Fonds SC 1 - David Boyle fonds

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David Boyle fonds

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ON00259 SC 1

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  • 1870-1950 (Creation)
    Boyle, David

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80 centimeters of textual records
2 postcards : black & white
2 cartographic items
3 prints : black & white
3 photographs : black & white prints
25 pencil drawings
2 scrapbooks of textual records

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David Boyle (1842-1911) was appointed Canada’s first full-time professional archaeologist by the Canadian Institute Museum in 1888. Boyle was born in Greenstock, Scotland and emigrated with his family to Western Canada in 1856. Moving from a career as a blacksmith, to bookseller, and in 1896 to a position as curator at the Ontario Provincial Museum, Boyle laid important foundation for the development of archaeological study in Ontario preceding the foundation of the Royal Ontario Museum. He remained a curator at the Ontario Provincial Museum until his death in 1911.

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Fonds consists of Boyle’s correspondence, lectures, scrapbooks, poetry, and other records.

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A finding aid is available in the main reading room of the Royal Ontario Museum's Library.

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