Collection RC0846 - Eighteenth Century Journals collection

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Eighteenth Century Journals collection

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  • 1648-1879 (Accumulation)

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Wiles, R. M. (1903-1974)

Biographical history

Roy McKeen Wiles was born on 15 October 1903 in Truro, Nova Scotia, and educated at Dalhousie University and Harvard University. He began his academic career at the University of Alberta as a lecturer in English in 1928. He came to McMaster University as an assistant professor of English in 1935, eventually rising to professor and then department chair. He also served as a lay reader for the Anglican Diocese of Niagara. He is the author of Serial Publications in England Before 1750 (1957) and Freshest Advices: Early Provincial Newspapers in England (1965). He died in Ottawa, Ontario on 9 March 1974.

Custodial history

The majority of the journals were acquired by the University Library. The rest were accumulated by R.M. Wiles over the course of his research and are referred to as the Wiles Collection, within the 18th Century Journals Collection.

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The collection consists of newspapers from the 18th century, primarily from England.

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The Wiles Collection was acquired in 1974 from Dr. Wiles' widow, Olwina Wiles.


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Microfilmed material provided by another institution may not be reproduced.

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Journals listed alphabetically by title:
A to K
L to M
N to Y

The journals may also be accessed through the Library Catalogue

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