Settlement information of immigrants from Corsley, Wiltshire in Dummer and Douro. Paper by Professor Alan Brunger in the Canadian Geographer titled “The Distribution of English in Upper Canada 1851-1871,” 1986
  3. Settlement information of immigrants from Corres, Wiltshire. Includes information and correspondence from the Wiltshire Record Office and the Public Record Office in London, England
  4. Settlement information of immigrants from Horningsham, Wiltshire
  5. Settlement information of immigrants from Warminster, Wiltshire
  6. List of immigrants from Westbury
  7. Settlement information of immigrants from Frome (Somerset), 1831
  8. Corsely Census, 1841
  9. Notes from journal articles on Sir John Colborne’s Settlement Scheme
  10. Notes on British immigrations from the 1830’s based on statement of accounts including names, services, amount paid for service
  11. English Pauper immigrants in Upper Canada, 1830-1832
  12. Biographical notes and Township histories
  13. Newcastle District – lists of land reserved/purchased in the various Townships
  14. Letters and Correspondence re. 19th century immigrants to North America – Master List
  15. English Settlers to Peterborough County. Includes Peterborough Directories from 1842-1858, 1875, 1883-1884, 1893
  16. Analysis of Immigration Accounts, 1831-1834
  17. British Immigrations of the Bathurst District, 1830’s
  18. British Immigration of the Seymour Township, 1831
  19. Disbursements of Immigrants made by the Emigrant Committee at York, 1832-1833
  20. British Immigration and distribution accounts, 1833
  21. Information regarding Wiltshire from the Swindon Local Studies Library, Wiltshire and Swindon Records Office, Wiltshire Heritage Library, and maps
  22. Population data on Townships in Upper Canada with English and Scottish immigrants.
  23. Biographies and Transcripts of Surrogate Court Records
  24. Assessment Records of Newcastle District, Upper Canada
  25. United Church Archives in Upper Canada
  26. Research of Upper Canada Sundries on microfilm from the Public Archives Canada through interlibrary loan. Copies of microfilm series, 1810-1840
  27. Upper Canada Sundries – general immigration research and notes
  28. Upper Canada Sundries – Bathurst District; Lanark County.
  29. Upper Canada Sundries – Newcastle District and Dummer Township, copy of memorandum for Peter Robinsons responsibility of distribution of immigrants from Ireland within Upper Canada.
  30. Data of Upper Canada immigration population, newspaper clippings of articles written by Donald Jones on the history of immigration to Canada
  31. Research and notes on newspaper articles about immigration to Upper Canada
  32. Research and notes on newspaper articles about immigration to Upper Canada, the Bathurst Herald, Bathurst Chronicle
  33. 7th report on grievances of the Colborne Settlement Scheme of Upper Canada, February to April 1835
  34. List of Immigrant letters from America, the Niagara region in particular
  35. Charts showing the number of immigrants per year in Canada and the United States
  36. Finding Aid from Public Archives of Canada on the Dalhousie, George Ramsay, ninth Earl of (1746-1839), Army Officer. List of papers he wrote available on microfilm.
  37. Charts, graphs and maps on Upper Canada population, 1830’s
  38. Census of Canada for Peterborough County, 1826, 1831, 1836, 1841, 1846, 1850
  39. Current data on Peterborough County and Victoria-Haliburton, inquiries about historical agriculture settlements in the Newcastle District, 1977
  40. Wills from Peterborough County
  41. Map and data of the Township of Belmont, 1840
  42. Irish immigration data, list of immigrants, maps of distribution, 1851-1871
  43. English in Canada, Symposium Paper research
  44. Map of Metcalfe Township
  45. North Monaghan Township survey notes; maps of the Scotts Plains, list of names of early settlers' patents
  46. Maps and data from Seymour Township settlement
  47. Letter transcriptions of correspondence between English family members from Wiltshire/Somerset and those who had settled in America, 1829-1839
  48. Research on immigration to Southwold Township; research notes, pamphlets from historical sites, maps, charts and statistics from immigration in the London District
  49. Research on chain migration to Southwold Township; research notes, maps,
  50. Southwold Township – Interrelationships by land
  51. Biographical information on Joseph Silcox (Silcock), a prominent person in the development of the Southwold Township Church as a Reverend and schoolteacher. He immigrated to Upper Canada in 1817
  52. Research on Canada Census, 1851, on religion and the Upper Canada Congregational Church
  53. Religious movements and missions in Upper Canada; newspaper articles, letters, and notes
  54. Research for paper by Professor Alan Brunger titled “The Development of Roman Catholic Parishes in the Peterborough Area,” 1977
  55. Research for paper by Professor Alan Brunger titled “Aspects of Planned Settlement in Bathurst District, Upper Canada, 1982”
  56. Statement of Accounts for Colborne Scheme including map, 1831
  57. Assessment of OPS Township, including maps and photocopied census, 1841
  58. Assessment of Adelaide Township, including maps and photocopied census, 1842
  59. Assessment of Adelaide Township agriculture, including maps and photocopied census
  60. Research for paper on the Crown Lands, 1986

Box 5


  1. Research for paper titled “The Distribution of Scots and Irish in Upper Canada, 1951-71", 1989
  2. Statistics pertaining to Irish Protestant Immigrants, 1871
  3. Slides of immigration distribution based on nationality and religion
  4. Unpublished paper on Upper Canada Settlement titled “Geographical Aspects of English Emigration to Canada in the 1830’s: Settlement and Community Transfer”, 1983
  5. Paper for the Canadian Association of Geographers on “Comparative Settlement of Irish in Two Areas of Upper Canada”, 1979
  6. Data pertaining to Scottish immigration in 1861 and 1871
  7. Paper for the Canadian Association of Geographers on “Progress of Settlement in the Newcastle District Before 1840,” 1977. Includes research notes, data, and maps
  8. Geography 332a papers on Scottish Immigration, 1978
  9. Scottish Antecedence
  10. Cultural Patterns among Canadians – Religion, Nationality and Ethnicity
  11. Research on early Canadian Ethnicity
  12. Newspaper articles on multiculturalism, ethnicity, identity in Canada
  13. Maps expressing Canadian Immigration based on ethnicity, religion, 1851
  14. Lecture Planning Geography 332a “Settlement Geography”
  15. Research on immigrant's settlement in Quebec
  16. Maps representing the 1851 Census Districts
  17. Upper Canada maps
  18. Upper Canada published maps
  19. Maps representing the histories of Townships, Towns and localities and counties and districts
  20. Research and writing on the “cultural areas of Canada”, chapter one; journal articles, newspaper clippings, maps
  21. Research and writing for chapter two, “Measuring Culture In Canada,”; journal articles, maps, data
  22. Chapter 3 – Analysis and classification of Census Statistics * empty
  23. Research and writing for chapter four on nationality in Canada; lots of maps and data
  24. Research and writing for chapter 5 on Ancestry; two maps
  25. Research and writing for chapter 6 on Religions
  26. List of resources for chapter 7 on Cultural areas
  27. Research and notes of the local history of Quebec
  28. Lower Canada Census, 1851 and 1861
  29. Lower Canada Census, 1861
  30. Lower Canada Census, 1851 and 1861 – was loose in box behind folder 29
  31. Census data of English and Welsh immigrants in Upper Canada

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