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Douglas H. Pimlott fonds
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Douglas H. Pimlott fonds

  • UTA 1664
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1987

Fonds consists of 3 accessions. See accession-level descriptions for details.

Pimlott, Douglas H.

Field notebooks and diaries

Throughout his career, Dr. Pimlott continued to undertake field research on wolves, caribou and other wildlife in both Canada and Europe. This series consists of original field notebooks containing observations of wolves in Algonquin Park (Ontario), and Baffin Island as well as brief diaries of research trips to Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and other European countries. Among the more detailed diaries, are those kept at Inuvik, NWT, during a leave of absence from the University of Toronto. During this year (1973-1974) Dr. Pimlott was retained by the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC) to serve as a Resource worker with the Committee on Original Peoples' Entitlement (COPE).

Research materials

This series consists of original data, correspondence, and notes compiled for research on moose during Dr. Pimlott's employment with the Newfoundland government and in preparation for his doctoral thesis at the University of Wisconsin (1951-1960). Also included is a draft of a paper by D.A. Chant, Professor of Zoology, University of Toronto, entitled "Biological and ethical considerations related to the question of growth" (Oct. 1974).

Reports, articles, papers

Dr. Pimlott wrote many articles, reports and papers as a graduate student, employee of the Newfoundland government (1950-1957) and Ontario Government's Department of Lands and Forests (1958-1962), and as professor of zoology at the University of Toronto (1962-1978). This series contains a wide variety of these writings covering his early studies of moose (later used for his doctoral theses entitled "Reproduction productivity and harvests of Newfoundland Moose", 1958) and wolves to his later work as environmentalist. Files include correspondence, draft manuscripts, reports, and offprints.


Dr. Pimlott's expertise in wildlife preservation and the ecology resulted in requests to speak at conferences, government bodies and meetings of various local groups interested in the environment. These files consist of rough notes prepared for talks in Halifax, Sault Ste Marie, Regina and other unidentified locations on such topics as Arctic ecology and off-shore drilling, history of Algonquin Wildlands League, and wolves and men, among others. Also included is a tape recording of a talk by Stephen Lewis to public meeting of the Algonquin Wildlands League.

Course materials

Dr. Pimlott was appointed to the Department of Zoology in 1962. This series contains all that has survived of course materials and student reports for three courses taught by Dr. Pimlott in zoology. Also included is a tape and transcript of instructions for a new course in Animal ecology dictated shortly before his death in March, 1978.

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