Fonds MG 4248 - Charles Alexander Brodie-Brockwell Fonds

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Charles Alexander Brodie-Brockwell Fonds

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CA MUA MG 4248

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  • 1923-1960 (Creation)
    Brodie-Brockwell, Charles Alexander

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4.3 m of textual records

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Charles Alexander Brodie-Brockwell was born on February 23rd, 1875, in Owston, Yorkshire, England; second son of Rev. J.C. Brockwell, Vicar of Owston and Canon of Sheffield. He earned his B.A from Oxford in 1908 and also studied at University of Strassburg, Germany; M.A., ad eun., King’s College, Windsor, N.S. In 1901 he married Miss Irene Des Gouttes Bown Bown. He was ordained as an Anglican priest in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. C.A. Brodie-Brockwell was a lecturer in Cuddesden College, Oxford and in the London Diocesan Chapel Reading Union. From 1905 to 1907 he served as Alexandra Professor Divinity at King’s College, Windsor, N.S. He was a professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages at McGill University from 1907 to 1937 and was Head of the Oriental Department. He was also founder and president of the Windsor Literature Society. After the World War II, which he had spent in England, he came back to Montreal, where he worked on his research until his death in 1965.

During his lifelong research he investigated topics related to the Early Mediterranean cultures and civilization, Pre-Christian Hebrew, Semitic and Arabian cultures, and the early calendars and methods of counting.

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The materials were kept by Brodie-Brockwell’s son - Dr. C. G. Brodie-Brockwell. In 1993 he donated them to McGill and they were stored in the Rare Books Division until they had been transferred to the archives in 2005

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This fonds comprises of the research work of C.A. Brodie-Brockwell. It consists of unpublished manuscripts and notes on early Mediterranean cultures and civilisation, pre-Christian Hebrew, Semitic and Arabian culture, as well as investigations into early calendars and methods of counting (boxes 1- 6, and box 7, files 1-8, 10). Other files include: hand-drawn maps of peoples of Europe in different times (box 7, file 9); lecture named “A New Interpretation of the Parable of the So-Called Unjust Steward” (box 7, file 11); correspondence (box7, file 12); dictionary notebook (box 7, File 13).

The binders with manuscripts are arranged by subjects, discerned from their titles and content.

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Deposited by Dr. C.G. Brodie-Brockwell


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  • English

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Some handwritten text in Hebrew and Arabic.

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Simeon Ivanov 13/01/2006

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