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Spanish Residential Schools series

Description
Start Date: 
1940
End Date: 
1965
Date Range: 
1940-1965
Physical Description: 

0.4 m of textual records and graphic material.

Arrangement: 
Series is arranged thematically by item type.
History Biographical: 

Brother James Mara was at the Indian Residential School at Spanish, Ontario from 1951-1958.  His primary role was working in the kitchen at Spanish. He was also known for his fundraising schemes - bingo games, alumni donation campaigns, and collection boxes in support of the new arena in 1952,  He also helped put on performances as a magician and organize the school's skating carnivals.

Scope Content: 

Series comprises photographs of the Spansih Indian Residential Schools taken by and collected by Brother James Mara.  Also includes correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and other material.

Repository: 
srsc
Admin
Access Restriction: 

No restrictions on access.

Conservation: 

Minor conservation performed on series.

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Description Level: 

James Mara fonds

Description
Start Date: 
1940
End Date: 
1970
Date Range: 
1940-1970
Physical Description: 

0.6 m of textual records and graphic material.

ca. 500 photographs : b&w

Arrangement: 
Fonds is arranged in two series: Spanish IRS and personal.
History Biographical: 

James J. Mara (January 8 1921 - July 9 1992) was born to parents James Mara and Catherine Lomasney in Sarnia, Ontario.

In 1941 Mara made  vocation retreat at St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario, under the direction of Philip Francis Pocock.  As a result of this retreat Mara decided to entered the Jesuit Order and was received at St.Stanislaus Novitiate, Guelph Ontario on October 30, 1941 as a postulant.  On April 29, 1942 he became as novice.  Most of Mara's novice years were spent as a kitchen apprentice. He went on to serve as a cook for fifteen years at numerous locations including: Guelph (1944-1955), Jesuit Seminiary, Toronto (1945-1946), Manresa Restreat House in Erindale, Ontario (1946-1949), Provincial Superior's Residence in Toronto (1949-1951), the Indian Residential School at Spanish, Ontario (1951-1958), and the retreat house at Raydor, Oakville, Ontario (1958-1959).

On August 15, 1953 during a trip to Guelph Mara pronounced his final vows as a Jesuit Brother. In addition to cooking Mara became involved in the recruitment of retreatants while at Erindale and Oakville. In 1948 he organized the distribution of the retreat house bulletin, Manresa, to over 5,000 members of the archdiocese. At Spanish he was known for his fundraising schemes - bingo games, alumni donation campaigns, and collection boxes in support of the new arena in 1952,  He was also known for putting on performances as a magician and he helping organize the school's skating carnivals.

His later appointments included: Toronto (1968-1963/1963-1964) and Ottawa (1962-1963), Port Arthur (1964-1965), Garden Village (1965-1967), an Fort William Reserve (1967-1973). While in Lakehead (1967-1973) he planned a performance of Indigenous activities for the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip to the Fort William Reserve in July 1973. He was also involved in the construction of a new twelve-sided church in Fort William.

In 1973 Mara returned to Toronto due to ailing health. That same year he became involved in the establishment of a new Jesuit residence at 67 West Avenue, Toronto.  The residence aimed to help minority and impoverished groups in the surrounding community. From 1975-1980 Mara served in the kitchen at St. Joseph's College, North Point, Darjeeling, India.  He was responsible for the preparation and distribution of food for the 350 students at St. Joseph's.  He was also the moderator of the students' photography club and was the Regional Coordinator of School Communications. He returned home in the summer of 1980 when his visa was revoked.  Once back in Canada he served at the Canadian Martyrs' Shrine in Midland, Ontario for the next eleven years. While at the Shrine he also wrote small devotional pamphlets about the early missionaries of the area. Beginning in 1986 Mara also began organizing tours to Catholic shrines abroad as a way to generate revenue for the Midland Shrine.

In December 1990 Mara was diagnosed with cancer. Despite his health in April 1992 he joined a pilgrimage to Our Lady f Guadalupe in mid April. On his fiftieth anniversary of service with the Jesuits Mara was back in his winter quarters at La Sorta Residence in Pickering, Ontario. He passed away two months later on July 9, 1992. His funeral was held at the Martyrs' Shrine.

Source: "Mara, James J." in Dictionary of Jesuit Biography: Ministry to English Canada Vol. II 1988-2006. Toronto: Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies, 2007, p. 199-202.

Scope Content: 

Fonds comprises photographs of the Spanish Indian Residential Schools taken by and collected by Brother James Mara.  Also includes personal photo albums of Mara's family, correspondence, newsletters, and newspaper clippings.

