Fonds 83-013 - Eccles collection

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Eccles collection

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  • Photocopied [between 1963 and 1983] (Creation)
    William John Eccles

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80 cm of textual records

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William John Eccles was born in Yorkshire, England in 1917 and came to Canada in 1928. He served overseas in the RCAF during World War II before studying at McGill University and the Sorbonne. A well-known historian and former faculty member of the Universities of Manitoba and Alberta, he is presently with the History Department, University of Toronto. He has written several articles and books on Canadian history, with a emphasis on the social history of New France. "With the true historian's determination to test even the most widely accepted truths, with an instinct for ferreting out fresh evidence, with a bold lack of respect for time-tested "facts," he has successfully challenged established doctrine at a number of points in Canadian history." (Taken from Ray Allen Billington's foreword in "The Canadian Frontier 1534-1760", revised edition, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1969).

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The collection was donated to the Trent University Archives by Professor William Eccles via Professor Dale Standen, Trent University.

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This collection consists of 18 volumes of photocopied documents relating to Indian-white land relations in North America. Used as court evidence in the Bear Island (Temagami)court case. Divided into 13 categories as follows: Documents relating to: 1. New France 1540-1763; 2. B.N.A. until 1763; 3. Evolution of Proclamation 1763; 4&5. Early application 1763; 6. Native title 1763-1774; 7. Native title 1774-1791 (Quebec); 8. Native title 1791-1840 (U.C.); 9. Native title 1840-1866 (C.W.); 10.Native title Ontario 1867-1979; 11&12. Records of European Traders; 13. Non-surrender of N. Daki-Inenan.

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This collection was donated by Professor W.J. Eccles of the University of Toronto via Professor Dale Standen of Trent University.


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