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William Carpenter Bompas fonds (P227)

1865-1900. - 3 cm of textual records.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

A native of London (England), William Carpenter Bompas (1834-1906) was ordained a priest of the Church of England in 1865. He engaged in missionary activities in the Mackenzie River area of northern Canada and was named the firts Anglican bishop of the following dioceses: Arthabaska (1874), Mackenzie River (1884) and Selkirk (1891). In 1888, he wrote a «History of the diocese of Mackenzie River» and was also the author of some translations of religious works into Aboriginal dialects.

(Source : Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.3, p.304)

Scope and Content:

The William Carpenter Bompas fonds concerns his role as a missionary and bishop in northern Canada and, to a lesser extent, his interest in languages.

The fonds consists of correspondence to his family describing his travels, the socio-economic life of native peoples, the climate, flora and fauna of the region and gold mining in the Yukon. There are also sermons in English and in Indian languages and two volumes of notes on Aboriginal languages.

(Source : Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.3, p.304)