Fonds F02902 - William Closson James fonds

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William Closson James fonds

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  • 1978-2000 (Creation)
    James, William Closson

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0.56 m of textual records

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William (Bill) C. James BA, BD (Queen's), MA, PhD (Chicago) taught in the Department of Religion at Queen's University for 35 years before retiring in 2008. His primary field of interest was religion in Canada, with a specific focus on religion and literature. The author of numerous books: A Fur Trader's Photographs: A. A. Chesterfield in the District of Ungava, 1901-1904 (1985); Religious Studies in Ontario: A State-of-the-Art Review (with Dan Fraiken and Harold Remus, 1992); Locations of the Sacred: Essays on Religion, Literature and Canadian Culture (1998); and God's Plenty: Religious Diversity in Kingston (2011), he also wrote numerous articles and conference papers, perhaps most notably "The Canoe Trip as Religious Quest" (1981).
James was active in the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion and the American Academy of Religion where he held a variety of roles over the many years of his association.

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The fonds predominantly consists of of James' research notes, grant applications, interviews, correspondence, articles and drafts for his book and exhibition (at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre) on Albert Chesterfield: A Fur Trader's Photogrpahs: A. A. Chesterfield in the District of Ungava, 1901-04 (1985). There is also a draft of his book Locations of the Sacred and material pertaining to Arthur Twomey's Needle to the North, which James edited for Oberon Press in 1982.

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  • English

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See also A.A. Chesterfield fonds

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Description created on 07/03/2016. Last updated 27/06/2017.
Archivist(s): Heather Home

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  • English

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  • Shelf: 2123.1
  • Shelf: SR1196