Fonds MC211 - Raymond P. Gorham fonds

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Raymond P. Gorham fonds

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  • 1820-1946, microfilmed [after 1981] (Creation)
    Gorham, Raymond Paddock

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3.6 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

Raymond Paddock Gorham was born in the parish of Kingston, Kings County, New Brunswick, in 1885. He attended MacDonald Consolidated School and MacDonald College, graduating from McGill University with a B.S.A. in 1911. He married Marie Tanner, a school teacher, in 1913, and they had four children.

Raymond P. Gorham and his family resided initially in Fredericton, N.B. where he worked as an entomologist with the provincial Department of Horticulture. He also lectured at agricultural schools located in Woodstock and Sussex, and later taught a course in agriculture at the provincial Normal School. In April 1919 he was appointed to the Division of Entomology in the federal government, working for four years in Nova Scotia. He returned to Fredericton and took the position of chief of the Field Crop and Garden Insects Division of the federal government's Entomological Laboratory, a post he held until his death.

Gorham displayed a keen interest in history and archaeology, and was particularly interested in the histories of Fredericton and the parish of Kingston, New Brunswick ecclesiastical history, agricultural history, and the Stone Age. He collected and catalogued a number of Stone Age tools and implements and compiled information on his family history. He researched and wrote extensively on a variety of historical, archaeological, and entomological subjects. Raymond Paddock Gorham died in York County on 28 July 1946.

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Scope and content

This fonds documents the professional career and personal activities of Raymond P. Gorham. It includes correspondence, biographical information, education memorabilia, photographs, maps, plans, pamphlets, and materials pertaining to the Cathedral Men's Club, the Natural History Society of New Brunswick, and the Canadian Society of Technical Agriculturalists.

The fonds also includes research materials, articles, essays, and papers on a variety of subjects -- entomology, science, Maritime pre-history, local history (University of New Brunswick, city of Fredericton, parish of Kingston, Kincardine settlement), ecclesiastical history (Anglican Church), and agricultural history. Gorham also compiled genealogical information on the Gorham, Allen, Fowler, Francis, Giles, Hoyt, Ingraham, Kierstead, Lyman, Lyon, Merritt, Murray, Paddock, Perkins, Perley, Prince, Raymond, and Paul families.

Lastly, the fonds contains a typescript copy of "The development of agricultural organization in Upper and Lower Canada during the period before Confederation," written by R. P. Gorham and dated May 1933.

The maps and plans have been transferred to the Map Section. The photographs are located in P118.

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Donated by Dr. Paul Gorham in 1970, 1981, and 1984.


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  • English

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Includes graphic material, cartographic material, and architectural drawings.

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