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Mothersill Papers

Personnel records, public relations correspondence, departmental records, student records, Building and equipment records, budgets, collected by Dr. John Mothersill, former Dean of Science and professor of geology.

Lakehead University Alumni Association collection

  • Collection
  • 1957 - 2018

The Alumni Association of Lakehead University Collection consists of records, photographs, ephemera and objects donated by alumni over the years, demonstrating the history of Lakehead University and its students and alumni.

The administrative files contain Alumni Association minutes and reports, membership lists, budgeting information and events files. The news clippings and releases contain newspaper clippings and news/press releases from Lakehead University and the Alumni Association. Publications include items such as the Agora paper that was released by Lakehead University and other publications that were used and acquired by students, staff or alumni of Lakehead University. The photographs and negatives also include contact sheets and slides from Lakehead University. The photographs and negatives series include a number of different items from the campus, student and faculty, events, and sports. The Artifacts and Ephemera include presentation poster board materials and information as well as promotional materials that were distributed by Lakehead University.

Bora Laskin Faculty of Law fonds

  • Fonds
  • 2013 - 2018

The records include Faculty of Law newsletters and promotional material, and a set of building plans for renovations of the former PACI building.

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law was established at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay in 2013.

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.

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.

Dr. R.A. Ross Papers

Dr. R.A. Ross was a Professor of Chemistry and Dean of the Faculty of Science. These papers largely relate to proposals for new programs in the Faculty of Science: a PhD program in Materials Science, a B.Sc. in Energy and Fuel Science, and an Area-oriented Research Centre in Applied Sciences.

Dr Walter Momot fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1950-2005

Records relate to water quality and fish research in Northwestern Ontario.

In 1986, the International Joint Commission’s Remedial Action Plan for the Great Lakes designated four Canadian areas of concern (AOC) in Lake Superior. The following areas were identified to have water quality impairments, Thunder Bay, Nipigon Bay, Jackfish Bay, and Peninsula Harbour (Marathon, Ontario). Pulp and Paper mills were identified as a major source of pollution. In Thunder Bay, the inventory and assessment projects were initiated as Stage 1 and completed by 1991. Stage 2, remedial strategies, completed in 2004. General issues: unpleasant foam, oily residue, and odour in waterways, high levels of chemicals in sediment and fish, loss of fish and wildlife habitat, impacts to sediment-dwelling organisms, and impacts on fish populations. Specific fish habitat concerns were water quality degradation, loss of wetland, degradation or loss of spawning substrate, and habitat destruction by dredging. Important fish population problems have occurred over time due to fish habitat loss from both physical and chemical changes on Lake Superior and its tributaries.
Many government agencies were involved with Lake Superior remedial action plans including the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Department of Fisheries Oceans (DFO), Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Lakehead Conservation Authority. Lakehead University was tasked with portions of the fish and fish habitat inventory in Stage 1 and providing an external review of the stage 2 plans for remedial action. Lakehead University sought Dr. Walter Momot, Professor of Ichthyology with this responsibility.

This collection is divided into three series involving the International Joint commissions Remedial Action Plans of the Canadian Portion of Lake Superior.
1) Kaministiquia River Project
a. Kaministiquia River External Reports
2) Northwestern Ontario Fish Inventory Collection
3) Remedial Action Plan Reviews