Repository: 
srsc
Admin
Custodial History: 

Donated to the SRSC on November 2, 2017 by Frank Gagno and family.

Access Restriction: 

No restrictions on access.

Conservation: 

Minor conservation performed on fonds during processing.

Description Level: 
Geographic Access: 

Garnier Residential School for Boys circa 1904-1913

Description
Creator: 

Stacy-Lee Sauve-Clark

Start Date: 
2003
End Date: 
2003
Date Range: 
2003
Physical Description: 

0.1 cm of graphic material.

1 pencil sketch

Notes: 

Dedicated to the Survivors of Residential Schools in Canada and all the Creator's Children.

Physical Location
Repository: 
srsc
File No: 
003
Container Number: 
001 OS
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Garnier St. Joseph's Convent School for Girls circa 1904-1913

Description
Creator: 

Stacy-Lee Sauve-Clark

Start Date: 
2003
End Date: 
2003
Date Range: 
2003
Physical Description: 

0.1 cm of graphic material.

1 pencil sketch

Notes: 

Dedicated to the Survivors of Residential Schools in Canada and all the Creator's Children

Physical Location
Repository: 
srsc
File No: 
002
Container Number: 
001 OS
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Statistics on S.J. who served at Spanish School, 1914-1964

Description
Creator: 

Compiled by Rev. William (Bill) Maurice

Start Date: 
1990
End Date: 
1999
Date Range: 
[Digitized 2012 (originally created 199-)]
Physical Description: 

334 MB of textual records.

4 pages

Physical Location
Repository: 
srsc
File No: 
001
Container Number: 
002
Description Level: 
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Language: 

The Garnier Star

Description
Creator: 

Garnier Residential School (Spanish, Ont.)

Responsibility: 
Start Date: 
1954
End Date: 
1954
Date Range: 
[Digitized 2013 (originally created 1954 May)]
Language: 
Physical Description: 

192 MB of textual records.

1 newsletter

Notes: 

Previously part of the AJC-CDA, D-003 fonds, box U.R. 7 in the Jesuit of English Canada archives.  Previously known as document ID D0006092-P00001 to D0006095-P00001.

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Bibliographic Information
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8
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4
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Physical Location
Repository: 
srsc
File No: 
028
Container Number: 
005
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The Garnier Star

Description
Creator: 

Garnier Residential School (Spanish, Ont.)

Responsibility: 
Start Date: 
1954
End Date: 
1954
Date Range: 
[Digitized 2013 (originally created 1954 February)]
Language: 
Physical Description: 

347 MB of textual records.

1 newsletter

Notes: 

Previously part of the AJC-CDA, D-003 fonds, box U.R. 7 in the Jesuit of English Canada archives.  Previously known as document ID D0006086-P00001 to D0006091-P00001.

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srsc
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027
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005
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The Garnier star

Description
Creator: 

Garnier Residential School (Spanish, Ont.)

Responsibility: 
Start Date: 
1954
End Date: 
1954
Date Range: 
[Digitized 2013 (originally created 1954 January)]
Language: 
Physical Description: 

194 MB of textual records.

1 newsletter

Notes: 

Previously part of the AJC-CDA, D-003 fonds, box U.R. 7 in the Jesuit of English Canada archives.  Previously known as document ID D0006082-P00001 to D0006085-P00001.

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Bibliographic Information
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8
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026
Container Number: 
005
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The Garnier star

Description
Creator: 

Garnier Residential School (Spanish, Ont.)

Responsibility: 
Start Date: 
1953
End Date: 
1953
Date Range: 
[Digitized 2013 (originally created 1953 November)]
Language: 
Physical Description: 

192 MB of textual records.

1 newsletter

Notes: 

Previously part of the AJC-CDA, D-003 fonds, box U.R. 7 in the Jesuit of English Canada archives.  Previously known as document ID D0006079-P00001 to D0006081-P00001.

Media
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Bibliographic Information
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Volume: 
7
Issue: 
5
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Physical Location
Repository: 
srsc
File No: 
025
Container Number: 
005
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Conservation
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The Garnier star

Description
Creator: 

Garnier Residential School (Spanish, Ont.)

Responsibility: 
Start Date: 
1953
End Date: 
1953
Date Range: 
[Digitized 2013 (originally created 1953 May)]
Language: 
Physical Description: 

384 MB of textual records.

1 newsletter

Notes: 

Previously part of the AJC-CDA, D-003 fonds, box U.R. 7 in the Jesuit of English Canada archives.  Previously known as document ID D0006070-P00001 to D0006078-P00001.

Media
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Bibliographic Information
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Volume: 
7
Issue: 
4
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srsc
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024
Container Number: 
005
Legacy Restricted: 
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