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Fonds F 443

David Thompson fonds

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David Thompson fonds
Dates of Creation
1789-1851, 1864, 1916
Physical Description

2 metres of textual records

91 maps

9 reels of microfilm

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created by David Thompson that document his career as a fur trader, explorer, astronomer and mapmaker. Records include Thompson's notebooks and journals, fieldbooks, correspondence, and maps.

Thompson's notebooks and journals span most of his life, from his arrival in Canada until a few years prior to his death. The fieldbooks record Thompson's survey work on the boundary between British North America and the United States in fulfillment of the Treaty of Ghent. The majority of the maps are also of the boundary survey. Correspondence is sparse and concentrates almost exclusively on boundary issues with the United states in the 1830's.

Fonds also includes Thompson's 'Great Map' of western Canada and the northwestern United States.

Records created after Thompson's death (1857) include index entries made by the Department of Crown Lands after it acquired his journals and notebooks, as well as typed transcripts of the notebooks and journals created by Archives staff.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

David Thompson (1770-1857) was a fur trader, surveyor, and astronomer known for his explorations and mapping of western Canada, as well as his survey work on the United States border for the British Commission of the Treaty of Ghent.

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Thompson, David, 1770-1857

Restrictions on Access
Access to original textual records is restricted for conservation purposes. Microfilm should be consulted for all textual records. Original maps in series F 443-5 are available for viewing.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. For use other than research and private study, please submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Archives of Ontario acquired the fonds from the Department of Crown Lands shortly after its establishment in 1903.
Custodial History

David Thompson's records were acquired by the Department of Crown Lands Surveys Branch from his family after his death, at which time the Department bound his notebooks and journals into volumes.

Associated Material

The Maine Historical Society (Portland, ME) holds letters and other material by Thompson relating to his work with the International Boundary survey (Coll. 26).

Availability of Other Formats

Textual records in this series are available on microfilm.
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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 443-1 David Thompson's notebooks and journals
F 443-2 David Thompson's Treaty of Ghent boundary survey fieldbooks
F 443-3 David Thompson's correspondence
F 443-4 Transcripts of David Thompson's journals and notebooks
F 443-5 David Thompson's boundary survey maps prepared under Articles VI and VII of the Treaty of Ghent
F 443-6 Map of the North-West Territory of the Province of Canada