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Accession Number: 94-003


William Taylor collection. -- 1950-1989. -- 13 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

William Ewart Taylor Jr. was born November 21, 1927 in Toronto to William E. Taylor and Margaret T. Patrick. He received his B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1951; his M.A. at the University of Illinois in 1952 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1965. He married Joan Doris Elliott, of Scarborough, Ontario, on September 12, 1952. Together they had three children. William was the Director of the National Museum of Man (now the Canadian Museum of Civilization); Director for the Canadian Centre for Anthropological Research and Past Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Canadian War Museum. He made several discoveries in Inuit anthropology and archaeology between 1950 and 1960. He published "The Arnapik and other Sites" in 1968. He wrote innumerable professional papers on the Arctic and the Inuit people.  He died in 1994.

Custodial History

This collection was created by William Taylor and in the custody of his estate until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of pamphlets, occasional papers and government publications relating to native issues and the north.


Title based on creator of collection.

This collection was donated by William Taylor's estate.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 77-002, 80-035, 83-013, 87-001, 87-014 and 89-1061.


Finding Aid

Box 1

Various booklets and Occasional Publications relating to Native peoples (mostly in Canada) and their cultures; the Territorial North; Archaeology and Native Peoples; Education and Northern Natives; Government Publications on Native Peoples:    

Indian and Northern Affairs, Occupational preferences of Northern Students. 1974.

"Anterior Tooth Loss in Arctic Populations", 1968.

"The Earliest Traces of Man on the Olenek River", 1958.

Land Tenure and Polity of the Bering Strait Eskimos. 1967.

Indian and Northern Health Services, Dept. of National Health and Welfare, Mental Health in the North. 1959.

"Preservation of Archaeological and Ethnological Material in Alaska"

"The History of Settlement", reprint from Norway North of 65.

"An Ethnoarchaeological Model for the Identification of Prehistoric Tepee Remains in the Boreal Forest" in Arctic; Journal of the Arctic Institute of North America. 1989.

Archaeology Division, National Museum of Man. Newsletter no. 5 - 7, 1968 - 70.

The Arctic Circular, published by the Arctic Circle Ottawa, Canada. Various issues from 1957 - 65.

Arctic Institute of North America, Newsletter, No. 1, 1968.

Dept. of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Canada North - Man and the Land. 1971.

"An aspect of Domestic Group Structure Among Eastern Canadian Eskimo", 1966.  

Box 2

Food for Thought: Education in the North. Canadian Association for Adult Education, 1960.

Education Goes North. Dept. of Northern Affairs. (196?)

Eskimo Education, Danish and Canadian: A Comparison. 1965.

"On the edge of today: Culture Change in a Northern Athapaskan Village During the 1960's".

"Leadership Among the Indians of Eastern Subarctic Canada", Anthropologica, 1965.

"The Individual in Mistassini Society from Birth to Death", 1960.

"The Identity of the Sokokis", National Museum of Canada, 1965.

"A Dugout Canoe from Lake Ramsey, Ontario". Social Science, Occasional Paper #7, 1975.

Glenbow: A publication of the Glenbow - Alberta Institute: The Stony Indians of Alberta, 1971 The Sarcee Indians, 1971 The Blackfoot Nation, 1972 The Blood Indians, 1972

Dept. of Citizenship and Immigration, Ottawa. Indian Affairs Branch: Indians of British Columbia, 1960 Indians of the Prairie Provinces, 1961 Indians of Ontario, 1962 The Canadian Indian, 1962

Dept. of Mines, Ottawa: Indians of Canada, 1950