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Douglas H. Pimlott fonds
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Douglas H. Pimlott fonds

  • UTA 1664
  • collection
  • 1913-1987

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

Pimlott, Douglas H.


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.

Pimlott 1990 accession

Briefs, press releases and reports documenting Prof. Pimlott's relationship with the Dept. of Zoology, Pollution Probe at the University of Toronto and environmental issues generally.

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.

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).

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).

Pimlott 1978 accession

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, field notes, publications, brochures, maps and films relating to Douglas Pimlott's career as zoologist and professor at the University of Toronto. The records relate to provincial commissions and committees (Newfoundland and Ontario) of which he was a member, and includes files on areas of his major research interest: the environment (oil, pollution, Alaska pipeline, pesticides), water policy, provincial resources, and northern development. The field notes are from his study of the moose population in Newfoundland.

Pimlott 1995 accession

This accession documents primarily the research and writing activities of Prof. Pimlott during his academic career as a student, environmentalist and teacher of zoology and forestry at the University of Toronto. Documentation of his participation in various national and inter-national organizations is found among professional correspondence (Series I) and subject files (Series IV). Drafts and offprints of his writings as a student (including his doctoral thesis), government employee, and professor of zoology at the University of Toronto are contained in Series VI and VII. Much of the early data he collected on moose for both his theses and government reports and later, on wolves are to be found in the research materials and field notebooks in Series VIII and Series IX. Additional correspondence following his death on July 31, 1978 has been preserved in Series III and contains tributes, and summaries of his contributions and accomplishments to wildlife management and the environment.

University of Toronto

This series consists mainly of incoming and outgoing memoranda and correspondence with administrators and faculty in the Department of Zoology, Faculty of Forestry (to which he was cross-appointed in 1969). Subjects include teaching responsibilities and course development, leaves of absence for research, conference attendance, etc.

Personal and In Memorabilia

This series consists of predominantly incoming correspondence received during the last months of his life, and condolence and tribute letters after his death on July 31, 1978. Also included is a file of memorial newspaper and magazine articles.

Copies of diplomas for his Master of Science (1954) and Doctorate degrees (1959) and awards from the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, Canadian Meteorological Society (1977), 25th Anniversary of accession of Queen Elizabeth (1977), Centennial Medal (1967) will be found in B1995-0003/003 (04).

Subject files

During his life, Dr. Pimlott was involved in many ecological and environmental issues and organizations relating to wildlife conservation and the Arctic. This series correspondence, drafts of articles, notes, newsletters, etc. documenting his participation in the Algonquin Wildlife League, as founding member and later, chairman, of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, and in the World Wolf Conservation Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Resources (IUCN), among others. Also included in this series is correspondence regarding his research on wolves, grant applications to the National Research Council, and the Canadian National Sportsmen's Show, and Quetico Provincial Park.

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