Lakehead University Archives

Access to Archives, Fall 2020

Starting October 5, 2020, access to archival records will be available by appointment only. Appointments should be made at least 48 hours in advance by contacting Sara Janes at, and you should have a clear idea of which records you wish to consult.

All viewing of records will take place on the main floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library in Thunder Bay. Masks and distancing will be required, and no food or drink can be consumed while in the building.

Appointments are available:

  • Wednesdays 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
  • Fridays 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Unfortunately, at this time, access to the Library is restricted to students, faculty, and staff of Lakehead University. Distance research services and scanning are still available to people not affiliated with the university.

Up-to-date information on all library services can be found on the Lakehead University Library website.

What's New

We have begun planning for how best to collect records of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Full runs of the Northern Woman Journal, and of the Newsletters of the AIDS Committee of Thunder Bay are available on our Digital Collections page.

New descriptions are available for the Ruth Tye McKenzie fonds, the John Rafferty fonds, the Ernst Zimmermann fonds, and the Northwestern Ontario Regional Child Care Committee fonds.

Additional Resources

Our Digital Collections page is the best way to access digitized material. Check it out to see 2500+ images of this region's history, with more added regularly.

Web Archives Collections are also available online. You can access web material from Lakehead University and from organizations across Northwestern Ontario.

For an overview of the Archives' collections, see the "Archives at Lakehead University" guide.

To learn more about doing archival research in Thunder Bay, see the "Research in Archives (Thunder Bay, Canada, and Around the World)" guide.

Find out how you can donate records to the Archives.

You can learn more about how this database works.

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