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Accession Number: 15-001


Professor Allan L. Sherwin fonds. -- ca. 2001-ca. 2013. -- .6 m of textual records. -- ca. 15 photographs.


Professor Allan L. Sherwin was Professor Emeritus of Neurology at McGill University and Attending Neurologist Emeritus at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. He was born in Montreal in 1932 and trained at McGill University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Honours Biochemistry (1953), Doctor of Medicine (1957), and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (1965). He completed training as a Clinical Neurologist and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1963. He then practiced Neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute where he directed research into the causes and treatment of epilepsy. Professor Sherwin published two books and 140 scientific papers. For many years he was a neurologist at the Lachine General Hospital and often served as a neurological consultant to the nearby Mohawks of Kahnawake First Nation. In 2012 he published Bridging Two Peoples: Chief Peter E. Jones, 1843-1909, the biography of one of the first Aboriginals to obtain a medical doctors degree from a Canadian medical school (Queen’s University at Kingston in 1866). Professor Sherwin died in 2016.


Fonds consists of Professor Allan L. Sherwin’s research materials relating to the biography of Bridging Two Peoples: Chief Peter E. Jones, 1843-1909 and the nineteenth and early twentieth century history of the Mississaugas (Ojibwe) of the New Credit First Nation of Hagersville, Ontario. The research materials consist primarily of photocopies of original documents including letters and papers from Library and Archives Canada, the Archives of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and various other publications. Copies of correspondence between Dr. Jones and Prime Minister John A. Macdonald, copies of The Indian, the newspaper edited by Dr. Jones and writings of various Aboriginal writers are included. Interspersed within the files is correspondence with other academics especially Canadian Historian Professor Donald B. Smith, the author of the classic biography of Dr. Peter E. Jones’s father entitled Sacred Feathers: The Reverend Peter Jones (Kahkewaquonaby) and the Mississauga Indians.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Professor Allan L. Sherwin before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Professor Allan L. Sherwin in 2014.

Fonds Arrangement: Fonds was organized by Professor Sherwin according to theme and chronology. Folder headings have been maintained.

Restrictions: Most of the research material is comprised of copies of documents and photographs from other archival collections, from published books and articles, and from academic theses and dissertations. This material may not be reproduced or quoted directly without appropriate consent.

For related materials see: Professor Donald B. Smith fonds.

The text for this finding aid was in large part provided by Professor Sherwin, for which we are grateful.


Box 1


1. Jones, August – grandfather
2. Jones, Rev. Peter – father
3. Field-Jones-Carey, Eliza – mother (1)
4. Field-Jones-Carey, Eliza – mother (2)
5. Henry Sr., George (“Maungwudas”) – uncle
6. Jones, Charles A. – eldest brother
7. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – early correspondence
8. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – school records
9. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – medical training
10. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – letters to Toronto Mail
11. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – Federal Indian Agent
12. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – collected papers
13. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – Smithsonian Institution visit
14. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – newspaper publisher
15. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – letters to Prime Minister
16. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – map of farm
17. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – land claim 1884-1894
18. Jones, Charlotte family – wife
19. Jones, Charlotte’s lawsuit – railroad
20. New Credit band membership report – families
21. New Credit band death records
22. Jones family death records
23. Bell, Professor Robert – geologist
24. Queen’s University Medical School
25. Oronhyatekha (Dr. Peter Martin) – physician
26. Bomberry, Dr. George – physician
27. Dee, Dr. George – physician
28. Brant, Dr. Clare – physician
29. McDonald, Dr. Robert – brother-in0law
30. Aboriginal physicians
31. Hagersville, Ontario: a copy of The Indian: A Paper Devoted to the Aborigines of North America… “published and edited by Chief Kah-ke-wa-quo-na-by, M.D. (alias Dr. Peter Edmund Jones) of the Mississaugas of New Credit in Hagersville, ON”, 1885-1886
32. Brantford, Ontario
33. Dr. Jones, Dr. Peter E. – mortgage
34. Indian Affairs Annual Reports (1)
35. Indian Affairs Annual Reports (2)
36. Parliamentary debates – voting franchise
37. William Bruce – artist

