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Marion Henderson and Inge Rakovszky fonds
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Marion Henderson and Inge Rakovszky fonds

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  • 1967-1989

Marion Henderson (1908-1988) was an author, musician, music teacher, and active volunteer.

She began her work as a music teacher, first in Iroquois Falls, then at the Lakehead from 1949 to 1973. She was a singer and choir leader, and played organ and flute. As a researcher and author, she was interested in early European settlers in Fort William, and wrote historical fiction, children’s literature, book reviews, and articles. She also worked in school libraries, and after retirement was a volunteer indexer at the Brodie Library (Thunder Bay Public Library).

Inge Rakovszky worked as a library technician at the Brodie Library from 1969 to 1989. During this time she worked closely with Marion Henderson, as well as other local historians such as Elizabeth Arthur, Ernst Zimmermann, and Joseph Mauro. She assisted Henderson in the last years of her life, including with the distribution of papers and published material.

These records were kept by Inge Rakovszky until their donation to Lakehead University Archives in 2024.

The records consist of some correspondence, copies of Marion Henderson’s writings, and a set of photographic sides.

Personal Materials

Includes biographical materials on Marion Henderson; correspondence between Henderson and Rakovszky; and correspondence between Rakovszky and others regarding Marion Henderson's writings and death.

Photographic Slides

“Florida: Land of Flowers: 1968” and “Bermuda: Isle of Birds: 1967”

Approximately 240 photo positive slides. 107 Florida slides have an accompanying list. Also accompanied by written commentary for Bermuda slides.

Florida: Land of Flowers:
Florida map
Hwy 27 - N+S Florida
Around lakes
Slate backed Junco - birds
Lakeland Skyline - Mirror L
Civic and Mirror L.
L. Morton
1st Methodist - L. Morton
S. Window 1st Methodist
Spanish moss - Florida oaks, Kentucky Av.
402 Kentucky Av, “Shenandoah”
Living room
Portrait - Mrs Riggins
Papaya - Virginia Harden
Dogwood Virginia
Azalea - Jan
Azalea - Jan
Camellia - pink perfection
Orchid bee
Butterfly orchid
Lautaua - low shrub
Scotch broom - pdr puffs
L. Morton - from Library
Bird of Paradise flower
L. Morton to city
Tibouchina shrub
Poinsettia - Nov-Jan
Ch. of Commerce - Sp. arch.
People’s Bank - modern arch
Old P.O delivery cart - 1812
Show - choice camellias
Prize camellias
Arrangement of camellias
Visit garden of prize camellia
Butterfly orchid
Butterfly orchid
Gardenias hedge
Native coquina stone - shell, limestone
Large home front
Cleveland Hts Blvd - Washington palm
Florida Southern Coll. - Hollingsworth L.
Dining Hall
Garden of Meditation - India
Campus - old & new libraries
L. Day Edge - director
Edge home
Traveller’s Palm - Mr. Edge
Flame vine
Citrus tower
Citrus groves
Southern Belles - Cypress Gds
Marion - Cypress Gdns
Banana bud
St. Francis - Cypress Gdns
Mrs Reggino
Fitches - orange grove
Picking oranges
Peace rose 4” across
Strawberry Festival - Plant city
BoK tower
BoK tower
Gardens - BoK tower
Reflection pool
Side view
Bird blind
Edward Bok’s Japanese houseboy monument
Florida greetin
Busch Gdns
Posing - parrots
Bird show Busch Gdns
Cockatoos march
General view - Gdns
Cypress Gdns
Picnic - car park
Old & young at water show
Water show
Acrobat skiers
Cypress Knees
Tourist boat-canal
Citrus Groves
I come here
Lakeland Caption


Copies of children’s stories “Muckle Sam the Sailorman” and “The Sugar Time Bear,” anthology of children’s songs, poetry, book reviews. All written by Marion Henderson; most are not dated but likely between 1974 and 1986.