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Archives and Special Collections

What are Archives?

Archives are those records, in any format, created, received and retained by individuals, families and organizations as evidence of their activities and transactions. As such they serve as their "memory" and thus provide important information about the functions, activities, and decisions of record creators over time.  A document that might not seem important on its own could have great value in the context of the whole collection.

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Algoma University has developed its important collection of archival resource materials through the generosity of donors in and from the Algoma region.  Our areas of expertise include records relating to Algoma University, the Algoma region, regionally signficant individuals and organizations, and community organizations.Substantial or important university-related fonds d'archives include:

Significant private archives at Algoma University include the many fonds d'archives within the Anglican Diocese of Algoma archives:

Significant private, individual fonds d'archives include:


We encourage donations of papers, photographs, ephemera, books, audio-visual material, and other items that are related directly to Algoma University and the Algoma region. This includes items from faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as persons in the community, institutions and associations. We weclome donations that enhance the strengths of existing archival collections and support the teaching and research programs at Algoma University.


The Arthur A. Wishart Library is a member of the following archival organizations: the Association of Canadian Archivists, the Society of American Archivists, the Archives Association of Ontario, and the Anglican Church of Canada Archives.

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