Fonds MS-2-783 - James Gray fonds

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James Gray fonds

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3 m of textual records
11 photographs
18 audio cassettes
14 audio reels
1 audio disc

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Biographical history

James Gray was a scholar and professor of English literature and language at Dalhousie University. Born in Montrose, Scotland, he studied literature at the University of Aberdeen before serving in the Second World War from 1941-1946. After the war, he received a BA (1948) and MA (1951) in literature from Oxford University, where he studied at Balliol College. He moved to Quebec in 1951 to take up a teaching appointment at Bishop’s University, becoming head of their English department in 1958 and Chair of Humanities in 1971. During this period he also taught part time in the Canadian National Railways staff training course. He received his PhD in literature from the University of Montreal in 1970.

In 1975 Gray came to Dalhousie University as Dean of Faculty of Arts and Science. He wrote and lectured extensively about eighteenth-century studies, particularly on theatre and religious works. He was active in various literary and teaching associations, journals and publication initiatives, including the editorial committee of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson for over a decade. He was also a keen philatelist.

He was married to Pamela Gray, with whom he had one daughter. In 1980 James Gray retired to Kentville, Nova Scotia, as Thomas McCulloch Professor Emeritus. He died in 2012.

Custodial history

Records were donated to Dalhousie University Archives by Pamela Gray and Lloyd Melanson, executor of Pamela Gray's estate, in 2014 in accession (2015-024).

Scope and content

Fonds comprises records documenting James Gray's work s a scholar and teacher. Records include publications, manuscripts and lecture notes; audio recording of lectures; correspondence with colleagues and students; teaching materials; editorial and publishing correspondence and records; and personal correspondence and photographs.

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  • English
  • French

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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 Gray fonds, MS-2-783, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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