Fonds MG4259 - Bruce G. Trigger Fonds

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Bruce G. Trigger Fonds

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5.4 m of textual records, graphic materials, photographs, artifacts (medals, awards)
1 audio cassette

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Born in Preston, Ontario, now Cambridge, on June 18, 1937, Bruce Graham Trigger was schooled at St. Mary’s Collegiate Institute (1951) and the Stratford Collegiate Institute (1955). He earned his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1959, and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1964. On December 7, 1968 he married Barbara Marian Welch, whom he had met at McGill University while she was in the midst of a campaign to permit women into the reading room of McGill University’s Faculty Club. Barbara Welch Trigger was employed as a Research Associate in McGill’s Department of Geography. The Triggers had two children: Isabel Marian and Rosalyn Theodora. Isabel earned a B.Sc. (Hon.) from McGill while Rosalyn received both her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography from McGill. Trigger also had two grandchildren, David and Madeleine.

Bruce Graham Trigger died on December 1, 2006 in Montreal, Quebec. His funeral was held at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul on December 4, 2006.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to McGill University Archives by Dr. Rosalyn Trigger, the daughter of Bruce Trigger in 2007. The fonds was part of the Estate of Barbara Trigger. Prior to the donation to McGill, the one part of the materials was located in Bruce Trigger’s apartment in Montreal, and a second part was located in his office in McGill University’s Leacock Building.

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The fonds documents Bruce Trigger’s research and teaching activities as a professor at McGill University, his participation at international conferences, his correspondence with an international network of colleagues and researchers, as well as his writing,
publishing, and editorial work, and some aspects of his personal life, including his secondary and post-secondary education. Records include course materials, correspondence, publications and articles, conference papers and associated materials, speeches, research and reading notes, photographs and slides, and awards, including medals, plaques, and certificates, inclusive 1953-2006. Trigger’s work as a field archaeologist is reflected in scrapbooks documenting early archaeological expeditions.

The fonds consists of 20 boxes with some files arranged into subject categories while others have a chronological arrangement scheme. The series consist of 1) Conference Papers/ Publications; 2) Course Materials/Teaching; 3) Research/ Reading Notes/ Field Research; 4) Personal; 5) Slides.

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Mainly English, some French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Spanish.

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