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3.7 cm of textual record.

1 v., 488 p.


Condition: Fragile, binding almost non-existant, some loose pages

Subject tags: Anishinaabemowin, apprenticeship, blacksmithing, bootmaking, building activities, curriculum, Diocese of Algoma activities, donations, farming, funding, funding problems, fundraising, Government contacts, Government funding, Indigenous languages, industries, missionary work, Ojibwe language, printing, religion, runaway students, school governance, staffing, student clothing, student death, student health, student progress, student recruitment, student retention, student support, student work, teaching, tinsmithing

Notes: The letters in this book are from Edward F. Wilson to a number of different people, including church staff and officials, Indian Agents, Government officials such as the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs (Sir John A. Macdonald) and the Minister of the Interior (David Mills and then Sir John A. Macdonald), donors, Shingwauk and Wawanosh staff, his family, and Indigenous community members. The information is mostly focused on funding for the two Homes, especially funding towards student support. Also prominent is information about student recruitment and retention i.e. agreement forms and consequences for running away or not returning after holidays. The Algoma Missionary News and The Peace Pipe are frequently mentioned as Wilson was editor and writer for both magazines and published them both at the print shop on Shingwauk property. Building activities are discussed as the Wawanosh Home was in the process of being finished. Individual student information is often mentioned in passing, especially to the students supporters, and includes their daily activities, health, perceived religious feelings, and more. There are a few letters in the book written by students which Wilson forwarded onto the recipients.

Sketches: Boys' clothing drawing page 237

Anishinaabemowin Letters: page 162, page 175-176, page 276

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Algoma University Archive
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