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Item ID# Schmalz Series 1
Title Research library of published books
Object Name Archival Series
Dates of Creation 1875-2006
Creator Schmalz, Peter S.
Description Series 1 of the Peter S. Schmalz fonds consists of approximately 700 published books collected by Dr. Peter S. Schmalz, over a thirty-five year period. This research library was created to serve the purpose of researching and writing history related mainly to the First Nations of Bruce County. Since Dr. Schmalz was isolated from a major library, it was much more economical to buy the books, microfilm and other resources. Having his own library was rewarding in that it permitted him to research and write a Masters Thesis, a Doctoral Thesis, numerous learned articles, several books, and reports for the Ministry of Natural Resources, First Nations communities, the provincial government and federal government.

The library reflects his primary interest in aboriginal contact with Europeans. Almost all of the travel, war, and missionary books, microfilm, audio tapes, etc., in some way enlighten the reader on the complexity of this contact. Many are written by the indigenous peoples. While North American Native books form the foundation of this collection, there are other fields of interest reflected as well. Dr. Schmalz notes that none of these books was purchased by an 'antiquarian' whose sole purpose was to acquire a 'rare book collection'. This was a working library.

This series consists of the following Archival Files:

F1 BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS
F2 NORTH AMERICAN NATIVE BOOKS
F3 CANADIAN INDIAN ARCHAEOLOGY
F4 CANADIANA BOOKS
F5 NON-CANADIAN BOOKS
F6 LOCAL HISTORY
F7 BLACK STUDIES
F8 MUSIC BOOKS and SHEET MUSIC


Finding Aids Finding Aids have been prepared for most Files within this Series, listing the title, author and date of each book within the Series/File.
Finding Aid and Transcription Links Peter Schmalz fonds, series and file description
Provenance These books were part of the personal library of Dr. Peter Schmalz, created over a thirty-five year period, for the purpose of researching and writing history related mainly to the First Nations of Bruce County. As Dr. Schmalz was isolated from a major library, it was more economical and/or convenient to buy the necessary books, microfilm and other resources. Dr. Schmalz used his library to research and write a master's thesis, a doctoral thesis, numerous learned articles, several books, and reports for the Ministry of Natural Resources, First Nations communities, the provincial government, and the federal government.
Collection Schmalz, Peter fonds
Physical Description 26 m of textual records
(Approximately 700 books (not including duplicates))
Level of Description Series
Parent Object Schmalz fonds
Child Records Schmalz Series 1, File 2
Schmalz Series 1, File 1
Schmalz Series 1, File 3
Schmalz Series 1, File 4
Schmalz Series 1, File 5
Schmalz Series 1, File 6
Schmalz Series 1, File 7
Schmalz Series 1, File 8