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Marion Henderson and Inge Rakovszky fonds

  • Fonds
  • 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.

Canadian Injured Workers Alliance fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1988 - 2020

The Canadian Injured Workers Alliance was founded in 1990 as an umbrella organization of injured workers' groups across Canada. It has engaged in advocacy, research, and the creation of educational information for members. Records relate to the labour movement, disability, legal and legislative rights for workers, and the operation of the organization.

Northwestern Ontario Regional Child Care Committee fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1968 - 2000

The Northwestern Ontario Regional Day Care Committee / Child Care Committee operated from the 1970s to the 1990s. The Committee was a grassroots organization made up of child care workers, administrators, parents, and others concerned with the provision of child care in the region. The Committee was engaged in advocacy work, as well as supporting the work of child care centres and professionals.

Records of the Committee include minutes, membership lists, newsletters, correspondence, and other records associated with the advocacy activities of the organisation. Includes correspondence with governments and partner organizations.

Friends of Grain Elevators fonds

  • Fonds
  • 2008-2015

Voices of the Grain Trade oral history project:
"Our volunteer interview teams in Thunder Bay and Winnipeg did their best to collect voices reflecting all major facets of Canada's international grain trade. As a result, you will find interviews with farmers, researchers, plant breeders, company owners, and railway employees blended in with the stories of grain handlers, inspectors, lake shippers, regulators, builders, marketers, and many more. Our voices are spread from Quebec City to Victoria, with the highest concentrations being from Thunder Bay and Winnipeg."

The records include audio recordings of oral history interviews, accompanied by transcripts and releases.

Betty Walker fonds

  • Fonds

These records consist of several thousand photographic slides of butterflies, moths, and their eggs and larvae. The collection is not yet processed.

Rev. Toivo Pajala fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1934 - 1985

Records of Reverend Toivo Johannes Pajala (1903-1972), minister of Saalem Pentecostal Church.

Toivo Pajala was born Dec 31, 1903, in Vimpeli, Finland. His family was Lutheran, with some ties to the Pentecostal Church. Pajala migrated to Canada at age 19, and was in Port Arthur at least by 1923. For many years he made a living as a bushworker.

Religion became an important part of Pajala's life: he became Laestadian, then Pentecostal. He attended the Western Bible College in Winnipeg for two years, and then was ordained in 1946 in Toronto. He married his wife Sylvia in 1949 shortly before returning to Port Arthur.

From 1949 to 1963, Pajala was pastor of Saalem Finnish Pentecostal Church in Port Arthur. In 1951, he established a Finnish-language Pentecostal radio program on CKPR, particularly reaching bushworkers and others in rural areas, and people unable to leave their homes. He was also well known for supporting immigrants to the region, and providing funeral services when others would not.

Pajala spent 1963-1967 as a pastor in Waukegan, Illinois. After 1967, he officially retired, and returned to Port Arthur, where he was still active in the church. His death was in 1972.

Most of the records in this fonds relate to either Pajala's religious education in the 1940s (organized by class or by notebook) or the sermons he gave in Finnish or English, in Port Arthur and by radio (organized loosely by theme.)

The last few files of the fonds relate to a project after Pajala’s death: to interview those who knew him and memorialize him. The book “Kansanpappi Toivo Pajala,” written by Tellervo Kähärä and available in the Library, is a result of that work.

Pentti Järvenpää fonds

  • Fonds
  • 2020-2023

Three PDF documents relating to Pentti (Ben) Järvenpää's (1925-2020) life and memorial service. Life story document written by Pirkko Shalden and approved by Järvenpää.

Terttu Koivu fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1951-1992

The fonds consists of publications and clippings in Finnish, including some of Terttu Koivu’s own writings in Canadan Uutiset and other publications. Terttu Koivu immigrated from Finland in 1953, and died in Thunder Bay in 2013 at age 95.

Mid-Canada Development Corridor Conference fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1967-1969

Records relate to the planning of the Mid-Canada Development Corridor Conference taking place at Lakehead University in August 1969.

This conference brought together 150 invited delegates to examine questions of industrial and economic development through the mid-North of Canada.

“Purposes of the Mid-Canada Development Corridor Conference: To examine into the practicability of a continuing long range economic development and land use plan for the urbanization, industrialization, populating and general development of Mid-Canada; and to this end to use the concept of a Mid-Canada Development Corridor as a focal point.
And if such a long-range economic development and land use plan is found to be both feasible and practicable, then to formulate recommendations and suggested courses of action to be delivered to the Federal and Provincial Governments, to financial, commercial and industrial sectors of the National Community and to Canadian Universities.”