Box 2


1. Dunlop, John – Scottish banker
2. Residential schools
3. Evans, Rev. James – Cree syllabary
4. Ethnobotany & Aboriginal diets
5. Grand Indian Council of Ontario (1)
6. Grand Indian Council of Ontario (2)
7. Aboriginals and hospitals
8. Aboriginal health (1)
9. Aboriginal health (2)
10. Diabetes
11. New Credit Band Council
12. Vankoughnet, Lawrence (Indian Affairs)
13. Sir John A. Macdonald – Prime Minister
14. Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation (1)
15. Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation (2)
16. Pharmacopoeia of the United States
17. Medicinal herbs
18. Canadian Aboriginals
19. Role of Aboriginal women
20. Smith, Donald – index cards on Peter Jones
21. Smith, Donald – correspondence and notes
22. Jones family biographies in The Beaver
23. Aboriginal culture
24. "The Blackout of Native American Cultural Achievements" by Virgil J. Vogel
25. Copway, George – early writer
26. Osler and malaria parasites
27. Nursing skills of Aboriginal women
28. Jacobs, Dr. Joseph – physician
29. Poliomyelitis
30. Tuberculosis
31. Woodland Cultural Centre
32. Minister of the Interior
33. Jones and Oronhyatekha reply to bigots
34. Jones suggestions for 1888 Indian Act
35. Salt, Rev. A. – Indian medicines
36. Temogami First Nation [Temagami]
37. Reviews of Bridging Two Peoples in journals
38. Illustrated Monographs by Professor Sherwin:

  • "Dr. Peter Jones (1843-1909: Mississauga Chess Champion"
  • "The Effective Herbal Therapy of Albonquian Women"
  • "Remembering our “Medical” Past Marijuana and epilepsy: Do they mix?"

39. A list of publications by Professor Sherwin
40. Photographs:

  • Donald B. Smith, Margaret Sault, Allan L. Sherwin, and Bryan LaForme, New Credit Reserve, 2010
  • Lawrence Vankoughnet (1836-1898) (copy photograph)
  • “Ottawa, 1892: Deputy Heads of Departments” (copy photograph)
  • Six Nations Territory and New Credit Reserve: photographs (14) taken by Professor Sherwin in 2002

Loose in box

CDs (8) (Note: CD descriptions provided by Professor Sherwin):

  • Maps of the Mississaugas of the New Credit reserve
  • Scan of issues of George Copway’s 1851 newspaper (22 pages)
  • Dr. P.E. Jones’s The Indian, vol. 1, no. 1-24, 30 December 1885 – 29 December 1886 (Hagersville, ON). Indian. Tif, issues 1-10 (pp. 1-183) & IndianA.tif, issues 11-24 (pp. 184-262). [Document Imaging]. (2 copies)
  • The Ethics of Research Involving “Indigenous Peoples”
  • Photo of Lawrence Vankoughnet, Dep. Superintendent Indian Affairs
  • Photos (11) from Bridging Two Peoples
  • Photos from Bridging Two Peoples: maps (2) & figures

Papers and publications (copies):

  • “Early Days at New Credit” by Lloyd King
  • “History of the New Credit Church & History of the Roads at New Credit” by Lloyd King
  • “Augustus Jones, 1758-1836” by Donald G. Jones
  • “The Mississaugas. Kahkewaquonaby. Peter Jones” by Donald G. Jones
  • “Negotiating Race and Gender in the Diaries of Eliza Jones, British Wife of an Ojibwa Missionary in Upper Canada, 1823-1883” by Jennifer Lund, 2010 (York University dissertation)

Material added 2017

CD titled "Macdonald Holmes 1975, Interview re Jones family by Donald Smith" (received from Fiona Clark via Professor Donald Smith)