Olaf U. Janzen

Professor, Division of Arts/Historical Studies,
Grenfell Campus
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Canada A2H 6P9
Phone: (709) 637-6282
Fax: (709) 639-8125
E-Mail: olaf@grenfell.mun.ca

Research Interests

Olaf Janzen’s doctoral dissertation, combined with his location on the west coast of Newfoundland, drew him into research on the early eighteenth-century settlement history of western Newfoundland, both by French and Irish fishermen as well as by Micmac Indians from Cape Breton Island. He has expertise on the defence of Newfoundland during the eighteenth century, particularly with reference to the problems of piracy and privateering. His most recent research has been an investigation into early eighteenth-century trade between Scotland and Newfoundland while work continues on a finding aid to the Colonial Office 194 Series. Janzen’s research has received financial support from SSHRCC, and at Memorial from the Vice-President's Research Fund and the Institute of Economic and Social Research. A steady output of publications has ensued together with national and international conference presentations. Janzen has taken a prominent role as a conference organizer under the auspices of the International Economic History Association. He is a regular contributor to the review pages of a number of scholarly journals.


Janzen is an experienced teacher of Atlantic World maritime history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and belongs to several other regional, national, and international professional organizations. Janzen served as Review Editor for nearly ten years for The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du nord, followed by more than another decade as the Review Editor of the International Journal of Maritime History. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Nautical research Society.


  • McMaster, BA
  • Queen’s University at Kingston, MA, PhD

Select Publications

  • War and Trade in Eighteenth-Century Newfoundland (“Research in Maritime History,” No. 52; St. John’s, NL: International Maritime Economic History Association, 2013)
  • “The Logic of English Saltcod: An Historiographical Revision,” The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord, XXIII: 2 (April 2013): 123-134


  • A Reader's Guide To Newfoundland History To 1869, an annotated bibliographical guide <http://www2.grenfell.mun.ca/nfld_history/index.htm>


Maritime Studies Research Unit

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000