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Accession Number: 97-017


Gilbert C. Monture fonds. -- 1912-1983. -- 47 cm of textual materials. -- 10 photographs.

Biography / History

Gilbert C. Monture was born on August 27, 1896 on the Six Nations Reserve, Brant County, Ontario. He was the great grandson of Joseph Brant. In 1921, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mining and Metallurgy from Queen's University. Monture enlisted in World War I as a gunner in the Royal Canadian Field Artillery. In 1923 he became editor of publications for the Dominion Department of Mines and in 1929 became chief of the Division of Mineral Economics of the Mines Branch in Ottawa. During World War II, Monture worked in the Department of Munitions and Supply. Monture resigned from government service in 1956 and was appointed vice-president of Stratmat, a Canadian minerals exploration and development company. In 1957, he received the Indian Achievement Award of the Indian Council Fire for notable contributions in his field. In 1958, he was appointed honorary chief of the Mohawk tribe of the Six Nations Reserve at Brantford. He was elected a member of the Order of Canada, and in 1966 received a Vanier Medal. Monture served on the Board of Governors of Trent University from 1966-1973, and Monture House, near Rubidge Hall, was named after him. He died on June 19, 1973 in Ottawa.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Mrs. Barbara Malloch before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of miscellaneous personal documents relating to Gilbert Monture, including his family tree and a copy of his birth certificate. Also included are various speeches and articles by Monture, correspondence ranging from 1912-1983, newspaper clippings, miscellaneous photographs, materials relating to Pauline Johnson, correspondence and minutes relating to the Canadian Correction Association project "Indians and the Law", and documents regarding an exhibit at the Indian Hall of Fame, Canadian National Exhibition.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Mrs. Barbara Malloch.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Additional information re Monture located in "Trent Press Releases" box, Archives Reading Room, 1965.

For related records see: 75-015, 77-018, 81-018, 82-014, 89-013, 94-009, 95-005, 95-006, and 95-019.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Correspondence, includes letters from and re Pauline Johnson, 1912 - 1938 and undated

2: Correspondence, 1943 - 1944

3: Correspondence, 1945 and 1 letter from 1946

4: Correspondence, 1956 - 1958

5: Correspondence, 1959 - 1961

6: Correspondence, 1962 - 1965

7: Correspondence, 1966 - 1967

8: Correspondence, 1968 - 1969

9: Correspondence, 1970 - 1983, includes correspondence with G.C. Monture's daughter Mrs. Malloch re inheritance, etc.

10: Miscellaneous personal documents, including income tax returns (1936, 1942), photocopy of birth registration, family tree, etc.

11: Newspaper clippings regarding G.C. Monture, includes obituaries and a tribute to G.C. Monture "The Rockhound of Jerusalem" by Rev. Enos T. Monture

12: Various speeches and articles by G.C. Monture about Indian issues and mining. Mostly undated.

13: Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development:

A study of royalties and other benefits to bands under the indian mining regulation -report by G.C. Monture, includes also correspondence, questionnaires and Indian Mineral Act

14: Canadian Correction Association: project "Indians and the Law" - reports, correspondence, minutes of meetings, etc., 1965 - 1967

15: Indian Eskimo Association: minutes, miscellaneous documents and reports, 1966 - 1971

16: Miscellaneous material relating to Pauline Johnson, includes memorial stamps

Box 2


1: The Institute of Iroquoian Studies: correspondence, programmes, reports, newspaper clippings, 1961

2: Miscellaneous documents relating to Indian Hall of Fame including minutes of meetings, correspondence, includes a poster and associated photographs of G.C. Monture, E.P. Johnson, C.D. Brandt, Crowfoot, J. Gladstone, Tecumseh, O.M. Martin, E. Jamieson, F. Calder, J. Brandt

3: Canadian National Exhibition: Miscellaneous documents relating to Exhibit of Indian Hall of Fame, minutes, budgets, diary of 1965 exhibition, main floor plan of 1962 exhibition, 1960's

4: Canadian National Exhibition: correspondence, 1960's

5: Copies of miscellaneous photographs (some identified)

6: Miscellaneous documents relating to Indian issues

7: Miscellaneous newspapers:

News, May 27, 1944

The Printed Word, March 1944

Indian Magazine, Sept - Nov 1967

Indian Council fire bulletin, Feb 1958, Aug 1959, May, Aug 1961

Akwesasne Notes, Oct 1971

Indian Affairs, Sept 1957

Indian News, June 1958, Dec 1961, April, Aug 1967, Nov 1970

Canadian Indians Today, Feb 1965, May 1966 (includes articles about Gilbert Monture)

Amerindian, various issues 1956 - 1963