Extent of Material:
6.5 cm of textual records.
Biographical Sketch:

Archdeacon Robert McDonald (1829-1913) was born in Manitoba.  He was educated at Red River Academy and later attended St. John’s Collegiate School (later named St. John’s College).  He was ordained deacon in 1852 and priest in 1853.  After serving at the White Dog (Islington Mission) (1852-1961), he went to Fort Yukon, Alaska (1862-1871) to serve among the Gwich’in people.  His final charge was St. Matthew’s Mission, Fort McPherson NWT (1871-1905) where he was also Archdeacon of Mackenzie River District, (1875-1905).  Archdeacon McDonald was a natural linguist and learned Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) and Gwich’in languages and translated portions of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer into Ojibwe (Anishinabe) and Gwich’in and wrote a dictionary and grammar for the Gwich’in language.

Custodial History:
Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of the original holograph for Archdeacon McDonald’s last work, completed after age 80, “A grammar and dictionary of the Tukudh language”, published in 1911 by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (S.P.C.K.).  Includes printed proofs in Tukudh (Gwich’in) for “Prayer for the Governor-General”, 1912, and two copies of Ordering of Deacons (39 articles).


Title based on contents of fonds.

Associated material:

Robert McDonald Journals (Mf 78-5)

General Notes:

The published version of this manuscript is located in historical library (BP50 M11)

GSA holds other publications by Robert McDonald in the historical library.

Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.
Geographic Names:
Fort McPherson (NWT)
Fort Yukon (Alaska)
White Dog (Man.)
Accession numbers:

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