Fonds SC 44 - C.W. Nash fonds

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C.W. Nash fonds

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CA ON00259 SC 44

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  • 1893-1912 (Creation)

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21.8 cm of textual records

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Charles William Nash (1848-1926) was the biologist for the museum of the Farmer’s Institute Bureau of the Ontario Department of Agriculture, and later the Provincial Biologist at the Ontario Provincial Museum. Born on August 15, 1848 in Bognor, Sussex, England, Nash came to Canada in 1869. In 1873 he founded a game and fish protective association in Hamilton, an unusual organization for the time given the abundance of game. Nash married Harriet Burns Campbell on February 13, 1877, and in the 1880s moved to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, where he practiced law in addition to carrying out nature observations. He contributed many bird observations to Ernest Thompson Seton’s Birds of Manitoba. In 1887 the family returned to Ontario where Nash took up the study of biology full-time. In 1899 he became a lecturer in biology at the Farmer’s Institute Bureau of the Ontario Department of Agriculture and later, a biologist with the Ontario Provincial Museum. During this time he published extensively, as well as serving as a judge for the natural history exhibits at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. Among his publications are a number of checklists of Ontario birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish, each including a catalogue of specimens in the Biological Section of the Provincial Museum. He was a member of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club and the Ornithological Subsection of the Biological Subsection of the Canadian Institute. Nash died on February 13, 1926, in Toronto, Ontario.

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Fonds consists of journals containing notes and clippings on mammals, several field note journals of bird and wildlife observations, an index book, and a small amount of correspondence. The notes on mammals include information on habitat and behaviour, as well as news clippings on the species. The filed notes describe Nash’s wildlife observations as well as weather conditions. The correspondence consists of responses to queries made by Nash regarding various species. Fonds is comprised of the following series: SC 44-1: Mammal records SC 44-2: Nature observations and related records SC 44-3: Index to species SC 44-4: Correspondence

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The ROM holds 467 bird specimens collected by Nash, primarily in the Toronto area.

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Biographical information from: Cranmer-Byng, Jack, and Martin K. McNicholl. Ornithology in Ontario. Whitby, Ont.: Hawk Owl, 1994, Nd Lloyd, Hoyes. "In Memoriam: Charles W. Nash." Canadian Field-naturalist 51.6 (1927): 135-37.

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