Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00310 - James Williams Tyrrell Papers

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James Williams Tyrrell Papers


  • 1836-1982 (Creation)

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24 boxes (3 metres)

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Biographical history

James William Tyrrell was born in 1863. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an engineering degree and qualified as a land surveyor. After serving as hyrdographer on a government expedition to Hudson Bay during the winter of 1885-86, he set up a surveying practice in Hamilton, Ont., which he continued to operate until the 1930s. Tyrrell played an active role in developing the mining industry in Canada, surveying mining properties throughout the country He died in 1945.

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The collection consists of correspondence, notebooks and diaries, drafts for Tyrrell's writings, survey plans and maps, photographs relating to his family and work, and ephemera.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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