This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: Canadian Political and Constitutional History
|Documents Relating to the Constitutional History of Canada 1759-1791, Part II
|Canada, Canadiana, history, non-fiction
This 2-part book is a collection of significant documents in Canadian constitutional history. Part I covers the period from the capitulation of the French forces in 1759 to the passing of the Quebec Act in 1774. Part II continues, finishing with the Constitutional Act of 1791, in which Upper and Lower Canada were formally established. The documents include treaties, acts, petitions, and correspondence between British governmental officials. The book was assembled in order to make these documents accessible to a wider Canadian audience, by distribution to libraries and researchers across the country. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Doughty, Arthur G. (Arthur George), Sir
Arthur Doughty (1860-1936) was Chief Archivist of the Archives of Canada from 1904 to 1935. Born in England, he emigrated to Canada in 1886. While serving as a legislative librarian in Quebec he noticed that the precise location of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham was in dispute which drew his attention to the neglected state of Canada's archives. His efforts to improve this oversight brought him to the attention of federal authorities and in 1904 he was appointed as Dominion Archivist and Keeper of the Records. Over the next 31 years, he established the Public Archives of Canada (now called Library and Archives Canada) and greatly increased the collection of historical materials. In addition to his archivist duties, he collaborated with Adam Shortt in the creation of a 23 volume encyclopedia called "Canada and its Provinces" which was issued over four years 1913-1917. He also helped create "Documents relating to the constitutional history of Canada, 1759-1791" which was issued in 1918. (Canadian Encyclopedia)
Author Bio for Shortt, Adam
Adam Shortt (1859-1931) was an economist and a historian. Born near Walkerton, Ontario, he was educated at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and also studied at universities in Glasgow and Edinburgh. He was appointed Professor of Philosophy at Queen's in 1886 and served as the university's first full-time professor of Politics and Economics. In 1908 he was appointed as the chair of the Canadian Civil Service Commission, a body created to reform the Canadian Civil Service. He helped transform the civil service from an inefficient, patronage-ridden body into a professional organization based on progress through merit. He also served as the chair of the Board of Publications at the Public Archives of Canada (now called Library and Archives Canada). He collaborated with chief archivist Arthur Doughty on a 23 volume encyclopedia of Canada, "Canada and its Provinces" (1913-1917) and "Documents relating to the constitutional history of Canada, 1759-1791 (1918). (Queen's Encyclopedia, Quebec History Encyclopedia)
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