Fonds MG 1022 - Dawson-Harrington Families Fonds

Private diary I, 1891 Private diary, I., 1891 Queen Charlotte Island Cruise, 1878 John William Dawson materials Letter, 10 January 1857 Letter, 31 January 1857 Letter, January 1857 Letter, 5 February 1857 Letter, 21 February 1857 Letter, 5 March 1857
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Dawson-Harrington Families Fonds

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CA MUA MG 1022

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  • 1800-1972 (Creation)
    Dawson-Harrington Families

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11.8 m of textual records

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The Dawson-Harrington Families Fonds follows the family of Sir John William Dawson, geologist and Principal of McGill University from 1855-1893, through four generations, including both personal and scientific papers of John William Dawson, his son-in law, B. J. Harrington, and his son, explorer, geologist, and Director of the Geological Survey George Mercer Dawson. Other family members include James Dawson, father to Sir John William Dawson, a Scots immigrant to Nova Scotia, printer, stationer, unsuccessful investor and zealous Presbyterian; John William's wife Margaret Mercer; their children William Bell Dawson, an engineer, Rankine Dawson, a physician, and Anna Lois Dawson. Also represented are Anna Dawson Harrington and B. J. Harrington's children, Eva Dawson and her husband, Hope Atkin, and their families

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0000-0847 deposited by John Martin , 29 April 1968
0000-0976 deposited by Lois Winslow-Spragge, 15 January 1970
0000-1010 deposited by Lois Winslow-Spragge, 6 April 1970
0000-1138 deposited by Lois Winslow-Spragge, 3 December 1970, 10 February 1971 and 22 April 1971
0000-1388 deposited by Lois Winslow-Spragge, 6 December 1971
0000-1763 deposited by Lois Winslow-Spragge, 11 December 1973
0000-2029 deposited by Lois Winslow-Spragge, 5 March 1975
0000-1340 deposited by John B. Lewis, 9 September 1971
0000-1443 deposited by Peter Eakins, 28 April 1972
1988-0101 deposited by Peter Eakins, 6 December 1988
0000-1463 unknown depositor, 21 June 1972
0000-2167 unknown depositor, 1 March 1976
1981-0075 unknown depositor, 26 September 1978
2000-0079 unknown depositor, 26 May 2000
0000-1540 deposited by R.V.V. Nicholls, 15 December 1972;
0000-1581 deposited by Mrs. D. Allison, 5 March 1973
0000-1660 deposited by Mrs. D. Allison, 8 August 1973
0000-1771 deposited by T. H. Clark, 15 January 1974
0000-1991, deposited by T. H. Clark, 5 December 1974
0000-2211 deposited by McGill Rare Books,19 May 1976
0000-2211, deposited by McGill Rare Books, 20 May 1976
1986-0080 deposited by Ingrid Birker, 11 December 1986
1989-0024 deposited by E Silvester, 24 February 1989
1990-0050 deposited by Joan Rowe, 4 September 1990
1998-0131 deposited by Pamela Miller
1998-0132 deposited by Richard Virr
2001-0052 deposited by Annie V. Byers, 30 April 2001;
2004-0211 deposited by Harvie D. Walford, 29 October 2004;
2017-0010 deposited by Jill Harrington, 12 October 2016


The fonds is arranged into series based on the family members whose records are represented. Within each series, files are arranged generally in chronological order, then thematically for undated or miscellaneous materials, with the exception of series 2. Series 2 Sir William Dawson contains five subseries: 1) Correspondence, 2) Scientific writing, 3) Educational activities, 4) Religious writing, and 5) Personal records and biographical writing.

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For Sir William Dawson's papers as Principal of McGill University, see McGill University Archives Record Group 2.

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0000-0976; 0000-1340; 0000-1388; 0000-1463; 0000-1581; 0000-1660; 0000-1991; 0000-2167; 0000-2211; 1986-0080; 1988-0101; 1989-0024; 1990-0050; 1998-0131; 1998-0132; 2000-0079; 2001-0052; 2004-0211; 2017-0010; 0000-0909

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