Lakehead University Archives

Access to Archives, 2021

The Archives will be opening on September 7, in conjunction with library and campus rules and guidelines for reopening.

Starting on September 7, students, staff, and faculty may make appointments for archival research by contacting Sara Janes at Appointments must be one person at a time, and will be weekdays between 9am-5pm only. All requests for appointments should be made at least 24 hours ahead of time.

Class and group tours and visits are possible, but will be restricted to a maximum of 5 participants at a time.

All in-person visitors to the Archives must adhere to campus and library rules regarding vaccination, mask-wearing, and contact tracing. These are evolving: see Library Services During COVID-19 and Lakehead University COVID-19 Updates for more. We hope to announce that appointments will also be available to people not affiliated with Lakehead University shortly.

Remote research services will continue as through the pandemic period. Assistance with research questions and limited digitization on demand are available, though we cannot guarantee a specific completion time. Contact Sara Janes at if you have requests or would like more information about what might be available.

Many digitized images are available for public viewing on our Digital Collections page.

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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