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Cossit, Ranna Rev.

This file consists of a copy of correspondence between Rev. Ranna Cossitt and Rev. William Morice and others dated between 1785 and 1789. A copy of Dr. Morgan's entry for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography about Rev. Ranna Cossitt along with notes and correspondence is also included.

Desbarres, J.F.W.

File consists of research related to the first Governor of Cape Breton, Joseph Frederick Wallet Desbarres.

Despard, John

File consists of primarily of research related to Dr. Morgan's contribution about John Despard to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and New Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Correspondence related to the two submissions are included in the file.

Development and Conservation

This file consists of a presentation prepared and delivered by Dr. Morgan for a symposium about built heritage organized by the Department of Municipal Affairs in cooperation with the Department of Culture, Recreation and Fitness in March 1987.

Dodd, A.C.

File consists of research files and biography related to A.C. Dodd for Dr. Morgan's contribution to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Correspondence related to the DCB work is also included.

Dr. Robert James Morgan fonds

  • CA BI MG 12.82
  • Fonds
  • 1938-2011

This fonds consists primarily of textual records documenting the career of Dr. Robert J. Morgan. Over the span of almost five decades, Dr. Morgan held the position of historian, archivist, professor, author, and community leader. Records series documenting Morgan's early career at Xavier Junior College (1962-1966) and then as historian at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site (1971-1976) are included as well as records connected with his time working at College of Cape Breton/University College of Cape Breton (now Cape Breton University - CBU) as professor of history and Director of the Beaton Institute. While at CBU, Dr. Morgan also held the first Dean of Research and Development position. Dr. Morgan was active in the heritage field both at a national and provincial level working with the Association of Canadian Archives (ACA) and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA).

Other series in the fonds reflect Morgan's work with local historical societies and community organizations dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Cape Breton's built and documentary heritage. A substantial amount of research notes, index cards and manuscript drafts accompanying Morgan's publications are also included, as well as some evidence of post-retirement contract work.

Series featuring Dr. Morgan's personal and family history include a small portion of records related to Dr. Morgan's involvement with St. Anthony Daniel parish and the Diocese of Antigonish. Personal records and photographs of Dr. Morgan's wife, Barbara Ann Morgan (nee MacKinnon) and her parents (Justice A.H. MacKinnon and Annie MacKinnon nee Ryan) are also found in the collection. Dr. Morgan's love for gardening and botany are represented as well.

A small amount of artifacts including awards and family memorabilia are also included.

Morgan, Robert James

Early Gardening in Cape Breton

File consists of a talk prepared for the N.S. Association of Garden Clubs meeting in North Sydney June 2010 and also a talk to mark the 50th anniversary of the Westmount Gardening Club on July 11 2009. Various research notes are included.

Early Masons and Masonry in Cape Breton

File consists of a paper delivered to the annual Cape Breton Lodge of Perfection (Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite) on November 3rd, 1978. Paper was also read for the 100th anniversary of the Sydney Lodge No. 84. Included in the file are programs and membership list for the lodge.


Refers to a financial plan laid out in the Shaw Report pertaining to UCCB's future

Fortress of Louisbourg

File consists of a selection of newspaper clippings and photographs relating to the Fortress of Louisbourg, National Historic Site. File also contains a schedule for the Fortress of Louisbourg, NHS grand opening.

Fortress of Louisbourg - Selection of Presentations

File consists of a selection of talks prepared and presented by Dr. Robert Morgan about Fortress of Louisbourg. Included in the file is a talk given to the Western Historical Association Conference in Tulsa in 1975, and another delivered to the Sydney Kiwanis Club in 1976. Also included is a paper prepared for the Council for Abandoned Military Posts and delivered on January 21, 1976. (paper may have been forwarded and read) as well as lecture notes about Louisbourg that could have been used at the College of Cape Breton or for training interpreters working at the Fortress.

Gaelic Language Institute

File consists of notes for a talk presented by Dr. Morgan as part of the Gaelic Language Institute held at the Highland Village on May 7 2009. There are also hand-written notes and a program included in the file.

Gibbons, Richard

File consists of research notes and materials related to Dr. Morgan's article about Richard Gibbons for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

Heritage and Tourism

File consists of a hand-written and typed talk delivered by Dr. Morgan to Heritage and Tourism Speak Symposium in Baddeck on November 6, 1982.

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