Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman fonds

Title: Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman fonds

Dates of creation 1896-1978, predominant 1919-1965

Physical description: 29.07 metres of textual and other material

Biographical Sketch: Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman was born in Tintern, Ontario, on 23 November 1883 and died in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick on 8 August 1973. Huntsman received a BA from University College at the University of Toronto in 1905 and an MB in 1907. After his fourth year in 1904, he was taken on as a class assistant by Professor B.A. Bensley and spent his summers at the Georgian Bay Biological Station at Go Home Bay.

Huntsman’s first academic appointment was lecturer in biology at the University of Toronto in 1907.  He spent the summers of 1908 and 1909 at the new Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo and rose to be professor of marine biology in 1927.  He worked for the Biological Board of Canada from 1911-1953 in a number of different roles, particularly at the Atlantic Biological Station in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. His career was influenced by his work with Johan Hjort of Norway during the Canadian Fisheries Expedition of 1914-1915. Beginning in 1934, Huntsman focused his research on the behaviour of the salmon (Salmo salar). 

Huntsman became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1917 and its president for 1938.  He received the Society’s Flavelle Medal in 1952.  In 1969 he received an LLD from the University of Toronto.

Scope and content: Correspondence, minutes, notes, manuscripts, reports, photographs, oral history interview, research files, maps, publications, scrapbooks, slides, addresses, discussion papers, diaries, and other material documenting A.G. Huntsman’s career as a professor of Marine Biology at the Univesity of Toronto, an expert on the behaviour of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), and advisor to governments on fisheries. Includes material relating to the Biological Board of Canada, and the Ontario Fisheries Research Committee, Fisheries Research Board of Canada, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Royal Society of Canada.

Finding Aids: Series description (B2005-0006), transcript of oral history interview (B1974-0021), and lists (B1972-0012, B1978-0010, B1982-0017

Access: Open

Accession number: B1972-0012, B1974-0021, B1978-0010, B1979-0048, B1982-0017, B1988-0015, B2005-0006; B1978-1146, B1982-1079, B1983-1406, B1983-1431