Edmund James Peck (1850-1924) joined the Church Missionary Society in 1876. While serving at Little Whale River, 1876-1885, he learned the Eskimo and Cree languages and compiled an English/Eskimo grammar book, which went through five major editions. Peck believed it was imperative that Christians read the scriptures. He served in Fort George, 1885-1893, Cumberland Sound, 1894-1905 and became Superintendent of the Arctic Mission Diocese of Moosonee in 1905.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of manuscripts about John Horden's life and an unpublished autobiography of E.J. Peck; Maps of Northern Canada, the Arctic and the Hudson and James Bay; Correspondence; printed materials concerning the Arctic; sermons; notebooks; drawings; journals; Eskimo grammars and notebooks; and photographs.
Other records of E.J. Peck can be found in the Diocese of Moosonee papers (Mf 81-4, Reel 2) and the Moose Factory Mission Church records (Mf 81-5).
Herbert Girling (1891-1920) lived and worked in Nottingham, England before he responded to a call for men by the Colonial and Continental Church Society. He studied at Emmanuel College, Saskatoon from 1909-1913. Girling was ordained deacon in 1914 and priest in 1916. He began missionary service under the direction of Archdeacon C.E. Whittaker in Fort McPherson and Kittigazuit, NWT. 1915-1919 he was Missionary with the Inuit in the Bernard Harbour and Coronation Gulf areas. During that time he made extensive travels and did significant translation in the Copper Eskimo language. He died in Ottawa while on furlough.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of articles by and about Girling regarding his work among the Blond Eskimo or Copper Inuit and photographs taken while in the north. There is also a list of articles published in the Mission World by and about Girling and his work.
A later donation includes Girling's Copper Eskimo [Inuinnaqtun/Inuinnaztun] and English Dictionary and supplemental aids (grammar and phrases).