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Labour Temple Time Capsule

  • Collection
  • 1909

This time capsule reflects the intentions of the builders of the Labour Temple at the start of construction. It demonstrates an awareness of posterity and their hopes for the cultural significance of the building. The documents clearly reflect the socialist beliefs of the builders.

  • Copper box, damaged during retrieval in 2022.
  • Printed text of a speech given by Moses Hahl during the dedication.
  • Minutes of the Executive of the Finnish Building Company, October 25, 1909.
  • Two copies of Työkansa newspaper (Port Arthur), October 21, 1909. One printed on paper and the other on silk.
  • One copy of Työmies newspaper (Hancock, Michigan), October 16, 1909.

Silver Islet Collection

  • Collection
  • 1870 - 1910

Photographs and documents from the Silver Islet Mine and Silver Islet Store, including ledgers and a chart.

A rich deposit of silver was discovered on Silver Islet in 1868. A small island at the tip of the Sibley Peninsula, the mine was built deep below the waterline, and relied on breakwaters and pumps. Silver Islet was mined until 1884, when pumps failed, and the mine was flooded. The small community built on shore to support the mine is still inhabited.

Angus Bell fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1911 - 1913

Journals, writings, and photographs describing the work of railway construction in the early 1900s.

R. J. Flatt collection

  • Collection
  • 1874 - 1936

The collection consists of legal files and documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and drawings from the legal firm Wink & Cameron (Port Arthur). The collection consists of the following series:

  1. Legal Documents
  2. Drawings

Donald F Parrott Collection

  • Collection
  • 1920 - 1940

Photographs of mining and transportation in Northwestern Ontario in the first part of the twentieth century.

Includes:

  • Photographs of Zenmac Zinc Mine near Schreiber
  • Photographs of Root River Marine Portage and mining equipment supplies transported

Forestry Booklets

  • Collection
  • 1945 - 1946

Two instructional booklets written by A. Koroleff:
"Forest Conservation: Practical Pointers to Woods Workers," published by the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, 1945
"Practical Woodlot Management: How To Use The Forest Soundly and Profitably," published by the Canadian Forestry Association, 1946

Pigeon River Lumber Company fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1929 - 1947

Correspondence and papers of the Pigeon River Lumber Company, primarily in the 1930s and 1940s. Includes the original Letters Patent. Many of the records relate to lands in the Township of Pardee.

William Fitzgerald Langworthy collection

  • Collection
  • 1870 - 1949

Photographs and documents, generally collected because they would be of interest regarding the history of Port Arthur and Fort William. Includes rail and CPR, ships, fishing, and social and sporting groups.

Barnett-McQueen Construction Company fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1913 - 1955

The collection consists of architectural plans and drawings for construction projects (primarily grain elevators) in Ontario and Manitoba.

J P Bertrand Collection

  • Collection
  • 1878 - 1957

Consists of photographs of particularly mining development in Northwestern Ontario in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as the waterfront and shipping, local scenery, and notable figures. Also includes some correspondence; railway construction plans.

Borthywick Schools Collection

  • Collection
  • 1873 - 1961

Letters, minutes, reports, and other documents regarding schools at the Lakehead: early Port Arthur, Fort William, and the region.

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

Finlandia Club collection

  • Collection
  • 1903 - 1965

Collection is organized into the following series:
I. Hoito Restaurant
II. Port Arthur Workingmen’s Association: Imatra no. 9
III. C.T.K.L. (Canadian Industrial Unions: Port Arthur’s Finnish Association)
IV. C.U.T. (Canadian News Service) and C.T.K.L.
V. Finlandia Club
VI. Finnish Socialist Local no. 6: Port Arthur
VII. Lumber Workers’ Industrial Union of the One Big Union
VIII. New Attempt Temperance Society
IX. Finnish Athletic Club: Nahjus
X. Finnish Building Company
XI. Miscellaneous

C.D. Howe Collection

  • Collection
  • 1945 - 1966

This collection is of recordings, photographs, and ephemera related to C.D. Howe, the engineer, contractor, and long-time Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister. It includes:

