Fonds RC0046 - W. J. Eccles fonds

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W. J. Eccles fonds

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  • 1923-1998 (Creation)

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10.29 m of textual records
2 microfilms

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William John Eccles, historian, was born on 17 July 1917 in Thirsk, Yorkshire, and came to Canada as a boy. He was educated at McGill University and the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1953 he began teaching at the University of Manitoba. He moved to the University of Alberta in 1957 and the University of Toronto in 1963. He retired from the University of Toronto in 1983 and died in Toronto on October 2 1998. He was the author of Frontenac: The Courtier Governor (1959), The Canadian Frontier, 1534-1760 (1969), and France in America (1972).

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The fonds contains: manuscripts and typescripts of books/articles; correspondence, both general and relating to specific books; early writings and diaries; and other material. See finding aid for more detailed description.

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The first two accruals were donated by W.J. Eccles in December 1988 and December 1997 and the third accrual came from the Estate of W.J. Eccles in 1998.


There have been three accruals. The first accrual (1988, boxes 1-15) is arranged in the following series; manuscripts and typescripts of books; manuscripts and typescripts of articles, speeches and notes; correspondence relating to specific books; general correspndence. Included in the correspondence are exchanges with some of the pre-eminent scholars in the field of Canadian history. The second accrual (41-1997, boxes 16-17) is arranged in three series: correspondence; scholarly activites: contributions to books, editorial work, lectures and reviews; reviews of Eccles's work and writing by others. The third accrual (31-1998, 4.33m boxes 18-32) is arranged in seven series: correspondence; writing by Eccles and reviews of his work; early writings and diaries; teaching; personal material; research material, and writing by others.

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One file of correspondence with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in 1985 is closed until 1 January 2019.

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No further accruals are expected

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