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Puppets

This subseries consists of a variety of puppets (string puppets, jumping jacks, rod puppets, glove puppets, etc.) representing many different countries and puppet-making techniques and traditions. Also contains a miniature Punch and Judy show toy ...

Personal records and biographical writing

Subseries contains personal records including notebooks, autobiographical writing, scrapbooks, memo books, and sketches. Dawson's juvenile writings are largely essays on philosophical and religious topics, but also include his fictional story...

Victorian Valentines

The Valentines subseries consists of a variety of greeting card formats and styles from primarily the Victorian era but as late as the interwar period. These include a mix of cards that have been sent and kept by the receiver in addition to severa...

Shadow puppets and shadow theatres

This subseries consists of shadow puppets, including many Chinese shadow puppets, Javanese rod puppets, Turkish shadow puppets, and a sheet of French "Ombre chinoises." It also contains a set of shadow puppets accompanied by the text of ...

Scientific writing

The subseries contains manuscript essays and addresses on scientific subjects. Ten of Dawson's scientific notebooks are also represented in the subseries as well as some scientific scrapbooks compiled by Dawson.

Correspondence

Subseries consists of Sir William Dawson's letters from a range of correspondents including family members, scientific and university colleagues, business and tradespeople, and friends and acquaintances. Of the 3.2 m of Dawson's general ...

Family and courtship letters

Dawson's family correspondence include letters from Margaret Mercer Dawson, before their marriage between 1841-1845 and also later; his son, George Mercer Dawson, on geological and personal matters; and other family members, between approxima...

Educational activities

Subseries consists of records kept while Dawson was Superintendent of Education in Nova Scotia, administrative materials, and other records related to his educational career. As Superintendent of Education in Nova Scotia, Dawson kept two notebooks...

Religious writing

Subseries consists of manuscript essays and addresses on science in relation to Biblical criticism, theology and archeology, on his travels in the Middle East, and on missions and temperance.

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