Sir Arthur G. Doughty Bibliography

Compiled by Margaret J. Dixon and Ian E. Wilson.

Design by Brice Pieterse.

Arthur G. Doughty


Arthur G. Doughty (1860-1936), the first Dominion Archivist of Canada, was a prolific writer who used his unusual combination of talents to build his reputation and then fulfill his promise to Sir Wilfrid Laurier: "to make the Archives an important factor in the development of our national life". While his public life has been documented, his own life story has been obscure. This bibliography is a step towards an understanding of the career and the vision of Sir Arthur G. Doughty.

We have identified over 90 published and unpublished works to which Arthur G. Doughty contributed either in whole or in part. The entries in this bibliography are arranged chronologically to reflect the distinct phases in his life, interests and accomplishments. Access to the entries, which include descriptions, photographs, and contextual notes, is provided primarily through a chronological index; a title index, and a separate poetry index are also provided.

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Bibliography In Chronological Order
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Title Index
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Poem Index
Chronology of His Life

I have written a brief biography of Doughty which was published in Luciana Duranti and Patricia Fleming (eds), Encyclopedia of Archival Authors, (Rowan & Littlefield, 2019. pp 178-182) and another which has been accepted by the Dictionary of Canadian Biography for publication in the fullness of time.  I am preparing a full biographical study for publication.  Meanwhile, this chronological outline of key events in Doughty’s life serves to provide some context for his publications.  For brevity in this chronology, Arthur Doughty is referred to by his initials, AGD, a format he used on occasion.


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This bibliography has benefitted from the advice, encouragement and assistance of many colleagues and institutions over the years.  Much of the detailed research took place during the COVID disruption, making us doubly reliant on the kindness of others.  We have been fortunate in having the assistance of Brice Pieterse in translating our plans into the design and functionality of the web site.

The editors want to pay special tribute to:

Mark Asberg, Ken Hernden, and Dr. Brendan Edwards, Queen’s University Library

Loryl MacDonald and Tys Klumpenhouwer, University of Toronto Library

Mike Chee, Dana Porter Library, University of Waterloo

Dr. Kirsty McHugh, The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

And to the very supportive staff of:

Library and Archives Canada

The Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle, UK

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

The Library of Congress, Washington

The Archives, Oxford University

The British Library

In the final stages of preparing this online bibliography, several colleagues took time to test and comment on both its technological functionality and the content. Improvements were made due to the constructive advice of:
Glenn Wright, Judith Roberts-Moore, Ruth Wilson, Dr. Brendan Edwards, and Dr. Carl Spadoni.

Ian E. Wilson