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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    1.6 m 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

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        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.

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        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

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        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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