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Correspondence between the Northern Woman's Bookstore and its customers, publishing and distribution personnel, and other feminist and local bookstores.


Envelope - Margaret Phillips:
-Certificate of Outstanding Achievement awarded to Margaret Phillips for services to the community in business and economics in celebration of The International Year of Older Persons October 1st 1999

The Corporation of The City of Thunder Bay in the Centre of Canada extends cordial greetings and best wishes to Margaret Phillips May 3rd, 1985 30th Anniversary N.W.O. Professional Recreation Association

Accepting the Community Trailblazer Award on behalf of Margaret Phillips [...] Influential Women of Northern Ontario 2014 hosted by Northern Ontario Business Newspaper

[Various Correspondence 2005 - 2013]

Correspondence regarding: book orders 2005, books Terry Toews donated, Choices Cafe Closing, Letter of Reference 2012 , Meeting Minutes 2009, and party and book recommendations.

Best Sellers 2003

Newspaper Clippings

Best Sellers October 2013

Newsletter Storytelling at the Fringe Festival

[Correspondence + Other]

Correspondence regarding: thanks to the bookstore helpers, passport + pictures, putting up poetry (with poems), well wishes for Margaret to fell better 2006, Simon Fraser University Informed Consent by Subjects to be interviewed for a research project, Books 1999, Taking a look at adult education (the Chronicle - Journal March 12, 1998), Poetry, Margaret's passing Nov 20/15, Letter to Margaret, correspondence from Rebecca Johnson November 23.08 + 2013, and regarding thanks.

Note - for the women of my generation

Article - Women Beware - Be Aware by Margaret Phillips Northern Woman Journal p. 14


Printed email correspondence between Dr Bennett and Kim Fedderson, Fred Gilbert, Brian Stevenson, and Bruce Waite. Messages relate to plans and ideas for the Orillia campus of Lakehead University, including coordination with government, events, and facilities.

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.

Writing and Manuscripts

A mixture of notes and poems in various stages of development and copies of works such as How to Coach Creative Writing, Landing, Across the Border. Also contains a few copies of Liman's thesis: Building the American House.

Fred Gilbert papers

Fred Gilbert was President of Lakehead University from 1998 to 2010. Significant developments during this time include the founding of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and the creation of the Orillia campus.

Records include some administrative documents, photographs, and information about public events.


Photographs of the Northern Woman's Bookstore through the years, including people, events, and physical spaces.


Correspondence in both mailed letter and email formats to colleagues, friends and family. Topics include skiing, golf, sabbaticals, teaching at Lakehead, writing life and inquiries about getting published, and personal family matters.

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