Collections and Fonds – 104307

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  • Record Information – Brief
    Iain Charles Walker fonds [textual record, graphic material]
    Hierarchical level:
    Fonds / Collection
    MG31-J23, R4816-0-5-E.
    Type of material:
    Photographs, Textual material
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    Archives / Collections and Fonds
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  • Fonds / Collection includes:
    5 lower level description(s)
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    Place of creation:
    No place, unknown, or undetermined
    3.3 m of textual records.
    ? photographs.
    Language of material:
    Scope and content:
    Fonds consists of Canadian material covering Walker's activities at Louisbourg and his later work for National Historic Sites Service in Ottawa, n.d., 1963-1983; notes articles, and related correspondence on Walker's research into clay pipes, n.d., 1963-1983; articles, research files, critical reviews and commentaries on historical archaeology including some material on industrial archaeology, 1965-1978; personal material on a variety of subjects including attempts to find a university teaching position and government administrative work, 1962-1983.
    Creator / Provenance:
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Iain Walker was born in Edinburgh. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1961 with a M.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology. In 1962 he came to Canada to work as a historical archaeologist on the Louisbourg Restoration Programme of National Historic Sites Service (now Parks Canada). Walker became interested in using clay tobacco pipes to accurately date the strata found at excavation sites. In 1967 he won a Canada Council fellowship to study the clay tobacco pipe industry at the University of Bath. His exhaustive thesis was published by Parks Canada in 1977.

    Walker joined the Ottawa headquarters of National Historic Sites Services in 1966 to oversee their excavations across Canada. In 1970 he became Head of Artifact Research. He was also Staff Archaeologist, 1974-1977, Acting Head of Historic Resources Impact Assessment and Head of Publications for the Research Division, 1977-1979. In 1979 he went to the National Museum of Man as Head of the Collections Management Section of the Archaelogical Survey of Canada where he was responsible for the recording, accessioning and conservation of artifacts from archaelogical sites across Canada. His last position was Head of the Historic Archaeological Programme, History Division, National Museum of Man. Walker was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1980.
    Finding aid:
    Textual records (Electronic) The finding aid is a file list describing volumes 1 to 25 MSS1535 (90:Open)
    Additional information:
    General Note:
    Received in 1984 from Ms. S. Walker of Greely, Ontario through Dr. F.J. Thorpe of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
    Subject heading:
    Other system control no.:
    Related control no.:
    1. 87802/320 CA
    2. MG31-J23
    3. R4816-0-5-E
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    MG31 J 23
    Finding aid box
    FA 1535

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