The Mid-Canada Development Corridor concept was first brought forward by Richard Rohmer, and research was carried out by ACRES Research and Planning Ltd. This work highlighted the potential for industrial and economic development in the "mid-North" of Canada, the swath north of the most highly populated areas, where resource extraction and settlement were happening on an ad hoc basis. The argument was made that it would be beneficial to Canada to plan transportation corridors, city-building, communications, and more so that settlement and industrial development would happen in a more rational manner. Despite the high level of interest at the time of the Conference and multiple tours and visits held afterwards, the concept was not embraced by government, and was not much discussed after the early 1970s.

These records include correspondence and meeting notes related to the planning of the Conference.

Dr. Ellie Prepas fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1973 - 2009

The records consist primarily of several decades of research data from the study of water quality in lakes. Prepas, who is Professor Emeritus of Natural Resource Management at Lakehead University, was also formerly employed at the University of Alberta. Much of the research was conducted on Alberta lakes, with some performed in Northwestern Ontario as well. A significant portion of the third accession consists of slides and print photographs showing research activities.

The records also include some teaching notes and course materials, as well as some correspondence and administrative material.

Native Studies Study Group fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1989 - 1992

Records of the Native Studies Study Group, the Native Advisory Committee, and the Sub-Committee on Academic Programming in Native Studies. Records relate to programs and services for Indigenous students at Lakehead, and illustrate the development of what became the Department of Indigenous Learning.

Documents include reports and proposals, correspondence, and meeting materials of the three internal organizations. There is specific information about the Native Access Program, Native Nurses Entry Program, Native Language Instruction Program, and course descriptions. There is also incidental information on other programs and services at Lakehead University.

Lakehead Music Festival fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1988 - 1992

Now the Lakehead Festival of Music and the Arts (https://www.tbmusicfestival.com/), the Lakehead Music Festival organized amateur music competitions and performances. The records consist of festival programmes for 1988, 1990, 1991, and 1992.

Faculty of Natural Resources Management fonds

  • Fonds

The fonds consists of materials transferred from the Faculty of Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University to the Archives. Currently, this is primarily a set of forest management maps covering Northwestern Ontario.

Rev. William (Bill) S. Morris fonds

  • Fonds

William S. Morris (1916-1983) was a faculty member in Philosophy at Lakehead from 1968 until his retirement in 1982. He completed his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1955. The Morris Lectures were established as a memorial after his death in 1983.

These records consist of lecture notes for a course or courses at Lakehead looking at the historical development of Western Philosophy. They are grouped by their subject matter, and Morris' titles have been retained.

Raili (Virta) Charnesky fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1914-2013

Raili Margaret (Virta) Charnesky (1936-2022) was born and raised in Port Arthur to parents Kalle and Impi Virta, both immigrants from Finland. Raili worked in the Mining Recorders Office, Ontario Department of Mines, in Thunder Bay, and became the Mining Recorder for the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines in Sudbury and Toronto. She retired in 1993 after 40 years of public service.

These records primarily reflect family relationships, particularly the early death of her brother Olaf in 1951, and the deaths of her parents Kalle (1961) and Impi (1983). Records include family & genealogical information, photographs, memorial books and sympathy cards.

Northern Ontario Pastoral Institute fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1989 - 2017

Records of the Northern Ontario Pastoral Institute, a nonprofit organization providing clinical pastoral education in Thunder Bay. A member organization of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education, which later became the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.

Primarily records of the Board of Directors, including meeting minutes, correspondence, and financial records. These originated with and were kept by two long-time board members, Ernie Epp (a Board member since 1990 and long term Treasurer), and Rev. Ed Long (a Board member since 1990 and former Treasurer and President.)

There are also records relating to programming, and relating to pastoral services in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region.

Jo-Anne Silverman fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1984-1999

Jo-Anne Silverman is a former head of the Development Office of Lakehead University. These records relate to university fundraising campaigns throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The fonds contains a small amount of internal documentation, but primarily consists of public-facing documents.

George Ozburn fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1965-1993

George W. Ozburn is an entomologist and former faculty member at Lakehead University: he joined in 1965, as an assistant professor of zoology. These records, including newspaper clippings and various Lakehead University public documents, were donated through the Alumni Association.

