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Researching the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
  Recherche sur la Forteresse-de-Louisbourg Lieu historique national du Canada




JUNE, 1971

(Fortress of Louisbourg
Report H D 16)



by John Dunn Senior Historian:

This report on Block 3, Lots A and B represents a departure from reports previously written on town blocks. The report is intended, as usual, to serve as a basis for archaeological excavation of the relevant sites, and as the primary historical work for design. Biographical, social, and other considerations have been avoided, save for a minimum chronology sufficient to place the evolution of the block in an historical context. The omitted aspects of the history of the block, as it relates to the inhabitants and their contacts and influences within and without Louisbourg, will have to be researched at some future time, especially if there is to be an adequate interpretive programme.

The departure represented by this report is that it is the first study of a block that utilizes the Town Inhabitants File, prepared by Mrs. Brenda Dunn and M. H.P. Thibault. The use of the file reduced the former time of 6-8 months to research and write a report on a block to 4 weeks. The reduction in time is somewhat accounted for by reduction of the scope of the assigment; that is, confining it to two lots. Overwhelmingly, however, the reduction in time is attributable to the fact that the File obviates the former requirement to spend months reading unindexed microfilm series and the various selection lists located in the archives. The time required to analyse documents and to write the report remains constant: only the time to conduct the research is reduced. Used judiciously, the File should be capable of producing reports such as this, and on a variety of other topics.

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