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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.
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:
- Board of Governors fonds
- Algoma University Undergraduate Theses collection
- Senate fonds
- Algoma University College History collection
- Francis R. Guth fonds
- Ian W. Brown fonds
Significant private archives at Algoma University include the many fonds d'archives within the Anglican Diocese of Algoma archives:
- Synod of the Diocese of Algoma fonds
- Bishop Frederick Dawson Fauquier fonds
- Bishop Edward Sullivan fonds
- Archbishop George Thorneloe fonds
- Bishop Rocksborough R. Smith fonds
- Archbishop George Frederick Kingston fonds
- Archbishop William Lockridge Wright fonds
- Bishop Frank F. Nock fonds
- Bishop Leslie E. Peterson fonds
- Anglican Church Women - Diocese of Algoma fonds
- The individuals, churches, parishes, deaneries and organizations that have comprised the diocese since before its creation.
Significant private, individual fonds d'archives include:
- Maurice Brydon Foster fonds (veterinarian and long serving MP for the riding of Algoma)
- Brian Vallée fonds (journalist, author, documentary film-maker)
- Clarence S. Dungey fonds (Labour leader)
- Gladys H. McNeice fonds (Historian of the Ermatinger Family and the Old Stone House)
- John Ferris fonds (Labour leader and polician)
- Harold J. McQuarrie fonds (Algoma Central Railway history)
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 welcome donations that enhance the strengths of existing archival collections and support the teaching and research programs at Algoma University.
For more information about our holdings and services contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.