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Accession Number: 00-004


P. Douglas McCalla fonds. -- 1960-1998. -- 90 cm of textual material.

Biography / History

Professor P. Douglas McCalla was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1942. He was educated at Queen's University, the University of Toronto and Oxford University. He has taught at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, since 1968. During his academic career he has been editor of the Ontario Series of the Champlain Society and co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review. He is the author of numerous articles and book reviews, and his books include: "The Upper Canada Trade, 1834-1872," and "Planting the Province: The Economic History of Upper Canada, 1784-1870." McCalla's academic awards include the Rhodes scholarship, Woodrow Wilson scholarship, Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History, the J.J. Talman Award and a Killam Fellowship.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Lois McCalla and, subsequently, Douglas McCalla before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of correspondence of family members with Professor Douglas McCalla and his wife Anna (Skorski) McCalla. Letters predominate from 1960 when Doug went away to university but there are a few items written to grandparents in earler, undated years. Other materials relate to Douglas McCalla's career as a university professor, editor and author.


The Douglas McCalla Papers represent a record of a scholar's progress through university to a career as university professor, author and editor. The Archives acknowledges with gratitude the diligence with which Lois McCalla maintained this comprehensive collection of correspondence between the members of her family. This fonds is in many ways a memorial to her sense of the historical significance of such a complete record.

Title based on the creator of the fonds McCalla, P. Douglas

Restrictions: Fonds is closed until 10 years after the deaths of both Professor and Mrs. P. Douglas McCalla.

Accruals to this fonds are expected.