This collection consists of photocopies and transcripts of correspondence and other documents found in various Canadian Archives and Depositories. Many of these materials were collected by the Illinois History Survey under the leadership of Clarence W. Alvord and Theodore C. Pease in the early twentieth century. The Survey collected the materials in the course of preparing two series of Illinois history, The Centennial History of Illinois and Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library, from 1906 through 1939. The selection of the material therefore reflects the research aims of those works, and focuses on the fur trade and French missionary work in the Old Northwest and Illinois region.
The contents of this collection were described in detail in the Manuscripts Guide to Collections at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1976). The relevant pages are attached here in PDF format for download.
Brief list of contents:
Public Archives of Canada. Papers, 1759-1793. 540 items, photocopies and transcripts.
Archives de Montreal. Palais de Justice. Records. 1679-1704, 1793. 88 items, transcripts.
Toronto Public Library. Business Agreement, April 6, 1778. 1 item, transcript.
Archives de l'Archeveche de Quebec. Papers, 1768-1778 [and 1907-1913]. 19 items, transcripts.
Archives du Seminaire de Quebec. Laval University. Papers, 1680-1768 [and 1906-1907]. 24 items, transcripts.
McCord National Museum. Records, 1802-1806. 4 items, photocopies.
McGill University Library. Papers, 1787-1808. 21 items, photocopies and transcripts.
University of Montreal Library, Baby Collection. Papers, 1765-1833. 84 items, photocopies and transcripts.