Fonds 15-004 - The Honourable James K. Bartleman fonds

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The Honourable James K. Bartleman fonds

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CA ON00333 15-004

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14 m of textual records and related materials
ca. 13,000 photographs
ca. 20 compact disks
1 computer disk.

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The Honourable James K. Bartleman was born in Orillia, Ontario in 1939. From 1966 to 2002, he served as a diplomat in Canada’s foreign service and, from 2002 to 2007, as Ontario’s 27th Lieutenant Governor. Mr. Bartleman is a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and was Ontario’s first Aboriginal vice regal representative, devoting much of his time to promoting literacy among Indigenous children and combating the stigma associated with mental illness. He is an author, having written five books of non-fiction, including two which won the Joseph Brant award on multicultural history, and two novels with social justice themes relating to the condition of Indigenous people. Titles include Out of Muskoka (2002); On six continents: a life in Canada’s foreign service, 1966-2002 (2004); Rollercoaster: my hectic years as Jean Chretien’s diplomatic advisor, 1994-1998 (2005); As long as the rivers flow (2011); and The redemption of Oscar Wolf (2013). Citing his connection to the Peterborough area and his recognition of Trent University’s “outstanding native studies program,” Mr. Bartleman offered his papers to Trent University Archives in 2013. (Taken from correspondence received from The Honourable James K. Bartleman, 2013).

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Fonds was in the custody of The Honourable James K. Bartleman before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2013.

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Fonds is comprised of correspondence, photographs, daily schedules, notes for remarks and speeches, brochures and pamphlets, and other documents pertaining to The Honourable James K. Bartleman.

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Fonds acquired from The Honourable James K. Bartleman in 2013.


Many items were received in binders embossed with the following label on the covers: "Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario/Bureau de Lieutenant-Gouveneur de L'Ontario". The binders also are labelled "Daily Activity", "Media Clippings", etc. and hold plastic sleeves into which the documents were inserted. In processing the fonds, this original arrangement and the Binder and Folder labels were maintained. Correspondence and speeches are found throughout the entire fonds, both in the binders and in specifically labelled folders. When conducting a search, researchers should consult the entire finding aid.

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Some of the documents in this fonds are restricted. Access is governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Requests for access to the restricted records 100 years old or less must be submitted in writing.

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Associated material located at Archives of Ontario.

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21 May 2015

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