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Northern Yukon Research Programme

This programme, based at the University of Toronto, received a grant from the Canada Council in 1975 for a five year project to study the remains of early man near the village of Old Crow in northwestern Yukon. Prof. Irving was director of the programme and led a team of scientists from various disciplines. This series includes correspondence, budgets, notes, and interim report (1977) relating to the work of this programme while Irving was director.

University of Toronto

Prof. Irving joined the University of Toronto as professor of anthropology in 1968 after four years at the National Museum of Canada. The files in this series document, among others, include activities of the South West Campus Users Committee, a committee established in 1978 as a result of the report of the South-West Campus Redevelopment Task force. The Task Force reported on space needs and sharing of resources among academic units. The Department of Anthropology was one of many in the “Social Sciences” group who submitted briefs. The Task force recommended the relocation of the Department of Anthropology to Sidney Smith Hall.

There is only on file of lecture notes for ANTH 417, 418 (1973-1974).

Education

This series documents William Irving’s university education at University of Alaska where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 1952, Harvard University (1953-1957) and University of Wisconsin (1959-1964) where he undertook graduate studies, receiving a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1964. Included are course notes relating to anthropology, statistics, linguistics; correspondence; copies of term papers, research proposals.

Professional activities

Throughout his career, Prof. Irving was involved in many associations relating to sociology, archaeology and anthropology both in Canada and the United States. Files in this series contain correspondence, manuscripts of papers, and other documents relating to his activities with the American Anthropological Association, Canadian Archaeological Association, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Council for Canadian Archaeology (of which he was chair 1968-1970), and Society for American Archaeology. Also included are records relating to some conferences such as the Conference on Japanese Thought and Culture (1975).

William N. Irving fonds

  • UTA 1421
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1990

This accession holds records relating to Prof. Irving’s university education, manuscripts of some published and unpublished works, correspondence mainly relating to his professional and academic activities both before and during his years at the University of Toronto, and administrative records of the Northern Yukon Research programme during his years as director. Records relating to his work with the National Museum of Man (1964-1968), as well as artifacts, data and research materials etc. relating to the Northern Yukon Research Programme (1975-1980) are held by the Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives in Ottawa.
Other materials not contained in this accession include most of his lecture notes and other teaching materials relating to the courses he taught during his nearly 20 years at the University of Toronto. As well, there is only a sampling of his manuscripts of published and unpublished works. Records relating to his field work for both American and Canadian museums during his thirty year career will not be found here but may have survived, as noted above, with the individual institutions.

Irving, William Nathaniel