Fonds P233 - W. Gillies Ross fonds

Capelton Mine Nichols Chemical Co. blueprints Aerial view of Johns-Manville open-pit mine Johns-Manville mine Mining Tools Eustis miners Aerial view of Johns-Manville Miners V. Hart and E. Harvison Interview with C. William Crease Interview with Teddy Green

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W. Gillies Ross fonds

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  • 1767 [Photocopied]-2006 (Creation)

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0.52 l.m. of textual records. - 614 photographs ( 219 photographs, 395 negatives. - 33 audio recordings (32 audio cassette tapes, 1 audio reel). -66 maps.

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William Gillies Ross, most commonly known as Gil Ross, was born in 1931. He married Cynthia Van Law and together they had four children: Ian, Peter, Lucy, and Deborah. He later married Anne MacIver. Gil was a graduate of Ashbury College, the Royal Military College of Canada, McGill University and Cambridge University. In 1961 he founded the Department of Geography at Bishop's University and was named Emeritus Professor of Geography in 1992. Gil was known as a passionate teacher to several generations of Bishop's students in whom he instilled a love of learning, intellectual curiosity and academic integrity. He was also an all-around athlete, an avid skier, an accomplished photographer, a scholar of international repute, an authority on Arctic whaling and exploration, an Eastern Townships historian, and a prolific author. Among his published works are: Three eastern townships mining villages since 1863 : Albert Mines, Capelton, and Eustis, Quebec; Arctic whalers, icy seas : narratives of the Davis Strait whale fishery; This distant and unsurveyed country : a woman's winter at Baffin Island, 1857-1858; Hunters on the track : William Penny and the search for Franklin.
Gil passed away on October 7, 2019, in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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The fonds contains of research done by W. Gillies Ross on the following subjects: the mines at Eustis, Capelton and Albert Mines, asbestos mining at Asbestos, the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, the Stanstead granite industry, and covered bridges in the Eastern Townships and surrounding areas. It consists largely of research notes, research documents, photographs, and oral histories. The fonds is organized i the following series: Interviews (1944-1996), Harvard’s Baker Library Trip and Research (1887-1996), Jo Cooper (1977-1987), Newspaper Index (1971-1975), National Archive of Canada Research (1903-1921), Publications (1890-1938), Granite Project (1898-1900, 1976), Copper / Pyrite Mining Studies (1867 [Photocopied] -1996), Asbestos Mining and Landscape Research (1897 [Photocopied]-1965), Spanish Flu Research (1918 [Photocopied] -2006), Photographs (1888-1972), Maps and Plans (1767 [Photocopied] - 1979), Asbestos Mining (1950-2004), Mining Study – Correspondence (1883 [Photocopied]-2005), Book Translation (1995), Cookshire (1979), Research on covered bridges ([ca. 1990?]).

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The fonds was donated by W. Gillies Ross in 2019.


When possible, the file and series names given by Dr. Ross were preserved. Items might also not respect a chronological order, in order to respect Dr. Ross' original order. The fonds was processed by Justin Gobeil, archival intern, under the supervision of Jody Robinson in 2020 courtesy of funding from Canadian Heritage.

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  • English
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La plupart des documents sont en anglais, quelques uns sont en français.

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