  • Recorded broadcast of Howe interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Association in 1955
  • Recordings of a documentary on Howe's life
  • Letters and clippings on the Howe Committee after Howe's death

Dr. Albert E. Allen fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1921 - 1966

The fonds consists of notes, correspondence, bird observation data, and the natural history journals of Dr. Allen. The fonds contains the following series:
-Dr. A.E. Allen Bird Observations
-Natural History Notes of A.E. Allen
-Dr. A.E. Allen Ephemera

Port Arthur Constituency Liberal Association fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1934 - 1967

Minute books, memberships, and other records of the Port Arthur Constituency Liberal Association, Port Arthur Women's Liberal Association, and related organizations.

Daniel H. Coghlan fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1960 - 1968

These papers consist of photographs, certificates, pamphlets, programmes, correspondence, notebooks, memos, balance sheets, and newspaper clippings all relating to Coghlan's insurance business, his numerous careers, political and social involvement, and personal life.

Oscar Styffe fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1929 - 1969

A prominent businessman who operated a timber firm as well as Gravel and Lake Services Ltd in Port Arthur. The collection consists of correspondence, ledgers, scrapbooks, pamphlets and photographs primarily related to the timber industry.

Records are arranged into the following series:
Camps
Correspondence
Ledgers
Scrapbooks
Photographs

Ship-Shore News

  • Collection
  • 1965 - 1969

A publication of Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd. News articles cover shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway and internationally, and related topics such as shipbuilding and the grain trade.

This small collection is an incomplete set of issues between 1965-1969.

The Argus

  • Collection
  • 1966 - 1969

The Argus is the student newspaper of Lakehead University.

This collection consists of scans of the first three years of the Argus, from September 1966 to March 1969.

Lloyd Dennis fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1965 - 1969

Lloyd Arthur Dennis (1923-2012) served as Co-Chair for the Provincial Committee on Aims and Objectives of Education in the Schools of Ontario (1965-1968) and was the co-author of the report “Living and Learning," commonly referred to as the Hall-Dennis Report. The fonds consists largely of records related to the Committee; the research, development, and writing of the Report; and responses after the Report's publication.

The records include:

  • Committee documents and hearings
  • Committee correspondence
  • Research & reference documents
  • Preparing the Report
  • Responses to the Report

Dennis was born in 1923 in Aspdin, ON. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces 1942-1946, and earned a B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. He began teaching elementary school in 1948, and worked as Principal at several schools from 1957-1965.

Dennis joined the Provincial Committee on Aims and Objectives of Education in the Province of Ontario first as Secretary and Research Director, and became Co-Chair with Justice Emmett Hall in 1967. After the Report's publication in 1968, he was responsible for public interpretation, and gave many speeches and presentations across the province.

Kajander Family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1900 - 1970

Einar and Hilma Kajander were immigrants from Finland, and were active in local organizations. Their son Art was a lawyer, and later Finnish Consul. Grandchild Ann is faculty at Lakehead University.

These photographs depict the Kajander family and their friends, in and about the Port Arthur area, approximately 1900 to 1970. The photographs include studio portraits and candid photographs printed at a variety of sizes. The images primarily depict family life and outdoor recreation.

Einar Kajander (1882-1973) and Hilma (Muhonen) Kajander (1886-1965) met in Canada and married in Port Arthur in 1909. Einar worked as a miner, and later opened a grocery store in Port Arthur. Both were involved with local sports organizations and the Finnish Labour Temple, and Hilma sang in Oras Choir.

Aatto Arthur Kajander (1913-1998) attended university in Toronto, was a lawyer in Thunder Bay for 55 years, and served as Finnish Consul appointed in 1957. He was also heavily involved in music and outdoor activities.

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.

Orillia University Committee collection

  • Collection
  • 1965 - 1971

The collection consists of newspapers (primarily the Orillia Daily Packet and Times) with stories related to the proposal to establish a campus of the Waterloo Lutheran University in Orillia.

The proposal made by the Orillia University Committee in September 1965 to Simcoe County Council to establish funding for the new university campus was approved, and $600,000 allocated. Fundraising commenced, but was halted in 1968 by the Ontario Ministry of University Affairs.

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