Phillip Buckner fonds

UA RG 349

Archives & Special Collections
Harriet Irving Library
University of New Brunswick

August 1999

Title: Phillip Buckner fonds. -- 1967-1999; predominant 1970-1999. -- 2.88 m of textual material.

Biographical Sketch: History professor and Acadiensis editor, Phillip Alfred Buckner, was born in Toronto, Ontario, on 4 June 1942. He received his BA, with the Governor General's Award, from the University of Toronto in 1965, and his PhD in 1969 from the University of London. In 1968, he joined the University of New Brunswick as a member of the history department and was appointed a full professor in 1980.

In 1971 Buckner was one of the founding members of Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region. He also took on the role of its editor, serving with only one break until 1990. Under his influence, Acadiensis became a milestone in the study of Atlantic Canadian history. In 1980 Buckner helped found the Acadiensis Press which publishes scholarly books on the history of Atlantic Canada.

Throughout his career, he gave numerous addresses and papers across Canada, the United States, and England. He also contributed several biographies to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. In addition, Philip Buckner has written or edited a number of publications; for example: The Transition to Responsible Government: British Policy in North America, 1815-1850 and Teaching Maritime Studies (editor). (For a complete listing of his addresses and publications, see Series 3, File 13.) In line with his committment to regional studies, Buckner also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Gorsebrook Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies at St. Mary's University (1983-1992).

Recognition of status in the Canadian historical community was bestowed upon Buckner with his appointment as President of the Canadian Historical Association in 1992. Other awards include the Canadian Historical Association Certificate of Merit for the establishment of Acadiensis and an Honorary Degree from St. Mary's University, 1992, for his contribution to Atlantic regional studies.

Phillip Buckner retired in 1999 from the history department at the University of New Brunswick.

Scope and Content: This fonds consists mainly of Buckner's correspondence as editor of Acadiensis and history professor at the University of New Brunswick. The fonds also contains review articles, proposals for publication in Acadiensis, and minutes from both the Committee on the Proposed Journal for the Department of History and the Editorial Board of Acadiensis. Other documentation in this fonds includes Buckner's reviews, commentaries and history course material. One also finds evidence of Buckner's activities as a member, and eventually president, of the Canadian Historical Association. His involvement with several conferences, especially the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, are well documented in this fonds.

This fonds is divided into three series:

Series 1. Correspondence. (1969-1999)
Series 2. Acadiensis Subject Files. (1970-1991; predominant 1983-1989)
Series 3. University of New Brunswick Subject Files. (1967-1999; predominant 1972-1999)


Title: Title is based on name of creator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: This fonds was transferred to the University of New Brunswick Archives on 3 June 1999 directly from the office of Phillip Buckner.

Accompanying Material: Buckner's personal book collection was deposited with this fonds and will be added to the Harriet Irving Library collection.


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Last Update: 1999/08/25