Dr. Pradip Sarbadhikari fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1962 - 1995

Records of Dr. Pradip Sarbadhikari (1938-2020), professor of political science at Lakehead University from 1964 to 1999. The records reflect his teaching and research (including peace studies and Asian studies), as well as participation in international associations and conferences. Of particular note are records relating to participation in the Canadian International Development Agency's Centres of Excellence programme.

Pradip Ranjan Sarbadihkari was born in Calcutta, India, and also studied at London and Utrecht. He brought his family to Thunder Bay in 1964 to join the faculty of the new Lakehead University, and taught until retirement in 1999. These records were donated through the library probably shortly after his retirement.

Northwestern Ontario Prospectors' Association fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1997 - 2004

Primarily copies of the Northwestern Ontario Prospectors' Association (NWOPA) newsletter, Bearsh't & Blueberries, 1997-2004. Also assorted issues of the Ontario Prospectors' Association (OPA) newsletter, The Explorationist, and a small quantity of other documents related to NWOPA and OPA.

Peggy Tripp fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1978-2008

Margaret (Peggy) Tripp was a professor of Biology and of Women's Studies at Lakehead University. She was involved in the creation of the Women's Studies program, and taught until shortly before her death in 2008.

This small collection includes six photographs of Tripp with colleagues and students, two diplomas from the University of Colorado, and a Lakehead University presentation folder.

Reino Viitala fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1980 - 2022

Records relate to research carried out by Viitala and colleagues at Lakehead University as part of the Acidic Precipitation In Ontario Study. Field research was done at Hawkeye Lake northwest of Thunder Bay, and at Pukaskwa National Park. The records include data, photographs, reports and research papers. Some records also relate specifically to the International Symposium on Acidic Precipitation held at Muskoka on September 15-20, 1985.

Records date primarily 1980-1988, with some additional documents from 2018 and 2022.

Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario

  • Fonds
  • 1911-1967

Records include meeting minutes, financial information, and some personal/member information of branches and districts of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario. The records relate to work at the branch and district level of the organization, with the majority being within the Thunder Bay district.

Most of the records are minute books that also include financial information; they also contain newspaper clippings related to organization. There are also reports and convention information pamphlets.

Area: Northwestern Ontario
District: Thunder Bay
Branches: Port Arthur; Beardmore; Raith; Finnish Branch; Murillo.

Peter Fergus-Moore fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1990 - 2002

Records consist of interviews between Peter Fergus-Moore and various individuals, recorded as part of his work as a freelance journalist. Interviewees include:

Biljana Baker, artist (1 tape)
Confederation College film students, multiple interviews (1 tape)
Roy Coran, musician (1 tape)
Gloria Dowton, Magnus Theatre (1 tape)
GAMI, youth arts collective associated with Definitely Superior Art Gallery (1 tape)
Jorma Halonen, history of socialist bookstore in Port Arthur (2 tapes)
Dusty Miller, former mayor (1 tape): https://static.scholarsportal.info/lakehead-permafrost/8bf4/b130/4e56/458e/952f/b457/7bad/a0af/PeterFergusMoore-96a4f6b9-8db6-44c5-8634-8891c7211291/objects/3dbed0bc-42fb-47ec-b72a-4c43185f2014-Tape_5b_Dusty_Miller.mp3
Diane Potts, Magnus Theatre (1 tape)
Sleeping Giant Folk Society (1 tape)
Norman Sponchia, artist (1 tape)
Brad Stephenson, filmmaker (1 tape)
Charles Wilkins, author (1 tape)

Northwestern Ontario Prospectors’ Association Interviews:
Moe Lavigne, geologist (2 tapes)
Northwestern Ontario Prospectors’ Association Symposium (1 tape)
Ruth Petrunka, widow of prospector Dave Petrunka (2 tapes)
Stares brothers (3 tapes)
Mel Stewart, prospector (2 tapes)

Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1958-2020

Records relate to the establishment and operation of the Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They reflect matters concerning Port Arthur, Fort William, and Thunder Bay; and the development of Unitarianism and its institutions in North America more broadly.

The LUF is a non-profit organization that was incorporated into the Canadian Unitarian Council in 1984; after incorporation, the materials become more formal and there is more paperwork pertaining to the fellowships organization and governance.

The material includes reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photo negatives, floor plans for building, pamphlets and brochures, and several CDs, which included photographs and videos from special events. Majority of the materials are LUF specific, while there is also material pertaining to neighboring Unitarian organizations in Canada and America, and to the broader Unitarian Universalist Association\ Canadian Unitarian Council. Some records are specific to individuals while others relate to the entire fellowship.

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