Fonds MS-2-834 - James Doull fonds

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James Doull fonds

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1.35 m of textual records

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Biographical history

James Doull was a Canadian philosopher and academic who was born in 1918 to Irene and John Doull, a Pictou County politician, jurist and historian. His siblings were John Doull, a naval engineer, and Mary Doull, a musician and French scholar.

Educated at Dalhousie, the University of Toronto, Harvard University and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, James Doull returned to Dalhousie in the late 1940s to teach in the Classics Department. After retiring in 1983 he moved to Clarkes Beach, Newfoundland, where he lived with his wife, philosopher Floy Andrews, and taught at the University of Memorial until 1993.

His writing on Greek poetry, the culture of ancient Rome, ancient, medieval and modern philosophy, and twentieth-century politics appeared only in journals, primarily Dionysius, of which he was a founding editor, and Animus. In 2003 the University of Toronto Press published a posthumous volume containing a number of his works along with commentary by former colleagues and students.

In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of King's College, Halifax. He died in 2003.

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Records were donated by David Peddle, Memorial University, in accession no. 2022-028.

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Fonds contains records created by James Doull in the course of his thinking, writing and teaching about the culture of ancient Rome, ancient, medieval and modern philosophy, and twentieth-century politics. The majority of the records are notes and manuscripts, handwritten in blank examination answer books. There is also a lesser number of both typed and printed manuscripts.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], James Doull fonds, MS-2-834, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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