Fonds RC0769 - David Paul Gagan fonds

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David Paul Gagan fonds

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  • 1972 [1981] (Creation)

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96 cm of textual records and graphic material.
71 microfilm reels.

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David Gagan was born in Toronto in 1940. He grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario and completed both his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history at the University of Western Ontario. In 1969 he graduated from Duke University with a Ph.D. in history. He came to McMaster University in 1970 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and became a full professor in 1980. His administrative career began in 1981 as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, a post he held until 1991. In 1992 he accepted the position of Vice-President, Academic at the University of Winnipeg. In 1996 he moved to Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. to become Vice-President, Academic. He is the author of three books as well as many articles and reviews.

David Gagan served as editor of Canada: An Historical Magazine, from its inception in 1973 until the last issue in 1976. The magazine was a joint venture by McMaster University and Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada to create a good non-academic Canadian history magazine. The magazine was given a three-year trial period to make itself self-supporting, and it failed. There were 12 issues in all: vol. 1 no. 1 (autumn 1973) to vol. 3, no. 4 (June 1976).

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The fonds consists of two series. One series contains correspondence, submissions, photographs (both used and not used) and issue files for Canada: An Historical Magazine. The other series contains microfilms of historical research materials that Gagan used for his book, Hopeful Travellers: Families, Land and Social Change in Mid-Victorian Peel County, Canada West (c 1981). The microfilms include: Canada West census for Peel and Oxford counties, 1851; Ontario census for Peel and Cardwell counties, 1871; Peel County, Chinguacousy township, copy books of deeds, Vols. 1-13, 1820-1877; Toronto township., Vols. 1-9, 1807-1871; Toronto, Gore, Albion, and Caledon townships, abstract index of deeds, villages and farms; Brampton School Board minutes, 1873-1875; Chinguacousy township council minutes book, 1858-1867 and 1875-1887; Caledon township council minutes, 1861-1869 and 1873-1906; Caledon township Board of Health minutes, 1884-1894; Toronto township council minute books, 1844-1854 and 1873-1887; Toronto Gore township council minutes, 1857-1861, 1871-1881, 1882-1895; Mould Board Association minutes, 1888-1892; marriage registers undated; Peel county wills, 1867-. Several of the microfilms are not identified. One reel of microfilm, Denison and John A. Macdonald papers are related to the magazine.

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Fonds donated by Dr. Gagan, presumably in 1991.


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A complete run of the magazine is in Mills Library, Periodicals, FC1.C28.

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