CA ACU GBA F2883
- Microfilmed 1976-1985 (originally created 1829-1846) (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
3 microfilm reels
Name of creator
James Evans, 1801-1846, was born at Kingston upon Hull, England and educated in Lincolnshire. In 1822 he followed his parents to Lower Canada, and found employment as a teacher at L’Orignal, Upper Canada. He converted to the Methodist church and in 1828 accepted an appointment to the Rice Lake school for Indian children. In 1833 he was ordained, and the following year was appointed to the St. Clair Mission (near Sarnia, Ontario). By 1836 he devised a syllabic system for printing scripture and hymns in the Ojibwa language, which he later adapted to the Cree language. In 1840 he was appointed to establish a mission at Norway House (Manitoba). He became embroiled in disputes with Hudson’s Bay Company governor Sir George Simpson and was recalled to London for consultation in 1846, where he died. He married Mary Blithe Smith, and they had one daughter who survived childhood, Eugenia Clarissa (McLean). For further information see Gerald M. Hutchinson's entry, "James Evans", in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, volume 7.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Purchased from London Microfilming Inc. and the University of Western Ontario, 1978-1988.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of James Evans’s correspondence inward, diaries, sermons, lectures, notebooks, notes on customs and languages of First Nations, notes on Cree syllabics, and poems. Includes some of his published letters and biographical information published about him.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
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Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
No finding aid.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Originals are held by the D. B. Weldon Library, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
Existence and location of copies
Other copies of Evans letters are included in M-4251.
Related units of description
Title based on contents of records.