Fonds UAA - William Clare Wonders fonds

UAA-1974-090 UAA-1976-110 UAA-1979-018 UAA-1980-133 UAA-1983-101 UAA-1985-078 UAA-1986-075 UAA-1986-116 UAA-1987-002 UAA-1987-039 UAA-1988-020 UAA-1989-056 UAA-1992-118 UAA-1994-067 UAA-1996-029 UAA-1998-074 UAA-1999-090 UAA-2003-043 UAA-2005-086
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William Clare Wonders fonds

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20.90m of multi media records

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William Clare (Bill) Wonders was born on 22 April 1924. He completed his BA in Geography at the University of Toronto in 1946, followed by an MA in Geography from Syracuse University in 1948 and a PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto in 1951.

Wonders was the founder and first professor of the Department of Geography at the University of Alberta. He also founded the Alberta Geographical Society in 1964. He was appointed University Professor at the University of Alberta in 1983. Co-founder and first chair of the Boreal Institute for Northern Studies (now the Canadian Circumpolar Institute), his research, teaching, writing, and consulting work centred strongly on the North, native land claims, Scandinavia, and special atlases. Dr. Wonders was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999, and was also awarded the Queen's Jubilee medal. The map library at the University of Alberta is named in his honor. The William C Wonders Medal in Geography was also created in his honour.

Wonders had three children with his wife Lillian. He passed away on 24 January 2011.

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From 1973 to 1988 Dr. W.C. Wonders placed his professional papers in the care of the University Archives, with a view of making them available to researchers after his retirement.

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Dr. William Wonders collected papers comprise 10 metres and consist of correspondence and publications related to his career as a geographer and teacher, working files on his participation as a member of organizations for professional geographers, historians, and social scientists, and his reference collection of press clippings and reports relating to the world north of 60o. Canada, Alaska, the Arctic, and Scandinavia are chiefly represented in the collection.

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Created by LMCPHERSON 11-5-2007. Updated by XGVIEWS 2-22-2011. Updated M. Fraser 7 June 2019.

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