Thomas Forsyth McIlwraith fonds

Title: Thomas Forsyth McIlwraith fonds

Dates of creation: 1880-1962

Physical description: 8.8 metres of textual and other material

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch: Thomas Forsyth McIlwraith was born in Hamilton, Ontario on April 9, 1899, the son of Thomas and Mary (Stevens) McIlwraith. He entered McGill University as an undergraduate in Arts in 1916. He served in the Canadian and British Expeditionary Forces from 1917-1918. After the war, he continued his university education at Cambridge graduating in 1921. He remained there as a lecturer in the department of Anthropology for a year and then came to Canada as a field assistant of the National Museum of Canada. For the 1924-1925 academic year he held a position as a research assistant at Yale University, then returned to Canada as a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Toronto.  In 1936, when the Department of Anthropology was created, he was appointed Professor and head, a position retained until his death.  He also held a cross appointment at the Royal Ontario Museum, beginning as a keeper of Ethnological Collections and becoming, in 1947, Acting, and then the Associate Director. In June of 1925 he married Beulah Knox.  They had three children: Thomas F. Jr., Mary, and Margaret.  He died on March 29, 1964.

Scope and content: Field notes, photographs, copper plates of illustrations, correspondence, subject files, publications, maps, index cards, course and lecture notes, manuscripts, reviews, artifacts and other material documenting Thomas Forsyth McIlwraith’s early education and life as an undergraduate at Cambridge University and his career as professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto. Includes a typescript of McIlwraith's book The Bella Coola Indians (University of Toronto Press, 1948).

Finding Aids: File list (B1979-0011), container list (B1972-0030), and box and reel lists (B1979-0054) available

Access: Open

Accession number: B1972-0030, B1979-0011, B1979-0054