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Letter book


Rev. Edward F. Wilson

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3.5 cm of textual records.

1 v., 493 p.


Condition: Some loose pages at the beginning and end of the book, slight water damage at the end, pages 493-512 removed by Wilson but no missing letters

Subject tags: Algoma Missionary News, Anishinaabemowin, apprenticeship, Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel, blacksmithing, bootmaking, building activities, carpentry, church societies, college, curriculum, Department of Indian Affairs, Diocese of Algoma activities, donations, farming, finances, funding, funding problems, fundraising, government contacts, government funding, Indian Agents, Indigenous communities, Indigenous languages, industries, masonry, ministry, missionary work, Ojibwe language, printing, religion, school closure, school reports, school supplies, staffing, student activities, student clothing, student death, student families, student health, student occupation, student recruitment, student retention, student support, student uniforms, tailoring, teaching, tinsmithing, trades, Wawanosh

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, donors, Shingwauk and Wawanosh staff, his family, and Indigenous community members. The information is mostly focused on finances for the two Homes, especially funding towards student support. Funding problems are discussed a great deal as it seems that many supporters either completely abandoned their support or were very behind. There was a slew of staff change over during these years, so many letters are related to staff duties and hiring staff. Building activities continue to feature prominently as the school was being expanded and Wilson was beginning plans for the Chapel. Many letters related to missionary work and Diocesan activities as Wilson helped to set up the Neepigon Mission near Red Rock on the Nipigon River. Wilson became ill in March of 1880, and consequently the school was closed for 5 months of the spring and summer, and then only open in a limited capacity through that winter, further contributing to funding problems. 

Anishinaabemowin letters: Pages 1, 7, 9, 44, and 128

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Algoma University Archive
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