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Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books Hugh Johnston South Asian research collection Series
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Archival documents and research notes

Series consists of photocopied and microfilmed archival documents generated by government bodies, copies of photographs, and handwritten research notes. Records include correspondence (including private letters of South Asians in North America, acquired through government surveillance), as well as telegrams, reports, press clippings from government department files (Canadian, British, Indian and American), and from Governors General files, Prime Ministers' files, and publications.

Records are from Canadian, British, Indian and American archives, primarily from Library and Archives Canada. MsC 183-0-3-0-0-6 contains a guide to most of these materials. The archival reference and origin is written or stamped on each document.


Series consists of photocopies of six published articles and one final draft of an essay, on the subject of Sikhs in Canada and the Komagata Maru, written by Hugh Johnston.

Individual files

Files consist of notes from an interview with Nanad Kaur Johl, as well as correspondence and photographs relating to "The Four Quarters of the Night: The Life-Journey of an Emigrant Sikh" and Johnston's article on Tara Singh Bains.

Official sources files

Series consists of photocopies and microfilm of archival records on the subject of the Komagata Maru and South Asians in Canada, and handwritten research notes. Archival records were generated by non-governmental organizations; they include manifests, registers, and case law reports.