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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


Research Report 
[Public Archives of Canada]

[Selections  from the Report]

H H 51


Julian Gwyn

June, 1963 [July 4, 1963]

Fortress of Louisbourg

[Editor's Note]
The following is an extraction of interesting comments from the Report

[Editor's Note]
[To ascertain which repository yielded Louisbourg material for the Fortress of Louisbourg Collection, please check the following databases:  

Louisbourg Reconstruction; June, 1963


Nothing vital has come to light concerning the fortifications of Louisbourg, which was not already known. 

A great deal of information (over 3,000 items) shedding light on the historical background of British interest in Cape Breton has been identified and is presently being analyzed. Between 1713 and 1768 no year went by without the frequent mention of Louisbourg in the colonial correspondence; and for a few months in 1758 at least Louisbourg became a household word for Englishmen. These frequent references dealt with a wide variety of subjects, chief among which were:

Much of the information collected deals with two brief periods, both concerned with the sieges of Louisbourg, 1744-1749, 1757-1763. Here the chief incidents discussed in the documents were:

Completed Documentary Collections:

Documents from the following collections held by the Public Archives of Canada have been consulted:

The sign (*) indicates that a research report for the particular collection has been prepared. Only for those collections which yielded more than fifty item was a report written.

1. Manuscript Group 11:

B. Manuscript 18:

C. Manuscript Group 21:

D. Manuscript Group 23:

E. War Office Papers: 

P.A.C. Collections yet to be consulted:


Collections to be consulted (outside Canada)


A. Abercrombie Papers:

The P.A.C. posses only an inadequate 40-page calendar for the collection which is in the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

According to the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections: 1959-1961 (p. 481, MS 61-1439), the Abercrombie Papers consist of about 1,000 items, chiefly for 1758. One of the nine sections into which the collection has been divided is entitled, "Louisbourg and Canada".

B. Loudoun Papers:

It seem clear from a study of Pargellis' Lord Loudoun in North America that the Loudoun Papers also in the possession of the Huntington Library should be studied.

According to the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections: 1959-1961 (p. 481, NS 61-1433) there are more than 8,000 separate items in the collection. Only a part of these would be of interest for the collection contains papers relating to every period of his life.