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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.  We encourage donations of papers, photographs, ephemera, books, audio-visual material, and other items that are related directly to Algoma University.   This includes items from faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as persons in the community, institutions and associations.  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:


The Arthur A. Wishart Library is a member of the following archival organizations:

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