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Accession Number: 83-013


Eccles collection. -- Photocopied[between 1963 and 1983]. -- 80 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

William John Eccles was born in Yorkshire,England in 1917 and came to Canada in 1928. He served overseasin the RCAF during World War II before studying at McGill Universityand the Sorbonne. A well-known historian and former faculty memberof the Universities of Manitoba and Alberta, he is presently withthe History Department, University of Toronto. He has writtenseveral articles and books on Canadian history, with a emphasison the social history of New France. "With the true historian'sdetermination to test even the most widely accepted truths, withan instinct for ferreting out fresh evidence, with a bold lackof respect for time-tested "facts," he has successfullychallenged established doctrine at a number of points in Canadianhistory." (Taken from Ray Allen Billington's foreward in"The Canadian Frontier 1534-1760", revised edition,Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1969).

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Trent UniversityArchives by Professor William Eccles via Professor Dale Standen,Trent University.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 18 volumes ofphotocopied documents relating to Indian-white land relationsin North America. Used as court evidence in the Bear Island (Temagami)court case. Divided into 13 categories as follows: Documents relatingto: 1. New France 1540-1763; 2. B.N.A. until 1763; 3. Evolutionof Proclamation 1763; 4&5. Early application 1763; 6. Nativetitle 1763-1774; 7. Native title 1774-1791 (Quebec); 8. Nativetitle 1791-1840 (U.C.); 9. Native title 1840-1866 (C.W.); 10.Native title Ontario 1867-1979; 11&12. Records of EuropeanTraders; 13. Non-surrender of N. Daki-Inenan.


Title based on creator of collection.

This collection was donated by Professor W.J.Eccles of the Universty of Toronto via Professor Dale Standenof Trent University.

Restrictions: N

Associated materials located at The NationalArchives of Canada and The Archives of Ontario.