Further Reading;
• Cullis, Ken I., et al. Fish Community and Aquatic Habitat of the Kaministiquia River, 1987. Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources, 1987.
• Cullis, Ken I., et al. Fish Community and Aquatic Habitat of the Kaministiquia River, 1987. [Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan], 1990.
• Dean, J. F., et al. Geofisheries: A New Concept for Determining Fish Habitat Suitability as Applied to Brook Trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis). Lakehead University. Dept of Biology, 1991.
• Hartviksen, Connie and Momot, Walter T. Fishes of the Thunder Bay Area of Ontario a Guide for Identifying and Locating the Local Fish Fauna. Thunder Bay Salmon Association. 1987.
• Hartviksen, Connie, and Walter T. Momot. Fishes of the Thunder Bay Area of Ontario: A Guide for Identifying and Locating the Local Fish Fauna. Wildwood Press, 1989.
• Momot, Walter T. Review and Recommendations Concerning Delisting Criteria and Beneficial Use Impairments for the Four North Coast of Lake Superior Areas of Concern. Dept. of Biology, Lakehead University, 2005.
• Momot, Walter T., and S. A. Stephenson. Threespine, Gasterosteus Aculeatus, and Fourspine, Apeltes Auadracus, Sticklebacks in the Lake Superior Basin. 2000.
• Momot, Walter T., and Sam A. Stephenson. Isostatic Rebound and Its Effects on Fish Colonization and Distribution in the Western Lake Superior Basin. National Research Council., 1993.
• Momot, Walter T., et al. Reproductive Guilds of Percids : Results of the Paleogeographical History of Ecological Succession. s.n.], 1977?
• Momot, Walter T., and Sam A. Stephenson. Atlas of the Distribution of Fish within the Canadian Tributaries of Western Lake Superior. Lakehead Centre for Northern Studies, 1996.
• Picard, Christopher Robert, et al. Effectiveness of Using Summer Thermal Indices to Classify and Protect Brook Trout Streams in Northern Ontario?
• Stephenson, Sam A. The distribution of fishes in the Thunder Bay area of northwestern Ontario since deglaciation, with special reference to the darters (Genus Etheostoma) and the Sibley Peninsula. Thesis (M.Sc.)--Lakehead University. 1991
• Stephenson, Sam A., and Walter T. Momot. Sibley Fishes. Lakehead Centre for Northern Studies, 1994.
• Stephenson, Sam A. Food Habits and Growth of Walleye (Stizostedion Vitreum), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus Dolomieui) and Northern Pike (Esox Lucius) in the Kaministiquia River, Thunder Bay, Ontario. s.n.], 1989.
• "FOR THE RECORD SALMON THREATENED." Globe & Mail [Toronto, Canada], 20 Feb. 1989, p. A12. Canada In Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A164803910/CIC?u=ko_acd_con&sid=CIC&xid=329c59cd. Accessed 24 May 2019.

Dr. Penny Petrone fonds

  • Fonds

Dr. Penny Serafina Petrone (1925-2005) taught at Lakehead University's Faculty of Education. She was also an author, researcher, and traveller. The records reflect her research on Indigenous literature and culture and on the history of education in Canada; her writings including memoirs, personal records, and records of travel.

The records are divided into series as follows:

  • First Nations Literature and Culture (First People First Voices, 1983; Native Literature in Canada, 1990)
  • Inuit and Arctic Literature and Culture (Northern Voices, 1988)
  • Isabella Valancy Crawford (research supporting thesis)
  • Memoirs, biographical, and family materials (Breaking the Mould, 1995; Embracing Serafina 2000)
  • Travels (Europe, USSR, Asia, South America, North America)
  • Speeches, reviews, articles, and lectures
  • Education & teaching
  • Canadian writers
  • Travels (Uganda, China)

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.

Ernie Epp fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1931 - 1995

Records relate to Ernie Epp's work as a professor at Lakehead University, and as an MP and member of the NDP. Includes a significant amount of local and national news clippings, CCF/NDP documents, and House of Commons records.

Claude Garton fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1908 - 1989

Claude Garton was a teacher and botanist. He amassed a collection of over 10,000 plant specimens, which were donated to form the Herbarium at Lakehead University. These records relate largely to his plant observations and collections.

General Archives collection

  • Collection

Many individual items and small collections have been described as part of the General Archives.

Dr. Ernst Zimmermann fonds

  • Fonds

Papers relate to research, teaching, and the union, community, and political activities of Dr. Ernst Zimmermann, professor of history and Dean of Arts at Lakehead University.

Lakehead University Web Collection

  • Collection
  • 2017 - 2019

Sites crawled include the web and social media presence of Lakehead University, and associated organizations (including students, faculty, and alumni groups.)

The Argus
Bora Laskin Faculty of Law
Lakehead Athletics
Lakehead University
Lakehead University Alumni Association
Lakehead University Archives
Lakehead University Bookstore
Lakehead University Campus Recreation
Lakehead University Faculty Association
Lakehead University Library
Lakehead University Student Union
LU Radio
Thunderwolves Hockey

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.

