Algoma University Archives

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Algoma University Archives

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    • Engracia De Jesus Matias Archives and Special Collections


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    Archives, Algoma University Primary contact



    Street address

    1520 Queen Street East


    Sault St. Marie



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    P6A 2G4





    Krista McCracken,Researcher/Curator



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    Description area


    The Engracia de Jesus Matias Archives and Special Collections (formerly the Algoma University Archives) were established in 2006 and renamed in 2011 honour of Engracia de Jesus Matias.

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    Records management and collecting policies

    Algoma University has two distinct archival repositories – the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) and the Engracia de Jesus Matthias Archives and Special Collections.

    Located within the Arthur A. Wishart Library, the Engracia de Jesus Matthias Archives and Special Collections collects materials relating to Algoma University, the Algoma region, regionally significant individuals and business, and community organizations. The Archives is particularly strong in the areas of the history of higher education in Sault Ste. Marie; faculty, staff and student associations at the university, university programming, the industrial history of the Great Lakes region; the railroad history of northern Ontario; the history of the fur trader Charles Oakes Ermatinger and the Ermatinger Old Stone House; the labour history of Sault Ste. Marie; the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald and Anglican church history from Kakabeka Falls the west to the Ontario/Quebec border in the east and from Manitouwadge in the north to Gravenhurst in the south

    Algoma University is located on the historic site of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools. This location was directly related to the founding of the SRSC as a grassroots community archive and cross-cultural education project in 1979 under the auspices of the Shingwauk Project. The SRSC is jointly governed by the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and Algoma University and collects material relating to residential schools, Indigenous communities, and healing and reconciliation. In addition to managing an archival collection the SRSC has a long history of managing projects relating to “sharing, healing, and learning” and is dedicated to raising awareness of residential schools.


    The Engracia de Jesus Matthias Archives and Special Collections is located in the Arthur A. Wishart Library at Algoma University. The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre is located in room EW 202 in the East Wing of AlgomaU.


    Algoma University is also the repository of the Anglican Diocese of Algoma archives which cover over 150 years of the documentary history of Northeastern Ontario from Mattawa in the east to Thunder Bay in the west. The Algoma Diocesan archives are part of the Engracia de Jesus Matthias Archives and Special Collections.

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    Opening times

    Archival staff are available 8:30am - 4:30am Monday to Friday. Researchers are asked to contact the archives in advance of visiting.

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    The Archives is located within the Arthur A. Wishart library which is accessible to wheelchairs. Wheelchair accessible computer stations are available in the library.

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    Research services

    The Archives welcomes researchers from the Algoma University community and the general public.

    Research requests in-person, by telephone, or email are welcome.

    Reproduction services

    Copies can be made for personal use and research purposes. Restrictions may apply based on fragility of records, donation agreements and applicable copyright and privacy legislation. All reproductions for publication purposes must go through archives staff.

    Public areas

    Public research space is available in the Arthur A. Wishart library and in the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. Speak with staff for details.

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        • Aboriginal Peoples (Thematic area)
        • Labour (Thematic area)
        • Natural Resources (Thematic area)
        • Education (Thematic area)