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Historians’ Corner – December 2022



Alan MacEachern received the 2022 New Brunswick Scholarly Book Award for The Miramichi Fire: A History (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020). In the words of the jury, The Miramichi Fire “makes important contributions to our understanding of New Brunswick’s resource-dependent culture, both past and present.”

Canadian Heritage Photography

Digitizing the Photography of George Hunter: Manitoba. CHPF is pleased to present over 1550 heritage photographic images of Manitoba. This collection was digitized in part, due to the generous funding from the Province of Manitoba.
Photographs of industry in the province from the 1940s to the 1980s, as well as culture and early photo-editorial work by Hunter are available on our Digital Collections website and summarized in a Blog Post.

Mairi Cowan, Possession and Exorcism in New France
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Prepare for tricks, treats, and time travel! In honor of Halloween, we’re traveling back to the mid-seventeenth century to investigate a case of demonic possession and the practice of exorcism in New France. Mairi Cowan, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, joins us to investigate the life of a young French woman named Barbe Hallay and her demonic possession. Cowan is the author of The Possession of Barbe Hallay: Diabolical Arts and Daily Life in Early Canada. Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/ben-franklins-world/id946895107?i=1000583776433.

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Sean Carleton, University of Manitoba, has received the Canadian History of Education Association/L’Association canadienne d’histoire de l’éducation Best Article Prize for “‘The children show unmistakable signs of Indian blood’: Indigenous Children Attending Public Schools in British Columbia, 1872–1925” (History of Education 50, 3, 2021).

Tom and Christine Symons Archival Fellowship at Trent University

The Tom and Christine Symons Archival Fellowship was established in 2018 to honour the many facets of Professor Tom Symons’ work and legacy. It supports archival research using the T.H.B. Symons and related fonds located in the Trent University Library and Archives, Peterborough, Canada.

This fellowship of up to $1000, administered by the Symons Archival Fellowship Committee, assists both graduate students and established researchers who need to travel to, and establish temporary residence in Peterborough. Intended to assist with travel, living and research expenses, the fellowship is available to scholars interested in any aspect of Tom Symons’ work although priority will be given to applicants whose proposal indicates how it will contribute to articles, monographs or other writing projects.

Applicants must submit a brief (2-3 pages) description of their project and a short curriculum vitae of no more than 20 pages. If the applicant is a graduate student, a letter from their supervisor or a thesis committee member is required. The proposal should include a description of how the applicant intends to use the archival materials, why the Symons papers are important to the project, how the funds will be used, as well as any other sources of funding the applicant has for this project.

Awards are made to individuals or a group of scholars, but not to institutions.  Successful applicants should not be associated with Trent University or live in the Peterborough region although someone with an honorary affiliation to Trent may be considered if they do not live near to Trent University.

Recipients are required to commence their research at Trent University Library and Archives within 18 months of receiving the fellowship and are normally expected to be in residence near or at Trent while doing the research. They may be asked to participate in campus activities where appropriate, such as giving a public talk about their research. Recipients will submit a short report on the outcome of their research within two years of the award. The award can only be held once.

The Committee will receive applications until Dec. 15, 2022, and a recipient selected and announced by March 1, 2023.

Questions about the award can be sent to: symonstrust@trentu.ca

Please submit your application in PDF form by email to: symonstrust@trentu.ca


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Joan Mitchell Travel Award at Laurier Archives and Special Collections

The Joan Mitchell Travel Award seeks to promote and support original, scholarly research in the Laurier Archives and Special Collections. The Travel Award supports researchers wishing to travel to the Laurier Archives and Special Collections to conduct research in any of the archival collections. The Travel Award of $1000 may be used to offset the cost of travel and lodging in Waterloo, Ontario for a period of one to four weeks of research in the Laurier Archives and Special Collections. Graduate students and established scholars are invited to apply. The Joan Mitchell Travel Award honours Joan Mitchell, Laurier’s first Head of Archives and Special Collections.

To apply:

Students enrolled in a graduate program at the Masters’ or doctoral level, as well as established scholars in any discipline are eligible for the Joan Mitchell Travel Award. To apply, please forward a letter of application describing the proposed research project, plans for publication, and the collections to be consulted at the Laurier Archives and Special Collections; as well as a curriculum vitae and one letter of reference.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Laurier Archives and Special Collections to learn more about the collections when preparing their applications. Laurier Archives and Special Collections staff members are not on the Adjudication Committee.

Applications should be submitted to: libarch@wlu.ca

Or to:

Archives and Special Collections
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3C5

Application deadline for the 2023 award is January 30, 2023.

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The Ontario Historical Society awarded its 2021-22 Joseph Brant Award to Dr. Jason Wilson, an adjunct professor in the University of Guelph’s History Department, for his book King Alpha’s Song in a Strange Land: The Roots and Routes of Canadian Reggae, published by UBC Press (2020). The Brant Award honours the best book on multicultural history in Ontario.


Joan K.F. Heggie and Sarah Carter, “Miss Jack May, Lady Farmer in Canada and England.” Women’s History Review, Published on line 12 Oct., 2022.

Barry Cahill, The Life and Death of Norman McLeod Rogers. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2022.

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey, Cross-Border Cosmopolitans. The Making of a Pan-African North America. The University of North Carolina Press, 2022.