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.

Lakehead University Collective Agreements

  • Collection
  • 1987 - 2020

Collective agreements between the Board of Governors of Lakehead University and Lakehead University Faculty Association (LUFA), 1987-2020. Also LUFA By-Laws and agreements between the Board of Governors of Lakehead University and the Office & Professional Employees' International Union Local 81.

Dr. Harold S. Braun fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 1971

Correspondence, reports, and minutes regarding logging and forest conservation in Quetico Provincial Park collected by Dr. Harold S. Braun of Lakehead University.

Frederick O. Robinson fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1937 - 1963

Frederick O. Robinson was born in Port Arthur, Ontario on Aug. 2, 1903. He attended public and high school in Port Arthur and then served his apprenticeship to the machinist trade in the C.N.R. shops. He worked for 25 years as a skilled machinist in the Port Arthur shops of the C.N.R. until his election to the Ontario legislature in 1943. He continued to work as a C.N.R. machinist between sessions of the legislature, and after his election to the office of mayor, he worked in the C.N.R. shops on weekends.

He entered public life in January 1943 when he was elected to the Port Arthur Board of Education. In August of the same year he was elected to the Ontario legislature as C.C.F. member for Port Arthur. He was M.L.A. for Port Arthur until his defeat in 1951. In civic affairs, he remained on the Board of Education until 1946 when he was elected as alderman. In 1949, he became Mayor of Port Arthur; he remained in this post except for 1952 when he was defeated until 1955 when he resigned to become personnel manager for the Public Utilities Commission. He left active political life at this time. He resigned from the Public Utilities Commission in 1966 because of ill health. In July, 1969, he died.

The Frederick O. Robinson fonds comprises 7 feet of correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, articles and other material and is contained in seventeen transfer cases. The folder titles in the main are those designated by Mr. Robinson. Some re-arrangement of the material has been effected in order to comply with the folder titles. Since the folders themselves were in no apparent order when .they were donated to the university, the following arrangement was thought to be most suitable for research purposes:
I. Pre-1943 Period
II. Political Affairs (relating to the C.C.F.)
III. The Ontario Legislature and Provincial Affairs, 1943-51
IV. Provincial and Local Affairs.
V. Local and Municipal Affairs.
VI. General
VII. Miscellaneous

Dr. James T. Angus fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1966 - 1985

Dr. James T. Angus was the first Dean of Education for Lakehead University.

The fonds consist of Dr Angus’s copies of correspondence, reports, memos, agenda and minutes, and printed material related to the integration of Lakehead Teachers’ College into Lakehead University; establishment of the Faculty of Education; graduate programs in education; program for training Indigenous teachers for First Nations schools in Northwestern Ontario. Activities documented include policy, procedures and programme development, budget planning, proposals, appraisals and surveys; evolution of the faculty’s administrative structure; development of curriculum and delivery of courses.

Dr Elizabeth Arthur fonds

  • Fonds

Research notes and correspondence of Dr. Elizabeth Arthur, professor of history at Lakehead University.

Dr. Gerd Schroeter fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1951 - 1999

Teaching and research materials of Dr. Gerd Schroeter, professor of sociology at Lakehead University. His work focused on teaching sociology at Lakehead and at other institutions, and research into the history of sociology (particularly re Theodor Geiger and Max Weber). Records are divided into three series: Personal, Teaching, and Research.

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.

Dr. Douglas Thom fonds

  • Fonds

Correspondence, diaries, and reports related to the philosophical and social theories of Dr. Douglas J. Thom, professor emeritus of education at Lakehead University.

Department of Women's Studies fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1988 - 2007

These records relate to the establishment and first years of operation of the Women's Studies program at Lakehead University. After a proposal in 1988, the first classes ran in the 1990-1991 academic year. The program developed quickly, with more courses added and cross-listed, and Women's Studies was granted status as a Department in 2002.

The records, most of which date 1990-1996, include minutes of the Women's Studies Advisory Committee, and correspondence about the program and its courses. Some files also relate to fundraising, and local events and issues.

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