Lakehead University Archives

Access to Archives, Fall 2023

Access to the Archives is currently by appointment only. Appointments must be made ahead of time, and access on particular dates and times is not guaranteed. There are currently no restrictions on access to the Chancellor Paterson Library building.

Class visits, tours, and workshops are also available on request.

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.

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

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: the Tyƶkansa newspaper, the Labour Temple Time Capsule, the Cairine Budner Sports Photographs exhibit, and the Ken Armson Photographic Slide collection.

New descriptions are available for the Raili (Virta) Charnesky fonds, the Rev. William S. Morris fonds, Lakehead University Collective Agreements, the Northern Ontario Pastorial Institute fonds, and the Pradip Sarbadhikari fonds.

Additional Resources

Our Digital Collections page is the best way to access digitized material. Check it out to see 8000+ 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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