Fonds F01944 - Frederick Wellington Gibson fonds

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Frederick Wellington Gibson fonds

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  • 1867-1988 (Creation)
    Gibson, Frederick Wellington

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86 m of textual records

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Gibson, Frederick Wellington (1920-1992) was born in Kingston. He earned a BA from Queen's in 1942 and an MA in history in 1944. After a brief period of graduate work at Harvard, he worked at the Public Archives of Canada and was selected by Prime Minister Mackenzie King in 1946 as an assistant in sorting his private papers for his memoirs. He returned to Queen's in 1952, where he taught Canadian history until his retirement in 1986. He served as Queen's first Vice-Principal (Academic) from 1966 to 1969 and won the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence in 1985. He was also well known as the university's official historian. With fellow history professor Roger Graham, he co-edited Queen's University, volume I: 1841-1917, after the death of author Hilda Neatby. The second volume, Queen's University, Volume II, 1917-1961, he wrote himself. In 1991 he earned an honorary Doctorate of Laws. He died in 1992.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, research notes, press clippings, and subject files. Includes drafts of Queen's University, Volume II, 1916-1961: book, and draft manuscript of his study on imperial defence and naval policy, 1887-1914, files relating to his work as Vice Principal Academic at Queen's University and his graduate students. The papers also contain some original files, 1911-1913, of the pages of L.P. Brodeur, Minister of Marine and Fisheries. There is also an extensive collection of subject files relating to William Lyon Mackenzie King. This material includes copies of most of the memoranda prepared for use by the official biographers of Mackenzie King.

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Donated by Frederick Gibson and his wife Margaret.


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  • English

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Records related to administrative work at Queen's University may be bound by FIPPA.

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No further accruals are expected

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 18/06/2015.
Archivist(s): Paul Banfield, Gillian Barlow, Ken Willmott

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