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W. Peter Ward fonds Subseries
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Birth Weight Project subseries

Subseries consists of records on the Birth Weight Project. Ward researched tax assessment rolls, ledgers, in-patient and out-patient records, etc., for the following cities: Boston, Dublin, Edinburgh, Vienna, and Montreal. Separate studies were also conducted on the cities of Utrecht and Bologna. Ward’s research on the Birth/Newborn Weight Project was the foundation for the book, Birth Weight and Economic Growth: Women’s Living Standards in the Industrializing West. The code book for the Utrecht birth weight database (file 7-5a) was added in December 2014. NOTE: The Birth Weight Project records on Bologna are expected in a future accrual.

Chinese Head Tax Project subseries

Subseries consists of research notes and digital data assembled by Ward and Dr. Henry Yu for the Chinese Head Tax Project. This comprehensive project involved digitizing more than 96,000 entries to the Chinese Head Tax Register.

Family Reconstitutions Project subseries

Subseries consists of records related to the Family Reconstitutions Project, including censuses, maps, tax assessment rolls, and research notes. The Project was a series of family reconstitution studies for the cities of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and Perth, Ontario, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Ward pursued a professional and personal interest in this project, but it did not reach the publication stage.

Infant Mortality Project subseries

Subseries consists of research notes and annotated German-Language articles on Infant Mortality between 1880 and 1940. The Infant Mortality Project looked at the changing medical understanding of infant mortality before WWI. Ward pursued a professional and personal interest in this project, but it did not reach the publication stage.

The Clean Body: A Modern History subseries

Subseries consists of research and materials relating to Ward's book The Clean Body: A Modern History published by McGill-Queen's University Press in November 2019. This book represents a synthesis of scholarship on the history and development of personal hygiene in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. Types of records in the sub-series include journal article photocopies, research notes, correspondence, publicity materials, manuscript copies, and chapter drafts of the book. Photocopied documents retained by the archivist include some sort of annotations by Ward. This project included some digital-born materials saved by Ward on a USB removable memory drive. Records saved as files on the drive included various journal articles or chapters in addition to a master bibliography for the project created in the software EndNote. Other *file formats included are Microsoft Word Documents (.docx and .doc), Microsoft Excel Documents (.xlsx and .xls) and PDFs.

Some of the records in this subseries are in Italian, French, and German.

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