E.J. Peck fonds. — 1886-1924.
214.5 cm of textual records.
85 photographs.

Biographical Sketch:

Edmund James Peck (1850-1924) joined the Church Missionary Society in 1876.  While serving at Little Whale River, 1876-1885, he learned the Eskimo and Cree languages and compiled an English/Eskimo grammar book, which went through five major editions.  Peck believed it was imperative that Christians read the scriptures.  He served in Fort George, 1885-1893, Cumberland Sound, 1894-1905 and became Superintendent of the Arctic Mission Diocese of Moosonee in 1905.

Custodial History:

The archives acquired E.J. Peck’s records in May of 1956 from Peck’s son, W.R. Peck.

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of manuscripts about John Horden’s life and an unpublished autobiography of E.J. Peck;  Maps of Northern Canada, the Arctic and the Hudson and James Bay;  Correspondence; printed materials concerning the Arctic; sermons; notebooks; drawings; journals; Eskimo grammars and notebooks; and photographs.


Title based on contents of fonds.


Records are all originals.

Finding Aids: Finding aid available.

General Notes:

Peck’s diaries published under the title: Apostle to the Inuit : The journals and ethnographic notes of Edmund James Peck, the Baffin years, 1894-1905 / Edited by Frédéric Laugrand, Jarich Oosten, François Trudel, 2006.


Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.

Personal Names:

  • Horden, John, 1828-1893.
  • Boas, Franz.

Corporate Names:

Church Missionary Society.

Geographic Names:

Moosonee (Ontario).

Accession numbers:  M56-1, P7502