Lakehead University Archives

Access to Archives, Summer 2024

The Chancellor Paterson Library is undergoing an HVAC renovation project during Summer 2024. During this time, access to the archives will be limited.

Any access to archival records will be by appointment only, and appointments must be made at least one full day in advance. Access will take place on the ground floor of the library. More information about library services during the renovation can be found here.

Remote research services will also continue. 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.

What's New

The Archives is sharing digitized film and video on YouTube. You can see it all one one playlist. New video is being uploaded regularly.

New to digital collections:

Digital Collections now includes over 9 000 documents, photographs, and videos.

New descriptions are available for:

Additional Resources

Our Digital Collections page is the best way to access digitized material. Check it out to see 9000+ 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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