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David Thompson fonds (P306)

1770-1857. - 1 cm of textual records.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

David Thompson (1770-1857), who became one of Canada's most important geographers, joined the North West Company in 1797 and was made a partner in 1804. From 1816 to 1826, Thompson worked on a survey of the boundary line between Canada and the United States for the International Boundary Commission. While working on this project, he moved to Williamstown, Glengarry County, Upper Canada, but spent his last years in Longueuil, Québec.

(Source: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.2, p.155.)

Scope and Content:

The David Thompson fonds consists of his meteorological journal for 1829 kept at Williamstown, Glengarry, Upper Canada, and a letter written to John Macdonald of the North West Company concerning the money owed to Thompson for provisions and clothing.

(Source: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.2, p.155.)