Collection 94-003 - William Ewart Taylor collection

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William Ewart Taylor collection

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  • 1950-1989 (Creation)
    Taylor, William Ewart

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13 cm of textual records

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William Ewart Taylor Jr. was born 21 November 1927 in Toronto to William E. Taylor and Margaret T. Patrick. He received his B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1951; his M.A. at the University of Illinois in 1952 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1965. He married Joan Doris Elliott, of Scarborough, Ontario, 12 September 1952. Together they had three children.

William was the Director of the National Museum of Man (now the Canadian Museum of Civilization); Director for the Canadian Centre for Anthropological Research and Past Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Canadian War Museum. He made several discoveries in Inuit anthropology and archaeology between 1950 and 1960. He published The Arnapik and other Sites in 1968. He wrote innumerable professional papers on the Arctic and the Inuit people. He died in 1994.

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This collection was created by William Taylor and in the custody of his estate until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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This collection consists of pamphlets, occasional papers, and government publications relating to Indigenous peoples (mostly in Canada) and their cultures, the territorial north, archaeology, education, and northern communities.

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This collection was donated by William Taylor's estate.


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For related records see the Native Studies photographic collection (77-002), Native Studies slide collection (80-035), Eccles collection (83-013), Robert Lloyd Hunter Collection (87-001, 99-004), Trevor Lloyd fonds (87-014) and Shirley Quan's Baker Lake journal fonds (89-1061).


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