Fonds P171 - Donald F. Sangster fonds

Eaton United Church, Eaton Corner St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Bolton Pass St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Bolton Pass Holy Trinity Anglican Church, South Bolton Christ Church Anglican, Eustis Philipsburg United Church

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Donald F. Sangster fonds

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  • 1960-1981 (Creation)

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91 photographs : b&w. - 17 textual records.

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Donald Frederick Sangster was born in Sherbrooke on 3 August 1935, son of Frederick J. Sangster and Reta Janet Michie. His post-secondary studies began at Bishop's University with a BSc in Chemistry. He graduated from McGill University with a MSc in Geology in 1961. He went on to pursue a PhD in Geology at the University of British Columbia, where his research focus was on iron-bearing minernals. Following the completion of his degree, Don Sangster obtained a position at the Geological Survey of Canada in 1964, where he eventually came to focus on lead-zinc deposits. He held his position at the Geological Survey of Canada until his retirement in 1995. In 1972, Don published a review of the characteristics of volcanic massive sulfide deposits, which was very well-received by the community. From 1986 to 1995, he also held the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa. Among his notable award are the Duncan R. Derry Gold Medal by the Geological Association of Canada in 1981, the Silver Medal by the Society of Economic Geologists in 1984, the Mineralogical Association of Canada's Past Presidents' Medal in 1986, and Logan Medal by the Geological Association of Canada in 1998. His concern for the vanishing heritage of English-speaking population in the Eastern Townships led to his project to photograph and document Protestant churches in the region.

Donald Sangster married Eleanor Doherty in Sherbrooke on 4 October 1953. Together they had four children: Vicki, Cameron, Sharon, and Geoffrey. Donald passed away the 28 December 2018 in Ottawa with interment at the Elmwood Cemetery in Sherbrooke.

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The fonds contains source material on Protestant churches in the Eastern Townships from 1960 to 1981. It consists of photographs, church histories, correspondence and newspaper clippings. The fonds includes photographs of the following churches: Austin Anglican Church, Beulah United Church (Ayer's Cliff), Barnston Baptist Church, Beebe Advent Christian Church, All-Saints Anglican Church (Beebe), Wesley United Church (Beebe), Birchton United Church, St. Andrew's Anglican Church (Bolton Pass), Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Bolton South), Church of the Good Shepherd (Bondville Anglican), Capelton Roman Catholic Church, Cassville United Church, Saint James the Less Anglican Church (Compton), St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Danville), Danville Advent Christian Church, Eaton Corner United Church, East Hatley Anglican Church, St. James Anglican Church (East Hatley), Eastman United Church, St. John Anglican Church (Eastman), Christ Church (Eustis-Anglican), Christ Church (Frost Village-Anglican), Church of the Good Shepherd (Glen Sutton-Anglican), Graniteville United Church, Hatley United Church, Huntingville Universalist Church, Massawippi Union Church, Minton United Church, Moe's River Baptist Church, North Hatley United Church, North Hatley First Universalist Church, Philipsburg United Church, Philipsburg United Church, Stanstead South United Church (Rock Island), Sand Hill Anglican Church, Sawyerville United Church, Sawyerville Baptist Church, St. Matthew's Anglican Church (South Stukely), Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel Roman Catholic Church (South Stukely-United), Tomifobia United Church, Trenholme Methodist Church, and Ulverton United Church.

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The documents were donated by Donald Sangster in 2008.
The documents are in English.

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28 janvier, 2016

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